What do you do when a storm comes and you have nowhere to turn? That was the question Omanna had to ask herself last August, when she was flooded out of her home after heavy rainfalls hit the Kerala state. Faced with the worst floods in almost a century, a state of emergency was declared and the need for medicine was urgent.
HPIC responded to the crisis by airlifting two shipments of medicine to support flood victims like Omanna. Once the shipments arrived, they were distributed to multiple health care institutions to provide victims with access to medicines immediately.
Omanna is extremely thankful for the medication that she received from Canadians. Before the flood, she was a house labourer where she would go to three homes a day to help with tasks around the house. This involved cooking, cleaning and running errands for home owners.
When the heavy rainfall came and the flood waters rose, her home was completely destroyed. Having nowhere to turn, she took her two kids to the nearest government relief camp located in the City of Changanassery.
In a hurry to get somewhere safe, she forgot to take her medications with her as her priority was the safety of her family. Thankfully, HPIC was able to work with the government of Kerala to send medicine and medical supplies to camps like the one where Omanna and her children were staying. At the relief camp, she and her family got medicines for diabetes, cholesterol, fever, cough and asthma.
When she found out that many of the medicines she received during her time in the relief camp were from Canadians who donated to HPIC, she was very grateful and wanted to send a special thank you!
Snapshot of HPIC’s response to the floods in Kerala, India:
- 1.5 tonnes of medicines
- $200K worth of products
- 75,000* treatments of analgesics, antibiotics, antihypertensives and antihyperglycemics
- 2.2 tonnes of medicines
- $460,000 worth of products
- 75,000* treatments of mostly antibiotics and medicines to treat non-communicable diseases
- 30,000 patients treated in a timely manner
Thanks to the support of generous Canadians and pharmaceutical partners, the Government of Kerala was able to redirect some of the funds they received originally allocated for medicine purchases. Those funds were then used to purchase drinking water purification resources which was a major concern at the time.
This holiday season, help people like Omanna when disaster strikes. Bring health and hope to a community in crisis by giving a gift of hope to HPIC’s Emergency Relief program.