In Disaster, Help
In war zones and flood zones, in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes and pandemics, MAP mobilizes to get lifesaving medicines and desperately needed health supplies to our on-the-ground partners to aid survivors.
Those two words—disaster relief—pose a challenge. The gap between them can seem endless if you’re a victim of disaster who hasn’t received relief.
Medicines and health supplies are MAP’s primary focus, but we also provide water filters and blankets, clothing and emergency supplies—whatever it takes to relieve suffering and restore hope in times of disaster.
Current Disaster Responses
La Soufrière first erupted on April 9 2021. Approximately 16,000 people were forced to evacuate, leaving thousands of residents sleeping in emergency shelters, according to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. MAP International is coordinating disaster relief efforts with long-standing partner, Food For The Poor (FFTP) and has already shipped more than 1000 urgently needed Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) to aid the Caribbean island of St. Vincent as it responds to the eruptions. Image source: Earth Observatory, NASALearn More
Disaster Health Kit Program
To a person who has lost everything, something as simple as a toothbrush or shampoo can mean all the difference in the world.
MAP’s signature Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) support one person living in a shelter for an entire week. MAP DHKs include antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other essential items such as basic first aid supplies to help prevent secondary illnesses and even death.
Most of all, it lets those devastated by a disaster know that others have not forgotten them in the middle of their great loss.Learn more about DHK packing events
“Through our longstanding relationship with MAP International in the developing world, we have witnessed MAP’s ability to quickly distribute much-needed medical and humanitarian supplies to disaster areas efficiently and effectively.”
— Global Pharmaceutical Partner
Disaster Preparedness Program
Every year natural disasters kill nearly 90,000 people and affect close to 160 million people worldwide. And while you may not hear about most of these disasters on mainstream news, MAP International responds when and where we are able to be a blessing to those affected. You can help MAP stand ready to respond to future disasters by supporting our Disaster Preparedness Program. Your gift will be used to respond to any future disasters affecting the United States and abroad.
“Within 24 hours after the second earthquake struck, I was assisting disaster response teams. It really looked like an ER at a huge accident scene. Practically all of the medicines and supplies we were using were MAP medicines – and they were the difference between life and death for many.”
— Jim Harris, Relevant Expeditions Ministries
Refugee Assistance Program
Refugees are among the world’s most vulnerable people, fleeing terrible circumstances and leaving everything behind. Whole families have limited, if any, access to healthcare on their journey. This puts a tremendous burden on host countries' medical infrastructure.
In the last few years, MAP has supported our partners serving refugee populations who have fled countries such as Syria and Venezuela, providing medications, health supplies and hygiene kits to help prevent the spread of disease in crowded, chaotic conditions.
Closer to home, we've worked with multiple organizations at the US Border to provide Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) to families who have been released into the US with nothing.