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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

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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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Kenyan Partner Receives Emergency Shipment for Famine Relief

Image Courtesy of REUTERS/ Ismail Taxta,courtesy AlertNet.org

Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International in Kenya received an emergency shipment of medicines and medical supplies from Direct Relief last week. The pharmaceuticals and medical supplies were specifically requested to support maternal and child health care at Dadaab Hospital, where the famine and humanitarian health crisis continues to affect residents and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). The 10,000-pound shipment included […]

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Saving the Lives of Moms and Babies in Haiti

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Haiti has the highest rates of infant, under-five and maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere. In a major effort to reduce maternal mortality and improve the health of moms and babies, Direct Relief International is providing medical equipment and supplies to boost the capacity at eight hospitals across Haiti. An estimated 60,000 pregnant women will receive quality medical care and […]

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