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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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Grant Helps Women in Somalia Access Fistula Repair and Regain Dignity

Since the fistula ward opened in January, more than 57 life-changing repair surgeries have been performed.

Until recently, women in Somalia suffering from obstetric fistula – a devastating childbirth injury– had no where to turn for help within their own country. In response to the urgent need, Direct Relief partnered with Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), providing the organization a $50,000 grant in November that helped Banadir Hospital – the largest maternal and child health care referral hospital in Somalia – open […]

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106 Women Receive Life-Restoring Fistula Treatment in Western Uganda

A group photo with the patients after fistula repair surgery. Photo courtesy of EngenderHealth.

More than 100 women living with obstetric fistula – a devastating childbirth injury –  received life-restoring treatment at a two-week long fistula repair camp recently held at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, one of Direct Relief’s partners in western Uganda. Five fistula surgeons from across the country assisted with 106 repairs over the course of the camp, which was coordinated by EngenderHealth. This far surpassed […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Mothers From Marchand Dessalines, Haiti

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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 staffer in Haiti, Catherine Hermantin, who recently met with moms in the city of Marchand Dessalines.  Haiti has the highest rates of infant, under-five and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere. But through collaboration with […]

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Monitoring Partners Near Bay of Bengal as Cyclone Mahasen Approaches

Direct Relief's Emergency Team is using Palantir technology to monitor its health center partners (shown in yellow) in relation to Cyclone Mahasen's path.

As Cyclone Mahasen moves over the Bay of Bengal toward the coast of Bangladesh and Myanmar, Direct Relief is reaching out to its health center partners located in the storm’s projected path and is preparing to respond to urgent requests. The cyclone – which is expected to make landfall Thursday – has already brought heavy rains to Sri Lanka, causing […]

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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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