On 1 September 2019, Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 Atlantic Hurricane struck many
Caribbean islands including the Bahamas, and in particular, the Abaco islands. It was one of
the worst natural disaster’s ever to strike the island with sustained windspeeds of 185 mph
and storm surges of up to 23 feet which flattened thousands of homes. In Marsh Harbour,
75% of homes were destroyed. Humanity First sent a combined emergency medical team
from the USA and Canada (consisting of doctors, nurses, paramedics and logistics staff)
working with the WHO and the Bahamas Ministry of Health whilst also running a logistical
command centre in Miami. HF took charge of and rehabilitated the Coopers Town
Community Clinic on Abacos Island and also distributed water survival boxes to impacted
families to enable them to rebuild their lives. Hundreds of victims were treated, and HF also
set up a desalination unit to provide up to 1,000 litres of water a day for the clinic.