March 16, 2010
Chile 2010 © MSF
The numerous tremors that followed the February 27 earthquake in Chile have added new levels of stress to an already shaken population. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has therefore made mental health care a priority in its response to the disaster. Simultaneously, as the nights grow colder and the chance of rainfall increases, MSF is speeding up its distribution of plastic sheeting and blankets for people whose homes were damaged and who are now often camping outdoors.
Distribution of Hygiene Kits and Medical Supplies
Though many hospitals in the affected areas were damaged, most have good response capacity and are adequately staffed. In these places, MSF medical workers are attending to some specific medical care needs, performing at-home consultations with patients who don’t want to leave their houses to visit health centers, and donating certain medical supplies to avoid any potential shortages within the health system.
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