Disease Treatment & Prevention

Arian’s Story: A Reason to Advocate on Rare Disease Day

Arian with his Elaprase treatment for MPS II/Hunter syndrome. Courtesy photo.

When their son Arian was three years old, Sib and Debjani Chowdhury noticed he had difficulty carrying his school bag. Shortly after, his teachers reported that he couldn’t lift his hand during a school exercise. He continued to lose motor abilities and some of his facial features began to develop atypically, prompting his parents to consult a physician. After seeing […]

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From the Field: Health Facilities in Sierra Leone Work to Restore Services

The pharmacist at Holy Spirit Catholic Hospital in Makeni dispenses medicines donated by Direct Relief.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Sierra Leone. Restoring Capacity as Ebola Wanes Today, Andrew (Director of International Programs and Emergency Response) and I […]

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Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening for Underserved Women in Omaha

Dr. Ochuba of the Charles Drew Health Center treats a patient. Courtesy photo.

Leah Margolis says that one of the most rewarding parts of her job as a community health navigator is empowering the people she serves by educating women about cervical cancer and how to prevent it through screening. “Their eyes are lighting up,” she said. “That simple knowledge helps them feel they have a lot of control.” Leah helps support the […]

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Nanotte’s Story: Battling Cervical Cancer in Haiti

Nanotte w Tracey Flum

Nanotte is a 43 year-old mother in Haiti who heard about the free cervical cancer screening services offered at Klinik Manitane and came in for screening. Health workers found that Nanotte had an undiagnosed lesion that had already progressed to cervical cancer. This diagnosis can be a death sentence for women like Nanotte who have limited means and live in […]

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First Ebola Treatment Unit for Local Health Workers Arrives in Sierra Leone

Pallets of medical supplies from Direct Relief offloaded at airport

View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief delivers two 10-bed medical tents specifically for local health staff in Sierra Leone SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 23, 2014 – In response to urgent requests from the Deputy Minister of Health and the Junior Doctors’ Association of Sierra Leone, Direct Relief delivered two 10-bed medical tents to Sierra Leone for the treatment of local health workers […]

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Helping Peruvian Women Access Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Woman and kids paint

Through a collaboration with Peruvian medical organization CerviCusco and global medical technology company BD, thousands of women living in the isolated mountain regions of Peru are able to access cervical cancer prevention, screening, and treatment for the first time. As part of a multi-year commitment, this fall, BD sent 11 of its employees to Cusco, Peru to provide senior level expertise […]

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