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Direct Relief Alum Annie Maxwell Named President of Skoll Global Threats Fund

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I’m excited to share a piece of news that recently came across my desk. Annie Maxwell, our former colleague at Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara native, and a dear friend, continues to make us proud as the Skoll Global Threats Fund’s new president. “President Maxwell” always sounded right to me, as I’m sure it has for everyone who’s had the […]

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Ebola Outbreak: Direct Relief Responds in West Africa

Direct Relief equipped Dr. John Fankhauser with more than $50,000 in specifically-requested medical resources for his return to Monrovia, Liberia.

Update: Last month, Direct Relief equipped Dr. John Fankhauser with provisions of Ebola-specific medical supplies in preparation for his return to the frontlines of the outbreak. Since then, the deadly virus has spread, taking its toll on upwards of 1,200 people across West Africa. Among the patients are several of the very doctors and nurses who — in immense displays […]

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Typhoon Glenda Update: Broadening Response Networks in the Philippines

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In the wake of Typhoon Glenda (also known as Rammasun), which barreled through the Philippines last week, Direct Relief continues to strengthen its network of health partners throughout the island nation. Nearly 100 were killed by the storm, with more than 300 injured and thousands of houses damaged, displacing more than 500,000 people, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction […]

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From the Philippines: Disaster Preparedness Must Include Data Preparedness

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To ensure life-saving medicines are available in the right places and at the right times in the crucial early hours of emergencies, the best route is to have materials on hand before events take place. That’s why Direct Relief delivers carefully packaged modules of essential medicines and supplies to communities at risk of hurricanes (or typhoons, in the case of […]

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Medical Aid Reaches Hospitals in Gaza Before Border Closes

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Just before the violence in Gaza escalated earlier this month, a Direct Relief shipment of medical aid was received by longtime partner organization American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA). The donation – valued at $1.4 million (wholesale) – included antibiotics, pain killers, and anti-hypertensive medicines. An email message received from Jennifer Ibrahim, ANERA’s Director of Programs, sums up the crucial […]

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Partner Spotlight: Providing Health Care in Rural Grand Bois, Haiti

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For the nearly 65,000 people living in the rural, mountainous area of Grand Bois, Haiti (located about 40 miles east of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince), the St. Vincent de Paul Health Center run by ServeHAITI is the only place to get medical attention within 200 square miles. Since opening in 2005, the health center has evolved into a hub for not […]

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