Emergency Response

Typhoon Haiyan: Recovery Efforts Continue One Year Later

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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) – the strongest storm on record to ever hit land – battered the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, causing more than 7,200 deaths or missing persons, displacing 4 million people, and affecting up to 16 million people total. One year later, health systems remain vulnerable and tens of thousands of people are still rebuilding their lives, but […]

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Physician Spotlight: Caring for Philippines Typhoon Survivors One Year Later

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When asked how she has coped for the last year since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Philippines, Chief of Ormoc District Hospital, Dr. Maria Lourdes de Lara-Banquesio, replied, “We do the best we can with what we have.” Ormoc District Hospital (ODH) is the main public and referral hospital on the western side of Leyte Province, one of the areas […]

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Ebola Response: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Grants $1 Million to Direct Relief

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Last month, Philanthropist Paul G. Allen announced he is increasing his commitment to fight Ebola to at least $100 million. Today, Mr. Allen announced a $1 million grant to Direct Relief to scale up the organization’s relief efforts in Ebola-affected West African nations. The effects of Ebola extend well beyond those infected. The side effect is depriving people of basic human needs. These grants […]

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Ebola Readiness: Direct Relief Survey of the U.S. Safety Net

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Direct Relief Ebola Readiness Survey Assesses Protective Gear Inventories at Safety-Net Health Centers and Clinics across the U.S. SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2014 – One-third of America’s safety-net facilities reported a limited supply of waterproof shoe covers, gowns, face shields, single-use respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for treating Ebola […]

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6 Month Update: Response to the World’s Deadliest Ebola Epidemic

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Since the Ebola virus erupted in West Africa six months ago, Direct Relief has provided frontline health workers fighting to contain the outbreak with more than 140 tons of medical resources valued at $6.98 million (wholesale). In addition, Direct Relief is working with local medical staff and Ministries of Health to support the broader health system by strengthening the in-bound […]

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5 Impressions From Caring for Syrian Refugees

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According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 6.8 million Syrians have been displaced and require humanitarian assistance since civil conflict began in 2011. Longtime Direct Relief board member Bert Green, MD recently led a mission to Jordan to provide medical care to refugees. Below are five impressions he shared after the trip. 1. War crosses all classes […]

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