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Local High Schoolers Support Safe Births

Rachel and Laurel helped led a campaign to help bring more babies into this world safely.

Dozens more babies will be safely delivered into this world thanks to the hard work and generosity of a team of local high school students. Now seniors at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., Rachel Fay and Laurel Mead came by Direct Relief’s headquarters yesterday to deliver $725 they raised to help purchase a Direct Relief midwife kit. […]

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Responding to Colorado Flooding

Direct Relief is sending emergency shipments of medicines and supplies to help people in Colorado recover after a week of rains left eight killed, 1,500 homes destroyed, and more than 1,000 people stranded.  Roads have been washed out leaving search-and-rescue teams operating via helicopter. According to the National Guard, the rescue operations are the largest civilian helicopter mission in the […]

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Young Kenyan Fistula Survivor Returns to School

Phoebe smiles after surviving fistula. Photo by William Vazquez.

As children in the U.S. return to the classrooms this month, a young woman in Kenya is also returning to school, grateful to be able to continue her studies once again after being repaired from a condition many of her peers have likely never heard about. When Phoebe was just 15 years old, she became pregnant and suffered from a […]

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Local Knitting Group Gives Babies Loving Warmth

Goleta Knitting and Crocheting Group meets weekly to knit items for people in need.

Hundreds of newborn babies around the world are greeted with a loving welcome thanks, in part, to a small team of women who meet weekly to knit baby hats that are then sent to Direct Relief’s partners worldwide. Every Wednesday afternoon, the group of about a dozen women gather at the Goleta Valley Public Library with their knitting baskets in tow to lovingly craft items for […]

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Women With Fistula Feel at Home at Aberdeen Women’s Centre

Photo by William Vazquez.

An estimated 250 women will be able to receive life-changing obstetric fistula repair surgery over the next 12 months at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone – one of Direct Relief’s newest partners – with help from a recent shipment of medicines and supplies. The Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC) is the only facility in the country that is […]

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Emergency Preparedness Post-9/11: Equipping Local First Responders

21 Medical Reserve Corps Units in 18 California counties have been equipped with Direct Relief's 'grab-and-go' medical packs.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 forever changed the way the nation prepares for disasters and unpredictable events. Recognizing the importance of  first-responders in the immediate aftermath of an emergency, the U.S. Surgeon General mandated in 2002 that each county in the U.S. recruit, train, and equip a group of local civilian volunteers, known as the Medical Reserve Corps […]

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