In response to the massive earthquake (mag.7.8) that struck Ecuador on April 17th, AMDA has decided to conduct medical relief in the disaster-stricken area.
On April 23rd, AMDA will be sending one coordinator from its headquarters in Okayama, Japan, to work with AMDA chapters in the Americas region (Columbia, Bolivia and Peru.) Upon arriving in Quito, they will hold a briefing at Universidad San Francisco de Quito whose officials will be collaborating on this mission.
As of April 21st the government of Ecuador has announced that the quake has caused 570 deaths and over 7,000 people injured while mag.6-class strong aftershocks still continue in the disaster area. It is also reported that more than 25,000 people have been displaced and 155 people have been missing.