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Monitoring Infectious Disease Trends After Sandy

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the winter storm which struck Wednesday and Thursday, Direct Relief continues to monitor possible infectious disease trends in addition to our elevated attention to chronic illness. Operational Biosurveillance, which Direct Relief helps to fund for their work specific to Haiti, has released an epidemiological forecast, or prediction of the likelihood for imminent spread of infectious disease, for […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Things to Know About Diabetes and Disasters

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the impact of loss of power and flooding on hospitals and critical care facilities leads the headlines, but the loss of medicines and medical supplies needed to manage chronic diseases—like diabetes or high blood pressure—is less obvious. With the start of National Diabetes Month coinciding with Hurricane Sandy, this is a good time to […]

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An Innovative Approach to Combating Childhood Pneumonia

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When Avi Kenny graduated from Brown University in 2011 he did what most recent Ivy League grads do—he headed straight for rural Africa. Part of a new, adventurous and innovative generation of global health leadership, Avi heads up the monitoring and evaluation efforts for Last Mile Health (TH), a start-up non-governmental organization (NGO) health project in the remote district of […]

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Partner Spotlight: Fighting the HIV Epidemic in Honduras

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Seventeen years ago, Episcopalian Reverend, Pascual Torres, was approached by a few courageous, HIV-positive members of his local community in Honduras. Uninformed about HIV/AIDS at the time, Rev. Torres sat down to talk through end-of-life issues with them. Little did he know, this was the start of Siempre Unidos, a coalition of medical providers, counselors, pastors, business leaders and community […]

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3 Million Haitian Children Vaccinated in National Campaign

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Three million Haitian children were vaccinated for measles, rubella, and polio in a campaign established by Haiti’s Ministry of Health and supported by Direct Relief. The campaign’s success comes as the country looks back on the introduction of cholera two Octobers ago, which quickly grew to an epidemic. The rapid, tragic spread of cholera in Haiti is a sharp reminder of the […]

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HIV Testing Milestone: 20 Million Tests Provided

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Today marks historic milestones for Abbott, The Abbott Fund and Direct Relief. Partnering together for over 10 years, 20 million rapid HIV tests have been distributed free of charge to HIV testing and counseling programs serving pregnant women and their families in 43 developing countries and more than 150,000 HIV cases have been prevented in children. Expanding HIV testing for pregnant women is an […]

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