Archive for the International Work Category

An Innovative Approach to Treat Childhood Pneumonia

Location of Liberia

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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Building Hope for Pregnant Women in Haiti

Haiti EMOC Round One Map Graphic

As part of Direct Relief’s ongoing commitment to Maternal and Child Health, today Direct Relief helped inaugurate and reopen the maternity wards at four different hospitals in Haiti with equipment and supplies sent down over the past few months.  In total, eight hospitals will be provided with the incentive kits, medications, and equipment needed to upgrade to Emergency Obstetric Care Centers. These […]

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HIV Testing Milestone: 20 Million Tests Provided

HIV AIDS

Today marks historic milestones for Abbott, The Abbott Fund and Direct Relief. Partnering together for over 10 years, 20 million rapid HIV tests have been distributed free of charge to HIV testing and counseling programs serving pregnant women and their families in 43 developing countries and more than 150,000 HIV cases have been prevented in children. Expanding HIV testing for pregnant women is an […]

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Hurricane Packs Delivered As Season Arrives

hurricane-prep-packs

As hurricane season officially begins today and communities in the U.S. and neighboring countries prepare for the threat of storms, Direct Relief announced today the delivery of Hurricane Preparedness Packs to nine U.S. states and seven countries most likely to be affected during hurricane season. The Hurricane Preparedness program is a million-dollar initiative whereby large quantities of medicines and supplies […]

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Clinic Partner: Rugarma Hospital, Uganda

Baby after C-Section at Rugarama Hospital

Rugarama Hospital is a private not for profit Hospital situated in Kabale a south western district of Uganda just north of Rwanda; the District population is over 500,000.  The Uganda  under-five mortality rate is at  99 deaths/1,000 live births (2010)  and the Maternal mortality also remains rather high in Uganda at 430 deaths/100,000 live births (2008). Most women die as […]

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Obstetric Fistula: A Devastating But Fixable Womens Health Issue.

Gynocare Patient

Chances are, you haven’t heard of obstetric fistula. That’s because American’s haven’t suffered from fistula since the 19th century, when a fistula hospital stood on the site of today’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Unfortunately, in developing countries where access to safe childbirth services are limited, an estimated two million women continue to suffer from this devastating condition. Obstetric fistula is primarily caused by prolonged and obstructed labor, when a woman goes for […]

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