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From the Field: Battle Against Ebola Continues in Sierra Leone

Women at a health center in Sierra Leone.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Director of International Programs and Emergency Preparedness and Response, Andrew MacCalla, shares his observations from Sierra Leone below. I’m generally very impressed with the response of the […]

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Guatemala Health Partner Sends Thanks for Response to Fuego Volcano Eruption

A baby is treated for side effects of the smoke and ash following the eruption of the Fuego Volcano. Photo courtesy of God's Child Project.

Following the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala in early February, the CEO of God’s Child Project, Patrick Atkinson, shares a message of thanks to all who support Direct Relief’s emergency response and preparedness initiatives that enabled their team to quickly respond to health needs. >>Watch the video<< “We could not have gone to a pharmacy fast enough to […]

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CGI Commitment Saves Lives in Peshawar, Pakistan

Doctors operate on a patient at Lady Reading Hospital. Facebook photo.

Just days before the horrific shooting at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan last December that killed at least 145 people (most of them children), two 40-foot ocean freight containers of medical supplies were delivered to Lady Reading Hospital. The hospital would soon become the site where most of the people injured were rushed to receive emergency care. This delivery was […]

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Responding to Medical Needs after Volcano Erupts in Guatemala

The Fuego Volcano erupts in Guatemala, spewing smoke and ash. Photo from @RT_Com.

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano begun erupting on Saturday, spewing ash and rocks into surrounding villages and forcing the closure of the main international airport in Guatemala City, 25 miles to the northeast. Direct Relief is in close contact with representatives of partner organization God’s Child Project in the eruption zone. Patrick Atkinson, CEO of God’s Child Project, reported that there are large […]

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Five Years After Quake, Committed to Improving Health in Haiti

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Five years ago, people like you stepped up to help the millions of people affected by the most destructive earthquake in Haiti’s history, where Direct Relief and many others are still working to improve conditions for thousands of people left vulnerable. Progress has been made. Lost amid the negative headlines are the ample stories of hope the Direct Relief team […]

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Repairing Fistula, Restoring Lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Members of SOLFA pose with fistula survivors at Hôpital St. Luc. Courtesy photo.

Located in the city of Kisantu on the western side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Hôpital Général de Référence Saint Luc is Direct Relief’s first obstetric fistula partner in the DRC. A 274-bed referral hospital that serves a catchment area of approximately 150,000 people, Saint Luc received its first shipment of two fistula modules last year. Obstetric […]

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