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Ready to Respond to 7.4 Guatemala Quake

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Direct Relief’s healthcare provider partners are assessing the situation after a massive 7.4-magnitude earthquake centered in Champerico, Guatemala, about 100 miles from Guatemala City. “The epicenter was near the coast, but it was felt all over Guatemala,  a grade 7.4, we hope to God that it does not recur,” reported Erika Orozco of Caritas de Guatemala in an email yesterday. […]

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Haiti Hospitals Receive Sandy Relief

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On Saturday, Direct Relief International distributed a five-pallet hurricane module to its longtime partner Visitation Hospital in Petite Riviere de Nippes in response to Hurricane Sandy that left over 20 inches of rain in earthquake ravaged Haiti. Hurricane Sandy’s heavy rains brought flooding and resulted in over 50 deaths and affected over 200,000 people.  The rains also brought increased concerns […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Fighting the Spread of Cholera in Haiti

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While Direct Relief USA reaches out to clinics on the East Coast, we continue to assess and respond to needs in Haiti where more than 50 people have been reported dead and another 200,000 people were affected by damage to their homes caused by Hurricane Sandy. Because the rains and mudslides destroyed roads and bridges, many people have been cut […]

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Global Fistula Map Cited by U.N. Secretary General

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In the midst of Hurricane Sandy activity last week, it was nice to see the Global Fistula Map—published by Direct Relief, the Fistula Foundation, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—cited in the U.N. Secretary-General Report, “Supporting Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula,”  presented by UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, at the United Nations. As the report notes, obstetric fistula […]

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Fistula Repair Surgery Restores Hope for Young Kenyan Woman

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Many women with obstetric fistula suffer for years or decades before they are able to access surgical treatment. Fortunately for Beatrice, who was 16 when she developed fistula, it was less than a month before she received treatment at the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu, Kenya – where Direct Relief has worked since 2009, with the support of The […]

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Supporting a Healthy Future in Rural Guatemala

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The Asociacion para el Desarrollo Rural Integral (ADRI) began working in rural Guatemala just two years ago, but the impact on the local Mayan community has been incredible. Since 2010, Direct Relief has partnered with ADRI to provide medical equipment and supplies to 14 health centers and three hospitals, which provide services to about 800,000 people. On Tuesday, Executive Director […]

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