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From the Field: Health Facilities in Sierra Leone Work to Restore Services

The pharmacist at Holy Spirit Catholic Hospital in Makeni dispenses medicines donated by Direct Relief.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Sierra Leone. Restoring Capacity as Ebola Wanes Today, Andrew (Director of International Programs and Emergency Response) and I […]

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Typhoon Hagupit: Delivering Emergency Medicines and Supplies Before a Disaster

Inspecting typhoon damage

With typhoon Hagupit about to make landfall in the Philippines it is a good time to reflect on the importance of both disaster preparedness and response planning. Natural climactic events become humanitarian disasters when they exceed the capacity of a community to cope. With poor disaster preparation and planning a relatively minor natural event can become a calamity, conversely, with […]

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Reconstructing Typhoon-Damaged Health Stations in the Philippines

Macatunao After

Emergency Response Manager, Andrew MacCalla, recently returned from a trip to the Philippines to facilitate long-term typhoon recovery efforts.  He shares a report from the field below: All 16 of the Barangay Health Stations in the Municipality of Concepcion were damaged in the typhoon.  As an essential safety net for medical care in remote communities, Direct Relief sponsored the reconstruction of two priority health […]

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Medical Clinics Treat 2,000 Philippines Typhoon Survivors

Mobile clinic AAI Gavin Humphries

Emergency Response Manager, Andrew MacCalla, recently returned from a trip to the Philippines to facilitate long-term typhoon recovery efforts.  He shares a report from the field below: It was clear after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck that the people living in the Municipality of Concepcion – the typhoon’s fifth point of landfall – would need medical assistance. All of the Barangay (village) Health […]

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From the Philippines: Improving Health Care in Island Communities

CIMCI Training

Emergency Response Manager, Andrew MacCalla, recently returned from a trip to the Philippines to facilitate long-term typhoon recovery efforts.  He shares a report from the field below: During our last day in the Philippines, we were able to travel from Concepcion town to the Barangay, or town, of Macatunao on Quiniluban Island. The Municipality of Concepcion is on the northeast coast of […]

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From the Field: Fukushima, Japan

On the three year anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan, our Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Jenny Hutain, reflects on her most recent trip and the state of recovery. A delegation from Direct Relief and partner organization the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) traveled to Fukushima Prefecture in Japan late in 2013 to assess […]

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