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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

Edna Adan (left) meets with patients.

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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Responding to Flooding in the Philippines

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In response to the recent and devastating flooding in the Philippines, Direct Relief is currently assessing needs and working with local in-country partners in the capital, Manila, and the surrounding areas after days of monsoon rains. More than 90 people have been confirmed dead and three million have been displaced. Government weather agencies predict further rainfall and flooding in Manila and northern provinces as tropical […]

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An Innovative Approach to Treat Childhood Pneumonia

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As part of an ongoing commitment to strengthen access to quality Maternal and Child Health services, Direct Relief is teaming up with Last Mile Health to launch a community-based expansion of rural access to pneumonia treatment for children. Childhood pneumonia is the largest killer of children under five years of age. It is more deadly than AIDS, Malaria, and Measles […]

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