Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall in Bahamas on September 1st, 2019 causing historical devastations on the islands of Grand Bahamas and Abaco.
Humanity First Canada has been asked by World Health Organization (WHO) to send a medical team to assist the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. A formal request for assistance was also received from Ministry of Health Bahamas to send an Emergency Medical Team for treating out-patients in Abaco.
Humanity First Disaster Response Team, consisting of doctors, nurses, paramedics and logistics staff, was immediately deployed with medicine and other supplies.
The team has arrived in Nassau, Bahamas last night and is currently in process of setting up Emergency Medical Treatment Center to be run by Humanity First volunteers from Canada and USA.
Thousands of people are in various shelters in Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. Due to the floodwaters and potential sewage contamination, the risk of diarrheal and waterborne diseases remains high. Additionally, other water borne infections such as leptospirosis could be a concern in the near future. While the initial death count is at 20, it is expected to rise as more areas become accessible and search and rescue operations begin.
We are also doing further assessment for other needs while waiting for the Water Survival Boxes to arrive in Bahamas. These will be distributed to affected families.
Our very humble and dedicated volunteers have taken time off from their work to help the affected people. They will be sleeping in tents and will be working round the clock to serve humanity.
You can support this relief work and help the victims of hurricane by donating to Humanity First and also by volunteering at the command center in Canada or on the ground in Bahamas.