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From the Field: Fistula Repair Supplies Arrive in Niger

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Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares an update from Niger:  The first Direct Relief contribution of medicines and surgical supplies for the National Center for Obstetric Fistula Referral (CNRFO) in Niamey, Niger was handed over today in a ceremony I attended called “Together to Fight Obstetric Fistula in […]

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Life After Fistula: A Malawi Survivor’s Story

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Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares the heartfelt story of a fistula survivor she met in Malawi:  Nearly six months ago, Bridget*, 28,  received fistula repair surgery at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi during the UNFPA Malawi outreach fistula repair camp that Direct Relief supported with […]

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Nutritional Aid Arrives for Mexico Flood Survivors

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A shipment of vital nutritional supplies arrived this week to aid people in the state of Guerrero, Mexico who were affected by severe storms and heavy flooding in late September that damaged many of the region’s poorest communities. With medical professionals in the area reporting an increase in diarrhea and dehydration in the affected communities, the delivery of the rehydration […]

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Haiti: Battling Cervical Cancer Where Most Prevelant

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Cervical cancer screening services officially opened this month at St. Luc Fondation’s Klinik Manitane in Haiti, which Direct Relief, in partnership with Basic Health International (BHI), is supporting to bring much-needed gynecological preventive services to underserved women in Port-au-Prince. Haiti has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the Western Hemisphere, seeing rates of cervical cancer 13 times higher than in the United States. Cervical […]

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Q&A: Expanding Access to Medicine in Texas

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October is American Pharmacists Month – a time to spotlight pharmacists’ contributions toward improving medication use and advancing patient care. We asked Lupe Hollingsworth, director of pharmacy at Direct Relief’s partner health center,  Access Health in Ft. Bend, Texas, to shed light on how her work – and that of pharmacists everywhere – helps people in need access care.  Direct Relief: […]

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Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

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One year ago, Hurricane Sandy – the largest Atlantic hurricane on record – pounded the Caribbean nations of Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba and then made its way up the mid-Atlantic region of the United States with powerful winds, driving rain, and high storm surges. More than 100 people died, thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed and tens […]

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