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A Lifetime of Giving Back: Celebrating Edythe Kirchmaier at 107

Edythe has been giving back to others for much of her life, including 40 years at Direct Relief. Photo by Isaac Hernandez.

A 107th birthday is call enough for celebration, but what’s really extraordinary is the way Edythe Kirchmaier – Direct Relief’s volunteer of 40 years – has lived those 107 years. Born January 22, 1908, Edythe’s been serving others nearly her entire life. Helping Soldiers Abroad & People at Home During World War I Edythe’s commitment to others dates back to […]

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Ten Years Later: 2004 South Asian Earthquake and Tsunami

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This week — December 26, 2014 — commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the South Asian earthquake and tsunami, one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history. This unprecedented event affected populations in five time zones and 14 countries, killing over 225,000 people, injuring hundreds of thousands, leaving 1.7 million people homeless, and destroying infrastructure and livelihoods. As is often […]

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Next Up: Humanitarian UAVs (Drones) with Singularity University and Nethope

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In case you missed the most recent of the Nethope webinar series on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), in which Direct Relief’s Director of Research and Analysis Andrew Schroeder facilitated a discussion with Esri on use of the ArcGIS platform for managing, processing, and sharing UAV data, a recording of the webinar is now line at the Nethope Solutions Center. In the webinar, Esri Technical Product Manager Cody Benkelman highlights […]

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Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2014

Direct Relief Annual Report 2014

For a window into the key activities that defined the past year at Direct Relief, please take moment to read Direct Relief’s annual report on Fiscal Year 2014. During this period—July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014—Direct Relief responded to more requests for assistance, fulfilled its humanitarian mission more expansively, and provided more assistance to more people in need than ever before in the organization’s 66-year history. […]

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6 Month Update: Response to the World’s Deadliest Ebola Epidemic

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Since the Ebola virus erupted in West Africa six months ago, Direct Relief has provided frontline health workers fighting to contain the outbreak with more than 140 tons of medical resources valued at $6.98 million (wholesale). In addition, Direct Relief is working with local medical staff and Ministries of Health to support the broader health system by strengthening the in-bound […]

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Ebola Relief: Emergency Medical Supplies Bound for Guinea

Direct Relief Ebola Shipment

Direct Relief sent its 19th emergency shipment of Ebola supplies today to the Ministry of Health in Guinea (photos and videos found here). Weighing roughly 3,000 pounds, the shipment contains laboratory testing equipment from BD (blood collection sets), face masks, and medical gloves. In total, Direct Relief has delivered 140 tons of medical aid to Ebola-hit regions since the outbreak erupted in spring. 47 […]

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