Archive for the International Work Category

Fighting Childhood Malnutrition in Cambodia

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At nine months old, Sokhem* (pictured right) was admitted to Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), a longtime Direct Relief partner located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He suffered from both severe malnutrition and pneumonia. His mother had passed away after his delivery and Sokhem went to live with his grandmother, who was not able to afford baby formula after his first four […]

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Partner Spotlight: Making Births Safe in Northern Haiti

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Direct Relief is working with its partners, Haiti Hospital Appeal and Konbit Sante, to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rates in northern Haiti through their recently launched campaign – Haiti: Make Births Safe. This work in Haiti is critical as 63 percent of births in the country take place without medical support – a contributing factor to Haiti having the highest rate of […]

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Dignity Kits Comfort Kenyan Women Awaiting Fistula Repair

Habiba, Noreen, Pauline with Dignity Kit

Noreen (pictured center), a 27-year-old woman from western Kenya, developed obstetric fistula after giving birth to her second child two years ago. Obstetric fistula is a a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor that, if untreated, leaves women with constant and uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces. The condition can often be repaired with surgery. […]

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From the Field: Fukushima, Japan

On the three year anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan, our Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Jenny Hutain, reflects on her most recent trip and the state of recovery. A delegation from Direct Relief and partner organization the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) traveled to Fukushima Prefecture in Japan late in 2013 to assess […]

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Recovery Continues Three Years After the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

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Three years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to its generous supporters, Direct Relief has since provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors of the […]

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Providing Dental Care for People in Central Haiti

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Hundreds of people living in central Haiti received dental care earlier in 2014 thanks to a team of 13 volunteers from Wisconsin who Direct Relief supported with medical supplies such as dental hand instruments and autoclaves. The Hinche Christian Dental Clinic, led by Lori Schneider and Dr. Tim Brown, recently sent an update from their fourth trip to Hinche where […]

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