AmeriCares Sending $3 Million in Medical Aid to Haiti

Jan 13, 2010, 13:24 ET from AmeriCares

STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmeriCares is sending $3 million worth of medical aid to survivors of yesterday's deadly, 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti from its Stamford warehouse.

The shipment includes antibiotics, pain relievers, bandages and medical supplies for survivors with trauma injuries. AmeriCares is working with partner organizations to distribute the medicines and supplies to hospitals and health clinics in the affected areas. AmeriCares relief workers are en route to Haiti to oversee the aid distribution.

Additional shipments will follow in the days and weeks ahead, including an additional 10,000 pounds of emergency relief from our warehouse in Amsterdam. AmeriCares has pledged $5 million in aid for the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, in the wake of the catastrophe.

"Medicines and supplies are critically needed in Haiti right now and our emergency response experts are working around-the-clock to get those lifesaving products into the hands of medical personnel treating survivors," said AmeriCares President & CEO Curt Welling.  "AmeriCares has been working in Haiti for more than 25 years, and we are committed to helping the country recover from this horrific disaster both in the coming days and the weeks and months ahead."

AmeriCares, a global health and disaster relief organization, has provided emergency relief and lifesaving aid for millions affected by catastrophic disasters around the world for over 25 years. AmeriCares has been working in Haiti since 1984, and since that time has delivered over $145 million in aid for the people of Haiti.

About AmeriCares:

AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief aid organization, which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world.  Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $9 billion in humanitarian aid  around the world and across the United States.  For more information, log onto

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