Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Medical Supplies Support Growing Syrian Refugee Crisis

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In response to the growing Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Direct Relief is providing critically needed medical goods. With support from corporate donors, Direct Relief prepared an emergency shipment to be air-freighted today directly to long-term partner American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) for distribution to clinics and hospitals in refugee camps. Working together, Direct Relief and ANERA have identified the most essential […]

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The Critical Role Community Health Centers Play Across the U.S.

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Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) have worked closely together since the days following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. NACHC has been instrumental in helping Direct Relief connect with health centers throughout the country—both on an ongoing basis, and during emergencies. I asked Mollie Melbourne, the Director of Emergency Management at NACHC, about Direct Relief’s health […]

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Generator Enables Health Center in Missouri to Run During Emergencies

Following the severe storms in 2011 that devastated communities throughout the Midwest,  Direct Relief contributed $50,000 to Katy Trail Community Health Center in Sedalia, Mo. for  the purchase and installation of a generator.   The generator enables the facility to remain open during power outages so they can serve their community and provide backup support for their local hospital and health department […]

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Hurricane Modules at Work During National Preparedness Month

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Last month, the day after Tropical Storm Isaac swept through earthquake-ravaged Haiti, staff from St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital in Haiti deployed its Direct Relief Hurricane Preparedness Module into one of the poorest and most vulnerable areas of Haiti—the slum known as Cite-Soleil. At the beginning of hurricane season in June, Direct Relief sent 15 hurricane preparedness modules to 10 partners in seven […]

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Guatemala Partner Ready With Hurricane Module to Treat Volcano Evacuees

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In response to the eruption of Volcano del Fuego  – which has forced the evacuation of over 33,000 people living around Guatemala’s capital city, Antigua – Direct Relief”s long time partner, God’s Child Project was able to mobilize pre-positioned emergency supplies and immediately respond to the natural disaster. Direct Relief originally sent the supplies as part of a hurricane preparedness module […]

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Collaborating with FedEx to Strengthen Emergency Preparedness

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FedEx continued their ongoing support of Direct Relief by granting $250,000 this week to strengthen key emergency preparedness programs—just in time for National Preparedness Month. A premiere supporter of Direct Relief’s disaster preparedness and response, the two groups have collaborated since 1993 to improve the health of people affected by the daily emergency of lacking access to medical care as […]

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