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Improving Disaster Response through Information Analysis with Palantir

After Hurricane Sandy, Direct Relief was able to view evacuation zones in relation to our clinic partners to understand areas of highest need.

In the early hours after Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern United States very little was known with reasonable certainty about how the storm was affecting specific areas, particularly those areas with a disproportionate share of low-income and socially-vulnerable people. Direct Relief was busy at the time assembling and cross-referencing datasets on everything from weather forecasts to pharmacy status to electrical […]

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Japan: Progress and Hope Two Years After the Earthquake and Tsunami

12-year-old Haruka (front) and her family were able to relocate with help from Japan Relief and Recovery Funds. Photo courtesy of the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan.

Two years after the devastating 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster struck northern Japan, taking the lives of more than 16,000 people and leaving an estimated 3,000 missing, Direct Relief continues to support long-term recovery efforts to restore health and hope to the people affected. Immediately following the disaster, Direct Relief and the Japanese American Citizens League […]

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Volunteers Help Local Women in Need on International Women’s Day

Volunteers smile as they help pack care kits for local women in need.

Dozens of Direct Relief Women volunteers took to the warehouse yesterday to organize 500 personal hygiene kits for homeless women in Santa Barbara County in honor of International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8th to celebrate improvements and accomplishments of women. “The number of women living on the street in Santa Barbara is increasing,” said Direct Relief U.S. Programs Coordinator, […]

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Ensuring Safe Birth Practices in Western Nepal

A skilled birth attendant with One Heart World-Wide Nepal smiles after a safe delivery.

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, Direct Relief is pleased to announce a $30,000 grant to partner One Heart World-Wide for the renovation and equipping of two birthing centers as well as the training and equipping of a minimum of four skilled birth attendants to serve rural communities in western Nepal. When mothers and infants have access to a safe clean delivery […]

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New Clinic Partnership Broadens Health Access in Haiti

Outside view of Clinique St. Vincent de Paul

Direct Relief is happy to welcome its newest international partner, ServeHaiti. ServeHaiti is a group of medical and other professionals who volunteer and support the Clinique St. Vincent de Paul in Grand Bois, Haiti, a community of 65,000 residents located a few miles from the Dominican Republic border. Clinique St. Vincent de Paul is the only place to get medical attention in […]

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Strata Conference Sparks New Ideas for Using Big Data for Good

Direct Relief's work with Palantir Technologies after Hurricane Sandy was highlighted at the conference.

Direct Relief’s Research and Analytics Associate, Jen Lemberger, is at the O’Reilly Media, Inc. Strata Conference held Feb. 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif. The conference brings together leading minds in big data. Below she explains how what she has learned at the conference so far will lead to new tools, ideas, and approaches for Direct Relief. You can follow her […]

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