Medical Mission Concludes In Flood-Affected El Salvador; More Than 1,300 Treated
By Dialogo December 23, 2009More than 1,300 residents of two communities affected by devastating flooding and mudslides received free medical care in El Salvador during a Medical Civil Action Program (MEDCAP). The medical treatment was provided through a partnership between the government of El Salvador, the U.S. Embassy and Military Group in El Salvador, and U.S. Southern Command's Joint Task Force-Bravo, based at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Severe flooding and mudslides in early November displaced hundreds and killed more than 100 residents of El Salvador. JTF-Bravo responded quickly, along with agencies of the Salvadoran government, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and non-governmental organizations. In addition to damage assessment, logistical transportation of relief supplies and other support, the team from JTF-Bravo combined with the Salvadoran Ministry of Health and conducted medical care operations from Nov. 21-24. Nearly 3,000 patients received care at that time. This week's mission was an effort to ensure people in flood-affected communities received either initial or follow-up care as cleanup and rebuilding projects continue. The communities visited Dec. 14 - 15 were San Agustin, near Lake Ilotongo; and El Achiotal, in Southern El Salvador. Both were heavily damaged in the November floods.