AMDA Emergency Bulletin VIII: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
Since Mar. 23rd, AMDA's relief team in Talca, Chile, has initiated a range of relief activities mainly targeting the infants in the coastal region of Constitucion, located approximately 100 km from Talca. Due to the quake-induced tsunami, the region was severely damaged which still has been affecting people's lives.Currently AMDA is working in two teams with respective locations and objectives.
Team-1 (Constitucion Hospital)
A group of two AMDA nurses and medical personnel from Constitucion Hospital (one pediatrician and two nurses) is stationed at the Hospital in providing infant health check, health/nutritional guidance as well as giving out relief supplies.
Team-2 (mobile health check)
Targeting the impoverished villages that are hard to reach, Team-2 visits each household in providing infant health check, health/nutritional guidance and relief goods.
Team-2 is subdivided into three groups with each comprised of personnel from AMDA, Constitucion Hospital, Chilean Government's ER team and Chilean Army.
As aftershocks still continue in the region, the local people are unable to rebuild the destroyed houses hence staying in shacks (which could lead to the occurrence of secondary disasters.) Some of the poor areas originally had no running water or electricity and that has been affecting children's health. Chile is currently going through a seasonal change as it is now becoming winter from fall, and this is also causing the children to fall sick.
As a result of this effort, AMDA has managed to collect medical records of 100 children that will be referred to Constitucion Hospital. Medicine used in this mission will be donated to the hospital also.