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Virtual Goods to Actual Good: Gamers & Direct Relief

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  As likely the only one at last week’s Games for Change festival in New York City who played “Pong” when it first came out (at a now long-closed arcade in Palo Alto, where I grew up), I was an unlikely speaker at the event.  But what a treat it was to glimpse the state of the art digital gaming […]

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Improving Philippines Typhoon Response With Satellite Technology

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A little over one week ago, I traveled to the Philippines with colleagues from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Palantir Technologies to review progress on our shared CGI commitment to improve disaster response through better data analysis. The joint commitment began in 2012 following the response to Hurricane Sandy. Unlike the situation in New York, in the Philippines we realized that […]

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Responding to the Most Destructive Tornado Outbreak of the Year

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In the wake of the most destructive tornado outbreak of the year, Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team has offered medical assistance to its nonprofit health center partners across the U.S. located near areas affected by Sunday’s deadly string of storms. At least 18 people are reported dead, hundreds more are injured, and thousands are still without power following 31 recorded tornadoes that touched […]

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Training Health Workers in Remote Philippine Communities

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Emergency Response Manager, Andrew MacCalla, recently returned from a trip to the Philippines to facilitate long-term typhoon recovery efforts.  He shares a report from the field below: In the Philippines, the island barangays, or villages, in the Municipality of Concepcion are geographically isolated, costing residents more money and time to access health care. During periods of inclement weather, accessing the […]

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Applying New Technologies to Disaster Response

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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to join the United Nations Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET) forum on humanitarian innovation held April 10-11 in Luxembourg to speak about two significant technology projects which Direct Relief has been involved in during the response to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines. The WGET is one of the key forums within the […]

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Reconstructing Typhoon-Damaged Health Stations in the Philippines

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Emergency Response Manager, Andrew MacCalla, recently returned from a trip to the Philippines to facilitate long-term typhoon recovery efforts.  He shares a report from the field below: All 16 of the Barangay Health Stations in the Municipality of Concepcion were damaged in the typhoon.  As an essential safety net for medical care in remote communities, Direct Relief sponsored the reconstruction of two priority health […]

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