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Better Health for Southern Sudan

Better Health for Southern Sudan

Dr. Mike Marks and I just returned from visiting AMREF and the National Health Training institute (NHTI) in Southern Sudan. NHTI was established in 1998 as a school to train clinical officers.  In 2006 it began training community midwives and is now running a third training program, for public health officers. NHTI has graduated 269 clinical officers and 26 community midwives; […]

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She Will Be Beautiful Again

She Will be Beautiful Again Jacinta Before Treatment

Jacinta, an eight-year-old girl from southwestern Kenya, started complaining of a toothache three months ago. After the tooth was pulled, the swelling did not stop. Jacinta was taken to a health center where the clinical officer diagnosed a bacterial infection and prescribed antibiotics. Following treatment, the swelling in her jaw only continued to grow rapidly. Two months later Jacinta’s mother, […]

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Maternal Health at the End of the Road

Maternal Health at the End of the Road

By Lindsey Pollaczek For two hours we bump down a dusty red dirt road heading out of Soroti town toward the village of Kagwara, situated at the shore of Lake Kyoga, the second largest lake in Uganda. We are joined by members of AMREF Uganda and Terrewode, two organizations working in the Teso Region to improve outcomes for women during […]

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Staff Visit: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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This is a personal “From The Field story from Direct Relief Employee,  Genevieve Bitter. I am so impressed with the health system implemented in this tiny country. There are 39 health centers which offer basic primary care services; these centers are regional and are no more than three miles apart. There are five district hospitals in addition to Milton Cato Hospital, […]

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Direct Relief Partner One Heart Reports from Tibet

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Arlene Samen, the founder and CEO of One Heart World-Wide, is in Tibet responding to the recent earthquake, supported by funds from Direct Relief. One Heart’s medical team has been working in Tibet for several years and plans to open a special maternal and child health clinic there. Monday, April 19 We arrived late Saturday night and spent most of Sunday […]

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Just-in-Time Delivery

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Brett Williams, director of emergency response, reports from Haiti about a recent delivery for a health facility at Petionville Country Club, which has become home to 70,000 displaced people. The Petionville Country Club, with a pool and a clubhouse, was a nice place for wealthy Haitians to hang out before the earthquake. The earthquake destroyed such large sections of the […]

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