Archive for the International Work Category

Increasing Access to Pneumonia Treatment for Children in Liberia

A Frontline Health Worker leads a focus group in the town of Doweh, Liberia. Photo courtesy of Last Mile Health.

With support from Direct Relief, aid organization Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) trained 10 Frontline Health Workers (FHW) in the last year to identify, treat, and refer children with symptoms of pneumonia – the number one cause of death of children under five worldwide. Recent data reveals that in less than six months of project implementation, the number of children […]

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Responding to the Dengue Fever Outbreak in Honduras

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Direct Relief is preparing an emergency air shipment of medicine to partner Proyecto Aldea Global/Project Global Village  to address the outbreak of dengue fever in Honduras.  With more than 8,380 cases reported to date, dengue has been on a steady rise in Honduras since June, tripling the number of cases recorded at this time in 2012. Project Global Village works […]

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From the Field: Providing Care for Children in Cambodia

More children we met during our visits.

Our Asia and Middle East Program Manager, Joe Harrison, is currently traveling in Southeast Asia, visiting Direct Relief’s partners who treat people in need of health care and other services. Below is his update from Cambodia.  On our first day in Siem Reap, David Shoemaker of Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) took our team along with him on a home […]

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Readying Response to Landslides, Flooding in India and Nepal

Direct Relief is monitoring the flooding using Palantir technology. Purple areas show affected states, red shows areas where landslides and flooding have occurred.

In response to the heavy rains and flooding battering northern India and Nepal over the past week, Direct Relief has reached out to six of its health center partners to offer medical assistance for people affected. The monsoon rains and subsequent flooding are feared to have killed up to 1,000 people, stranded more than 70,000 people, and have caused massive […]

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Women in Malawi Receive Life-Restoring Fistula Treatment

The clinician Mr. Sembo (far left) and hospital charge nurse accompanying the Deputy Minister of Heath and UNFPA representative during the a visit in the fistula ward. Photo courtesy of UNFPA.

Aided by supplies from Direct Relief, 64 women received life-restoring obstetric fistula treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, during the Fistula Repair Camp this May organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Malawi. Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury that happens when women lack access to skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric care. The condition is largely treatable […]

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Preventing Cervical Cancer in Haiti: Local Providers Trained to Screen

Haitian providers receiving their certificates.

More than 600 women received screening for cervical cancer during a week-long training delegation held earlier this month at St. Luc’s Manitane clinic, an affiliate of St. Damien’s Hospital and long-time partner of Direct Relief in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Cervical cancer claims the lives of 270,000 women annually and 85 percent of these deaths occur in low-resource settings, says the World […]

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