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Blum Center | News & Announcements


Three main hospitals in the Manabí area have been destroyed by the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador.  The death toll is reported to exceed 500 in the province of Manabí. Unknown numbers of injured are being discovered and needing treatment, shelter and food.  

Andean Health and Development, a US-based nonprofit organization, operates two hospitals in the nearby provinces to the earthquake epi-center: Hospital Hesburgh in Santo Domingo and Pedro Vincente Maldonado in Pichincha Province.    

Andean Health and Development hospitals and staff in nearby provinces have not sustained damage and are treating earthquake victims in-hospital and in emergency community triage settings.  Health care staff are treating broken bones, blunt trauma, head trauma, crush injuries, and lacerations.

The UCLA Blum Center sincerely expresses solidarity with Ecuador at this most difficult time.

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