Emergency Response

Delivering Medicines and Supplies for Famine Refugees

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In response to the famine and humanitarian health crisis unfolding in Southern Somalia and the surrounding region, Direct Relief is boosting inventories of medications and medical supplies for people seeking care in Northern Kenya. Dr. Hezron Mc’Obewa, the founder of the OGRA Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya, who also serves as Direct Relief’s regional medical adviser, is coordinating Direct Relief’s humanitarian […]

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Tropical Storm Emily: Aid Stands Ready

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Direct Relief’s emergency response team has activated to assist partners in the Caribbean threatened by Tropical Storm Emily, which is headed toward the island of Hispaniola today. Carrying winds of more than 50 miles per hour and expected to bring 10 inches of rain to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Emily brings a significant threat to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, which is […]

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Reaching Out to Partners Assisting Famine Refugees in the Horn of Africa

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Direct Relief International has reached out to partners in East Africa to offer medical aid in response to the drought crisis affecting parts of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya. News reports indicate that over 12 million people, including Somali refugees in surrounding countries, are suffering from or at risk of famine and malnourishment. Malnutrition is particularly severe among children in […]

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Cholera-Fighting Aid Delivered to Hospital in North

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As the cholera outbreak flares up in Haiti, Direct Relief International is delivering critically needed medical supplies and medicines to treat this deadly infection. The consignment, which contains oral rehydration solution, antibiotics, intravenous solutions, scrubs, and bleach, will help treat patients and control the spread of infection. Delivering to Hospital Centre Medical Beraca, a large public facility in Port-de-Paix in […]

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Grant to AAR Japan Supports Long-Term Recovery

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Direct Relief and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) recently awarded $400,000 to the Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) to support AAR Japan’s Phase 2 Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Project.  Although AAR Japan’s primary focus is on the distribution of food and other essential items, the 31-year-old organization has also initiated long-term recovery efforts that include repairing […]

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Three Community Grant Recipients Improve Education in Haiti and Help Students Regain a Sense of Normalcy

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Grassroots community organizations in Haiti that received funding to help their neighborhoods recover from the January 2010 earthquake are reporting positive results from the grants they received last year. Three such groups focused on education have had a particularly valuable and positive impact on children. Asanble Vwazen Solino (AVS), a free school in Solino, teaches children academics and trades. Immediately after […]

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