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MAP International | November 9, 2017

Life After the Storm: Healthcare in Puerto Rico Seven Weeks After Maria

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What is real in Puerto Rico nearly two months after Hurricane Maria is this: almost 60 percent of the island is without electricity, thousands remain in shelters, and tens of thousands of houses do not have roofs. When it comes to healthcare, the situation for many with chronic health conditions and those with immediate needs is challenging.

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Widespread devastation on the island has resulted in many pharmacies that are either closed, unable to dispense medicines because the insurance system is down, or powerless to obtain critical medications. Unable to pay out of pocket costs, many people are turning to mobile medical units set up by FEMA such as this one in Guánica.

These clinics provide access to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who fill the gap for many professionals who left after the hurricane and have yet to return. Here residents can obtain free medicines provided by MAP International for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and psychiatric conditions.

"The conditions on the ground in Puerto Rico are improving but still difficult for many. It's more important than ever that MAP continues to supply medicines to those in need," 
Jason Elliot, Disaster Relief Manager, MAP International

This week, MAP team members have been on the ground in Puerto Rico working with our partners, Project Hope, Convoy of Hope and others to help to distribute medicines and medical supplies at many of these locations. 

 Our trusted partners are invaluable. We are thankful for the MAP medications they distribute and the hope they offer to so many. Together with their help, MAP has delivered nearly $2 million in medical relief to Puerto Rico and over 150,000 people have benefited from MAP’s supply of medicines and health products.

But more remains to be done.

In this season of thanks, it is understandable how many citizens in Puerto Rico are having difficulty feeling grateful.  Would you consider sending hope to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico today?

Or, start your own Facebook Fundraiser that ends on #GivingTuesday, November 28. Send us your #MyGivingStory to news@map.org!

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