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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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Kenyan Fistula Survivor Regains Hope After Suffering 35 Years

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One of Direct Relief’s GSK PULSE volunteers, Jane Lehnhoff,  is based at our partner organization OGRA Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya where she is supporting our work to expand obstetric fistula treatment to women in the region.  Below, she shares an inspiring story of a fistula survivor: Maria* is a 53-year-old woman from the rural area of Kabuoch in western Kenya.  She developed […]

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Helping People in Mumbai Maintain Healthy Vision

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Nearly 200 people living in the impoverished Lallubhai compound of Mumbai, India received a free eye check up and disability screening earlier this week at a camp organized by Doctors for You. Based out of India, Doctors for You (DFY) is a new Direct Relief partner organization that focuses on providing medical care to vulnerable communities – both during emergencies […]

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From the Philippines: Emergency Care in Cebu

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  Two members of our Emergency Response Team are currently traveling in the Philippines, working to assess health needs and assist with Direct Relief’s response on the ground. Below is an update from our Emergency Response Manager, Andrew MacCalla: After meeting with the local Red Cross, the local Disaster Management Agency, and the Governor of Cebu, an extremely gracious and friendly […]

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Pre-positioned Medicines Give Haitian Girl A Chance at Life

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Seven-year-old Lucienne, an orphan in Haiti, is receiving treatment this week for osteomyelitis, a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection of the bone, because of all the people like you who support Direct Relief. At the hospital in Haiti where Lucienne was initially taken for surgery, patients are treated for free, however, they have to buy all of their own supplies – even […]

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From the Field: Fistula Repair Supplies Arrive in Niger

Handover of Supplies to Dr Sanda Ganda

Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares an update from Niger:  The first Direct Relief contribution of medicines and surgical supplies for the National Center for Obstetric Fistula Referral (CNRFO) in Niamey, Niger was handed over today in a ceremony I attended called “Together to Fight Obstetric Fistula in […]

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