Archive for the From the Field Category

Staff Story: Remembering the Asian Tsunami

This is a personal story by Direct Relief  Employee Matt MacCalla. On December 26, 2006, in a modest event commemorating the second anniversary of the Asian Tsunami, a small assembly of people, including officials from India’s national and local governments, gathered in the Andaman Island capital of Port Blair. Together, they intended to illustrate that there is more than grief to […]

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Staff Story: South India Visit

This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee Mat Maccalla. I went to southern India to visit a hospital that was using a telemedicine van that Direct Relief International had bought for them. Recently there had been an international conference about the van put on by the United Nations and the Indian Space and Research Organization, […]

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Angkor Hospital for Children, From the Field

As we entered the Angkor Hospital for Children’s open air courtyard, located between the outpatient department and the surgical ward, we were greeted by the smells of Khmer cooking. Mothers, grandmothers, and other relatives of sick or injured boys and girls were busy making lunch. Patients’ relatives are responsible for preparing meals for family members, and are provided with a […]

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Hurricane Katrina Response

Nearly one year since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall, we hoped to get an inside look into the status of Louisiana’s healthcare system to understand how the rebuilding effort has progressed. During these last several days we have meet with partner nonprofit hospitals, community health clinics, and healthcare associations in New Orleans, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge to get a […]

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Staff Story: Situation Report from Indonesia

This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee Annie Maxwell and Emergency Coordinator Brett Williams. The Indonesian people have responded to the tragic loss of life and extensive displacement with tremendous resolve. Our arrival in Yogyakarta three days ago coincided with the arrival of the emergency medical shipment that had been packed and air-shipped.; Clearance of the […]

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Staff Story: Mississippi Clinic Visits

This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee Chris Brady. The objective of the trip was to meet with current and prospective Direct Relief International partners in the Mississippi Gulf area. Overall I was extremely impressed by the commitment of the people I met there, and the quality of their work post Katrina. As expected the most […]

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