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How Japan Relief Efforts Four Years Ago are Helping Fight Ebola Today

Last Mile Health Medical Director John Ly shows community health workers on the frontlines of Ebola in Liberia how to use the surgical gown sets from Japan.

Four years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan on March 11, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to generous supporters, Direct Relief provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors. The relationships […]

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From the Field: Providing Care in Liberia’s Most Remote Villages

Theo on his steed (motorbike)

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Liberia. The drive from Last Mile Health‘s main field office in Zwedru, Liberia to their logistics base in […]

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Symposium Addresses Cervical Cancer Prevention in Latin America

Symposium attendees worked together to improve cervical cancer prevention and treatment in Latin America.

In February, Direct Relief partner, Dr. Daron Ferris from CerviCusco – an organization committed to preventing cervical cancer in Peru – and I had the opportunity to visit Barretos Cancer Hospital in Brazil for a Research Symposium on Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment in Latin America. The Research Symposium was co-hosted by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, […]

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From the Field: Community Health Workers Prove Paramount to Ebola Recovery

Community health workers with Wellbody Alliance are helping increase access to basic services as well as aiding the fight to stop Ebola.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Communications Director, Tony Morain, shares his observations from Sierra Leone. The trip to the Wellbody Clinic in Kono District, Sierra Leone, run by Direct Relief partner Wellbody […]

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FEDES Partnership Continues Five Years After Chile Quake

The FEDES team smiles after unloading a donation of medical supplies from Direct Relief.

Established in Santiago, Chile in 2002, the Foundation for Educational, Social and Economic Development (FEDES – Fundación Educativa de Desarrollo Economico y Social) was created to build stronger communities through social and economic development, and to improve the lives of disadvantaged and disabled Chileans. The foundation’s principal development programs focus on long-term solutions to poverty and unemployment, but FEDES also […]

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Arian’s Story: A Reason to Advocate on Rare Disease Day

Arian with his Elaprase treatment for MPS II/Hunter syndrome. Courtesy photo.

When their son Arian was three years old, Sib and Debjani Chowdhury noticed he had difficulty carrying his school bag. Shortly after, his teachers reported that he couldn’t lift his hand during a school exercise. He continued to lose motor abilities and some of his facial features began to develop atypically, prompting his parents to consult a physician. After seeing […]

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