Archive for the International Work Category

Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Jamaica, Heads North

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Direct Relief’s partners in the Caribbean are weathering the storm as Category 1 Hurricane Sandy strengthens and makes landfall near Kingston, the capital of Jamaica today. Severe flooding and strong winds have been reported in Haiti and in Jamaica. Direct Relief is monitoring the storm and readying emergency supplies if partners in the Caribbean request emergency medicines and supplies, or […]

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Strengthening Maternal Health Care in the Horn of Africa

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Many positive changes have been made since last October when Direct Relief  provided a $25,000 grant to Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), an international nonprofit organization committed to improving maternal and neonatal health in disadvantaged communities throughout Africa. This grant was provided to WAHA at the height of the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa to support their work in Dadaab, […]

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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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