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Hurricanes: The 10 U.S. Counties Most At Risk (as seen in USA Today)

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To better inform Direct Relief’s extensive Hurricane Preparedness Program, the Research and Analytics team conducted research on areas most vulnerable to hurricanes, determining the ten U.S. counties most at-risk (shown in the map above).   The conclusions are based on historical storm data coupled with social vulnerability indexes to help drive decisions around which communities Direct Relief pre-positions massive amounts […]

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Aid Bound for Paraguay Flood Survivors

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#450411656 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is sending emergency medical supplies to Paraguay following severe flooding that began earlier this month and is expected to worsen as heavy rainfall continues. The deliveries contain antibiotics, anti-infectives, and other essential medicines requested by the Paraguay Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare. An estimated 150,000 people have been evacuated from the capital city, […]

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Responding to the Tornadoes in Pilger, Nebraska

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Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team has offered assistance to its health center partners in Nebraska following twin tornadoes that devastated the town of Pilger and surrounding areas on Monday. Two people – including a five-year-old – died during the storm and 16 people were critically injured, reports CNN. The Emergency Team also reached out to partners in four other states […]

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Diabetes Care Enables Bolivian Father to Provide for His Family

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Don Antonio is able to care for his family again after receiving life-restoring treatment for his diabetes from Direct Relief’s partner in Cochabamba, Bolivia, El Centro Vivir Con Diabetes (CVCD). After 15 years living without treatment for the disease, Don Antonio began to lose his vision – which was detrimental to his ability to provide for his children and grandchild […]

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Calm before the Storms: Direct Relief Employs Data Analytics and Visualization Technologies to Expand Global Hurricane Preparedness

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Massive medical pre-positioning effort spans nine U.S. states, nine countries at risk of storms Advanced data analysis and visualization tools drive the pre-positioning of medical essentials Researchers at Direct Relief have identified U.S. populations most vulnerable to hurricanes SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 11, 2014 – With the 2014 hurricane season officially underway, humanitarian organization Direct Relief has expanded its extensive […]

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Chikungunya Outbreak: Emergency Aid Bound for Haiti

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#492786167 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is sending emergency medicines and medical supplies to Haiti following an urgent request from the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Haiti who contacted Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team on Tuesday to request medicine for the chikungunya outbreak rapidly spreading across the island nation. The Haitian government formally declared a medical emergency […]

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