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Monitoring Medical Needs After Washington Landslide

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Direct Relief has been in contact with its partner Sea Mar Community Health Centers to assess health needs at their sites located near the recent landslide in Oso, Washington. At this point, no requests for medical assistance have been received, however Sea Mar staff are aware that Direct Relief has emergency supplies available should the situation change. As of Thursday, the death […]

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Providing Support, Insights to Women With Breast Cancer

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Hollye Jacobs was a healthy 39-year-old mother and health care professional with no family history of breast cancer when her diagnosis shattered her world. Shortly after being told she had breast cancer, she looked for a guide that would support and inform not only her but also her family and friends throughout the cancer experience. However, the book simply did […]

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Dignity Kits Comfort Kenyan Women Awaiting Fistula Repair

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Noreen (pictured center), a 27-year-old woman from western Kenya, developed obstetric fistula after giving birth to her second child two years ago. Obstetric fistula is a a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor that, if untreated, leaves women with constant and uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces. The condition can often be repaired with surgery. […]

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RAND: ACA Leaves 30 Million People Behind

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Direct Relief’s assistance programs within the U.S., funded entirely with private charitable support, have expanded significantly in recent years to help meet the needs of people who would otherwise not have access to health care. Since 2009, Direct Relief has been the sole U.S. nonprofit organization accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy as a Verified-Accredited Wholelsale Distributor (VAWD) […]

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Intern Spotlight: The Data Wrangler

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Hamza Mannan is a third-year political science major at the University of California, Santa Barbara who 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 he reflects on his experience so far: There are a number […]

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From the Field: Fukushima, Japan

On the three year anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan, our Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Jenny Hutain, reflects on her most recent trip and the state of recovery. A delegation from Direct Relief and partner organization the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) traveled to Fukushima Prefecture in Japan late in 2013 to assess […]

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