Navigation Links
AmeriCares Doubles Aid to Zimbabwe
Date:1/29/2009

Working with PSI and P&G to Stem Cholera Outbreak

STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmeriCares is doubling its supply of water purification treatments to Zimbabwe in an effort to stem a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 3,000 innocent lives. The outbreak is one of Africa's deadliest in 15 years and experts say more than half of the country is at risk.

With limited medical resources and dismal sanitation, families in Zimbabwe have almost no protection against the disease, which is spread by exposure to unsanitary water. Without treatment, cholera patients experience severe diarrhea and can die of dehydration. Children are especially vulnerable and, sadly, it is often most deadly for them.

To ensure children and adults have safe drinking water, AmeriCares is partnering with Procter & Gamble and Population Services International (PSI) to send an additional 560,000 packets of PUR(TM) Purifier of Water to Zimbabwe. AmeriCares is working with PSI, a global health organization, to distribute the packets through their programs across the country. AmeriCares previously sent 500,000 PUR packets to PSI in Zimbabwe. Combined, the two shipments are enough to provide 10,000 families with safe drinking water for several weeks.

PUR is a powdered, water clarification and disinfectant technology that comes in small, easy-to-use packets. Using some of the same ingredients as municipal water systems, PUR removes pollutants and kills viruses and bacteria, including bacteria that cause cholera. This effort is just one example of how AmeriCares and Procter & Gamble partner to provide clean water for families throughout the developing world.

AmeriCares has been helping the people of Zimbabwe for more than a decade. Since 1997, AmeriCares has delivered more than $25 million in humanitarian, disaster, medical and nutritional aid to Zimbabwe.

About AmeriCares:

AmeriCares is a private, nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $8 billion in humanitarian aid to 137 countries. For more information, log onto www.AmeriCares.org

About PSI:

PSI is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization operating in more than 65 countries. With programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV, PSI promotes products, services and healthy behaviors that enable low-income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives. For more information, log onto www.psi.org

    CONTACT:
    Peggy Atherlay:  203-658-9626
    patherlay@AmeriCares.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE AmeriCares
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. AmeriCares Airlifts Relief to Nicaragua and Honduras
2. AmeriCares and International Medical Corps Airlift Relief for Cholera Outbreak In Iraq
3. AmeriCares Passes $7 Billion Mark in Aid Distributed
4. AmeriCares Sends Emergency Aid to Kenya
5. AmeriCares Relief Worker Arrives in Myanmar
6. AmeriCares Delivers Life-Saving Aid to Myanmar
7. AmeriCares Ships Medicines and Medical Supplies to Earthquake Victims in China
8. AmeriCares Purchases BLU-MED Portable Hospital for China Earthquake Relief
9. AmeriCares Establishes Field Hospital in China
10. Zimmer Holdings to Partner with AmeriCares for Global Product Donation Program
11. AmeriCares Meets Long-Term Health Needs of Disaster Victims in China and Myanmar
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton ... staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster drill on ... Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network ... advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City ... and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Talented host, actor Rob Lowe, is introducing a segment ... of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational program broadcasted on PBS Member ... with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve in the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian ... On The Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers ... a WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest ... its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. ... Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... --  Montrium , an industry leader in powerful ... Trial Master Files & Inspection Readiness Conference ( ... Services has selected eTMF Connect to ... a leading European contract research organization (CRO), will ... enable greater collaboration with sponsors, improve compliance and ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing a non-invasive, robotically assisted, platform ... leadership team developments today:   ... ... Tom Tefft ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek , PhD, who has led ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... NEW YORK , Sept. 12, 2017   EcoVadis ... global supply chains, has published the first annual edition of its Global ... more than 20,400 companies evaluated by EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that ... ... Risk & Performance Index ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: