Direct Relief airlifts 79,365 pounds of emergency medical aid to Puerto Rico



A Direct Relief-chartered aircraft landed Monday at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan with 79,365 lbs of medical aid requested by the Puerto Rico Department of Health, the territory´s Primary Care Association, and more than twenty hospitals and clinics across the island that are still struggling with the effects of Hurricane Maria three months later, the company said.

The airlift contained nearly 40 tons of medications and medical essentials, amounting to USD 20.6 million (wholesale) in donated medications, nutritionals, and medical supplies. More than two dozen healthcare companies provided these items, which included extensive quantities of intravenous solutions and prescription medications for acute conditions and chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

The following companies contributed donations of medicine, supplies and funding for the flight: 3M, Abbott, AbbVie, Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Amgen Foundation, Ansell Healthcare, Baxter International Inc., Bayer, BD, Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dr. Reddy´s Laboratories LTD., Essential Oxygen, GSK, Henry Schein, Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Kaleo Pharma, Mylan, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Prestige Brands, Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Sundial Brands, Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA, Trividia Health, Vaseline, and We Care Solar.

Since Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, Direct Relief´s private assistance efforts have totaled over 218 tons (423,644 lbs) of specifically requested medical essentials valued at more than USD 52 million wholesale to bolster the health system and enable care for Puerto Rico´s residents. Direct Relief has provided these resources via 181 deliveries to more than 50 nonprofit health centers, public health facilities, emergency medical teams, and locally run nonprofit organizations focused on diabetes, vaccinations, and women´s health throughout Puerto Rico.

Established in 1948 with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, Direct Relief delivers lifesaving medical resources throughout the world–without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identities, or ability to pay. For more information, visit https://www.DirectRelief.org.