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Direct Relief Increases Commitment to Sandy Relief to $1 Million Cash

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$25 million in medical material also available; FedEx makes initial deliveries  of nutritional products for nonprofit health center patients in NYC SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 3 – Direct Relief has increased its financial commitment of cash to $1 million from its original $250,000 after receiving financial contributions totaling more than $500,000 for Hurricane Sandy over the past 48 hours. The […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Urgent Supplies Bound for East Coast Clinics in Need

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Direct Relief is operating at full speed this morning to process urgent requests from partner clinics affected by Hurricane Sandy who are treating patients in need on the East Coast. Last night, 50 cases of Abbott nutritional supplements such as Zone bars and Pediasure were sent to William F. Ryan Community Health Center, which operates a network of clinics in New […]

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Hurricane Sandy: NYC Pharmacy Access Update

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Based on data imported from the RxResponse Pharmacy Status tool, conditions appear to have improved for most of the New York City area by Friday morning. However, serious problems with pharmacy service availability (as reported earlier by Direct Relief)—most likely related to power outages and flooding—remain persistent throughout lower Manhattan. Blue squares in the map above represent pharmacy locations known […]

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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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Hurricane Sandy: Restoring Pharmacy Access in NYC

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Direct Relief is paying extra-close attention to a key factor in disaster response—access to pharmacy services, both nonprofit and commercial. For people needing to access basic health and medical services under conditions such as the infrastructural shocks now being felt in New York City, supply chains, transport, and service availability are paramount concerns. Lower Manhattan—among […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Fighting the Spread of Cholera in Haiti

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While Direct Relief USA reaches out to clinics on the East Coast, we continue to assess and respond to needs in Haiti where more than 50 people have been reported dead and another 200,000 people were affected by damage to their homes caused by Hurricane Sandy. Because the rains and mudslides destroyed roads and bridges, many people have been cut […]

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