Video: Inside a Haitian Refugee Camp

Watch this video to take a look inside the refugee crisis underway in Haiti.  HHI just made a delivery of hundreds of crisis kits filled with food and hygiene items.  There are more than 1,000 people in two camps.  We’re doing what we can to help. Our medical teams are there.  Our social workers are there.

People are in need. We are helping. You can too.

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Learn more about the politics that are causing this refugee crisis and see the living conditions inside the camps.

 

 

Nepal Earthquake Relief by the Numbers

The impact of Heart to Heart International’s relief operation in Nepal following the earthquake went beyond our medical team trekking into the mountains to treat earthquake survivors. Additionally, HHI provided a large amount of disaster supplies, medicine and materials to sustain relief efforts.  Here are the numbers…

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Several pallets of relief supplies, originating from HHI’s Operations Hub, arrive at a depot in Nepal for distribution.

 

The big cubes in the back of the truck (pictured above) are just a few of the 40 stacked and plastic-wrapped pallets of supplies that HHI shipped via a FedEx Airlift in response to the devastating Nepal earthquake.  This shipment was delivered to the relief organization Nazarene Compassionate Ministries for distribution.  In total this shipment contained just more than 15 tons of supplies.

Shipment breakdown:

3,768 HHI Care Kits and Johnson & Johnson Hygiene Kits (both types assembled by HHI volunteers)

3,600 water filters, each providing up to 208 gallons of clean water per day

Tents to provide shelter for at least 120 people, and 180 disaster blankets

500 bottles of Biaxin to provide more than 2,000 courses of anti-biotic treatments

Food shipment Nepal

Boxes of prepared meals – 142,560 in total – are loaded onto a truck in Nepal. The meals were provided by one of HHI’s partners Stop Hunger Now.

 

Part of this shipment included thousands of meals from the organization Stop Hunger Now.  At our Operations Hub, we bundled 142,560 of their nutritious, dehydrated meals into the shipment bound for Nepal.

Fast Food Fact

The amount of food in HHI’s relief shipment could provide 6,788 people with 3 meals a day for a week, or 1,697 people with 3 meals/day for a month.

 

WMI loading supplies

Water treatment systems from Water Missions International being loaded in Charleston, SC, bound first for HHI’s Operations Hub, then on to Nepal.

Because of our longstanding relationship with FedEx, we were in the position to help other aid agencies get their own relief supplies into Nepal.  For Samaritan’s Purse and Water Missions International, we shipped an additional 26,000 pounds of supplies, mostly systems and materials to provide clean water.

Breakdown:

Water Missions International – We shipped 12 complete water treatment systems for WMI, each providing up to 10,000 gallons of clean water per day.

Samaritan’s Purse – We moved 5,000 pounds of personal water filters, water storage bladders, collapsible jerry cans and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to Nepal for this organization.

IEHK Nepal Depot

A portion of the Interagency Emergency Health Kit for HHI’s medical team is staged in a depot after arriving from the Netherlands.

Fast Fact

The IEHK contains enough medicine and supplies to provide healthcare for up to 10,000 people for a period of three months.

As our medical team was enroute to Nepal, a large amount of medicine to treat a lot of people was on the way too.  The Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) is a prepackaged emergency medical kit we purchased from a medical supplier in the Netherlands to support our team’s work.  Once our team had completed its mission on the ground, we donated the remaining supplies of the IEHK to the International Medical Corps, an NGO that we’ve worked with for years, including in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic response.

And moving all of these supplies to the other side of the world for us – our partners at FedEx.  Here’s a great infograph put together at the height of the response, highlighting the large amount of aid ferried from one side of the globe to the other.

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Summing up the numbers – in the weeks following the Nepal Earthquake we shipped 87 pallets of medicine, disaster supplies and food.

HHI’s total to date –  29 tons of relief aid sent to help the people of Nepal.

 

Relief Supplies for Vanuatu

The people of Vanuatu are still in great need.  Cyclone Pam left a path of destruction across the south Pacific island nation and Heart to Heart International is helping.  Our assessment team is in Vanuatu coordinating this relief effort.

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As part of the relief effort, we’re sending more than 2,000 Heart to Heart Care Kits (above) – individual hygiene kits that serve as the front line of health defense.  This shipment is all packaged up and ready to depart our Operations Hub and we’re working on lining up more pallets of aid and supplies to rush to the people in Vanuatu.

These specific Care Kits were recently assembled on Valentine’s Day during a Share Your Heart event held by the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.  Hundreds of people turned out for this one-day build, assembling 10,000 Care Kits.

Now they’re on the way to help people in need on the other side of the world.

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Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu Relief Aid

The images tell the tale.  Cyclone Pam, a Category-5 monster, laid waste to so much of Vanuatu – destroying crops and homes, leaving so many in this south Pacific island nation homeless and in need.

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Photo courtesy of UNICEF PACIFIC / AFP – Getty Images

 

Heart to Heart International is responding.  An assessment team will soon be on the ground in Vanuatu to coordinate our relief effort.

Look for more updates soon.

In the meantime, please help us with this effort and keep us prepared to help others in times of need by donating today.

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VIDEO: Working Together to Fight Ebola

A new video gives a glimpse into the early days of Heart to Heart International’s Operation Ebola in Liberia and showcases the importance of partnership to combat the Ebola epidemic.

For many weeks, Heart to Heart International CEO Jim Mitchum has been in Liberia overseeing the building of the organizational infrastructure needed to support the opening of an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).   Along with Country Director Julie Hefner and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rene Vega, our team in Liberia has been putting all the pieces into place, hiring staff, and coordinating with multiple aid agencies as part of the global response to the epidemic.

Watch the video to learn the reasons why HHI has taken on the responsibility of running an ETU.  Hear from our new Liberian staff members about their desire to bring healthcare to their people and why it’s so important that HHI has come to help.  And learn how we’re working in partnership with other NGOs, like the International Medical Corps, to tackle this continuing humanitarian crisis.

 

Video by: Blake Nelson

 

Advance Team in Liberia on Front Lines of Ebola Fight

The HHI Advance Team arrived in Liberia and is already hard at work – meeting with partners, touring facilities and getting a lay of the land – prepping the way for the deployment of volunteer medical teams to provide care for the people of Liberia.

Advance Team & James

The team is being assisted by James Williams (striped shirt in photo above), the acting director of Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia, a Liberian non-profit that develops community-based healthcare programs.  James is helping to serve as a guide for our Advance Team.  A great connection!

Team member Sue Mangicaro, RN, from HHI’s corporate partner Welch Allyn, reports they heard both good and bad news when they met with representatives of Medical Teams International.  The good: MTI is in the process of training community healthcare workers on prevention and treatment of Ebola, however the bad is that they have had to pull their staff out of clinics because of the inherent risks involved in triage and contracting the disease.  The real fear of Ebola is causing the healthcare system to collapse, as HHI CEO Jim Mitchum recently discussed in an op-ed.

MTI clinic closed

A clinic closed in Monrovia, Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak.

 

handwashing station

Pictured above is one of many handwashing stations the team has come across in Liberia’s capital of Monrovia.  They reported the smell of bleach hangs in the air, a comforting aroma, as bleach is used to kill the Ebola virus on surfaces, protective equipment and on skin.

Look for more updates from the Advance Team in Liberia soon!

 

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Advance Team Departs for Liberia in Fight Against Ebola

Three members of Heart to Heart International’s Advance Team left from Kansas City International airport Sunday, September 21, 2014, and will be joined by a 4th member in New York before flying to Liberia by way of Morocco.

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It’ll be a long journey to get to Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia as air carriers have been restricting or cancelling flights to the country due to the Ebola Outbreak.  The team is also loaded down with supplies.  They’re carrying six extra-large bags full of medicine and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the team’s use in the Ebola hot zone.

Watch local Kansas City news coverage of Advance Team departure

 

Advance Team

Three of four Advance Team members (l to r): Dr. Gary Morsch, Julie Hefner, Dan Neal

 

The team’s goal is to pave the way for HHI to deploy teams of volunteer doctors and nurses in the coming weeks and months into West Africa.  Besides the dire need for medical and protective supplies to fight the virus and treat Ebola patients, there is a desperate need to have more medical providers, nurses and health workers on the ground to provide primary care and more.

Advance Team members:

Dr. Gary Morsch, Founder, HHI
Dan Neal, Director of Global Operations, HHI
Julie Hefner, International Liaison Officer, HHI
Sue Mangicaro, RN – Clinical Affairs Director, Welch Allyn

The HHI Advance Team will be in Liberia for a little more than a week working with partners on the ground like the International Medical Corps, the World Health Organization (WHO) and local government officials to coordinate a broader response, and to assess medical supply needs and determine ways to meet and expand the number of shipments.

See emergency Ebola relief supplies leave HHI’s Global Distribution Center

Because of the Ebola epidemic the limited healthcare system in the affected countries is collapsing creating a Crisis within the Crisis.  This is where Heart to Heart International can do a lot of good, by drawing on the experience and bravery of our medical volunteers to help provide this care.

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Sending Aid for the “Border Children”

If you’re familiar with Heart to Heart International, you know that above all, we are committed to helping those in need.

This is why we’ve been working to provide aid for many of the children that for whatever reason have come across our nation’s borders from Central America in recent months.

They’re children.  And they need the care HHI can help to provide.

 

While the ‘surge’ of unaccompanied minors and families crossing the border has substantially reduced in recent weeks, and the news coverage has ‘moved on’, there are still thousands of children being housed in a variety of facilities in states across the country, as they await the disposition of their status in the US.

border_children_shipment  1In recent days, utilizing our partnership with FedEx, we’ve sent several hundred hygiene kits and blanket kits to be distributed to children in seven states.  Our largest shipment is heading to a facility in Texas – two pallets filled with J&J Hygiene Kits, assembled by volunteers at our Global Distribution Center (GDC).

We’ve also sent a dozen smaller shipments of the Hygiene Kits along with J&J One Child, One Blanket Kits, which are also assembled by volunteers at the GDC.  These have gone to shelters in six other states: California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Arizona and Colorado.  And once they arrive, these kits will go directly into the hands of a child in need so they can wash and keep clean, and wrap up in a warm blanket as they wait to learn where they’ll go next.

 

Mapping Relief in the Philippines

Central PI MapFor more than a month Heart to Heart International (HHI) has provided aid to the people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).  First with an HHI Advance Team, and then with two dozen medical volunteers – doctors and nurses – who have come from across the USA, and have worked as small mobile medical teams.

They’ve been to numerous locations in the hardest struck areas of the central Philippines.  Places that you’ve heard of on the news, and other places you haven’t.  As you see on the map above, they’ve been focused on communities and villages on two islands – Leyte & Samar; around Ormoc City; and Tacloban, the city ravaged by the typhoon.

Treating PatientsOur Advance Team and these volunteers have treated more than 2,000 patients since arriving in the Philippines.

Dan Neal, HHI’s Director of Global Logistics, just returned stateside from the disaster zone: “We’re seeing people who were injured in the storm or have who have developed injuries/illnesses because of the living conditions after the storm – particularly upper respiratory issues and asthma, puncture wounds and cuts from nails and sheet metal, and malaria from being exposed to mosquitos.  We are also seeing many of the conditions being treated did not result from the storm.  Various chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes were impacting people before the storm and now their normal access to health care has been disrupted because the clinic is destroyed or the health care staff are not available.”

To access previous posts about HHI’s Typhoon Relief Operations in the Philippines: click here, here and here.
And to read reports from our Advance Team click Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

Aid Reaches Those in Need in the Philippines

Ray & Zeus feature size 16:9While many spent the long Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. with family and friends, and getting into the swing of the holiday season, in the Philippines… HHI staff and volunteers continued to provide medical care and deliver aid to those in need, like Ray and his son Zeus in the photo above.

As of this writing, it’s been nearly a month since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the central Philippines.  In that time Heart to Heart International’s Advance Team and medical volunteers have held clinics in several locations in the typhoon zone on Leyte Island and Samar Island, seeing hundreds of patients for a variety of ailments.

As we wrote about in a previous post, we’ve also shipped more than 44 tons of aid containing food, shelter supplies, medicine, medical equipment and Heart to Heart Care Kits.  Those Care Kits are now in the hands of the people who need them.  Check out a few photos of what you made happen!

 

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