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Direct Relief Named Finalist in Wireless Innovation Project Competition

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Last week at a celebration in Redwood City, Calif., I was honored to accept on behalf of Direct Relief the recognition of our selection by Vodafone Americas Foundation as one of eight finalists in the sixth annual Wireless Innovation Project competition, publicly announced today. Each year, Vodafone Americas Foundation selects a small group of the most creative and potentially impactful […]

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How Technology Can Enable Collaboration for the Common Good

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Our Director of Research and Analysis, Dr. Andrew Schroeder, recently attended the Clinton  Global Initiative winter meeting held Feb. 20 in New York City. He reflects on the conference below: Toward the end of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) winter meeting, President Clinton asserted that most global problems have solutions, however the politics of special interests get in the […]

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#FedGIS: Making Informed Aid Decisions with Maps

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Our Research and Analytics Associate, Jen Lemberger, reflects on the Esri Federal GIS Conference, where policy makers, analysts and key federal government staff came together to learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can help move the country forward. Though Direct Relief does not receive government funding, I was invited to speak at the Esri Federal GIS Conference held Feb. 10-11 in […]

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Civil Drones Improve Humanitarian Response in the Philippines

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As Direct Relief’s relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan continue, civil drones are helping our organization and others respond more efficiently to the most pressing needs of people affected by the super storm. About a week after Typhoon Haiyan struck, an assessment group from Direct Relief’s partner, veterans’ response organization Team Rubicon, sought to determine the operational […]

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Palantir Technology Enables Intelligent Typhoon Response

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Soon after the scale and scope of destruction from Typhoon Haiyan became clear, Direct Relief went to work with its technology partners at Palantir to build an efficient and effective means of pulling better information rapidly and routinely from what was obviously going to be a large-scale and long-term response effort. Our model was the collaboration between Palantir and Team […]

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Increasing Access to Specialty Care in Rural Missouri with Telehealth

The Fordland Clinic in Missouri treats 5,000 patients each year. Photo courtesy of Fordland Clinic.

For people living in the rural town of Fordland, Mo., accessing specialty health care from a physician in Kansas City or Columbia means a long drive, time off of work, and lots of gas money. Without ample resources, many choose to go without, sometimes suffering for years with an ongoing health condition. That’s why Fordland Clinic – a member of Direct […]

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