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PCI's Response to Swine Flu Evolves to Keep Pace with Emerging Health Threat
Date:4/28/2009

SAN DIEGO, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PCI continues to closely monitor the swine flu outbreak both in Mexico where we have major programming and staff, as well as in San Diego. Since Thursday, PCI staff in San Diego, Washington, DC and throughout Mexico, have diligently kept pace with this growing health issue, as we determine our organizational priorities and focus our attention and resources where they could do the most good for the greatest number of people.

"PCI is working to address the current outbreak of the swine flu. Our goal is to assist in ensuring people have access to the information and health service support they need to immediately combat and overcome this growing health issue," said President and CEO, George Guimaraes.

PCI is currently implementing a 3-pronged approach to fighting the epidemic in Mexico and the United States. In partnership with Americares and several donors, PCI is working to ensure that much needed medical and disease mitigation supplies are provided quickly to those most in need and most at risk. Building upon community contacts and partners in the media throughout Mexico, PCI is ensuring that practical, easy to follow guidance on prevention, diagnosis and treatment will be made available to vulnerable people. PCI is supporting and mobilizing its staff and partners in more than 13 Mexican states, and in San Diego County, to ensure that the health care systems, infrastructure and capacity that already exist can be readily adapted and utilized to manage the situation effectively.

If we are facing a pandemic, the fall out in terms of economies, food security, and vulnerability in general will require robust multi-pronged integrated programming--it won't just be the flu we are dealing with, but its associated impacts in already vulnerable communities.

PCI staff in San Diego, Washington DC, and throughout Mexico have diligently kept pace with this fast growing public health issue, as we determine our organizational priorities and focus our attention and resources where they could do the most good. At PCI, we continue to strengthen how we work across communities and countries to reinforce those strategies that are yielding positive results, and address our underlying vulnerabilities.

For more information about Project Concern International, go to our website at www.ProjectConcern.org.

SAVING LIVES AND BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Project Concern International (www.ProjectConcern.org) is a San Diego-based health and humanitarian organization dedicated to building healthy communities by preventing disease, improving community health, and promoting sustainable development. With over 47 years of experience, Project Concern International reached more than 4.5 million people in 2008 through life-saving programs in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.


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