HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
AmeriCares Sends Emergency Aid for Refugees in Sri Lanka

Reuters AlertNet

2920 days ago   Article ID# 34169
Original URL

 

AmeriCares

LONDON, U K (Reuters AlertNet) - Sri Lanka’s Manik Farm is a camp that shelters nearly 200,000 displaced people. Thousands of families cannot go home despite the recent end of the country's civil war. To help support the refugees, AmeriCares sent relief workers to the former conflict zone to provide emergency aid and assess health care needs. In response, two emergency airlifts of additional medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid will soon be delivered.

One emergency airlift will depart from AmeriCares U.S. headquarters and the other from AmeriCares India in Mumbai. The vital deliveries include medicines, surgical equipment and medical supplies to treat pain, infections, injuries and wounds.

AmeriCares relief workers in the field report that many civilians were wounded in the fighting or injured during their escape. The need for medical treatment is great. Earlier this week, AmeriCares staff donated medical and humanitarian aid to the Vavuniya Hospital and other health clinics within the former conflict zone.

“The hospital was overwhelming. Their maximum capacity is 400 patients, but there were over 2,000 the day we visited. Patients were waiting on the floors outside, without food, and many without clothes,” reported one AmeriCares relief worker. “They looked shell-shocked, many had injuries from the bombings – their eyes vacant and traumatized. Luckily through our donations, 500 families in the children’s unit received some much-needed supplies.

“The health clinics were heart-wrenching. A poor widow lay listless in the dirt waiting for help; she was suffering from fever and malnutrition. Her three small, frightened children surrounded her,” the aid worker shared. “We were quickly able to negotiate transportation for her to the local hospital so she could receive urgent care. At that moment, it re-affirmed what AmeriCares is all about - helping vulnerable people in their dire time of need.”

AmeriCares has worked extensively in Sri Lanka since the Southeast Asian tsunami in 2004. Many of the areas on the eastern coast that were devastated by the tsunami have also been impacted by the conflict and have provided refuge for families fleeing the war zone. Since fighting escalated during the last months of the decades-long conflict, AmeriCares has delivered over $16 million worth of lifesaving medical aid to communities in war-torn Sri Lanka.

Copyright 2017 Reuters AlertNet   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 2920 days ago   Article ID# 34169

AmeriCares    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More AmeriCares News

Nestlé Waters partners with AmeriCares, Feeding America and Gleaning For The World to deliver bottled water to Louisiana communities

299 days ago From vendingmarketwatch.com 

FORT ATKINSON, WISCONSIN - ...

AmeriCares deploys relief workers to flood-stricken Louisiana

310 days ago From westfaironline.com 

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK - ...

WHO says $56 million needed to fight Zika spread in coming months

495 days ago From washingtonpost.com 

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - ...

AmeriCares to deliver $13 million worth of medicine, supplies to Nepal

766 days ago From americanbazaaronline.com 

GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND - ...

AmeriCares sending help after Nepal earthquake

791 days ago From blog.ctnews.com 

BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  Next >> 

<< Return To World News

Action Center

Massive Antarctic ice shelf days from breaking off

Action: Climate Change

Any day now we will truly witness climate change in action. Within days at worst, maybe weeks at best, scientists predict tha ...

Interpol says there really are dark web rhino horn traffickers

Action: Wildlife Conservation

The dark web is home to several lingering myths: so-called red rooms where visitors can watch gruesome murders; sites offerin ...

New highway brings deforestation to two Colombian national parks

Action: Stop Deforestation

Planned since the 1950s, the Marginal de la Selva is a $1 billion highway project that would create a paved land passage thro ...

Stop coal mining assault on this roadless forest

Action: Stop Pollution

President Trump has been clear since day one that he’s turning over the nation’s public lands and environment to King Coal an ...

‘Stop selling’ and buying shark fins

Action: Save Our Oceans

There they stood shoulder to shoulder, several dozens of them, dressed in rubber shark costumes with the dorsal fins cut off. ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.