Emergency Response

Category Five Cyclone Pam Barrels Across Pacific

Tropical Cyclone Pam Monitored on Direct Relief Hurricane Map

Barreling across the South Pacific, category five Tropical Cyclone Pam is due to pass east of Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, in the next 12 hours. The cyclone is producing winds of up to 160 miles per hour, making it the strongest cyclone to hit the region since 1987. Evacuations are continuing as residents brace for the impact of the storm. […]

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How Japan Relief Efforts Four Years Ago are Helping Fight Ebola Today

Last Mile Health Medical Director John Ly shows community health workers on the frontlines of Ebola in Liberia how to use the surgical gown sets from Japan.

Four years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan on March 11, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to generous supporters, Direct Relief provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors. The relationships […]

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From the Field: Community Health Workers Prove Paramount to Ebola Recovery

Community health workers with Wellbody Alliance are helping increase access to basic services as well as aiding the fight to stop Ebola.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Communications Director, Tony Morain, shares his observations from Sierra Leone. The trip to the Wellbody Clinic in Kono District, Sierra Leone, run by Direct Relief partner Wellbody […]

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Monitoring Medical Needs After 5.4 Earthquake in Pakistan

The circled area affected by the earthquake. Image by the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has reported that a magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck Pakistan in the vicinity of Batgram district in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (former North-West Frontier Province, NWFP). The earthquake hit at 22:00 local time and strong tremors were felt in the capital Islamabad, 62 miles to the south of the epicentre. There have been no […]

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From the Field: Health Facilities in Sierra Leone Work to Restore Services

The pharmacist at Holy Spirit Catholic Hospital in Makeni dispenses medicines donated by Direct Relief.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Sierra Leone. Restoring Capacity as Ebola Wanes Today, Andrew (Director of International Programs and Emergency Response) and I […]

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From the Field: Battle Against Ebola Continues in Sierra Leone

Women at a health center in Sierra Leone.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Director of International Programs and Emergency Preparedness and Response, Andrew MacCalla, shares his observations from Sierra Leone below. I’m generally very impressed with the response of the […]

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