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Responding to Severe Flooding in Northern Chile

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View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief is in contact with health care partners in Chile to deliver additional emergency aid supplies following severe flooding in northern Chile last week that has affected an estimated 30,000 people, destroyed 8,300 homes, and killed 27 people. A shipment of first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items were dispatched earlier this month to local […]

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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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From the Field: Providing Care in Liberia’s Most Remote Villages

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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 Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Liberia. The drive from Last Mile Health‘s main field office in Zwedru, Liberia to their logistics base in […]

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