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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

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  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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Partner Spotlight: Edna Adan University Hospital, Somaliland

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Somaliland is a difficult place to be a woman. Childbirth in particular brings with it serious risks. Lack of access to trained health professionals; low uptake of antenatal care; high rates of malnutrition; and prevalence of female genital cutting all increase the chances that complications may occur. While rates of maternal mortality are still some of the highest in the […]

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Tropical Storm Isaac Threatens Haiti, Dominican Republic

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With Tropical Storm Isaac rapidly approaching Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Florida, Direct Relief’ activated it’s Emergency Response Team today, who is monitoring the storm and readying emergency supplies. Direct Relief has been in communication with its staff on the ground in Haiti, who are prepared and have standing stock ready to deploy if needed. In advance of this hurricane season, Direct Relief pre-positioned hurricane preparedness packs […]

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