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Readying Medicines to Help Peruvians Affected by Severe Cold

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Direct Relief is preparing a shipment of medicines and medical supplies to help treat people in Peru suffering from a severe cold wave that has hit at least ten districts of the country, causing the government to declare a state of emergency. The shipment will support a team of doctors from the Peruvian American Medical Society who are traveling to […]

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Volunteers Organize Care Packs for Neighbors in Need

Nearly 11,000 people in need in Santa Barbara County will soon receive help meeting their basic needs thanks to the hard work of more than 50 volunteers who assembled 3,000 Personal Care Packs at Direct Relief’s warehouse last week. The Personal Care Packs contain hygiene items like lotion, soap, facial cleanser, hairbrushes, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other assorted toiletries to […]

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Essential Fistula Surgery Equipment Arrives in Malawi

Direct Relief recently delivered a second shipment of medical supplies to the Bwaila Fistula Center in Lilongwe, Malawi, a facility committed to treating women with obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal that is caused by prolonged and obstructed labor. If untreated, a woman with obstetric fistula will experience constant and uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or […]

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105-Year-Old Volunteer Edythe Kirchmaier Surprised With New Car from Anonymous Fan

Direct Relief’s longtime volunteer, 105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier, received a big surprise Thursday when she was gifted a brand new car from an anonymous fan. Kirchmaier has a perfect 86-year driving record with no accidents, parking, or moving violations. She renewed her driver’s license this January after passing her test with flying colors, making her California’s oldest driver. The Santa Barbara […]

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Community Outreach Care in Oregon Helps Babies Get a Healthy Start

A mother plays with her baby at one of Siskiyou Community Health Center's meet ups to support new moms and babies. Photo courtesy of Siskiyou Community Health Center. (Baby in picture does not represent baby described in the text.)

For a young family from rural southwest Oregon, the birth of their first daughter was riddled with challenges. The baby was born two months premature and spent her first two months of life in the hospital, located more than 60 miles away from the family’s home. Without resources to travel back and forth between the neonatal unit and their house, […]

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Responding to the Latest Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

The bleach and buckets sent to HAS Haiti are being used to prevent further spread of cholera. Photo courtesy of HAS Haiti.

Direct Relief’s emergency response team recently sent 600 gallons of bleach and 200 buckets with spigots to its partner Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS Haiti) to help prevent the spread of cholera as the latest outbreak continues. Cholera is a highly-contagious waterborne disease that can kill a person within hours if not properly treated. However, with swift medical care and the right supplies, 80 […]

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