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MAP International Preparing Medical Relief Shipment to the Philippines as Typhoon Ruby Approaches

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MAP International Preparing Medical Relief Shipment to the Philippines as Typhoon Ruby Approaches

ATLANTA, December 5, 2014 -- As Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit bears down on the Philippines, a Georgia-based global health nonprofit is already preparing to send more than $600,000 in emergency medical supplies. MAP International (www.map.org) already has 60 “Medical Mission Packs” of essential medical supplies packed and ready to be airlifted to the Philippines from its Distribution Center in Brunswick, GA. The Typhoon is expected to hit on Saturday morning U.S. eastern time.

The Medical Mission Packs are ready for transport once the extent of the need is determined this weekend. The $400,000 in medical supplies include antibiotics, rehydration fluids, pain relievers (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin), multivitamins, bandages and first aid supplies.

MAP has also secured a basic Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK), with an estimated value of $200,000, that will be airlifted in from Europe.  The IEHK includes enough essential medicines and medical supplies to treat 10,000 people for 90 days.

MAP assisted with relief when a typhoon hit the Philippines last year and has strong relationships on the ground. Additional donations will help secure additional needed relief. Donate at http://www.map.org/philippines

About MAP International

MAP International (www.map.org) is a global health and humanitarian organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and health services around the world in response to man-made and natural disasters, to people living with neglected tropical diseases and to people living in severe poverty. Each year, MAP provides more than $330 million in essential medicines to 25 million people in more than 100 countries. The organization has 10 offices worldwide, serving people in the United States, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Since its founding 60 years ago, MAP’s specific focus on delivering medical supplies around the world in times of crisis and to those living in great need has allowed it to build an unmatched expertise in the logistics and supply chain management of medicines and healthcare services. Over the last 60 years, MAP has provided nearly $5 billion in medicines and supplies to more than two billion people in 115 countries.

MAP has an independently audited 99 percent efficiency rating (i.e., less than one percent of its budget goes to administrative costs) and a four-star Charity Navigator rating.

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