Archive for the Disease Treatment & Prevention Category

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

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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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Improving Childhood Nutrition in Cambodia

Children gather for a meal at Angkor Children's Hospital.

Cambodia has significantly high rates of childhood malnutrition and maternal mortality, the result of years of war and civil unrest. To help improve pediatric health conditions in Cambodia, Direct Relief is partnering with Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) and the healthcare company Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, to support nutrition and education programs. AHC is a pediatric teaching […]

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Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Nepal

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Knowing their status is a necessary step for women to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but pregnant women often lack access to HIV testing. Through the Determine Donation Program, which works to provide Rapid HIV tests free-of-charge to people in need via nongovernmental organizations, Direct Relief recently initiated a shipment of these tests and services to Nepal through Family Health International […]

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