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AmeriCares Meets Long-Term Health Needs of Disaster Victims in China and Myanmar
Date:7/10/2008

Second Field Hospital Arrives in Sichuan Province; Second Shipment of Medical Aid Arrives in Yangon

STAMFORD, Conn., July 10 -- AmeriCares is continuing its efforts to provide long-term relief for people living in China's earthquake-stricken Sichuan Province and in areas most affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. The nonprofit international aid organization today announced it has delivered a second field hospital to Sichuan Province and provided a second shipment of life-saving medicines and medical supplies to support primary health clinics serving displaced people in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta.

"In addition to providing this vitally-important medical aid in China and Myanmar, AmeriCares staff and partners on the ground remain committed to supporting the long-term recovery efforts and developing plans for the ongoing health care needs in the affected regions," said Curt Welling, president and CEO of AmeriCares. "AmeriCares is very proud to be a part of this critical relief effort, providing hope and health to the victims of these devastating disasters."

AmeriCares in China

AmeriCares is constructing and equipping its second field hospital in Sichuan Province. The second field hospital will be established in Wenchuan County, the epicenter of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake on the site of the Xuankou Township Hospital, which received severe structural damage. Currently, medical personnel are working out of a collection of tents on the site, seeing anywhere between 80 and 200 patients a day.

The new hospital will include an operating room, a clinical laboratory, an inpatient ward and will provide comprehensive maternal health services, including ultrasounds. The hospital will also have an emergency vehicle available to provide transportation for patients from the surrounding mountainous communities. AmeriCares is working with local Chinese authorities to make the hospital fully operational by the middle of July. The Xuankou field
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