Archive for the From the Field Category

Direct Relief Funds Provide Essential Medicines in Kisumu

The following is an update from Direct Relief’s Regional Medical Advisor and founder of Kenya-based OGRA Foundation Dr. Hezron Mc’Obewa. Dr. Hezron is in Kisumu treating victims of the country’s recent outbreak of violence following elections. Dr. Hezron is also the head of the Kisumu area’s humanitarian aid committee, coordinating activities between the Kenyan Ministry of Health, Kenyan Red Cross, […]

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Staff Story: Fiji Clinic Visit

This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee, Susan Fowler, Advisorr, Program Resources and Development. The boat arranged by the village chief arrived on schedule, and we loaded it with medical goods then climbed aboard. I was accompanying a medical team, organized by the U.S.-based Loloma Foundation, and we were traveling by boat around the Yasawa Island […]

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From The Field: Bidada Hospital, India

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This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee Mat Maccalla. The opening ceremony for Bidada Hospital’s 33rd medical and surgical camp was held on January 3, 2007. I arrived at the facility the following day, and the medical screenings, consultations, and pre-operative services were already in full swing. The hospital is administered by the Shree Bidada Sarvodaya […]

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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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