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Volunteer Spotlight: The Tech-Savvy Londoner

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In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014), Direct Relief is spotlighting dedicated volunteers who help make the work possible. Learn about some of the wonderful people behind the scenes. In just six short months, Feriba Akhter will make a lasting impact on Direct Relief, bringing her years of professional experience working in information technologies to the organization. Feriba […]

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Responding to the 8.2 Earthquake in Chile

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Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team is in touch with its partner Fundación FEDES in Chile following the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the country’s northern coast Tuesday evening, killing six people. Fundación FEDES (Fundación Educativa de Desarrollo Economico y Social), is a Chilean nongovernmental organization that helps disadvantaged people in communities throughout the country. More than 900,000 people were evacuated from Chile’s […]

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Fighting Childhood Malnutrition in Cambodia

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At nine months old, Sokhem* (pictured right) was admitted to Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), a longtime Direct Relief partner located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He suffered from both severe malnutrition and pneumonia. His mother had passed away after his delivery and Sokhem went to live with his grandmother, who was not able to afford baby formula after his first four […]

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Partner Spotlight: Making Births Safe in Northern Haiti

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Direct Relief is working with its partners, Haiti Hospital Appeal and Konbit Sante, to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rates in northern Haiti through their recently launched campaign – Haiti: Make Births Safe. This work in Haiti is critical as 63 percent of births in the country take place without medical support – a contributing factor to Haiti having the highest rate of […]

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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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