The vision of Doctors for Maria Relief is to create support for medical efforts already taking place in Puerto Rico by providing volunteer doctors and nurses, and donations of much needed medicine, food, and water to the victims of hurricane Maria. We coordinate these efforts holistically. We also work with community based organizations and governmental contacts on the ground in Puerto Rico to facilitate the doctors and nurses in getting certified by the Puerto Rico Department of Health so they could practice medicine and write prescriptions while in Puerto Rico as per Governor Ricardo Rosello’s Executive Order. The initial mission of this coordinated humanitarian medical relief effort traveled throughout the island for 14 days with over 25 doctors, nurses, and other volunteers from across the United States. The mission provided a varied array of medical services at clinics, hospitals, domestic violence shelters, drug rehabilitation clinics, door to door relief in the mountainous regions and harder to reach flooded areas, including surgery at Centro Medico-Rio Piedras. We also provided medicines to animal shelters in need. We serviced hundreds of people in 16 municipalities throughout the worst hit parts of the island of Puerto Rico, thousands through donations of medicine and medical supplies, and have offered Puerto Rico the services of 430 volunteer surgeons and over 300 doctors and nurses long term if needed. We hope to be able to be able to continue this effort going forward with the support of donors and partnerships.
On Monday, November 6, 2017 we hosted a panel entitled After Hurricane Maria: A Discussion on the State of Puerto Rico's Humanitarian Relief Efforts. Our panel that will discuss and share our experiences, best practices, and insight on providing humanitarian aid and medical relief in Puerto Rico and recommendations on how to overcome challenges based on our efforts' recent mission to Puerto Rico.