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Kits built in 2018
March 14, 2019 – Cyclone Idai hits Southern Africa.
Cyclone Idai slammed into Beira on March 14, and killed more than 750 people in three African nations. More than half a million people were affected by this storm, including hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes, which forced them into crowded and flooded camps. Heart to Heart International’s advance disaster response team deployed to Beira in Mozambique on Thursday, March 28. The team met with partners on the ground to assess needs and to deliver medications and medical aid to those impacted by Cyclone Idai.
Due to conditions created by the cyclone, sanitation and spread of disease became a major concern. Cholera cases increased following Cyclone Idai. In response and in coordination with Save the Children, Heart to Heart International sent 5,000 hygiene kits and 1,894 Empowered Girls kits. The kits were sent to Save the Children’s Mozambique country team in Maputo. The kits delivered were built by: FedEx, Johnson County Dermatology, Amgen, Ad Astra, JDC, Johnson & Johnson and Ecolab.
July 19,2018 – Marshalltown, Iowa
Heart to Heart International was stationed in Marshalltown, Iowa, assessing needs of those affected by the tornadoes that ripped through the town on July 19, 2018. The hospital took a direct hit and HHl sprung into action within an hour of initial reports of damaged buildings and injuries.
HHI’s Mobile Medical Unit helped fill the gap with medicines, supplies, lab capability and exam rooms. The PowrServ team helped by distributing kits to those cleaning up houses and neighborhoods.
2,843 hygiene kits were distributed throughout the affected areas, along with 18, 943 bottles of water and 27 disaster clean up kits. The hygiene kits that were distributed were built by Thrivent Financial, Ecolab, FedEx, and BD.
October 10, 2018-Hurricane Michael
Michael, a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph, made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018. The powerful storm uprooted trees, downed power lines, destroyed buildings and threw vehicles through the air. 57 U.S. deaths were attributed to the storm, and it caused at least $15 billion in damage in the U.S.
Throughout the course of the response, medical volunteers working with HHI logged 640 volunteer hours in service of those in need, seeing 1,089 patients, administering 667 tetanus vaccines, and delivering 11,790 hygiene kits.
Hurricane Florence Response
HHI responded to Hurricane Florence on September 14, 2018 after the storm caused massive flooding in North Carolina. The Mobile Medical Unit made it to Raleigh/Durham on September 16th after traveling two days from Kansas City. HHI was able to partner with multiple organizations, distributing 12,520 hygiene kits to disaster victims. Over the course of two and a half weeks, HHI’s medical teams saw 690 patients and administer 423 tetanus shots.
Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Maria
Hurricane Harvey became the nation’s first Category 4 landfall in almost 12 years, hammering the Texas Gulf Coast with an extremely dangerous combination of torrential rainfall, storm-surge flooding and destructive winds.
Heart to Heart International had a disaster response team and mobile medical unit deploy Friday, August 25th, from Kansas City to arrive in Texas ahead of the storm. HHI worked with local partners to identify areas of greatest need and provide medical support and aid distribution.
HHI’s Disaster Response Team's first stop was Belton Texas Expo Center to drop off hygiene and health kits. The Expo and Bell County Sheriff’s Department set up a response center to help those that evacuated from Hurricane Harvey and needed assistance. HHI was just in time because the county was looking to go buy hygiene kits for those affected.
On Monday August 25, over 1,159 cars, with multiple families, showed up for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Victoria, Texas. HHI administered Tetanus shots and treated minor injuries. All of this was done when 85% of the town had no power or access to clean water.
The Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) was established and treating patients on Big Pine Key, at the epicenter of Hurricane Irma’s eye when it slammed into Florida.
The entire area was devastated, and those who remained and those returning were seeking help. HHI was the first medical responder to arrive in that area, and we delivered healthcare to residents and responders alike for over a week.
The Heart to Heart International team continued seeing patients for the next two weeks. Team members went into the communities to find people who needed help but couldn't reach the MMU. HHI also coordinated vaccination clinics, including one in which HHI team members vaccinated members of the Monroe County Sherriff's department. With crews restoring more power and healthcare facilities returning to service, HHI wrapped up its response on September 24, glad to have provided needed medical services and hygiene supplies to residents of the Keys immediately after the storm.
Heart to Heart International responded with volunteer medical teams, medical supplies, medicines, food, water and hygiene items. The scale and reach of the response was unprecedented, with issues arising daily to challenge the logistics of such a quick and large response. With ingenuity and problem solving, HHI was able to deliver aid to thousands of people in the hardest hit mountainous regions of Puerto Rico where no other help had arrived. Heart to Heart International did what it does best: bring help and hope to people who need it the most.
"In cooperation with Puerto Rico officials, we've moved through the central mountains bringing doctors, nurses, medical supplies and a portable lab. We've also distributed medicines, hygiene kits and in some cases food and water from FEMA." Jim Mitchum, CEO of Heart to Heart International, said in the midst of the response. "Heart to Heart International's work in the central mountains of Puerto Rico is unparalleled."
Syrian Refugee Crisis
According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), more than five million Syrians are now refugees. This means around a quarter of Syria’s population has fled their country since the start of the conflict in March 2011. As they struggle to survive and relocate, millions of people routinely lack basic personal care or hygiene necessities that can help prevent illness. Most of those displaced are women and children, with over 50 percent of refugees being children under the age of 18.
Consequently, aid groups continue to urge the international community to end the country’s six-year war and provide more assistance.
HHI has supplied medicines, medical supplies, tents and hygiene kits to refugees in Turkey, Greece, and Serbia.
To help provide these needed supplies, HHI hosted Faith and Heart, a fun event held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City in June 2016. During this event sponsored by Henry Schein, The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, BD, FedEx, Henry, 900 diverse volunteers built 7,500 hygiene kits for Syrian refugees. These kits were then distributed in refugee camps in Turkey through Orient for Human Relief.
Our Haitian medical teams were there providing help to those injured. Since Hurricane Mathew, HHI clinicians have treated over 14,000 people, and that impact is significant in many remote communities.