Disease Treatment & Prevention

Tracking Flu Trends to Better Support Health Centers

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Seasonal influenza ranks among the most serious recurrent public health threats in the US each year, killing an average of 36,000 people. Normally, as the flu season gets underway during the September-October time frame, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide an invaluable service by keeping a close watch on the changing numbers of flu cases distributed around the country. […]

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Women With Fistula Feel at Home at Aberdeen Women’s Centre

Photo by William Vazquez.

An estimated 250 women will be able to receive life-changing obstetric fistula repair surgery over the next 12 months at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone – one of Direct Relief’s newest partners – with help from a recent shipment of medicines and supplies. The Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC) is the only facility in the country that is […]

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Responding to the Latest Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

The bleach and buckets sent to HAS Haiti are being used to prevent further spread of cholera. Photo courtesy of HAS Haiti.

Direct Relief’s emergency response team recently sent 600 gallons of bleach and 200 buckets with spigots to its partner Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS Haiti) to help prevent the spread of cholera as the latest outbreak continues. Cholera is a highly-contagious waterborne disease that can kill a person within hours if not properly treated. However, with swift medical care and the right supplies, 80 […]

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Increasing Access to Pneumonia Treatment for Children in Liberia

A Frontline Health Worker leads a focus group in the town of Doweh, Liberia. Photo courtesy of Last Mile Health.

With support from Direct Relief, aid organization Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) trained 10 Frontline Health Workers (FHW) in the last year to identify, treat, and refer children with symptoms of pneumonia – the number one cause of death of children under five worldwide. Recent data reveals that in less than six months of project implementation, the number of children […]

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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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