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#FedGIS: Making Informed Aid Decisions with Maps

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Our Research and Analytics Associate, Jen Lemberger, reflects on the Esri Federal GIS Conference, where policy makers, analysts and key federal government staff came together to learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can help move the country forward. Though Direct Relief does not receive government funding, I was invited to speak at the Esri Federal GIS Conference held Feb. 10-11 in […]

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Three Months after Typhoon Haiyan, Need for Medical Aid Remains High

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At the Bumi Sehat Medical Relief Camp in Dulag, Philippines, every postpartum bed is full, dozens of mothers and infants are in line to receive care, and several babies are delivered every day. Three months after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) hit the island nation, thousands of people are still displaced and with many health facilities destroyed, medical needs […]

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Helping Children with Cancer, One Child at a Time

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Following his first cycle of chemotherapy for Burkitt’s lymphoma,  young Joseph’s* improved health is already visible. Joseph is able to receive care for his cancer through a collaboration between Direct Relief, the Burkitt’s Lymphoma Fund for Africa (BLFA), and the Shirati Health, Education, and Development (SHED) Foundation – which provides health services to communities near Lake Victoria in northwest Tanzania. Burkitt’s lymphoma is characterized by a fast-growing […]

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Local Students Pack Dental Supplies for Kids in Need

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A class of students from Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. organized 3,000 dental kits last week at our warehouse as part of their annual Public Service Day. The kits – which contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss – will be distributed to local organizations providing dental care to Santa Barbara County kids in need, including: Eastside Family Dental Clinic; Isla Vista Youth Projects; Santa […]

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Partner Spotlight: Supporting Women's Health in East Texas

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When 45-year-old Jennifer Young* found a lump in her right breast, she chose not to go to the doctor because she didn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford the visit and tests. “I literally had given up on life because of my living situation,” the Palestine, Texas resident wrote in a letter. But when the lump began to hurt, Jennifer knew she […]

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Helping People in Mumbai Maintain Healthy Vision

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Nearly 200 people living in the impoverished Lallubhai compound of Mumbai, India received a free eye check up and disability screening earlier this week at a camp organized by Doctors for You. Based out of India, Doctors for You (DFY) is a new Direct Relief partner organization that focuses on providing medical care to vulnerable communities – both during emergencies […]

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