Last week, two 40-foot containers of medical aid were pulled away from the Global Links dock and started on the journey to hospitals in Santiago, Cuba. The hospitals suffered considerable damage from Hurricane Sandy, and need medical supplies in order to care for their community. Global Links was in a position to help.
Global Links had recently received “pandemic kits” containing gloves, masks and other essential items, as well as flu vaccine kits, and barrels of soap. All these items were processed by Global Links, and the materials that Santiago hospitals needed were packed and loaded on the trucks, along with linens and other items.
After a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy, it is essential to donate only the materials that are needed and immediately usable. Sending unnecessary items clogs the “pipeline” and impedes the arrival of usable aid, eats up time and other resources to sort and allocate non-essential items, and can create a disposal problem if some materials are not usable at all.
Communication is key in any humanitarian endeavor, and Global Links, one of the few US charities licensed to work in Cuba, is collaborating with MEDICC and with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to ensure that all of our donations are appropriate and useful.
Please consider supporting recovery efforts in Santiago with a donation to Global Links. Two more shipments to Santiago are planned before the end of the year and we need your help to cover the shipping costs. Your support can make those shipments a reality.