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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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Medical Clinics Treat 2,000 Philippines Typhoon Survivors

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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: It was clear after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck that the people living in the Municipality of Concepcion – the typhoon’s fifth point of landfall – would need medical assistance. All of the Barangay (village) Health […]

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From the Philippines: Improving Health Care in Island 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: During our last day in the Philippines, we were able to travel from Concepcion town to the Barangay, or town, of Macatunao on Quiniluban Island. The Municipality of Concepcion is on the northeast coast of […]

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Intern Spotlight: The Women’s Health Advocate

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Alena Nelson is a senior majoring in sociology and global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined Direct Relief at the start of this year as a Research and Analysis intern through the Sarah Miller McCune Endowed Public Service and Internship Program, a year-long project which pairs students with local nonprofits. Below she reflects on her experience so far: I […]

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Responding to the Fire in Valparaíso, Chile

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Direct Relief’s Emergency Response team is preparing a shipment for its partner Fundación FEDES in Chile to help people affected by a forest fire that spread through the port city of Valparaíso. The fire has killed 15 people, destroyed at least 2,000 homes, and forced thousands to evacuate. Fundación FEDES (Fundación Educativa de Desarrollo Economico y Social), is a Chilean nongovernmental organization that […]

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