Upstate responds to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

The Upstate Medical University community is responding to the devastation wrought here and abroad by Hurricane Matthew. Already hundreds have died, homes have been destroyed and flooding remains an ongoing threat to life for thousands in the wake of the storm.

In the United States, the hardest hit area was the southeast coast, affecting residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Florida.

The Caribbean island of Haiti received most of the storms fury, killing hundreds and destroying villages. Compounding the tragedy is the threat of cholera.

This is a true disaster that warrants a true response, said Mark Polhemus, MD, director of Upstates Center for Global Health and Translational Science that is supporting Upstates response to the devastation by Hurricane Matthew. Upstate has always had individuals who will donate their time and money for such efforts, and we will again come together to offer our time, our talents, and our gifts. Upstate is grateful for all your support in this time of great need.

Many agencies both here and abroad are helping with relief efforts. Upstate offers some suggestions below, but individuals may want to consider supporting other agencies.

To aid relief efforts in the United States:

The American Red Cross: www.redcross.orgExternal Icon

Salvation Armys National Emergency Disaster Services: Icon

To aid relief efforts in Haiti:

International Medical Corp: Icon

The Upstate Foundation worked with IMC for Upstates support of earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador earlier this year.

Association of Haitian Physicians Abroads Hurricane Matthew Relief Mission Fund: Icon

GHESKIO, a medical clinic in Haiti sponsored by Weill Cornell Medicine that provides free medical care, especially for treatment of cholera, which is a significant threat as a result of the hurricanes devastation: Icon (Indicate Hurricane Matthew relief).

This is not the first time Upstate has supported international relief efforts and we will continue to solidify our efforts to respond efficiently and effectively to future disasters. Thank you all!

Earlier this year, Upstate supported relief efforts when an earthquake struck Ecuador. Upstate staff on the ground in Ecuador, where they have ongoing research and educational programs, were able to help distribute medical supplies and coordinate care for folks affected by the earthquake.

Last year, Upstate employees supported earthquake relief efforts in Nepal and Upstate Professor Dr. Dinesh Subedi traveled back to his native country to assist in treating the wounded.

In 2010, the Upstate community raised more than $11,000 to aid in the Haitian earthquake relief. Five second-year medical students had returned from Haiti just prior to the Jan. 12 earthquake after spending the holiday break donating medical supplies and volunteering at a hospital.