News Brief: IMF Staff Launch Hurricane Mitch Relief Campaign

November 13, 1998

IMF Staff Launch Hurricane Mitch Relief Campaign

Hurricane Mitch has had devastating effects in Central America, especially in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. In response, the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have launched a campaign to support relief and reconstruction efforts underway in the affected countries. In the wake of a disaster of such magnitude and scale, the greatest need is for medical assistance and supplies. For this reason, the IMF staff chose their contributions to go to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, an organization of volunteer doctors, nurses, and other health professionals that is presently working in all four countries affected by the hurricane, distributing clean water, medical supplies, emergency shelter, and providing medical care.

Michel Camdessus, IMF Managing Director, on behalf of the IMF, launched the staff efforts through an initial contribution from the IMF"s Civic Program budget. In addition, the IMF will match all staff contributions.

Camdessus is leaving for the region today to examine the ways and means by which the IMF can provide assistance to the affected countries. Camdessus said that the staff’s response through this campaign expresses the deep concerns for the victims of this terrible tragedy.


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