December 04, 2009 16:03 ET

Canada Increases its Support to Victims of Hurricane Ida in El Salvador

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2009) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister for International Cooperation, announced today that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is providing additional funding to hurricane victims in El Salvador, which brings Canada's total assistance in support of the response to Hurricane Ida to $390,000.

The aftermath of Hurricane Ida has caused severe flooding and landslides in El Salvador, with more than 75,000 people reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance.

Today's announcement ensures $300,000 in new funding for services, which will be delivered through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

"With this contribution, Canada will be supporting PAHO in the delivery of its essential activities that will save lives," said Minister Oda. "This will include increasing access to medical services as well as the prevention of disease outbreaks."

Canada has already responded through a CIDA contribution of $40,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Canadian Embassy in San Salvador also provided $50,000 in emergency assistance to local organizations from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

Part of El Salvador's health care infrastructure has been damaged, and does not have sufficient capacity at this time to respond to the needs on the ground. With Canada's additional contribution, PAHO's intervention will ensure health care services are maintained.

PAHO is providing access to lifesaving health care services for those affected by the floods and landslides by supporting national mobile health services for delivery of primary health care, and by establishing a referral system for emergency surgery and for emergency obstetric and child health care. PAHO activities will also include the distribution of emergency kits for use by primary health care workers located in remote areas, and the setting up of an early-warning system for detecting, investigating, and responding to outbreaks of water-borne and respiratory diseases.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office