Archive for the International Work Category

Restoring Health and Hope for Women with Fistula in Somalia

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Earlier this month, Direct Relief provided a $50,000 grant to support essential obstetric fistula repair surgeries for women who are living with this devastating and debilitating condition in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Direct Relief again partnered with the Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), an international nonprofit organization committed to improving maternal and neonatal health in disadvantaged communities throughout Africa, to […]

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Global Fistula Map Presented at International Conference

From left to right, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and me.

More than 300 delegates gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh last week at the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) Congress 2012. The meeting theme this year: Fistula: An Injustice to Women- Let’s Work to Bring Justice, calls upon all of us to work together to address this devastating childbirth injury, suffered by an estimated 2 million women in developing countries. […]

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Pre-Positioned Medicines Save Lives in Haiti

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Direct Relief’s partner, Visitation Hospital in Haiti, has saved lives and  provided care to more than 450 patients with the contents of  their hurricane preparedness module and anticipate they will treat hundreds more in the coming days with health needs on the rise after Hurricane Sandy. The module was sent to the Direct Relief warehouse in Port-au-Prince at the start of […]

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New Partnership Helps Children With Diabetes Worldwide Access Care

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On this World Diabetes Day, Direct Relief is pleased to announce a new collaboration with LifeScan, a medical product manufacturing company and corporate partner, in support of an extraordinary children’s diabetes support program, Life for a Child. Founded in 2001 with support from the Australian Diabetes Council and HOPE Worldwide, the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child (LFAC) program […]

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Ready to Respond to 7.4 Guatemala Quake

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Direct Relief’s healthcare provider partners are assessing the situation after a massive 7.4-magnitude earthquake centered in Champerico, Guatemala, about 100 miles from Guatemala City. “The epicenter was near the coast, but it was felt all over Guatemala,  a grade 7.4, we hope to God that it does not recur,” reported Erika Orozco of Caritas de Guatemala in an email yesterday. […]

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Haiti Hospitals Receive Sandy Relief

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On Saturday, Direct Relief International distributed a five-pallet hurricane module to its longtime partner Visitation Hospital in Petite Riviere de Nippes in response to Hurricane Sandy that left over 20 inches of rain in earthquake ravaged Haiti. Hurricane Sandy’s heavy rains brought flooding and resulted in over 50 deaths and affected over 200,000 people.  The rains also brought increased concerns […]

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