Emergency Response

Ebola Outbreak: Emergency Supplies Headed to Sierra Leone

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#481844475 / gettyimages.com In response to the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic to date, Direct Relief is sending emergency shipments of urgently requested medicines and supplies to its partner Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone, and anticipates additional requests. The shipment – valued at more than $337,000 wholesale – contains basic antibiotics and most importantly, personal protective equipment, such as exam and […]

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Emergency Aid Ready as Tropical Storm Arthur Approaches East Coast

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With emergency medical aid pre-positioned along the East Coast, Direct Relief is monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur as it moves toward North Carolina’s coast, expected to reach hurricane status by early morning Friday. The team today notified 19 health center and clinic partners in three states (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia) that additional emergency medical supplies are stockpiled at Direct […]

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Hurricanes: The 10 U.S. Counties Most At Risk (as seen in USA Today)

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To better inform Direct Relief’s extensive Hurricane Preparedness Program, the Research and Analytics team conducted research on areas most vulnerable to hurricanes, determining the ten U.S. counties most at-risk (shown in the map above).   The conclusions are based on historical storm data coupled with social vulnerability indexes to help drive decisions around which communities Direct Relief pre-positions massive amounts […]

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Aid Bound for Paraguay Flood Survivors

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#450411656 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is sending emergency medical supplies to Paraguay following severe flooding that began earlier this month and is expected to worsen as heavy rainfall continues. The deliveries contain antibiotics, anti-infectives, and other essential medicines requested by the Paraguay Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare. An estimated 150,000 people have been evacuated from the capital city, […]

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Responding to the Tornadoes in Pilger, Nebraska

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Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team has offered assistance to its health center partners in Nebraska following twin tornadoes that devastated the town of Pilger and surrounding areas on Monday. Two people – including a five-year-old – died during the storm and 16 people were critically injured, reports CNN. The Emergency Team also reached out to partners in four other states […]

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Chikungunya Outbreak: Emergency Aid Bound for Haiti

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#492786167 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is sending emergency medicines and medical supplies to Haiti following an urgent request from the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Haiti who contacted Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team on Tuesday to request medicine for the chikungunya outbreak rapidly spreading across the island nation. The Haitian government formally declared a medical emergency […]

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