Firefighters face unique risks of dehydration and related Exertional Heat Injuries. Prolonged, strenuous training and work environments–combined with high temperatures and personal protective equipment–are a recipe for fluid and electrolyte loss for even the most careful firefighters.
That's why In August of 2018 DripDrop set a goal to donate 25,000 sticks to wildfire teams during this year's wildfire season. Our team and partners met with crews and hand-delivered over 10,000 sticks to those fighting active fires in California including the Carr Fire, Holy Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire and many others.
When Hurricane Florence set it's path towards the East Coast of the US we knew there would be a major need for dehydration relief for first-responders. We teamed up with the South Carolina National Guard to deliver an entire pallet of DripDrop to be used immediately by crews on the ground during the aftermath of the storm.
In October 2017, multiple fires began across California. Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, and over 25 people were killed.
The DripDrop Foundation Team is providing support to the first responders located at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds.
In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texan coastline, bringing with it over 40 inches of rain and causing catastrophic flooding in coastal cities. This storm displaced over 30,000 people and necessitated over 17,000 rescues by local authorities and the coast guard.
The DripDrop Foundation team, led by Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, arrived in San Antonia, Texas and traveled along the coastline, providing DripDrop at medical stations designed to treat victims of this hurricane.
In March 2017, a fire in Cape Town, South Africa, the Imizamo Yethu fire, destroyed hundreds of homes and and displaced thousands of individuals. While fire and rescue services fought to contain the blaze, Dr. Dolhun provided DripDrop ORS to the displaced families, as well as the workers helping to fight the fire.
The DripDrop Foundation team also began the initial work to build partnerships with local healthcare teams in the Kayamandi township in a long-term effort to prevent and treat children suffering from infectious diarrhea.
The vision in South Africa is to build a focused, community-based program that addresses locally-defined healthcare needs in a culturally relevant manner, with an emphasis on the early prevention and treatment of infectious diarrhea.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis taking place in the Mediterranean has displaced over 2.7 million people.In June 2016, Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, Dr. Jonathan Jacobs, Andrew Antes, and Alexander Dolhun traveled to Greece to provide medical aid and oral rehydration therapy to the refugees living in camps along the Greek coastline.
They arrived during the first week of Ramadan, when many of the Muslim refugees were fasting during the day as part of their religious tradition. Combined with the Mediterranean sun, many refugees became dehydrated. Oral Rehydration Therapy was administered at 4 camps to adults and children suffering from dehydration and infectious diarrhea.
In April 2016, Ecuador was hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, the largest recorded earthquake originating inside the country in over 110 years. Over 650 died and an additional 28,000 were forced to relocate. Dr. Eduardo Dolhun and Andrew Antes traveled to Manta, Ecuador, the headquarters for the national response effort.
Once in Manta, Dr. Dolhun visited makeshift campsites that had been set up by locals whose homes had been destroyed in the earthquake.
The team met with the head of pediatrics at the local general hospital and began administering Oral Rehydration Therapy in the improvised pediatric wards.
In April 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people. This caused an estimated $10 billion in damages, and left many communities devastated. Access to clean drinking water was severely limited, leaving many dehydrated.
Dr. Dolhun traveled to Kathmandu and surrounding areas to provide Oral Rehydration to patients at city hospitals as well as people living in the rural areas of the country. He was joined by Dr. Rachel Dolhun, Nurse Ashley Dolhun, and pre-medical student Navdeep Saini, who assisted in providing medical support to the people of Nepal.
Dr. Dolhun traveled to Africa to visit some hospital's and clinics in local villages in Uganda and Malawi to introduce them to Drip Drop ORS (oral rehydration solution).
In his quest to educate local doctors, nurses and parents on the effectiveness of an Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS), Dr. Dolhun came across a local Malawi women who had been making her own "home brew" ORS. Dr. Dolhun was invited in to her home to witness the actual making of her ORS. He was astounded at her level of understanding of ingredients and quantities needed to make a life saving ORS that her children, and other children within her village, would drink - salt, boiled (clean) water and a little sugar.
On November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan hit landfall. Dr. Dolhun and a small team of medical personnel arrived 11 days later and traveled to the most densely populated city, Tacloban. The children in the area had already been deprived of clean water for several days and were dehydrated, and at risk for waterborne illness like Cholera.
Dr. Dolhun and his team went right to work providing medical care as well as treated hundreds of children for dehydration and infectious diarrhea with DripDrop Oral Rehydration.
In late July 2010, Pakistan experienced a heavy monsoon season that covered approximately a fifth of the country in floodwater. Nearly 2,000 people were killed in these floods, and access to potable water was severely decreased. Diarrheal illnesses spread quickly, especially among young children.
Dr. Dolhun traveled to Pakistan with a small team of volunteers to provide DripDrop ORS to the children of Pakistan. As part of their effort, the DripDrop team educated parents in the preparation and administration of Oral Rehydration Solutions, empowering individuals, especially mothers, to treat their own children.
Dr. Dolhun was one of the first responders to arrive in Haiti, three days after the devastating earthquake in January 2010. His goal was to provide any medical aid to the most in need.
He traveled to makeshift camps to provide his Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) to the victims living there, and educated other responders in the proper administration of ORS.
Returning to Haiti two more times that same year, Dr. Dolhun brought the first production DripDrop ORS that is now recognized as the first good tasting oral rehydration product that leverages the best technology of an ORS with the independent, life-saving benefits of zinc.
Dr. Dolhun traveled to Argentina on a clinical externship during medical school at the Mayo Clinic. He was able to do rounds with doctors throughout the hospital as well as assist doctors in the operating room.
While in Argentina, Dr. Dolhun continued to see many cases of young children suffering from infectious diarrhea. The Oral Rehydration Solutions available to medical staff at the hospital was difficult to get the patient to drink due to the bad taste. Adults could often will themselves to swallow it, but many children spit it up because of the taste. The inherent poor taste of traditional ORS products was a major barrier to usage.
This was another validating moment in the young Dr. Dolhun's medical career that a good tasting ORS was crucial to increasing patient compliance.
In the summer between his first and second year at medical school at the Mayo Clinic, Eduardo Peña Dolhun traveled to Guatemala and witnessed the widespread suffering and death caused by Cholera, a severe and lethal form of infectious diarrhea.
Having only read about Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) in medical school, it was in Guatemala, that he saw the stunning effectiveness of this life-saving medical technology, which was faster, safer, and easier to use than intravenous therapy (IV).
He credits this experience with inspiring him to pursue an even more effective, better-tasting Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS).
A postcard written from medical student Eduardo Dolhun to his Mayo Clinic Family Medicine professor, Dr. Walter Franz in 1993