Emergency Response

How Are Things Going in Haiti?

Haiti Maternal Health Care

I’ve been asked this question countless times over the past five years and have never once felt I’ve been able to answer it correctly. Any two rational people who have worked in Haiti since the quake could come up with two completely different, but altogether correct answers. The cynical answer might go something like this: It’s still bad. The last […]

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Five Years After Quake, Committed to Improving Health in Haiti

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Five years ago, people like you stepped up to help the millions of people affected by the most destructive earthquake in Haiti’s history, where Direct Relief and many others are still working to improve conditions for thousands of people left vulnerable. Progress has been made. Lost amid the negative headlines are the ample stories of hope the Direct Relief team […]

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Tropical Storm Jangmi Claims 53 Lives in the Philippines

flooding after Hagupit in the Philippines

Tropical Storm Jangmi tragically claimed at least 53 lives and displaced 80,186 people to evacuation centers this week in the Philippines. The storm, called Seniang locally, made landfall on the southern island of Mindanao on December 29, 2014 before moving to the central islands where it caused deadly flash floods and landslides. Reinforcing the importance of emergency preparedness, health providers in the regions […]

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Assessing Damage: Severe Storms Hit Southern States

Map of Direct Relief's Prepositioned Storm Modules and Weather Warnings by State

Tuesday’s bout of severe storms  – which included tornadoes – left at least four dead and hundreds of homes and businesses damaged across Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, among other states. Areas of Georgia remain under flood watch, while thousands still lack power. With storm-specific medical supplies pre-positioned throughout the affected region, Direct Relief is working to assess the full extent of the storms’ impact on health centers […]

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Ten Years Later: 2004 South Asian Earthquake and Tsunami

Tsunami Destruction

This week — December 26, 2014 — commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the South Asian earthquake and tsunami, one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history. This unprecedented event affected populations in five time zones and 14 countries, killing over 225,000 people, injuring hundreds of thousands, leaving 1.7 million people homeless, and destroying infrastructure and livelihoods. As is often […]

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Aid Delivered to Communities Affected by Typhoon Hagupit

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Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team on the ground in the Philippines continues to deliver life-saving medicines in areas affected by Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby). The typhoon made at least four landfalls in the island nation on Dec. 7, with winds reaching 125 mph, according to The Weather Channel. More than 30 million people have been affected by the […]

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