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Update: Vanuatu Cyclone Response

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View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Gordon Willcock is in Vanuatu conducting assessments after Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam tore across the South Pacific last weekend. His update from the field below: Reports from the northern islands indicate they are okay, apart from the eastern coast of Pentecost. The southern island group, especially Tanna, were […]

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Aid Bound for Chile Following Wildfire Near Port Cities

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View image | gettyimages.com A shipment of medical supplies is headed to Chile in response to a wildfire that burned near the port cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, which forced nearly 7,000 people to evacuate their homes. The delivery, bound for the Foundation for Education, Social, and Economic Development (FEDES), includes first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items […]

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Cyclone Pam: Responding to Medical Needs in the South Pacific

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View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team continues to reach out to partner organizations in the South Pacific following the devastation from Tropical Cyclone Pam, which battered the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday with winds reaching speeds up to 185 mph. Information regarding the situation in the norther Vanuatu islands is scarce. Even on Efate island, where […]

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How Japan Relief Efforts Four Years Ago are Helping Fight Ebola Today

Last Mile Health Medical Director John Ly shows community health workers on the frontlines of Ebola in Liberia how to use the surgical gown sets from Japan.

Four years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan on March 11, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to generous supporters, Direct Relief provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors. The relationships […]

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Symposium Addresses Cervical Cancer Prevention in Latin America

Symposium attendees worked together to improve cervical cancer prevention and treatment in Latin America.

In February, Direct Relief partner, Dr. Daron Ferris from CerviCusco – an organization committed to preventing cervical cancer in Peru – and I had the opportunity to visit Barretos Cancer Hospital in Brazil for a Research Symposium on Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment in Latin America. The Research Symposium was co-hosted by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, […]

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From the Field: Community Health Workers Prove Paramount to Ebola Recovery

Community health workers with Wellbody Alliance are helping increase access to basic services as well as aiding the fight to stop Ebola.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Communications Director, Tony Morain, shares his observations from Sierra Leone. The trip to the Wellbody Clinic in Kono District, Sierra Leone, run by Direct Relief partner Wellbody […]

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