Global Disaster Response

Earthquake in Afghanistan


On October 7th, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck western Afghanistan roughly 40 kilometers west of Herat City. The area experienced several aftershocks and another 6.3 magnitude quake just days later on October 11th. The quakes have caused massive destruction across several districts with over 12,000 people affected, a number that is expected to rise. The epicenter of the quake, Zindajan district, is the worst affected with nearly 1,300 deaths, many more injuries, and 100 percent of homes destroyed. The United Nations (UN) Cluster System partners have so far assisted in the areas of emergency shelter and non-food items, food security [...]

Earthquake in Afghanistan2023-10-13T11:40:25-04:00

Earthquake in Morocco


September 12, 2023 - On September 8, 2023, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco in the High Atlas mountains, about 71km (44 miles) southwest of Marrakesh. A city of roughly 840,000 people, Marrakesh and the surrounding area has been most impacted, with many homes and businesses collapsed and nearly 3,000 people killed at the latest count. The death toll is likely to increase as the full extent of the destruction becomes clearer. The impact to the country's health infrastructure is significant, as many clinics and hospitals have sustained structural damage and access to remote areas is contrained. The Global [...]

Earthquake in Morocco2023-09-12T16:36:13-04:00

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria


At 4:17 AM local time on February 6, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 24 km struck the Pazarcik District of Kahramanmaraş Province in south-central Turkey, and significant aftershocks were felt throughout the region, including another large, 7.5 magnitude quake in southeastern Turkey just 11 minutes later. In the 10 days since the earthquake, Turkish authorities report over 35,000 fatalities, and the death toll in Syria is nearly 6,000. Sadly, these numbers will continue to increase as search and rescue efforts come to a close. Survivors have been left homeless, many having only what they were wearing [...]

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria2023-02-16T14:31:07-05:00

Crisis in Ukraine: Mass General Responds


Since Feb. 24, the crisis in Ukraine has affected more than 18 million people across that country, internally displacing as many as 7 million, with more than 12 million individuals in need of urgent humanitarian care and 2 million Ukrainians fleeing to seek refuge in neighboring countries. Lindsey Martin, NP The Center for Global Health (CGH) at Massachusetts General Hospital is committed to responding to the needs of displaced peoples around the globe. It has established The Ukraine Surgical Response Team, focusing on medical support, supplies and on-the-ground assistance. On March 9, Lindsey Martin, NP, director of CGH [...]

Crisis in Ukraine: Mass General Responds2022-04-13T15:36:38-04:00

In Support of Ukraine


Last Updated March 30, 2022 NEW: On March 27, 2022, the Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action program deployed a team to Eastern Europe as part of their continued response to the crisis in Ukraine and the current needs of displaced people around the globe. The team is deployed in partnership with Medical Teams International to provide medical support for refugee transit centers and training in point of care ultrasound, ACLS/BLS, and trauma. Future teams are being considered as need arises. March 1, 2022: Since February 24, 18 million people across the country of Ukraine have been affected by recent [...]

In Support of Ukraine2022-04-13T18:39:10-04:00

Responding in Haiti


A 7.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Haiti on August 14, 2021. The USGS estimates that the shaking zone affected more than 2.1 million people. The earthquake caused at least 2,207 deaths, 12,268 injuries, and 129,929 houses damaged or destroyed. Many local hospitals were very quickly overwhelmed.The earthquake preceded Tropical Storm Grace which generated flooding, heavy rains, and strong winds on August 16 and 17. Recent crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and political instability also impacted earthquake response efforts. The country is still recovering from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in 2010, killing over 200,000 people and [...]

Responding in Haiti2021-09-24T13:35:50-04:00

Earthquake in Haiti


Last Updated August 25, 2021 On August 14, 2021, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Haiti. The USGS estimates that the shaking zone affected more than 2.1 million people. As of August 20, reports indicate 2,207 earthquake-related deaths, 12,268 injuries, and 129,929 houses damaged or destroyed. Many local hospitals are also overwhelmed. We at the MGH Center for Global Health (CGH) extend our thoughts and attention to the people of Haiti and our partners located there. In 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country killing over 200,000 people and injuring many others. The country is still recovering from the effects [...]

Earthquake in Haiti2021-09-10T18:06:00-04:00

Mass General dispatches team to support COVID-19 response in Uganda


The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health (CGH) is deploying a team on Thursday, June 24 to Mbarara, Uganda in collaboration with Build Health International to support efforts to treat patients with COVID-19 infections. "This is not just about access to resources, it is about access to vaccines. There is a connection between current COVID-19 surges and lack of vaccine access and equity." While many areas across the globe have begun reporting decreasing COVID-19 cases and deaths, numbers are rising in Uganda and other countries on the African continent. This surge has sparked what is being called a third [...]

Mass General dispatches team to support COVID-19 response in Uganda2021-07-07T13:18:00-04:00

Answering the Call in India and Beyond


As we in Boston and across the United States gradually emerge from the isolation of COVID-19, we can begin to breathe a cautious sigh of relief. This is not the case for everyone around the globe. Health systems in India, Brazil and other countries in Southeast Asia are currently overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases. On May 6, India — the world’s second most populous country, with 1.4 billion citizens — recorded 414,188 infections and 3,769 deaths in one day. Experts warn these numbers are likely dramatic undercounts due to testing limitations and inability of local hospitals to care for the surge [...]

Answering the Call in India and Beyond2021-07-07T13:16:32-04:00

Supporting COVID-19 Response Efforts in India: A Conversation with Dr. Pooja Yerramilli


On May 5th, India reported 412,431 new COVID-19 infections and 3,980 deaths. Since mid- April, the country has seen an increase in infections and deaths which has rapidly overwhelmed the country’s healthcare and public health infrastructure. Pooja Yerramilli, MD, MPH, MGH Global Medicine Resident shares an update on the situation and work being done through the volunteer group India COVID SOS, whom she volunteers with. From the conversations you have had with people in India, could you tell us what you have learned from the current situation on the ground?   I would say it is really harrowing to hear [...]

Supporting COVID-19 Response Efforts in India: A Conversation with Dr. Pooja Yerramilli2021-07-07T13:19:36-04:00
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