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Global Health Intern Alum Earns Prestigious Public Health Fellowship

Michael Jacobson was recently accepted into the

Direct Relief was excited to learn this week that Michael Jacobson – who was a part of the first University of Michigan Interdisciplinary Global Health Internship team that traveled to Bolivia with Direct Relief last Summer – was  recently accepted into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). The associate program is a competitive two-year paid fellowship in which […]

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Update: Colorado Wildfires Response

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In response to several major wildfires in Colorado, Direct Relief has shipped 14 deliveries of critical medicines and medical supplies to three health centers treating people affected by the smoke and flames. During the Black Forest Fire, Mission Medical Clinic and Open Bible Medical Clinic – both in Colorado Springs – expanded their care under the emergency circumstances to help treat […]

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Helping Local Students in Need Maintain a Healthy Smile

Direct Relief local programs manager, Martha Angeles (right), teaches local students brushing and flossing techniques.

Direct Relief is working with the United Way of Santa Barbara County to help 200 local families in need maintain healthier smiles by providing supplies and hygiene education to children participating in the Fun in The Sun (FITS) program. Fun in the Sun is a nationally-recognized summer learning program for homeless and low-income children. Qualifying students participate in educational and recreational activities […]

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Readying Response to Landslides, Flooding in India and Nepal

Direct Relief is monitoring the flooding using Palantir technology. Purple areas show affected states, red shows areas where landslides and flooding have occurred.

In response to the heavy rains and flooding battering northern India and Nepal over the past week, Direct Relief has reached out to six of its health center partners to offer medical assistance for people affected. The monsoon rains and subsequent flooding are feared to have killed up to 1,000 people, stranded more than 70,000 people, and have caused massive […]

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Women in Malawi Receive Life-Restoring Fistula Treatment

The clinician Mr. Sembo (far left) and hospital charge nurse accompanying the Deputy Minister of Heath and UNFPA representative during the a visit in the fistula ward. Photo courtesy of UNFPA.

Aided by supplies from Direct Relief, 64 women received life-restoring obstetric fistula treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, during the Fistula Repair Camp this May organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Malawi. Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury that happens when women lack access to skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric care. The condition is largely treatable […]

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Preventing Cervical Cancer in Haiti: Local Providers Trained to Screen

Haitian providers receiving their certificates.

More than 600 women received screening for cervical cancer during a week-long training delegation held earlier this month at St. Luc’s Manitane clinic, an affiliate of St. Damien’s Hospital and long-time partner of Direct Relief in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Cervical cancer claims the lives of 270,000 women annually and 85 percent of these deaths occur in low-resource settings, says the World […]

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