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Sierra Leone Midwife Graduates Equipped to Save the Lives of Mothers and Children

Processional of graduates and students entering the ceremony.

Saturday was an exciting day for the midwifery graduates at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone, and marked an important milestone in the West African nation’s progress toward improving maternal and child health services. The World Needs Midwives I attended the ceremony to present the Direct Relief Midwife Kits to the new graduates. It was a great celebration—and at […]

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The Inconvenient Truth Facing Millions Who Suffer From Obstetric Fistula

Global Fistula Map

More Care Reported Worldwide for Women Suffering with “The Backyard Disease,” but Problem Outpaces Efforts to Address Santa Barbara, Calif. (April, 15, 2013)— Global data from 42 countries released this week on the Global Fistula Map reflects a grim future for most of the estimated two million women living with obstetric fistula worldwide and the estimated 50,000 to 100,000 who […]

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California Sixth Grader Helps Improve the Lives of People in Need

Iselle and her baby brother who inspired her project pose outside Direct Relief's warehouse while delivering orthopedic supplies she collected.

Not every sixth grader dreams of their school project moving beyond the classroom. But for Iselle Santiago, what started as a simple homework assignment will now help people in need around the world. Iselle came to our headquarters today to deliver orthopedic supplies she began collecting earlier this week as part of her assignment to “think of a plan to change […]

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Supporting Efforts to Reduce Hypertension in Haiti

A nurse helps a patient seeking treatment for chronic disease. Photo courtesy of FHADIMAC.

With the celebration of World Health Day, honored every April 7, Direct Relief recognizes the work done year-round to promote solutions and establish healthy lives with partners worldwide. This year, World Health Day focuses on hypertension (or high blood pressure) which is prevalent in more than 30 percent of the adult population worldwide, though preventable and treatable. Hypertension increases the […]

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Support From Abbott Helps Ensure Proper Nutrition for People in Need

Thanks to the pre-positioned Hurricane Modules provided by Direct Relief,  after Hurricane Sandy, many received Pediasure and Zone Bars from Food for the Poor in Jamaica.

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Direct Relief is pleased to highlight the healthcare company Abbott, and the dedicated medical providers in our worldwide partner network who improve the health and lives of countless patients suffering from malnutrition each year. Since 2008, Direct Relief has distributed more than $8.2 million worth of Abbott’s nutritional products to our partners in 33 […]

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Hillary Mabeya

Dr. Mabeya smiles from his office at Gynocare Fistula Center.

Gynocare Fistula Center—a nongovernmental organization in Western Kenya providing reproductive health services to women—began under the dynamic and dedicated leadership of Dr. Hillary Mabeya in 2009. Since becoming the first specialized fistula surgeon in the region in 2003, Dr. Mabeya has improved the lives of hundreds of women who have been suffering from obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused […]

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