Archive for the Disease Treatment & Prevention Category

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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Jacinta’s Story: A Life Transformed by Cancer Treatment

Jacinta after one course

Coinciding with World Cancer Day – a day in which advocates around the world pledge to expose myths about cancer – our Corporate Relations Manager, Desiree Lyons, reflects on her experience meeting a cancer patient in Tanzania several years ago. Her story shows that cancer can affect anyone of any age and income level in any country around the world. […]

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Cervical Cancer Screening and Training Program Launches in Haiti

Dr. Rachel Masch from Basic Health International trains a Haitian provider

Coinciding with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Direct Relief is excited to announce the launch of a cervical cancer screening and training program in Haiti. Although cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer, it is the second most common cancer found among women worldwide. Almost 300,000 women die each year from cervical cancer and 80 […]

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Life Expectancy Jumps Worldwide, Study Finds

Global Burden of Disease

On Friday, The Lancet published the most recent Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, which Direct Relief uses to better understand the changing health landscape our partner network faces and to set strategic priorities for our support. Based on five years’ worth of exhaustive research by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the GBD provides the […]

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Aid Continues in Haiti as Cholera Outbreaks Climb

Photo courtesy of Kobit Sante

This week, Direct Relief responded to an urgent request for medical supplies to treat patients in Cap Haitian, Haiti’s second largest city of more than 1.5 million people, after severe rains and flooding have devastated the region and caused an increase in cholera cases. These rains come on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, which killed 54 people and damaged more […]

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Helping Bolivians With Diabetes Access Comprehensive Care

Direct Relief's Eddie Mendoza (left) with Daniel Munoz (right)

Daniel Muñoz, a volunteer at  El Centro Vivir con Diabetes (CVCD), a Direct Relief partner clinic in Bolivia, visited headquarters yesterday to present updates on the organization’s work  as the only nonprofit in Bolivia providing comprehensive care to people with diabetes. Diabetes is growing rapidly in South and Central America, where more than 26 million people live with the disease. Bolivia is no exception. […]

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