Samaritan’s Purse continues to help alleviate suffering during the COVID-19 crisis.
Each of our 16 field offices around the world, as well as our four affiliate offices, have launched new efforts or adapted projects to support people who are suffering during this global pandemic.
For example, in the Philippines and Cambodia we are providing hygiene kits, hand washing soap, and coronavirus prevention education. A Samaritan’s Purse team is offering primary medical care, hygiene training, and emergency food packages to migrant communities along the Colombia-Venezuela border. Our teams in South Sudan and Kenya are training local health center staff on how to use personal protective equipment when caring for patients and providing important medical supplies to those in remote areas. And in Iraq, we are serving mothers by delivering food and hygiene kits and teaching about stress management.
Earlier in the year, Samaritan’s Purse deployed Emergency Field Hospitals to New York City and Italy in order to provide critical care for people seriously ill with COVID-19.
We operated our respiratory care unit in Central Park from April 1 to May 5. Through our partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System, we treated more than 300 coronavirus patients in New York, including 190 at the park site. More than 240 relief specialists served at various times on the Disaster Assistance Response Team there.
“This is what Samaritan’s Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name.”
In an eerily quiet New York City, Samaritan’s Purse established our Emergency Field Hospital to help treat those suffering with coronavirus. We are ministered to the sick as the hands and feet of Jesus.
We ran a similar medical facility outside of Milan, Italy, that opened on March 20 and closed May 7. The 14-tent unit was set up adjacent to the Cremona Hospital in order to treat an overflow of coronavirus patients. Our DC-8 aircraft made two airlifts to Italy in order to deliver the hospital, 20 tons of supplies, and a large Disaster Assistance Response Team.
All patients under Samaritan’s Purse care have now been discharged in both Italy and New York City, and we are in the process of decontaminating and packing up the tents. We are thankful that the surge in COVID-19 hospital admissions is finally reaching manageable levels.
As our disaster relief specialists served in Jesus’ Name in both locations, they brought comfort and the hope of Christ to hurting people. We saw patients recover from near physical death, and we also saw God bring salvation to some under our care.
Samaritan’s Purse teams, including doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, worked on the frontlines in two of the worst affected areas in the world. Tens of thousands of cases have been reported across New York City’s five boroughs. As a nation, the United States has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, with more than 1.2 million. Sadly, the U.S. has the highest death toll of any country, at more than 75,000.
The city of Cremona, in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, was at the heart of the pandemic in Europe. The local hospital was forced to suspend all medical care, except for maternity and pediatrics, due to the overwhelming numbers of people suffering from this terrible disease. Our respiratory care unit provided vital assistance, treating 282 patients.
The death toll across Italy is more than 29,000.
Samaritan’s Purse also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by donating personal protective equipment. For more details visit our “For This Is Love” campaign.