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Staff Story: Post-Gustav Clinic Visits

This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee Katie Lewis, USA Partner Liaison. We traveled about 60 miles northeast of Baton Rouge to visit Ginger Hunt, CEO at the RKM Primary Care Clinic in Clinton, a very rural part of the state. RKM, which opened in March 1999, is one of the newer buildings in the area. […]

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Post-Gustav New Orleans

This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee Katie Lewis, USA Partner Liaison. We toured New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward in the morning, where much of the devastation from Katrina is still apparent. Crossing the Industrial Canal, we could see the newly constructed levees. It wasn’t hard to imagine how, with enough water, the canal could overflow […]

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Next Wave of Emergency Aid Sent to Gulf Coast Health Centers

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On Monday, Direct Relief International expanded hurricane aid with eight additional emergency consignments of medicines and supplies to Gulf State safety-net clinics serving displaced residents. Monday’s activities, conducted with free logistics and transport support by FedEx, bring the total number of emergency shipments to Texas and Louisiana facilities to 22, valued at almost $450,000 (wholesale). With widespread power outages and residents encouraged to […]

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Additional Medical Aid Set for Arrival at Clinics, Shelters

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Direct Relief International is preparing additional emergency medical material assistance to assist health centers and evacuation shelters serving those affected by Hurricane Ike, which made landfall in Galveston, Texas Friday evening as a Category Two storm. Four sites will each receive specifically requested materials on Tuesday via overnight airfreight, generously donated by FedEx: Amistad Community Health Center, Corpus Christi, TX Texas […]

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Direct Relief Bolsters Texas Medical Safety Net, Expands Emergency Assistance to Haiti

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Direct Relief today increased the pre-positioning of medicines and other essentials in Texas health centers in anticipation of Hurricane Ike’s projected landfall this weekend. As the ninth hurricane of the 2008 season storms through the Gulf, Direct Relief also boosted emergency aid to Haiti, reeling after Ike and other recent storms. Tapping its $45 million medical inventory and emergency funds, Direct Relief […]

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Direct Relief Providing Emergency Aid to Flood-Devastated India and Nepal

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Direct Relief is providing emergency humanitarian aid to areas in India and Nepal experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years. More than 3 million people are in the flooded areas. Annual flooding caused by the monsoon season, which begins in June, was compounded when the Koshi Dam in Southern Nepal broke on August 18, causing extreme flooding downstream in the […]

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