MAP International Presented $100,000 by City of Atlanta
ATLANTA - (Nov. 21, 2017) – The City of Atlanta recently presented MAP International’s CEO Steve Stirling with a $100,000 check for Hurricane Maria relief efforts. These funds are being used to help an estimated 132,000 people in Puerto Rico and 63,000 people in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where there is an ongoing need for medicines and health supplies.
With this donation, MAP International can provide victims with necessities such as antibiotics and personal hygiene items like soap and toothpaste. An estimated value of all shipments and supplies sent to these areas is $3.1 million.
“We are so grateful to Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta for their generous donation. This will help so many people who were affected by Hurricane Maria,” said Stirling. “The donation will allow MAP International to send millions of dollars in medicines and supplies to people in dangerous living conditions, as we are continuously working with our partners on the ground on the island.”
The medical and health supplies sent are helping hospitals, clinics and mobile clinics in both Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hospitals such as the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas and Juan Luis Hospital on St. Croix have been able to treat and support more patients due to the supplies sent by MAP International. Some of the medical supplies the organization has been able to provide are antibiotics, bronchodilators, hypertension medicines, analgesic medicine, antiseptic wipes, soap and other preventative measures.
Earlier this month, MAP’s Disaster Response Team visited the islands to evaluate what supplies were still needed and where they were needed the most. After assessing the devastation, MAP planned for additional shipments to be sent to Puerto Rico as quickly as possible. Some key partnerships that have made it possible for MAP to be effective in expanding its efforts include AirLink, Convoy of Hope, Food For The Poor, Global Rescue Relief and Resilience, International Relief Teams, LIG Global Foundation and Project Hope.
MAP International remains committed in its cause to saving lives and improving the health of people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additional supplies will continue to be an ongoing effort as needs on the islands are identified.