Archive for the Disease Treatment & Prevention Category

Responding to the Dengue Fever Outbreak in Honduras

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Direct Relief is preparing an emergency air shipment of medicine to partner Proyecto Aldea Global/Project Global Village  to address the outbreak of dengue fever in Honduras.  With more than 8,380 cases reported to date, dengue has been on a steady rise in Honduras since June, tripling the number of cases recorded at this time in 2012. Project Global Village works […]

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Preventing Cervical Cancer in Haiti: Local Providers Trained to Screen

Haitian providers receiving their certificates.

More than 600 women received screening for cervical cancer during a week-long training delegation held earlier this month at St. Luc’s Manitane clinic, an affiliate of St. Damien’s Hospital and long-time partner of Direct Relief in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Cervical cancer claims the lives of 270,000 women annually and 85 percent of these deaths occur in low-resource settings, says the World […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Cambodian Mom Fights Malnutrition

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At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from our partner, Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Heng Chan is a 38-year-old mother of four: three boys and one girl. She was diagnosed with HIV 10 years ago. Since 2004, Chan has […]

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Supporting Efforts to Reduce Hypertension in Haiti

A nurse helps a patient seeking treatment for chronic disease. Photo courtesy of FHADIMAC.

With the celebration of World Health Day, honored every April 7, Direct Relief recognizes the work done year-round to promote solutions and establish healthy lives with partners worldwide. This year, World Health Day focuses on hypertension (or high blood pressure) which is prevalent in more than 30 percent of the adult population worldwide, though preventable and treatable. Hypertension increases the […]

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Support From Abbott Helps Ensure Proper Nutrition for People in Need

Thanks to the pre-positioned Hurricane Modules provided by Direct Relief,  after Hurricane Sandy, many received Pediasure and Zone Bars from Food for the Poor in Jamaica.

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Direct Relief is pleased to highlight the healthcare company Abbott, and the dedicated medical providers in our worldwide partner network who improve the health and lives of countless patients suffering from malnutrition each year. Since 2008, Direct Relief has distributed more than $8.2 million worth of Abbott’s nutritional products to our partners in 33 […]

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Treating and Controlling Tuberculosis in Pakistan

Bethania Hospital has a modern laboratory.

Direct Relief is strengthening efforts to treat and control tuberculosis (TB) in Pakistan through partnership with Bethania Hospital, the largest center for TB control in the densely populated Punjab region. Though tuberculosis  - a contagious disease spread by coughing and sneezing that usually attacks the lungs – no longer causes the death of one out of every seven people in Europe and […]

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