Ve’ahavta is proud to have responded to the recent natural disaster in Samoa. Together with the Israeli Government, Toronto businessman Walter Arbib, and the UJA/Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, we have sent pharmaceuticals appropriate to the suffering in this country.
The island nation of Samoa was devastated in late September after multiple earthquakes and tsunami. 150 people died and thousands were left injured and homeless. The Samoan government received assistance immediately after the tragedy from Counterpart International (Counterpart) in coordination with SkyLink Aviation, an international aviation company.
“You cannot close your eyes when you see these things happening,” says Walter Arbib, President of SkyLink Aviation.
Rescue forces are still searching for more survivors and adding to the death toll across Samoa, the earthquakes have finally subsided and water levels have begun to decrease. Now the country faces a massive cleanup and assessment of the widespread damage.
Counterpart and SkyLink have sent more than $125,000 worth of medical supplies to Samoa, treating over 5,000 survivors in the area.
Counterpart called upon a medical supplier in the Netherlands who had medicines available for immediate distribution. SkyLink, in cooperation with the United Jewish Appeal and Ve’ahavta on behalf of the Israeli Government, joined forces with Counterpart to send them to the people of Samoa. The pharmaceuticals were distributed in Samoa on Thursday, October 8th.
Included in this distribution are anesthetics, analgesics, penicillin, antibacterial drugs, antacids, anti-infective agents, oral rehydration drugs, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antipruritic drugs.
Counterpart’s direct contact, Dr. Stanley Dean, the General Manager of Samoa’s National Health Services, will facilitate the distribution in the most desperate areas after the SkyLink delivery.