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Respiratory Conditions a Concern as Sayre Fire Scorches 20,000 Acres

Tea Fire N95 Mask Distribution

Working into the early morning hours today, Direct Relief staff completed six shipments of medical material aid to partner clinics in Oxnard, Tarzana, Garden Grove, and Los Angeles in response to the Sayre Fire. The shipments contain inhalers and N-95 particulate respirators, valued at more than $20,000 (wholesale), and will arrive Monday morning via FedEx, which donated its services. Like the Tea […]

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Direct Relief Offers Emergency Aid in Response to Sayre Fire

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Direct Relief International today extended emergency medical assistance to partner clinics in response to the Sayre Fire (also know as Sylmar Fire) in Los Angeles County that has burned more than 2,600 acres, prompting evacuations of more than 5,000 residents. The organization is coordinating its response with community-based clinics and health centers in the affected areas and with regional clinic associations, and […]

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Direct Relief, Santa Barbara Public Health Plan Second Mask Distribution for Saturday

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Direct Relief International and Santa Barbara County Public Health will be distributing more free masks this Saturday at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center at East Beach in Santa Barbara from 10:30 am to 2 pm. This event follows Friday’s successful distribution of thousands of N-95 particulate respirators to Santa Barbara area residents. The N-95 masks, which are easy to wear, […]

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Direct Relief International, Santa Barbara County Public Health Distributing Free Particulate Masks Today

Tea Fire N95 Mask Distribution

Direct Relief International is coordinating with Santa Barbara County Public Health and the Office of Emergency Services to distribute free N-95 particulate respirators at MacKenzie Park today from 11:30 AM to 2 PM. Free masks will be distributed to area residents in the parking lot off Las Positas, near the intersection with State Street. The N-95 masks help protect against inhaling particulate […]

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Direct Relief Provides Emergency Aid in Tea Fire

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Direct Relief has offered emergency assistance to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services in response to the Tea Fire burning in the foothills of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Firefighters and other emergency responders are using N-95 particulate respirators provided by Direct Relief. The masks help protect against fine particulate matter in heavy smoke and ash that can be harmful to breathe. […]

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Fistula Treatment Gives Women in Tanzania A Reason to Smile

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Today I met Celestina, Nkwimba, Speciosa, and many other incredibly brave women who have found their way to the fistula ward at Bugando Medical Centre in Tanzania.  Their stories are different but revolve around the same theme: prolonged and obstructed labor, often in a village in absence of a trained birth attendant. When no baby is delivered after many long […]

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