Maternal and Child Health Work

Repairing Fistula, Restoring Lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Members of SOLFA pose with fistula survivors at Hôpital St. Luc. Courtesy photo.

Located in the city of Kisantu on the western side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Hôpital Général de Référence Saint Luc is Direct Relief’s first obstetric fistula partner in the DRC. A 274-bed referral hospital that serves a catchment area of approximately 150,000 people, Saint Luc received its first shipment of two fistula modules last year. Obstetric […]

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Nanotte’s Story: Battling Cervical Cancer in Haiti

Nanotte w Tracey Flum

Nanotte is a 43 year-old mother in Haiti who heard about the free cervical cancer screening services offered at Klinik Manitane and came in for screening. Health workers found that Nanotte had an undiagnosed lesion that had already progressed to cervical cancer. This diagnosis can be a death sentence for women like Nanotte who have limited means and live in […]

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Bumi Wadah Continues Care in Wake of Typhoon Hagupit

Four new babies and their families prepare to go home from Bumi Wadah after a busy night following Typhoon Hagupit. Courtesy photo.

Following Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) in the Philippines, Direct Relief received the below update from Robin Lim and her team at Bumi Wadah, which focuses on providing maternal and child health care to survivors of both Typhoon Haiyan and now Hagupit. “There are very few human casualties in Leyte, where our Bumi Wadah clinic is.  But there are […]

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Ebola Threatens Childhood Pneumonia Treatment in Liberia

Childhood Pneumonia Liberia (FY13) (2)

The West Africa Ebola epidemic has killed 5,160 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. However, what isn’t reported is the number of people who have died of preventable and treatable conditions, like pneumonia, because the entire health system has been severely disrupted – health facilities are not operating, patients are afraid, health care workers are afraid, and medicine, […]

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Children in Indonesia Receive Nutritional Support from Abbott

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  To help children supported by the Sumba Foundation stay healthy and nourished, health care company Abbott has donated its nutritional product for children, PediaSure. Direct Relief worked with Abbott in Indonesia to arrange for an in-country drop shipment of more than 1,100 cans of the nutritional product, which was delivered last week. About Sumba The Sumba Foundation is a […]

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Fistula Repair Camp Helps 100+ Women in Malawi Access Treatment

Photo courtesy of UNFPA Malawi.

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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