Disease Treatment & Prevention

How Japan Relief Efforts Four Years Ago are Helping Fight Ebola Today

Last Mile Health Medical Director John Ly shows community health workers on the frontlines of Ebola in Liberia how to use the surgical gown sets from Japan.

Four years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan on March 11, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to generous supporters, Direct Relief provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors. The relationships […]

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Symposium Addresses Cervical Cancer Prevention in Latin America

Symposium attendees worked together to improve cervical cancer prevention and treatment in Latin America.

In February, Direct Relief partner, Dr. Daron Ferris from CerviCusco – an organization committed to preventing cervical cancer in Peru – and I had the opportunity to visit Barretos Cancer Hospital in Brazil for a Research Symposium on Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment in Latin America. The Research Symposium was co-hosted by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, […]

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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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