Sen. Blumenthal Addresses Aid Organizations at Americares Warehouse
Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 18, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke today at Americares global distribution center about the work Connecticut-based nongovernmental organizations are doing to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew both in this country and Haiti. He praised the coordination between Americares, Hope for Haiti and Save the Children, among others, to respond to the real and present needs in Haiti, including the spread of cholera. “Collaboration and partnership are essential,” said Blumenthal.
He also stressed the essential role of these organizations to address the enormity of the need there. “The federal government is doing its best to address this human catastrophe in Haiti, but Americares and private aid are necessary to fill those gaps,” Blumenthal said.
Americares continues to respond to immediate needs in both countries. In the U.S., this includes providing safety net clinics and community organizations with medical and sanitation resources to restore lost supplies and recover from the storm. In Haiti, Americares emergency response teams are distributing aid to the communities most in need and supporting cholera prevention and treatment. Americares medical team is providing care to patients, including many with storm-related injuries that have not been treated since the hurricane two weeks ago.
Americares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia, who was in Haiti last week coordinating the organization’s response to the hurricane, witnessed first-hand the amount of recovery work that remains to be done in the country. “There aren’t enough money, attention or resources being focused on Haiti given the scale of the disaster,” said Ingoglia. “We’ve only raised one quarter of the funds we need to meet immediate needs, including delivering lifesaving aid, preventing the spread of cholera and getting health care systems operational.”