The first Humanitarian Medical Kits to go to Ecuador are being picked up today by team members of Camino Global Ministries. The team is leaving for Ecuador Monday, April 25.
“These kits will be used for earthquake relief in the communities of Muisne and Cojimies along with the town of Pedernales,” the team wrote in their application to HPIC. They expect to be working with health caravans to help survivors of the earthquakes.
Meanwhile HPIC is in discussion with implementing partners about mobilizing more significant volumes of medical relief. HPIC has the medicine, and the partners as well as a good chance of receiving free shipping, still to be confirmed.
Each kit can provide up to 600 full courses of medical treatment and contains a standard assortment of essential medicines and medical supplies. HPIC’s Senior Director of Programs has compared the needs list from the Government of Ecuador to HPIC’s kits and there are many needed items in the kits.
HPIC had a volunteer team from GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday pack 25 primary care kits especially for Ecuador.
The devastating earthquake in Ecuador April 16 and the subsequent one April 22 have mobilized the network of Health Partners International of Canada.
“All week HPIC has been fielding offers from our pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in Canada and we are truly grateful for this support for the people of Ecuador, ” says Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s president.
The whole Canadian healthcare industry is aware of the need for medicine thanks to the support of this relief operation by the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association, Consumer Health Products Canada and Innovative Medicines Canada.
Next week, HPIC’s distribution centre should be very busy receiving shipments of donated medicine.