Archive for the International Work Category

Assisting Bolivians Affected by Severe Flooding

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In response to the weeks of severe flooding in Bolivia, Direct Relief is working with its longtime partner the Rio Beni Health Foundation to help people affected access critical medicines and supplies. More than 58,000 families have been affected and heavy rains are expected to continue in Bolivia for weeks to come. The lack of clean water and the threat of […]

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Kenyan Fistula Survivor Regains Hope After Suffering 35 Years

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One of Direct Relief’s GSK PULSE volunteers, Jane Lehnhoff,  is based at our partner organization OGRA Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya where she is supporting our work to expand obstetric fistula treatment to women in the region.  Below, she shares an inspiring story of a fistula survivor: Maria* is a 53-year-old woman from the rural area of Kabuoch in western Kenya.  She developed […]

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Three Months after Typhoon Haiyan, Need for Medical Aid Remains High

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At the Bumi Sehat Medical Relief Camp in Dulag, Philippines, every postpartum bed is full, dozens of mothers and infants are in line to receive care, and several babies are delivered every day. Three months after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) hit the island nation, thousands of people are still displaced and with many health facilities destroyed, medical needs […]

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Helping Children with Cancer, One Child at a Time

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Following his first cycle of chemotherapy for Burkitt’s lymphoma,  young Joseph’s* improved health is already visible. Joseph is able to receive care for his cancer through a collaboration between Direct Relief, the Burkitt’s Lymphoma Fund for Africa (BLFA), and the Shirati Health, Education, and Development (SHED) Foundation – which provides health services to communities near Lake Victoria in northwest Tanzania. Burkitt’s lymphoma is characterized by a fast-growing […]

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Helping People in Mumbai Maintain Healthy Vision

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Nearly 200 people living in the impoverished Lallubhai compound of Mumbai, India received a free eye check up and disability screening earlier this week at a camp organized by Doctors for You. Based out of India, Doctors for You (DFY) is a new Direct Relief partner organization that focuses on providing medical care to vulnerable communities – both during emergencies […]

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Helping Haitian Women Access Cervical Cancer Screening

BHI volunteer physician, Irvine Duplan with St. Luc Health Promoter, Adeline

Through Direct Relief’s partnership with Basic Health International (BHI) and the Fondation St. Luc, earlier this month nearly 600 women in Haiti were screened for cervical cancer and three more local providers were trained to screen – both essential steps in reducing the number of deaths from the disease. Haiti has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the Western Hemisphere, and […]

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