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Improving Maternal Healthcare in Sierra Leone

Improving Maternal Healthcare in Sierra Leone

By Lindsey Pollaczek, Program Officer Sierra Leone has one of the highest reported maternal death rates in the world. In 2005, the maternal mortality ratio was 2,100 deaths per 100,000 live births and a woman’s lifetime risk of dying due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth was 1 in 8. Long distances to health facilities, the cost of health services, […]

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Staff Story: A Dad’s Eye View

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Halfway through my trip to Haiti this week, my wife sent me an email saying that if our baby was born today, he would have a 90 percent chance of survival. I found that incredible, given that Melissa just entered the third trimester of her pregnancy last week.  Obviously, we hope that we won’t have to worry about an early […]

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Japan Response: Expanded Effort Targets Hardest Hit Areas

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Santa Barbara, CA and Washington, D.C.—The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and Direct Relief International today announced an additional $1 million in grants to five Japanese nonprofit groups coordinating relief efforts and providing services for the most vulnerable people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. $1 million in cash from the JACL-Direct Relief Japan Relief and Recovery Fund will be […]

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Speaker Pérez, Direct Relief and Japanese American Citizens League Unveil Aid to Japan

SACRAMENTO, CA (March 24, 2011): Today, Speaker John A. Pérez and the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus joined Direct Relief International — California’s largest international nonprofit — and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) to detail the efforts being mobilized by public and private entities in California to help the people of Japan. Representatives from Cost Plus World Market and […]

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Direct Relief Reaching Out to Partners Responding to Flooding in Bolivia

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Direct Relief International is reaching out to partners in Bolivia to offer assistance in the wake of extensive flooding in Rurrenabaque. News reports indicate that 52 people have died in the flooding and several villages are heavily flooded in the departments of La Paz, Beni, and Cochabamba after about a month of rain. Direct Relief’s team is in contact with […]

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Chile Earthquake: One Year Later

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The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010 was the fifth largest in the world since 1900. It left 500 people dead and approximately 1.5 million people homeless. To help people injured in and affected by the quake, Direct Relief has provided approximately $620,500 (wholesale) worth of medical and surgical supplies, nutritional products, personal care items, and blankets […]

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