Company Donates to Support Ecuador Earthquake Relief Efforts
ristol-Myers Squibb is donating medicines and cash to the disaster relief efforts for the survivors of the devastating earthquakes that struck the central coast of Ecuador on April 16. The country is still recovering from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 650 people and destroyed homes, bridges, roads and schools. Survivors need access to emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine, in addition to longer-term recovery assistance.
The Company is donating over $360,000 of much needed medicines to long-time partner AmeriCares to distribute through its ongoing relief efforts in Ecuador. AmeriCares has teams on the ground in Ecuador for immediate relief and will move into restoring the health care system in the affected areas once the immediate response is complete.
The product donation is in addition to the $50,000 cash donation the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation made directly after the earthquake to MAP International for the emergency relief efforts. The funds provided desperately needed medical care and supplies for survivors.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation also provided $25,000 cash assistance for the relief efforts following the earthquakes that struck the island of Kyushu, Japan, on April 14 and 16, working with the Japanese Red Cross Society.
“Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has a long history of responding quickly to help communities throughout the world in times of disaster,” says John Damonti, head of Corporate Philanthropy and president, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. “Often, we are the first to offer financial and in kind product assistance to our relief partners.”
The Foundation and its disaster relief partners will continue to diligently monitor the situation to provide support as needed.