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Assessing Medical Needs After Typhoon Bopha Batters the Philippines

Typhoon Bopha swept through the Phillipines Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction.

Direct Relief is in contact with hospitals and other healthcare providers in the Philippines, assessing the need for emergency medicines and supplies as information surfaces about devastating damage and loss of life following powerful Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, which hit the Pacific island nation Tuesday. News sources report more than 300 deaths and several hundred injured and missing, mostly on the hardest-hit island of […]

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Monitoring Partners in the Philippines as Typhoon Bopha Makes Landfall

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Direct Relief  has reached out to partners located in Typhoon Bopha’s trajectory, continuing to monitor the storm as it travels across the southern Philippines. With winds to 160 mph, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane,  Typhoon Bopha has made landfall in the Philippine island of Mindanao, where two partner hospitals – Valencia Hospital and Mindanao Hospital – are located. More than […]

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Supporting Indigenous Populations Affected by Guatemala Earthquake

Those affected by the quake seek shelter and care from our partner, Caritas de Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Caritas de Guatemala

An air shipment of specifically requested medical supplies is scheduled to leave Direct Relief’s warehouse today, headed for a partner organization in Guatemala treating people in and around the area affected by the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit earlier this month. The partner organization, Caritas de Guatemala, provides health care and other services for many of the local indigenous Mayan population, a group that consists […]

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Emergency Team Participates in Statewide Preparedness Exercise

2012 Statewide Medical & Health Exercise - Field Treatment Site Setup

While actively responding to disasters elsewhere, Direct Relief prepared for disasters closer to home this week by participating in the 2012 Statewide Medical and Health Training and Exercise program with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and local hospitals and clinics.  Simulating a large earthquake in the Santa Barbara area, Direct Relief responded to resource requests for medical supplies and shelter supplies. As part of the […]

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Aid Continues to East Coast Health Centers Affected by Sandy

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As of today, Direct Relief has shipped more than 15,000 pounds of relief supplies, such as antibiotics, nutritionals, personal care products, vaccines and chronic care medicines,  to 17 providers affected by Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who focus on treating the most vulnerable people in their communities. In total, nearly two dozen shipments valued at close to $500,000 are […]

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Hurricane Sandy: When Personal Meets Professional

Carmen helping with one of our personal care pack events earlier this fall.

Our wonderful GlaxoSmithKline PULSE volunteer, Carmen Lennon, has been helping our communication efforts during her six month assignment at our Santa Barbara headquarters. Born and raised in Philadelphia, many of her family and close friends have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  She graciously agreed to share her perspective with us on relief and recovery efforts and its close ties to home.  In […]

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