Disease Treatment & Prevention

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 a […]

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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

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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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More Ebola Aid Bound for Liberia and Sierra Leone

Ebola relief shipment

Another wave of aid supplies to help save lives in areas affected by the Ebola crisis left Direct Relief’s headquarters this week, bound for Sierra Leone and Liberia. The shipments – valued at $4.8 million (wholesale) – contain items urgently requested by health workers in the field such as gloves, soap, IV fluids, and the antibiotic ciprofloxacin to help treat […]

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Culturally Sensitive Care Reduces Hypertension Among Diabetes Patients

Asian Health Services

In recognition of American Diabetes Month, Direct Relief is spotlighting Asian Health Services (AHS), a health center that cares for people in need across Alameda County, Calif. and has developed an innovative approach to assist its predominately Asian patients with diabetes. When Lily* began taking care of her ailing mother, the stressed 58-year-old’s own health started to suffer. After a […]

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