Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Life-Saving Midwife Kits Delivered in the Philippines

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  One thousand babies will be born safely in the Philippines with help from a delivery of 20 Midwife Kits to skilled midwives working in typhoon-affected areas. In collaboration with the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), Direct Relief has placed the kits at birthing centers throughout the Visayas that were directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and are […]

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Restoring Health and Lives Six Months After Typhoon Haiyan

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It’s been six months since Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) battered the Philippines, killing more than 6,200 people, injuring over 28,000, and leaving millions more displaced. Of the 16 million people affected by the storm, at least 10 million were women and children, including 250,000 pregnant women. An estimated 82 percent of the health facilities in the affected areas […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Mother Robin Answers the Call to Protect Pregnant Women

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Moms matter. Throughout the month of May, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from Yayasan Bumi Sehat’s medical relief camp in Dulag, Philippines.  Robin Lim is an internationally recognized midwife known for the life-saving work of her Indonesian-based nonprofit, Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation).  Also known as Ibu (Mother) Robin […]

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Responding to the Etiwanda Fire in Southern California

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In response to the Etiwanda Fire burning near Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Direct Relief has offered assistance to its health center and clinic partners in the area. Nearly 1,700 homes have been ordered to evacuate as a result of the wind-driven brush fire that began this morning in a remote canyon area north of the city, reports KTLA. The blaze has spread to […]

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Aid Arrives for People Affected by Deadly U.S. Tornadoes

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Emergency medical aid arrived today at two health clinics in Arkansas treating people affected by this week’s deadly series of tornadoes in the South and Midwest, with more relief shipments leaving this week. Direct Relief’s free clinic partners, Conway Interfaith Clinic in Conway, Ark. and Corning Area Health Care, Inc‘s family medical site in Pocahontas, Ark. will use the supplies of […]

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Improving Philippines Typhoon Response With Satellite Technology

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A little over one week ago, I traveled to the Philippines with colleagues from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Palantir Technologies to review progress on our shared CGI commitment to improve disaster response through better data analysis. The joint commitment began in 2012 following the response to Hurricane Sandy. Unlike the situation in New York, in the Philippines we realized that […]

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