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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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Midwife Training Course Begins in Haiti

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This week in Jacmel, Haiti, a group of 26 Haitian birth attendants and nurses came together to receive a three-day-long training course in safe birthing techniques and the midwifery model of care for low-resource settings. The course is taught by Mother Health International, a nonprofit organization that received a $30,000 grant from Direct Relief to hold a series of training […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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For Valentine’s Day, our artist friends Christine Hostetler and Mark Semegen surprised us with this sweet video. Click the link to give the gift of health and hope this Valentine’s Day: http://j.mp/V1okRt

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Evaluating Medical Needs After Tornado Hits Hattiesburg, Miss.

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Direct Relief quickly responded to a category F-4 tornado that struck Hattiesburg, Miss. on Feb. 10 by reaching out to its local partner network and connecting with a longtime partner, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative (SeMRHI), located in the city. Pati Landrum, Director of Corporate Compliance for SeMRHI, reported on the conditions of both the city and their health center sites.  According […]

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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Futures for California Kids in Need

From left, Maria de la Cruz, holds her one-year-old daughter, while Alfredo and his seven-year-old sister stand by at the Healthy Smiles dental clinic.

At 13 years old, Alfredo de la Cruz, had never been to the dentist until Saturday. Alfredo and dozens of other children from Santa Maria, Calif. received free dental care this weekend as part of the Healthy Smiles program, coordinated by Direct Relief in collaboration with a number of other Santa Barbara County organizations supporting the effort. “I’ve seen a […]

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