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Medical Volunteers Urgently Needed in Ecuador

Samaritan’s Purse staff are on the ground and finishing the set up of an emergency field hospital.

dr donate buttonA 7.8-magnitude quake rocked Ecuador’s coast late on April 16, killing hundreds and injuring thousands. More than 600 individuals are confirmed dead and the toll continues to rise. This was the deadliest earthquake to strike the South American country since 1987.

Ecuador Earthquake

The earthquake has caused incredible death, injury, destruction, and loss, Samaritan’s Purse is responding as quickly as possible to help with emergency needs such as water, shelter, and medical care.

In a series of three flights that started on April 20, Samaritan’s Purse sent an emergency field hospital along with medical staff to treat the suffering in Ecuador. The hospital has been set up on the grounds of Napoleon Davila Hospital in Chone and is now operational. This hospital could be the only hope for thousands of people to get healthcare right now.

The emergency field hospital is a mobile unit that gives Samaritan’s Purse a physical location to treat and help patients in need. It has an emergency room with the capacity to see more than 100 people a day; an operating theatre with the ability to perform seven to 10 surgeries daily; 20 inpatient beds; and an outpatient clinic with an adjunct lab, ultrasound imaging capabilities, and onsite pharmacy. Approximately 40 medical personnel will staff the field hospital each day.

In addition to helping relieve the overwhelming medical need, Samaritan’s Purse is also at work to bring clean water to 50,000 people and to meet shelter needs for 5,000 households. On April 25, we distributed necessities to 1,500 households. Team members are assessing needs in Pedernales, northwest of Chone, and closer to the epicentre of the earthquake. Non-food relief will be sent on the flight on Sunday. We have already deployed a seven-person disaster assistance response team to join trained personnel already on location.

Ecuador Earthquake- suppliesThe first shipment of supplies arrived on April 20 to establish an emergency field hospital in Chone, along the country’s devastated coast.

We are and will be working through church partners as this response develops. About 8 percent of the Ecuadorian population consider themselves to be evangelical Christians.

We need volunteer medical physicians and nurses, in particular; general surgeons, orthopedists, anesthetists, scrub nurses, and ER physician and nurses.  If you would like more information about volunteering for a minimum three week deployment, please email medicalteams@samaritanspurse.org.au to register your interest.

If you would like to financially support the medical teams in Ecuador, please donate below.

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