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Back to Japan after the Quake

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By Carl Williams, Direct Relief Japan Recovery Coordinator While on a return trip through the broken and washed away city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture to meet with two nongovernmental organizations Direct Relief supports, I saw a familiar house on the other side of a huge ship grounded among immense piles of debris. It was a two-story house, which I remembered […]

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From The Field: Japan Recovery

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This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee Jenny Hutain, Emergency Response Manager. September 11 marks the six-month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. As we reach this milestone in the recovery process, Floyd Mori (Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League), Bhupi Singh (Direct Relief’s COO/CFO), Carl Williams (Direct Relief’s Japan Disaster Relief Coordinator), and I […]

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Delivering Medicines and Supplies for Famine Refugees

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In response to the famine and humanitarian health crisis unfolding in Southern Somalia and the surrounding region, Direct Relief is boosting inventories of medications and medical supplies for people seeking care in Northern Kenya. Dr. Hezron Mc’Obewa, the founder of the OGRA Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya, who also serves as Direct Relief’s regional medical adviser, is coordinating Direct Relief’s humanitarian […]

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Tropical Storm Emily: Aid Stands Ready

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Direct Relief’s emergency response team has activated to assist partners in the Caribbean threatened by Tropical Storm Emily, which is headed toward the island of Hispaniola today. Carrying winds of more than 50 miles per hour and expected to bring 10 inches of rain to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Emily brings a significant threat to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, which is […]

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Reaching Out to Partners Assisting Famine Refugees in the Horn of Africa

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Direct Relief International has reached out to partners in East Africa to offer medical aid in response to the drought crisis affecting parts of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya. News reports indicate that over 12 million people, including Somali refugees in surrounding countries, are suffering from or at risk of famine and malnourishment. Malnutrition is particularly severe among children in […]

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Cholera-Fighting Aid Delivered to Hospital in North

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As the cholera outbreak flares up in Haiti, Direct Relief International is delivering critically needed medical supplies and medicines to treat this deadly infection. The consignment, which contains oral rehydration solution, antibiotics, intravenous solutions, scrubs, and bleach, will help treat patients and control the spread of infection. Delivering to Hospital Centre Medical Beraca, a large public facility in Port-de-Paix in […]

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