PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo announced today that it is providing the Haitian Ministry of Health - through the NGOs, Partners in Health and Heifer International - 200,000 bottles of Gatorade, a sports drink which includes electrolytes and carbohydrates, for Hurricane Mathew victims in the southern region of Haiti. Additionally, the PepsiCo Foundation is donating USD $750,000 to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts.
In the aftermath of the hurricane, one growing concern has been the outbreak of cholera and other diseases as a result of a lack of safe water and adequate sanitation for an estimated 1.2 million people, including 500,000 children. There have been at least 1,421 cholera cases reported. Diarrhea and/or vomiting, symptoms of cholera, can lead to dehydration. The correct combination of electrolytes, particularly sodium, plus carbohydrates is critical to enable victims to absorb and retain water and these electrolytes, also help to replace electrolytes lost. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will be delivering the Gatorade to Haiti. "While the medical community in Haiti is providing victims of cholera the medicines necessary to fight the disease, the lack of access to clean water after patients leave the hospital puts them at high risk for complications," said Hervil Cherubin, Ph.D, Country Director for Heifer International. "Through a public-private partnership between PepsiCo, Heifer International, Partners in Health and the Haitian Ministry of Health, we have access to a vital and beneficial product that we then can get into the hands of the people who need it the most." In response to the devastation and destruction of Hurricane Matthew and to assist communities in Haiti and the Southeast United States, the PepsiCo Foundation is donating USD $750,000 to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. "With operations across the U.S. and around the world, we regard these communities as part of the PepsiCo family," said Tony West, PepsiCo General Counsel and President of PepsiCo Foundation. "Public-private partnerships are essential to effectively respond to those in need, and because we are able to collaborate with such incredible partners, we will be able to help our communities recover and thrive once again." Hurricane Matthew caused severe flooding in several U.S. states with rivers overflowing their banks and dams collapsing. The American Red Cross responded with shelter, food and relief supplies through the support of partners like the PepsiCo Foundation.