BUENA PARK, CA (February 5, 2007) – International aid organization Islamic Relief and Connecticut-based AmeriCares have partnered to provide over $600,000 worth of vital medicines and medical supplies to the people of drought and war-stricken Somalia. Half of the aid supplies arrived in Somalia on Saturday and the remainder of the shipment will leave Dubai on Tuesday. The aid will be distributed through Islamic Relief established health clinics in the towns of Dangorayo and Ba’adweyn.

“The kind generosity of AmeriCares is highly appreciated,” said Rashid Warsame, Islamic Relief’s Regional Program Coordinator for the Africa Desk. “We need these drugs for the health services of these two health centers and our referral hospitals,” he added.

The medicines contained in the aid shipment will help treat bacterial infections, diarrhea, aches and pains, fever, and many treatable illnesses which result in preventable loss of lives. Various medical items to be distributed to the clinics include exam gloves, alcohol prep pads, needles, syringes and other supplies.

Somalia faces a multitude of humanitarian crises: in addition to the virtual civil war they are experiencing, many are also affected by the natural disaster of droughts, floods, and food shortages. Islamic Relief’s ongoing aid efforts have benefited thousands of families in the country thus far. Islamic Relief has launched a worldwide $2 million emergency appeal to assist the victims of this current conflict.

“We are pleased to partner with Islamic Relief on this important initiative,” said John Connell, AmeriCares director of emergency response.  “The situation in Somalia is increasingly complex, and by working together, we can help bring relief to some of the hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering there.”

Islamic Relief and AmeriCares have worked together on many other humanitarian causes in the recent past. These include Hurricane Katrina, the South Asia earthquake, and responding to the food crisis in Niger.

“It’s great that two dedicated organizations like AmeriCares and Islamic Relief can come together again to help relieve suffering in an ignored humanitarian crisis zone,” said Islamic Relief spokesperson Mostafa Mahboob. “This medical aid will assist countless people in Somalia.”

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