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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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Palantir Expands Commitment to Help Improve Disaster Response

Direct Relief used Palantir technology before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy to assist those affected by the storm.

Direct Relief will continue to expand work with technology company, Palantir, as a result of a Commitment to Action announced at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting last week in which the company pledged to help aid organizations utilize Palantir technology to focus assistance where it is needed most before, during, and after emergencies. This commitment is the first of its […]

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Health Survey Sets Baseline for Positive Change in Rural Liberia

A frontline health worker with Tiyatien Health conducts a health survey with a family. Photo courtesy of Tiyatien Health.

In August 2012, humanitarian organization, Last Mile Health, in partnership with Direct Relief, began surveying households in Konobo District in rural Liberia to understand the regional incidence of pneumonia—the most common cause of death for children under the age of five worldwide. The survey results identified community-specific barriers to health care, estimated the prevalence of children with pneumonia who did […]

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