Archive for the International Work Category

An Innovative Approach to Combating Childhood Pneumonia

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When Avi Kenny graduated from Brown University in 2011 he did what most recent Ivy League grads do—he headed straight for rural Africa. Part of a new, adventurous and innovative generation of global health leadership, Avi heads up the monitoring and evaluation efforts for Last Mile Health (TH), a start-up non-governmental organization (NGO) health project in the remote district of […]

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Partner Spotlight: Fighting the HIV Epidemic in Honduras

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Seventeen years ago, Episcopalian Reverend, Pascual Torres, was approached by a few courageous, HIV-positive members of his local community in Honduras. Uninformed about HIV/AIDS at the time, Rev. Torres sat down to talk through end-of-life issues with them. Little did he know, this was the start of Siempre Unidos, a coalition of medical providers, counselors, pastors, business leaders and community […]

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3 Million Haitian Children Vaccinated in National Campaign

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Three million Haitian children were vaccinated for measles, rubella, and polio in a campaign established by Haiti’s Ministry of Health and supported by Direct Relief. The campaign’s success comes as the country looks back on the introduction of cholera two Octobers ago, which quickly grew to an epidemic. The rapid, tragic spread of cholera in Haiti is a sharp reminder of the […]

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Hurricane Modules at Work During National Preparedness Month

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Last month, the day after Tropical Storm Isaac swept through earthquake-ravaged Haiti, staff from St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital in Haiti deployed its Direct Relief Hurricane Preparedness Module into one of the poorest and most vulnerable areas of Haiti—the slum known as Cite-Soleil. At the beginning of hurricane season in June, Direct Relief sent 15 hurricane preparedness modules to 10 partners in seven […]

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Supporting Midwives in Somaliland

Edna Adan

  Down a bumpy dirt track nearly three hours south of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, Edna Adan and I crawl our way to the town of Baligubadle, just steps from the Ethiopian border. At the Maternal and Child Health Center in this small town, which serves approximately 25,000 in Somaliland plus those from neighboring Ethiopia, we meet Sado, a […]

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Guatemala Partner Ready With Hurricane Module to Treat Volcano Evacuees

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In response to the eruption of Volcano del Fuego  – which has forced the evacuation of over 33,000 people living around Guatemala’s capital city, Antigua – Direct Relief”s long time partner, God’s Child Project was able to mobilize pre-positioned emergency supplies and immediately respond to the natural disaster. Direct Relief originally sent the supplies as part of a hurricane preparedness module […]

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