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Med-Packs Donated to County Medical Reserve Corp Units

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The County’s three Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) units today gathered for a press conference to express appreciation for an unprecedented donation of 360 emergency medical kits (med-packs) from Direct Relief International, California’s largest humanitarian aid organization. The City of Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services, the Beach Cities Health District, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public […]

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Aid Offered Following Himalayan Earthquake Today

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Direct Relief International’s emergency response team has contacted the organization’s partners in India and Nepal to offer assistance in response to the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck in the Himalaya today. News reports indicate that the earthquake is causing mudslides on waterlogged hillsides and hindering aid efforts. 71 people have been killed in India, Nepal, and Tibet and search-and-rescue efforts are […]

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Famine Relief to Support Patients at Refugee Camps in Northern Kenya

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Direct Relief has provided $30,000 in cash and $50,000 (wholesale) in medical supplies to respond to the Horn of Africa famine crisis that has affected nearly 1 million people along the northern border of Kenya. Provided primarily through the Kenyan NGO Council (of which Direct Relief’s Regional Medical Adviser in Kenya, Dr. Hezron Mc’Obewa, is a member), the aid supports […]

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CVS Caremark Donating $6 Million in Free Flu Shots

CVS Flu Clinic at Healing Hands Ministries in Dallas, TX. Photo by Mark Perlstein

More than 400 participating clinics across the country to distribute vouchers redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location for a free flu shot Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and Santa Barbara, CA (September 13, 2011) – CVS Caremark announced today that it has partnered with Direct Relief USA to offer up to $6 million in free flu shots to community clinic and […]

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Aid to Treat 100,000-Plus Cholera Patients Delivered in Haiti

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Since the cholera outbreak began in October 2010 in Haiti, Direct Relief international has provided material aid to treat more than 100,000 people for the disease and to prevent its spread. These items, valued at more than $5 million (wholesale) include: 84,146 liters of IV solutions and the accompanying needles and tubing (enough to treat nearly 17,000 patients with severe […]

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Restoring Life

Restoring Life

By Carl Williams, Direct Relief Japan Recovery Coordinator While on a return trip through the broken and washed away city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture to meet with two nongovernmental organizations Direct Relief supports, I saw a familiar house on the other side of a huge ship grounded among immense piles of debris. It was a two-story house, which I remembered […]

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