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Haiti: 2.5 Million Children to be Vaccinated

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Direct Relief International is playing a major role in a historic campaign to vaccinate 2.5 million Haitian children under 10 years old.  Working with global medical technology company BD, Direct Relief is supplying BD syringes and needles to make these immunizations possible.  The vaccination will be provided without cost, and the initial focus will be on measles, rubella, and polio. […]

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Haiti’s Largest Physical Rehabilitation Center Opens

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With assistance from Direct Relief International, Healing Hands for Haiti opened its doors Monday at the new Klinik Kay Kapab, Haiti’s largest physical rehabilitation center, offering comprehensive rehabilitation care for adults and children. Healing Hands for Haiti, which provides tailor-made prosthetics and orthotics, provides rehabilitation, and trains nurses and field technicians, has worked in Haiti for 12 years. Their facility […]

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Fiji: Cyclone Daphne Shipment Sent

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A 53-foot truck filled to capacity with critically-needed medicines just left the Direct Relief warehouse and is on its way to partners in Fiji, where Cyclone Daphne has severely impacted the island nation. These medicines will be distributed to 8 hospitals, 40 health centers, and 16 nursing stations – all of which are providing medical care to people affected by […]

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Emergency Aid Shipped to Fiji

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We are assembling an emergency air shipment of essential medicines and medical supplies for the Savusavu Foundation in Fiji in response to Tropical Cyclone Daphne.  News reports indicate that five people have died and at least 8,000 are in need of emergency shelter after the severe flooding and power outages. The emergency shipment to Savusavu Foundation will support three hospitals in the northern […]

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Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Update

Haiti Cholera Earthquake Response

Today the NY Times ran an article about Haiti’s cholera epidemic, a disease that’s spread through fecal contamination of water. Before Haiti’s devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, only 12% of the country had access to piped, treated water and after that number declined rapidly. That set up Haiti as a prime candidate for a cholera outbreak. From the article: “…cholera has killed more than […]

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David Walton of Partners in Health visits Direct Relief

David Walton, Partners in Health

“Expect phone calls” Dr. David Walton told a roomful of Direct Relief employees Monday afternoon during a presentation on his work building Haiti’s most advanced medical center through Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit which seeks to provide free healthcare for the poor through education, training and treatment. The Harvard-educated medical doctor has worked with Partners in Health for 14 […]

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