Archive for the Emergency Response Category

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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Monitoring Partners in the Philippines as Typhoon Bopha Makes Landfall

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Direct Relief  has reached out to partners located in Typhoon Bopha’s trajectory, continuing to monitor the storm as it travels across the southern Philippines. With winds to 160 mph, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane,  Typhoon Bopha has made landfall in the Philippine island of Mindanao, where two partner hospitals – Valencia Hospital and Mindanao Hospital – are located. More than […]

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Supplies Treat Rising Number of Cholera Cases in Haiti After Sandy

Additional supplies from Direct Relief's hurricane modules arrive at Saint Therese hospital in Miragoane.

Medicines and supplies contained in Direct Relief’s pre-positioned hurricane modules in Haiti continue to be in high demand following Hurricane Sandy as partners report increases in patients numbers and disease cases, including cholera. Since the storm hit nearly one month ago, thousands of new cholera cases have been reported. The International Organization for Migration confirmed nearly 3,600 cases, but the […]

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Supporting Indigenous Populations Affected by Guatemala Earthquake

Those affected by the quake seek shelter and care from our partner, Caritas de Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Caritas de Guatemala

An air shipment of specifically requested medical supplies is scheduled to leave Direct Relief’s warehouse today, headed for a partner organization in Guatemala treating people in and around the area affected by the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit earlier this month. The partner organization, Caritas de Guatemala, provides health care and other services for many of the local indigenous Mayan population, a group that consists […]

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