From the Field

On the Ground in Oklahoma

FedEx Delivers Tornado Relief to Community Health Centers Inc in Spencer, OK

Direct Relief’s Emergency Management Team landed in Oklahoma last night to assess the needs of healthcare partners responding to the deadly tornadoes. The team is reporting that severe thunderstorms soaking the town of Moore are inhibiting the response to the needs of people affected by the tornadoes. Direct Relief has sent seven emergency medical deliveries valued at over $211,000 (wholesale) […]

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Notes from the Field: Dominican Republic

With patients and staff at Batey Relief Alliance

On my most recent trip to Haiti to continue Direct Relief’s extensive work supporting more than 115 hospitals and clinics throughout the country, I had the opportunity to cross the border into the Dominican Republic and visit two amazing Direct Relief recipients who are supporting the most needy patients in their communities with quality medical care. Fundacion Solidaria del Divino […]

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Sierra Leone Midwife Graduates Equipped to Save the Lives of Mothers and Children

Processional of graduates and students entering the ceremony.

Saturday was an exciting day for the midwifery graduates at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone, and marked an important milestone in the West African nation’s progress toward improving maternal and child health services. The World Needs Midwives I attended the ceremony to present the Direct Relief Midwife Kits to the new graduates. It was a great celebration—and at […]

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Global Fistula Map Presented at International Conference

From left to right, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and me.

More than 300 delegates gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh last week at the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) Congress 2012. The meeting theme this year: Fistula: An Injustice to Women- Let’s Work to Bring Justice, calls upon all of us to work together to address this devastating childbirth injury, suffered by an estimated 2 million women in developing countries. […]

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Fistula Repair Surgery Restores Hope for Young Kenyan Woman

Beatrice

Many women with obstetric fistula suffer for years or decades before they are able to access surgical treatment. Fortunately for Beatrice, who was 16 when she developed fistula, it was less than a month before she received treatment at the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu, Kenya – where Direct Relief has worked since 2009, with the support of The […]

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Supporting Midwives in Somaliland

Edna Adan

  Down a bumpy dirt track nearly three hours south of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, Edna Adan and I crawl our way to the town of Baligubadle, just steps from the Ethiopian border. At the Maternal and Child Health Center in this small town, which serves approximately 25,000 in Somaliland plus those from neighboring Ethiopia, we meet Sado, a […]

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