Clorox is grateful that our products can help organizations like AmeriCares with their disaster relief efforts. AmeriCares is an emergency response and global health organization that saves lives and builds healthier futures for people in crisis in the U.S. and around the world. Since their founding in 1979, AmeriCares has distributed more than $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries. For more information on AmeriCares’ activities in Fiji and to learn how you can help, visit the AmeriCares website.
For two days last February, Cyclone Winston — the strongest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere — battered Fiji with 185-mile-per-hour winds, killing more than 40 people.
By the time Cyclone Winston spun out to sea, the powerful storm had damaged or destroyed at least 30,000 homes, caused an estimated $500 million in destruction and left 350,000 survivors in need of assistance.
Within days, an AmeriCares emergency response team arrived to report damages and assess health needs. AmeriCares began shipments of medical aid from its Connecticut warehouse and headquarters.
By March 15, 2016, AmeriCares had provided a series of aid shipments including antibiotics, wound care supplies and other medical aid valued at more than $1.5 million.
“Cyclone Winston affected nearly 40 percent of Fiji’s population, and more than 80 health facilities were damaged in the storm,” says AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. “Our shipments will sustain health services for survivors, and our response team will help ensure medical aid reaches those who need it most.”
AmeriCares emergency responders identified needs, coordinated shipments of aid from AmeriCares warehouses and worked with the country’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services to manage donations of medicines and supplies. The government turned to AmeriCares for its expertise in logistics and inventory management to organize and catalogue products, forecast needs and distribute supplies to hospitals and clinics that needed them most.
“AmeriCares is committed to helping the people of Fiji recover from Cyclone Winston,” says AmeriCares President and CEO, Michael J. Nyenhuis. “We will work to reestablish health care and ensure the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is able to restore health services.”
Among AmeriCares emergency relief for survivors of Cyclone Winston was a generous donation of skin cleanser from Clorox’s Aplicare brand.
AmeriCares coordinated with the World Health Organization and Fiji’s Ministry of Health to deliver Aplicare’s supplies to organizations focused on addressing acute health needs and preventing communicable diseases. The donated products were also used to restock damaged and destroyed supplies in health facilities.
This critical humanitarian relief effort is yet another example of the way AmeriCares partners with Clorox and Aplicare to help disaster survivors all over the world. Over the past five years, Aplicare has donated more than $85,000 in medical supplies to 19 countries and 23 U.S. states. This valuable support has included over $45,000 in supplies to AmeriCares emergency response efforts. Aplicare continues to help AmeriCares fulfill its commitment to saving lives and building healthier futures for people in crisis.