Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, sustained wind speeds up to 140 miles per hour and inflicted major damage in the impoverished country of Haiti in early October 2016. The hurricane wiped out entire villages, crops, and livestock leaving an estimated 1.4 million people, 40% of whom are children, in need of humanitarian assistance. It is estimated the storm killed over 1,600 people and caused nearly two billion dollars in damages in Haiti alone. Water-borne disease, such as cholera, is now a big concern. Cholera was already a problem after an outbreak, one of the largest in modern history, plagued the nation in 2010. After Matthew, the number of new cases across the country went from about 75 a day to over 200 a day.
In partnership with international organizations MAP International and Hope for Haiti, IRT airlifted two shipments of medicines and medical supplies worth $8.9 million dollars to Haiti. The shipments included critical medicines such as antibiotics and analgesics to treat immediate medical emergencies and oral rehydration salts.
Children were especially affected by the storm. According to UNICEF, more than half a million children were in danger of disease, hunger, and malnutrition following the hurricane.
We have more than 28 years of experience in assisting victims of disasters, both nationally and internationally. During its history, we have delivered more than $343 million in humanitarian aid to those in desperate need. IRT responded to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, sending $1.3 million in medicines and medical supplies and providing support to thousands of victims for years after the quake to help them in the recovery process.
"We lost the land and the house, but the kids are still here," says a Hurricane Matthew survivor. Watch more stories from the Haitians who lost everything :
Our medicines arrive and are distributed at a clinic in Les Caye, Haiti, one of the hardest hit areas of the storm.
Our donor, USANA True Health Foundation, reports on the ground from the clinic in Haiti where our medicines are distributed.
A major bridge that provided access to the southern peninsula was washed out by Matthew. Credit: The Daily Mail
The aftermath and view from the air. Credit: MAP International
Our shipment of medicines arrives in the capital of Haiti. Credit: Hope for Haiti
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