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Improving Children’s Lives One Step at a Time With Operation Footprint

A young boy recovers from surgery. Photo courtesy of Operation Footprint.

Hundreds of children in Honduras born with clubfoot or other foot abnormalities have a renewed hope of walking, running, and playing with the help of a small group of volunteer podiatrists working with our partner, Operation Footprint. The group annually travels to Hospital San Felipe in Tegucigalpa to perform surgeries and provide corrective manipulation treatments and returned from their most recent […]

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Partner Spotlight: Healing Art Missions

© Global Eyes Media April 19th - cholera tent

Through Direct Relief’s partnership with Healing Art Missions,  more than 15,000 people in Haiti were able to receive primary medical care, access a cholera clinic and eye care center and obtain much-needed medications last year. The organization was founded in 1999 by family practice physician, Tracee Laing following her first medical mission to Haiti. During Dr. Tracee’s first trip to […]

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Jacinta’s Story: A Life Transformed by Cancer Treatment

Jacinta after one course

Coinciding with World Cancer Day – a day in which advocates around the world pledge to expose myths about cancer – our Corporate Relations Manager, Desiree Lyons, reflects on her experience meeting a cancer patient in Tanzania several years ago. Her story shows that cancer can affect anyone of any age and income level in any country around the world. […]

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Local Students Pack Emergency Supplies for First Responders

Students from Cate School helped pack 500 MRC "grab and go" backpacks at our warehouse on Tuesday.

More than 30 students from Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. organized hundreds of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) packs yesterday at our warehouse as part of their annual Public Service Day. Students filled 500 rugged, specially designed backpacks with emergency medical supplies and equipment to meet a variety of prevalent disaster-related health needs such as infection control, trauma care, diagnostics and personal […]

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Helping Last Mile Health Put Konobo, Liberia on the Map

Konobo map

In the remote rural district of Konobo, Liberia teams of frontline health workers from Last Mile Health (TH) are often up to their knees in mud. Narrow dirt paths winding through thick jungle, most of which appear on no official maps, are often the only conduits linking villages with life-saving health services. When the rains come, often a weekly occurrence […]

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Ellen DeGeneres to Edythe: What’s your secret?

Edythe with Cake

“If I tell, it then it won’t be a secret!” That was Direct Relief’s beloved volunteer, Edythe Kirchmaier, in response to talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres trying to get to the bottom of how Edythe has made it to 105 years old. Earlier this week, we celebrated Edythe’s birthday. The response has been tremendous and already thousands of people from across […]

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