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— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Make A Difference » Disaster Relief, Recovery & Reconstruction 

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More than 500 people have died, and many more have lost their homes as a result of the earthquake (MW 8.0) that struck off the coast of Peru on August 15.  The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) supports the recovery efforts of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to alleviate the devastating effects of this tragedy in Peru.


Four health facilities are reported destroyed, one hospital in Pisco, near the epicenter and three health centers in the province of Castrovirreyna, which is one of the poorest zones in Peru.  The ministry of health hospital in Pisco suffered severe damage to their emergency and surgical facilities. The most important regional hospital in Ica and the main hospital in Chincha can only partially operate due to the collapse of basic services. Seven specialized hospitals in Lima also suffered physical damage, especially in walls, prompting the evacuation of some services.


The Peruvians need your help!

The PAHEF/ Peru Earthquake Relief Fund will support the work of the PAHO/WHO in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and other relief agencies to provide:

•  Clean water : water quality control/ testing, monitoring and provision of equipment

• Expert teams to monitor in disease outbreaks in affected areas

• Basic sanitation and solid waste management for populations in shelters

• Engineers to assess the structural damages and repairs needs of health clinics and hospitals; replace damaged emergency medical equipment

• Multidisciplinary teams of health workers to advise on early rehabilitation f the health sector , including transportation and communications support

Please make a gift to the Peru Earthquake Relief where your help is most urgently needed.

• Make a gift online

• Mail your check to:
PAHEF/ Peru Earthquake Relief
525 Twenty-Third Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

• Fax your credit card information using this form  to 202 974-3636

• Call us at (202) 974-3416 or toll free number 1-800-996-2970

Your gift to the Foundation is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution within IRS regulations.

Click here for PAHO updates about the Earthquake in Peru.