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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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Find Us in Flipboard's New "Big Ideas" Section

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Direct Relief is thrilled to be one of 20 nonprofits featured in Flipboard‘s recent launch of its “Big Ideas” category. This new category “celebrates innovative ideas, great speeches, industry thought leaders and inspirational organizations.” Flipboard is an digital social magazine that allows people to discover and share content in a visually compelling way by curating personalized magazines.  As part of […]

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Why GIS Mapping Technology is a Powerful Tool for Humanitarian Aid

Esri President, Jack Dangermond, presents the President's award to Direct Relief board member, Dorothy Largay, and me.

Direct Relief was honored with the 2013 President’s Award from technology company Esri for outstanding use of mapping software known as geographic information systems (GIS) last Monday at the Esri International User Conference. Throughout the rest of the conference, while listening to terrific workshops and paper presentations on topics from cartographic design to the exploration of Mars, I had a […]

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Improving Disaster Response through Information Analysis with Palantir

After Hurricane Sandy, Direct Relief was able to view evacuation zones in relation to our clinic partners to understand areas of highest need.

In the early hours after Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern United States very little was known with reasonable certainty about how the storm was affecting specific areas, particularly those areas with a disproportionate share of low-income and socially-vulnerable people. Direct Relief was busy at the time assembling and cross-referencing datasets on everything from weather forecasts to pharmacy status to electrical […]

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