Archive for the International Work Category

Supporting Efforts to Reduce Hypertension in Haiti

A nurse helps a patient seeking treatment for chronic disease. Photo courtesy of FHADIMAC.

With the celebration of World Health Day, honored every April 7, Direct Relief recognizes the work done year-round to promote solutions and establish healthy lives with partners worldwide. This year, World Health Day focuses on hypertension (or high blood pressure) which is prevalent in more than 30 percent of the adult population worldwide, though preventable and treatable. Hypertension increases the […]

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Hillary Mabeya

Dr. Mabeya smiles from his office at Gynocare Fistula Center.

Gynocare Fistula Center—a nongovernmental organization in Western Kenya providing reproductive health services to women—began under the dynamic and dedicated leadership of Dr. Hillary Mabeya in 2009. Since becoming the first specialized fistula surgeon in the region in 2003, Dr. Mabeya has improved the lives of hundreds of women who have been suffering from obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused […]

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Treating and Controlling Tuberculosis in Pakistan

Bethania Hospital has a modern laboratory.

Direct Relief is strengthening efforts to treat and control tuberculosis (TB) in Pakistan through partnership with Bethania Hospital, the largest center for TB control in the densely populated Punjab region. Though tuberculosis  - a contagious disease spread by coughing and sneezing that usually attacks the lungs – no longer causes the death of one out of every seven people in Europe and […]

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Improving Childhood Nutrition in Cambodia

Children gather for a meal at Angkor Children's Hospital.

Cambodia has significantly high rates of childhood malnutrition and maternal mortality, the result of years of war and civil unrest. To help improve pediatric health conditions in Cambodia, Direct Relief is partnering with Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) and the healthcare company Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, to support nutrition and education programs. AHC is a pediatric teaching […]

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Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Nepal

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Knowing their status is a necessary step for women to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but pregnant women often lack access to HIV testing. Through the Determine Donation Program, which works to provide Rapid HIV tests free-of-charge to people in need via nongovernmental organizations, Direct Relief recently initiated a shipment of these tests and services to Nepal through Family Health International […]

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Supporting High-Quality Maternity Care in Northern Haiti

A nurse holds a new baby born at Haiti Hospital Appeal's maternity ward. Courtesy photo.

Through the help of grants provided by Direct Relief  to support the work of Haiti Hospital Appeal, the lives of thousands of mothers and babies have been saved. The UK-based charity provides high-quality maternity care to women in northern Haiti as part of their overall mission to improve health care in Haiti. The need for maternal care in Haiti is high. According […]

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