Maternal and Child Health Work

Cervical Cancer Screening and Training Program Launches in Haiti

Dr. Rachel Masch from Basic Health International trains a Haitian provider

Coinciding with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Direct Relief is excited to announce the launch of a cervical cancer screening and training program in Haiti. Although cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer, it is the second most common cancer found among women worldwide. Almost 300,000 women die each year from cervical cancer and 80 […]

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Protecting Kids in Surgery in Cambodia

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During the holidays, Direct Relief was able to help get 25,000 pairs of much-needed surgical gloves to Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Cambodia due to a generous donation from Ansell. “Surgical gloves are such an important part of making sure you have a safe and sterile surgery, and Ansell really stepped up to help make sure that happens for […]

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Training Skilled Birth Attendants in Haiti

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Coinciding with the three year anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Direct Relief announced a $30,000 grant this week to be used for a year-long training program to enhance the skills of 180 birth attendants working in Haiti. This program will result in safer deliveries for thousands of women and reduce the overall maternal mortality rate in Haiti […]

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Partnership Launched to Fight Fistula in Pakistan

Fistula Patient and Advocate. Photo courtesy of Koohi Goth Hospital.

As the New Year begins, Direct Relief is excited to announce a new program that aims to significantly increase the availability of obstetric fistula treatment and to improve prevention efforts to reduce the occurrence of this devastating childbirth injury in Pakistan. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor without prompt medical intervention. Fistula affects […]

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Improving the Lives of Mothers and Children in Indonesia

A mother with her new baby at Bumi Sedat Indonesia.

Last week, Direct Relief announced continued support for Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit organization based in Bali, Indonesia, that provides holistic delivery services and pre- and post-natal care to women and children of Bali and Aceh, Indonesia. The multi-year grant was made in the memory of Glenda Martin, herself a midwife, who had a deep affinity for the people and […]

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Restoring Health and Hope for Women with Fistula in Somalia

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Earlier this month, Direct Relief provided a $50,000 grant to support essential obstetric fistula repair surgeries for women who are living with this devastating and debilitating condition in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Direct Relief again partnered with the Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), an international nonprofit organization committed to improving maternal and neonatal health in disadvantaged communities throughout Africa, to […]

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