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MAP International Responds to Aftermath of Guatemalan Landslide

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MAP International Responds to Aftermath of Guatemalan Landslide
MAP and VINE International Providing Emergency Medical Aid

Atlanta (October 7, 2015) – Georgia-based MAP International and Tennessee-based Vine International, both humanitarian and relief organizations, are responding to the devastation caused by the landslide late last week in Guatemala. The landslide has taken more than 131 lives, with hundreds still missing.  As the cleanup begins, MAP and Vine are sending medicines and medical supplies valued at more than $15,000 to help rebuild a broken community in poverty. 

On Monday, an Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) was authorized to provide medical aid to 10,000 people for the next 90 days of recovery.  The kit will cost $15,000 to purchase and airlift to Guatemala in the next 10-14 days.  The IEHK will include a wide range of items most useful in times of disaster: antibiotics, pain relievers, gauze and oral rehydration salts to combat dehydration.  

MAP International is seeking donors and partners to cover the cost of this shipment

“This is one of Guatemala’s worst natural disasters in years and MAP and Vine hope to help them rebuild their lives through healthcare,” said Steve Stirling, president, MAP International. 

  • Guatemala has an extremely high poverty rate, with 56 percent of families below the poverty line and 16 percent in extreme poverty.  
  • The World Health Organization reports that only 11 percent of the Guatemalan people have access to basic health services.  
  • MAP International is partnering with its longtime partner, Vine International, whose presence on the ground in Guatemala will ensure that those in most need are provided with emergency medical aid following this tragedy.  In 2015, MAP has provided more than $30 million in medicines and supplies through their partnership with Vine International and has provided medicines and medical supplies to Guatemala for more than 50 years.

"Many don't realize that much of Guatemala is mountainous - not unlike the Rockies,” Woody Woodson, Vine International President and founder said.  “But the sandy, volcanic soil, combined with rural villages nudged onto the mountain-sides makes for a deadly combination with heavy rain.”  

El Cambray, ten miles southeast of Guatemala City is one of those villages.  A steep mountain side broke off, and the ensuing mud slide, along with trees, inundated the town with as much as 50 feet of mud.  Few had time escape their homes.  Vine has taken what they had to help with relief, but the shipment from MAP will be a huge help to the growing number of survivors, families, and relief workers in the aftermath of this disaster.

About MAP International
MAP International is a global Christian health and relief organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and build healthier families and communities. Known for its 99% efficiency rating, MAP provides medicines, prevents disease and promotes health to create real hope and lasting change. MAP provides medical aid to 10 million people each year in over 100 countries.  For more information please go to www.map.org

About Vine International
Vine International is a Christian non-denominational and evangelical nonprofit relief organization serving in Central America by providing medical resources to our brothers and sisters in Christ who serve the poor.  For more information click on www.vineinternational.org 

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