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Dignity Kits Comfort Kenyan Women Awaiting Fistula Repair

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Noreen (pictured center), a 27-year-old woman from western Kenya, developed obstetric fistula after giving birth to her second child two years ago. Obstetric fistula is a a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor that, if untreated, leaves women with constant and uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces. The condition can often be repaired with surgery. […]

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From the Field: Fukushima, Japan

On the three year anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan, our Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Jenny Hutain, reflects on her most recent trip and the state of recovery. A delegation from Direct Relief and partner organization the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) traveled to Fukushima Prefecture in Japan late in 2013 to assess […]

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Recovery Continues Three Years After the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

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

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Providing Dental Care for People in Central Haiti

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Hundreds of people living in central Haiti received dental care earlier in 2014 thanks to a team of 13 volunteers from Wisconsin who Direct Relief supported with medical supplies such as dental hand instruments and autoclaves. The Hinche Christian Dental Clinic, led by Lori Schneider and Dr. Tim Brown, recently sent an update from their fourth trip to Hinche where […]

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Philippine Consul General Visits Headquarters

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The Philippine Consul General of Los Angeles visited Direct Relief headquarters yesterday to learn more about our typhoon response efforts as well as to help us build new partnerships with organizations working locally. The Honorable Ma. Hellen Barber De La Vega (pictured above in red) was accompanied by members of the Philippine Disaster Relief Organization (PeDRO), a Los Angeles-based Filipino volunteer […]

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Assisting Bolivians Affected by Severe Flooding

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In response to the weeks of severe flooding in Bolivia, Direct Relief is working with its longtime partner the Rio Beni Health Foundation to help people affected access critical medicines and supplies. More than 58,000 families have been affected and heavy rains are expected to continue in Bolivia for weeks to come. The lack of clean water and the threat of […]

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