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Direct Relief to Expand Vaccine Capacity in Haiti

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Santa Barbara, CA, January 10, 2012—Two years after the tragic 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Direct Relief International today announced that it will significantly expand the vaccine-storage capacity in Haiti as part of its ongoing humanitarian health assistance efforts in the country. Over the past two years, Direct Relief has provided over 1,000 tons of life-saving medications and medical supplies […]

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Childhood Pneumonia

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What it is. Childhood pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, often caused by common viruses. Why it matters. Pneumonia is more deadly than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Who it’s affecting. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five, killing an estimated 1.6 million children worldwide each year. The majority of children who die from pneumonia […]

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Responding to Spike in Haiti Cholera Cases

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On the one-year anniversary of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, U.N. deputy special envoy Dr. Paul Farmer has declared the country’s cholera outbreak is now the worst in the world and is on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death by infectious disease in Haiti. While cholera cholera cases have been gradually declining over the past few months, […]

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Patient Numbers and Chronic Diseases Surge at America’s Nonprofit Clinics

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Santa Barbara, CA – The increasing pressure on America’s nonprofit community clinics and health centers was documented in a report released today by Direct Relief International summarizing the most extensive data assembled on safety net providers who care for the country’s most vulnerable people. Clinics and health centers have long been considered an essential component of the safety net of […]

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Helping India Combat Lethal Chikungunya Outbreak

In response to an epidemic of the chikungunya virus that is sweeping through India, Direct Relief International is providing cash support to its health partners in the region to combat the virus and treat patients infected by the virus. Direct Relief has committed $14,664 in cash for the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS) in Cochin, Kerala, […]

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