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RAND: ACA Leaves 30 Million People Behind

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Direct Relief’s assistance programs within the U.S., funded entirely with private charitable support, have expanded significantly in recent years to help meet the needs of people who would otherwise not have access to health care. Since 2009, Direct Relief has been the sole U.S. nonprofit organization accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy as a Verified-Accredited Wholelsale Distributor (VAWD) […]

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Intern Spotlight: The Data Wrangler

Hamza Mannan

Hamza Mannan is a third-year political science major at the University of California, Santa Barbara who joined Direct Relief at the start of this year as a Research and Analysis intern through the Sarah Miller McCune Endowed Public Service and Internship Program, a year-long project which pairs students with local nonprofits. Below he reflects on his experience so far: There are a number […]

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Direct Relief Joins National VOAD as First Associate Member

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The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) announced today that Direct Relief is joining the network as the first Associate Member. VOAD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization that serves as a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle – preparation, response, and recovery – to help disaster survivors and their communities. “This recognition by […]

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Philippine Consul General Visits Headquarters

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The Philippine Consul General of Los Angeles visited Direct Relief headquarters yesterday to learn more about our typhoon response efforts as well as to help us build new partnerships with organizations working locally. The Honorable Ma. Hellen Barber De La Vega (pictured above in red) was accompanied by members of the Philippine Disaster Relief Organization (PeDRO), a Los Angeles-based Filipino volunteer […]

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Sakena Yacoobi Earns Champion for Women’s Health Award

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Direct Relief presented Sakena Yacoobi, founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, with the 2014 Champion for Women’s Health Award for her leadership and bravery in helping women in both Afghanistan and Pakistan access much-needed health care, despite many challenges. “This, for me, is like a Nobel Peace Prize,” said Sakena graciously as she received the award at […]

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Direct Relief Helps CNN Expose Sketchy Charity Accounting Practices

Checking Charities' Claims

With assistance from Direct Relief, CNN ran a two-part investigative report last week on how charitable organizations’ accounting and reporting practices regarding medical product donations can be highly misleading to the public.  The report detailed the efforts by CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting to understand and track the reported donation of $40 million in medical aid to Guatemala […]

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