Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Responding to Flooding, Landslides in Nepal and Northern India

Nepal flood getty image aug 2014

#453721530 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is reaching out to partners in western Nepal and the Uttar Pradesh district of northern India, where torrential monsoon rains that started last week have triggered landslides and flash floods, claiming the lives of more than 200 people and leaving thousands displaced. An estimated 1,677 houses were damaged or fully destroyed, leaving many in the […]

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Ebola: Every Health Worker Must Be Supplied With Protective Gear

The Ebola isolation unit at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo: Dr. Dan Kelly, Wellbody Alliance.

Facing a severe shortage of medical supplies and protective gear, health workers operating in the hot spots of the West African Ebola crisis are risking their own lives to help others. That’s why Dr. Dan Kelly, co-founder of Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone, has returned to the frontlines of the Ebola crisis to help train health workers on how to […]

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Ebola Outbreak: Aid Arrives in Sierra Leone

Ebola supplies

An emergency shipment of supplies for the deadly Ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa arrived this week at Direct Relief’s partner Wellbody Alliance in the Kono District of Sierra Leone.  The arrival coincides with the district’s first case of Ebola, which was confirmed on Tuesday. “The Direct Relief shipment is absolutely critical, as we are almost out of our existing […]

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Direct Relief Joins White House Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day

White House disaster response - July 2014

The White House, through its initiative to advance innovation in disaster response and recovery, held its second annual demo day this week in Washington D.C. The event brought together leading technologists, entrepreneurs, and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools capable of making tangible impacts in the lives of survivors of large-scale emergencies. Among the experts in attendance, […]

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Ebola Outbreak: Direct Relief Responds in West Africa

Direct Relief equipped Dr. John Fankhauser with more than $50,000 in specifically-requested medical resources for his return to Monrovia, Liberia.

Update: Last month, Direct Relief equipped Dr. John Fankhauser with provisions of Ebola-specific medical supplies in preparation for his return to the frontlines of the outbreak. Since then, the deadly virus has spread, taking its toll on upwards of 1,200 people across West Africa. Among the patients are several of the very doctors and nurses who — in immense displays […]

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Typhoon Glenda Update: Broadening Response Networks in the Philippines

Regional Health Director Gloria Balboa & Albay Provincial Health Officer Nats Rempillo -  Paint

In the wake of Typhoon Glenda (also known as Rammasun), which barreled through the Philippines last week, Direct Relief continues to strengthen its network of health partners throughout the island nation. Nearly 100 were killed by the storm, with more than 300 injured and thousands of houses damaged, displacing more than 500,000 people, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction […]

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