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GSK PULSE Volunteer Delivers Sustainable Change

GSK Pulse Volunteer, Carmen Lennon. Photo courtesy of Isaac Hernandez.

On Friday, Direct Relief staff bid farewell to Carmen Lennon, a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) PULSE volunteer, who will return to Philadelphia after six months on assignment at Direct Relief headquarters. Since June, Carmen has been an invaluable part of Direct Relief, providing both professional advice and humor every day. Carmen came to Santa Barbara as a part of the GSK PULSE […]

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Aid Continues in Haiti as Cholera Outbreaks Climb

Photo courtesy of Kobit Sante

This week, Direct Relief responded to an urgent request for medical supplies to treat patients in Cap Haitian, Haiti’s second largest city of more than 1.5 million people, after severe rains and flooding have devastated the region and caused an increase in cholera cases. These rains come on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, which killed 54 people and damaged more […]

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Urgent Medicines Sent to Doctors Treating Typhoon Bopha Survivors

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An emergency shipment of medicines and supplies is ready to leave Direct Relief’s warehouse today for the Philippines, scheduled to be in the hands of a team of doctors treating people affected by Typhoon Bopha by Monday morning. Typhoon Bopha, locally known as Pablo, tore across the southern Philippine islands Dec. 4, leaving  loss of life and severe infrastructure damage […]

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Milwaukee Students Learn About Health in Haiti

Milwaukee Jewish Day School students pose with their certificates.

Direct Relief staff were on a Skype call yesterday with the 8th grade class from Milwaukee Jewish Day School (MJDS) to personally thank them for raising $22,000 to help improve the health and lives of people in Haiti and to update them on Direct Relief’s work in the country. “It is extraordinary what all of you did. Just heartwarming and inspirational to […]

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Helping Bolivians With Diabetes Access Comprehensive Care

Direct Relief's Eddie Mendoza (left) with Daniel Munoz (right)

Daniel Muñoz, a volunteer at  El Centro Vivir con Diabetes (CVCD), a Direct Relief partner clinic in Bolivia, visited headquarters yesterday to present updates on the organization’s work  as the only nonprofit in Bolivia providing comprehensive care to people with diabetes. Diabetes is growing rapidly in South and Central America, where more than 26 million people live with the disease. Bolivia is no exception. […]

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Local Volunteers Help Neighbors in Need This Holiday Season

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This morning about 100 volunteers came to Direct Relief International’s warehouse to assemble 3,000 Personal Care Packs for local people in need. Direct Relief’s Personal Care Packs contain basic hygiene items like lotion, soap, shampoo, facial cleanser, hairbrushes, combs, tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental hygiene items, basic first aid supplies and other assorted toiletries. Volunteers of all ages helped pack […]

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