International Work

Chikungunya Outbreak: Emergency Aid Bound for Haiti

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#492786167 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is sending emergency medicines and medical supplies to Haiti following an urgent request from the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Haiti who contacted Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team on Tuesday to request medicine for the chikungunya outbreak rapidly spreading across the island nation. The Haitian government formally declared a medical emergency […]

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Partner Spotlight: Caring for Underserved Communities in Chiapas, Mexico

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On a recent mission to Chiapas, Mexico, Mammoth Medical Missions (MMM) was able to provide health care for over 250 underserved people in need of treatment at the local San Andrés Larráinzar Clinic. A Direct Relief partner, Mammoth Medical Missions is a nonprofit organization based in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. that works worldwide to provide medical, surgical and general healthcare relief to […]

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Fistula Repair Camp Helps 100+ Women in Malawi Access Treatment

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With assistance from Direct Relief, 102 women were able to receive life-changing obstetric fistula treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, during the Fistula Repair Camp that took place in May, coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Malawi. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal that results from prolonged and obstructed labor when women do not […]

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Updated Global Fistula Map, Expanded Efforts to Overcome Barriers to Care

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On May 23, 2014, the second annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Direct Relief released the annual update of the Global Fistula Map (more below) – a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Fistula Foundation to consolidate global data on treatment access for fistula – and is expanding efforts to prevent obstetric fistula and increase life-restoring […]

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Responding to Unprecedented Flooding in the Balkans

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#492612225 / gettyimages.com In response to unprecedented flooding in Bosnia and Serbia, Direct Relief is reaching out to response organizations in the region and is ready to assist with medicines and supplies. The flooding – the worst ever recorded in the Balkans – destroyed more than 100,000 homes and structures, forcing 500,000 people to evacuate. Over 40 people have died, a number which is expected to […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Fistula Survivor Embraces Motherhood

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At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from a partner based in western Kenya, Women and Development Against Distress in Africa. Sarah Adhiambo, a 32-year-old mother of two, is an obstetric fistula survivor from western Kenya who is able to embrace the true meaning […]

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