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Direct Relief Reaches Out to Healthcare Partners After Severe Rain Storms Sweep Through Haiti

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Severe rain storms throughout Haiti and the Caribbean during the first weeks of June kicked off what is anticipated to be an extremely active hurricane season. The heavy rains caused flash flooding and mudslides killing 23 people and served as a reminder how fragile Haiti’s healthcare system remains 18 months after the powerful earthquake devastated its capital. This is the […]

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Staff Story: Exploring Maternal Health in Northwest Haiti

Haiti EMOC in Need of Repair

Yesterday afternoon my colleagues and I took the thirty minute flight from Port au Prince to Port de Paix in the far Northwest of the country. We came to the north to visit two more hospitals to upgrade the conditions of their maternity wards and encourage more women to come to the hospital for pre-natal visits and delivery. As we […]

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Staff Story: A Door for an Ambulance

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This is a personal, From The Field story by Andrew McCalla, Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Manager. We arrived at the small medical clinic in Petit Trou de Nippes about five hours after we left Port-au-Prince that morning. The distance is only 75 miles but the unpaved roads, traffic, and small lakes and rivers we had to drive through to get […]

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Restoring Health to Women with Obstetric Fistula

Restoring Health to Women with Obstetric Fistula

Aberdeen Women’s Center, Freetown, April 21  We hope that Act Three never arrives. We work hard in Acts One and Two – training and equipping midwives and improving emergency obstetric care – so that mothers can experience a safe pregnancy and the health of their newborn. But at present time, we cannot draw the curtain after only two acts, and […]

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Improving Services for Obstetric Emergencies

Improving Services for Obstetric Emergencies

Lindsey Pollaczek Medical Research Center, Tonkolili and Bo Districts, April 19-20 About 15 percent of all deliveries will be complicated and will require emergency obstetric care. Many complicated cases can be managed at a lower level facility if the skilled birth attendant is trained in the management of basic emergency cases and has the tools they need to do their […]

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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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