NEXT MONTH'S THEME
WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
Have you ever had something happen that you weren't expecting? We all have. But imagine that something was a flood that swept away your family, a fire that destoyed your home, or an earthquake that has opened sewage lines and contaminted the drinking water. That would be an unexpected thing that you would need help to get through - a lot of help!
Global emergencies demand a global response.
With this in mind, Kutoa is partnering with GlobalMedic.
GlobalMedic provides emergency relief to those affected by natural disasters and complex emergencies. In doing so, they empower the emergency response capacity of organizations and communities in the developing world by providing technological equipment and training. GlobalMedic strives to deliver the maximum amount of aid with the minimum operating cost.
GlobalMedic delivers a pre-hospital emergency medical care training package. The training is delivered to members of organizations and hospitals in developing countries in order to enhance emergency medical services.
They seek to increase the independence of communities in the developing world, while ultimately improving the efficiency of international disaster relief.
On April 1, 2017, torrential rains triggered severe flooding and mudslides in the city of Mocoa, in southwest Colombia, according to a statement released by the army.
Heavy overnight rainfall caused several rivers to overflow their banks, sending mud and debris crashing on to houses as people slept, and sweeping away vehicles and trees.
Many of the victims did not have enough time to climb on top of their roofs, or seek refuge on higher ground.
To date, the death toll is over 300 and there are more than 500 that have been injured or are still missing.
Global Medic has sent teams of specialists to provide releif amidst the disaster and ongoing instability it has caused.