Archive for the International Work Category

Inspiring Moms of May: Afghan Mom Becomes a Neonatal Nurse

Mursal smiles with her daughter. Photo courtesy of American Medical Overseas Relief.

 At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from Dr. Mark Scoffield, CEO of American Medical Overseas Relief.  Mursal is a mother in Afghanistan who is also a neonatal nurse for American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR), a Direct Relief partner. While this may not seem […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Pakistani Mom Travels 12 Hours For A Safe Birth

Wasila smiles with her baby. Photo courtesy of Murshid Hospital and Health Care Center.

At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from staff at Murshid Hospital and Health Care Centre – our partner in Karachi, Pakistan. Wasila Zahoor is one of the many mothers around the world who are willing to do everything necessary for the health […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Cambodian Mom Fights Malnutrition

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At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from our partner, Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Heng Chan is a 38-year-old mother of four: three boys and one girl. She was diagnosed with HIV 10 years ago. Since 2004, Chan has […]

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Notes from the Field: Dominican Republic

With patients and staff at Batey Relief Alliance

On my most recent trip to Haiti to continue Direct Relief’s extensive work supporting more than 115 hospitals and clinics throughout the country, I had the opportunity to cross the border into the Dominican Republic and visit two amazing Direct Relief recipients who are supporting the most needy patients in their communities with quality medical care. Fundacion Solidaria del Divino […]

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Sierra Leone Midwife Graduates Equipped to Save the Lives of Mothers and Children

Processional of graduates and students entering the ceremony.

Saturday was an exciting day for the midwifery graduates at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone, and marked an important milestone in the West African nation’s progress toward improving maternal and child health services. The World Needs Midwives I attended the ceremony to present the Direct Relief Midwife Kits to the new graduates. It was a great celebration—and at […]

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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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