COVID-19 Bahamas Response

Samaritan's Purse deployed an Emergency Field Hospital to the Bahamas after an increase in COVID-19 cases overwhelmed the local healthcare system. The specialized 28-bed hospital was airlifted on the Christian relief organization's DC-8 aircraft along with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a team of doctors, nurses and other key personnel. Samaritan's Purse medical staff is partnering with Nassau's Princess Margaret Hospital and the Bahamian Ministry of Health to provide added medical capacity and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) trainings for national healthcare workers.

Press Releases

  • Oct 15

    Samaritan's Purse Airlifts Emergency Field Hospital to the Bahamas; Adding Critical Covid-19 Capacity as Positive Cases Continue to Rise

    At the request of the Bahamian Prime Minister, Samaritan’s Purse is deploying an Emergency Field Hospital to Nassau

Fact Sheets

Approved Quotes

  • Dr. Elliott Tenpenny

    Team Lead in the Bahamas

    “COVID-19 is a terrible disease, and it claims the lives of hundreds, thousands of people. The Bahamas was crying out for help. We really count it as a privilege to come in at a point in time where a nation has a significant need and be able to care for the citizens.”

  • Edward Graham

    assistant to the vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse

    “God has provided the equipment, personnel, and opportunities for us to help Bahamian families in the midst of this pandemic. We pray that as we come alongside the local hospital system, God would be glorified and people would experience the love of Jesus.”

  • Ken Isaacs

    vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse

    “It is incredible to look back and see how God uniquely prepared us to fight COVID-19 through our work with Ebola in 2014. This year, we are using the techniques and skills that we learned during that response to provide critical COVID-19 care around the world. God has taken our faithfulness to serve during Ebola and equipped us to aid Bahamian families in the midst of this pandemic.”

  • Dr. Elliott Tenpenny

    Team Lead in the Bahamas

    “One year ago, Samaritan's Purse responded in the Bahamas to the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. Now, we have the opportunity to come alongside Bahamians again as positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise. We want to provide physical care to patients who are suffering from the virus, but we also want to bring God's love and hope to families in need.”

  • Megan Vitek

    Response Manager

    “There is a need for supplementary medical care in the Bahamas as hospitals have become overwhelmed with the number of COVID-19 cases and clinical staff are falling sick. Our teams will provide necessary clinical support for COVID patients while training healthcare workers in proper Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocols to help slow the spread of this virus.”

B-Roll

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  • Bahamas Covid Relief DC-8 Loading

  • Emergency Field Hospital Construction

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  • Greensboro, N.C. Oct. 2020Samaritan's Purse is airlifting a 28-bed hospital to the Bahamas to provide supplementary COVID-19 care. Download
  • Greensboro, N.C. Oct. 2020The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 cargo plane has the capacity to carry up to 84,000 pounds of cargo and 32 passengers--allowing the Christian relief organization to respond around the world at a moment's notice. Download
  • Greensboro, N.C. Oct. 2020At the request of the Bahamian Prime Minister, Samaritan’s Purse is deploying an Emergency Field Hospital to Nassau after an increase in COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed the local healthcare system. Download
  • Greensboro, N.C. Oct. 2020Samaritan's Purse is airlifting more than 14 tons of critical relief supplies to the Bahamas to provide supplementary medical care to the overwhelmed hospital system. Download
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