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MADRE Delivers Emergency Aid to Women and Families in Cuba Devastated by Hurricane Dennis

Posted on: Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Keywords: Emergency Relief, Cuba, Latin America and Caribbean

MADRE's emergency shipment of humanitarian aid included $744,000 dollars worth of anti-parasite medicine for women and families affected by Hurricane Dennis. At least 16 people in Cuba were killed by the hurricane, which destroyed 150,000 homes and buildings, causing over $1.5 billion worth of damage. In two communities in Granma Province, 90 percent of the homes were destroyed.

The anti-parasite medicines will help treat and prevent infections associated with the destruction of sewage and water treatment plants. The medicine will be distributed by the Cuban Red Cross.

MADRE's humanitarian aid shipment will support Cuban doctors and other health workers who are struggling to respond to the crisis. Their efforts to save lives and treat injuries and illnesses caused by the storm have been badly hampered by the Bush Administration's decision to tighten the US embargo, which denies Cuba access to critical medications and medical supplies.

"MADRE's donation of anti-parasite medicines will help meet the critical needs of women and families in Cuba who bear the brunt of Bush's cruel and misguided policies," commented MADRE Executive Director Vivian Stromberg.

In the wake of Hurricane Dennis, the Bush Administration has done nothing to ease its policies, which severely limit the amount of money and humanitarian aid that Cubans and Cuban-Americans can send to their families in Cuba. By refusing to lift the restrictions, Bush has prevented those who have been hurt by the storms from receiving urgently needed support.


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