Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Local Students Pack Emergency Supplies for First Responders

Students from Cate School helped pack 500 MRC "grab and go" backpacks at our warehouse on Tuesday.

More than 30 students from Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. organized hundreds of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) packs yesterday at our warehouse as part of their annual Public Service Day. Students filled 500 rugged, specially designed backpacks with emergency medical supplies and equipment to meet a variety of prevalent disaster-related health needs such as infection control, trauma care, diagnostics and personal […]

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Flu Vaccine Assistance to 38 States and Expanding

CVS Flu Clinic @ Healing Hands Ministries in Dallas, TX on Nov. 3, 2011

In what is being reported by public health officials as the worst flu season in the past decade, Direct Relief USA has distributed nearly 200,000 doses of flu vaccine to 265 nonprofit health centers and clinics in 38 states and is working to expand support as the flu season rages on. Direct Relief USA is the nation’s largest nonprofit charitable […]

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Beyond Recovery: Delivering Care Three Years After the Haiti Earthquake

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Nearly three years after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, taking a quarter of a million lives and leaving millions more injured and homeless, Direct Relief continues to support the most vulnerable people in the country with essential medications and supplies that they otherwise would likely go without. Backed by the massive generosity of private and […]

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Aid Continues in Haiti as Cholera Outbreaks Climb

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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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Urgent Medicines Sent to Doctors Treating Typhoon Bopha Survivors

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An emergency shipment of medicines and supplies is ready to leave Direct Relief’s warehouse today for the Philippines, scheduled to be in the hands of a team of doctors treating people affected by Typhoon Bopha by Monday morning. Typhoon Bopha, locally known as Pablo, tore across the southern Philippine islands Dec. 4, leaving  loss of life and severe infrastructure damage […]

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Assessing Medical Needs After Typhoon Bopha Batters the Philippines

Typhoon Bopha swept through the Phillipines Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction.

Direct Relief is in contact with hospitals and other healthcare providers in the Philippines, assessing the need for emergency medicines and supplies as information surfaces about devastating damage and loss of life following powerful Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, which hit the Pacific island nation Tuesday. News sources report more than 300 deaths and several hundred injured and missing, mostly on the hardest-hit island of […]

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