AMDA Emergency Bulletin IX: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
On Mar. 25th, AMDA’s relief team in Constitucion, Chile, held mobile health and hygiene workshops in the coastal areas that were heavily affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The workshops were carried out in collaboration with local organizations, CESFAM and Salud de Providencia.
The target sites were of those impoverished areas such as San Ramon and its adjacent locations where they lack basic infrastructures. The team visited several local nurseries as well as a clinic to teach people how to maintain hygiene; particularly instructed young children on hand-wash practices as they are the most practicable methods for preventing infectious diseases.
Including the mothers of the children, a total of 80 people attended the workshops where parents keenly asked questions on hygiene-related matters. The staff also introduced adults on how to purify water with chlorine or by boiling water while children enjoyed videos and singing as part of awareness promotion.
Setting an example for further projects, the workshops ended successfully with good remarks that the guidance was comprehensible and practicable.
(The Chile ER relief was completed at the end of March '10)