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Responding to Isaac and excessive flooding along Gulf Coast

Hurricane Isaac Threatens New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

The Direct Relief Emergency Response Team has been in continual contact with dozens of partners along the Gulf Coast, monitoring health needs and offering its emergency supply of medicine and medical supplies to the  hurricane and tornado affected areas.   One of Direct Relief’s partners, Dr. Monir Shalaby, Medical Director of EXCELth Primary Health Care in New Orleans, reported that EXCELth is primarily working […]

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Cruise Celebrates Santa Barbara Vintners’ Record-Setting Auction

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Last week, Direct Relief hosted an evening cruise on the Channel Cat in celebration of a record-breaking amount raised during the 2012 American Riviera Wine Auction hosted by the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Foundation (SBVF) back in February. The seventh biennial American Riviera Wine Auction held Feb. 11 at the Coral Casino raised $550,000 for Direct Relief – almost 50 percent more than […]

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Who is Vulnerable During Hurricanes: 6 Things to Know

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Direct Relief engages in significant emergency preparedness and response efforts related to hurricanes and other natural events. The following list addresses several of the questions that often arise in hurricanes regarding who is most vulnerable, what to look for during, and background on the organization’s preparedness and response activities. 1.  Different risks arise from the natural environment, the built environment, […]

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Preparing New Orleans, Gulf Coast for direct hit from Isaac

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Direct Relief’s pre-positioned Hurricane Preparedness Packs safeguard against health risks SANTA BARBARA, Calif., August 27, 2012 – As New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast prepare for Isaac to make landfall, Direct Relief confirmed today that more than a dozen nonprofit clinics and health centers in the projected cone of the storm’s path have received pre-positioned Hurricane Preparedness Packs to […]

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Local volunteers assemble care packs for those in need

Personal Care Packs

Direct Relief’s warehouse was full of volunteers of all ages on Wednesday and Thursday working together to assemble 3,000  Personal Care Packs for their neighbors in need. They spent the day placing the donated items into a bag to be boxed up and shipped out to 32 social service agencies throughout Santa Barbara County for the low-income and at-risk individuals […]

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Partner Spotlight: Edna Adan University Hospital, Somaliland

Edna Adan (left) meets with patients.

Somaliland is a difficult place to be a woman. Childbirth in particular brings with it serious risks. Lack of access to trained health professionals; low uptake of antenatal care; high rates of malnutrition; and prevalence of female genital cutting all increase the chances that complications may occur. While rates of maternal mortality are still some of the highest in the […]

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