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Partner Spotlight: Fighting the HIV Epidemic in Honduras

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Seventeen years ago, Episcopalian Reverend, Pascual Torres, was approached by a few courageous, HIV-positive members of his local community in Honduras. Uninformed about HIV/AIDS at the time, Rev. Torres sat down to talk through end-of-life issues with them. Little did he know, this was the start of Siempre Unidos, a coalition of medical providers, counselors, pastors, business leaders and community […]

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3 Million Haitian Children Vaccinated in National Campaign

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Three million Haitian children were vaccinated for measles, rubella, and polio in a campaign established by Haiti’s Ministry of Health and supported by Direct Relief. The campaign’s success comes as the country looks back on the introduction of cholera two Octobers ago, which quickly grew to an epidemic. The rapid, tragic spread of cholera in Haiti is a sharp reminder of the […]

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Generator Enables Health Center in Missouri to Run During Emergencies

Following the severe storms in 2011 that devastated communities throughout the Midwest,  Direct Relief contributed $50,000 to Katy Trail Community Health Center in Sedalia, Mo. for  the purchase and installation of a generator.   The generator enables the facility to remain open during power outages so they can serve their community and provide backup support for their local hospital and health department […]

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Access to Family Planning on World Contraception Day

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Today is World Contraception Day!  There are 215 million women around the world that lack access to contraception.  In low resource settings where family planning services are not readily available, women have more pregnancy related complications and higher rates of maternal mortality. Lack of access to family planning can also have harsh consequences on a family’s social and financial stability.  […]

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Nonprofit Clinics Fill Gaps from Cuts to Medicaid Dental Coverage

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After suffering from excruciating, prolonged dental pain, Mary (name has been changed to maintain confidentiality) stopped brushing her teeth, stopped eating and stopped smiling. As a low-income adult with mental illness from a lifetime of abuse, the only words she told Dr. Quynh Nguyen were “it hurts so bad” as she stared timidly and ashamed at the floor of Eastside […]

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Hurricane Modules at Work During National Preparedness Month

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Last month, the day after Tropical Storm Isaac swept through earthquake-ravaged Haiti, staff from St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital in Haiti deployed its Direct Relief Hurricane Preparedness Module into one of the poorest and most vulnerable areas of Haiti—the slum known as Cite-Soleil. At the beginning of hurricane season in June, Direct Relief sent 15 hurricane preparedness modules to 10 partners in seven […]

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