Maternal and Child Health Work

Partner Spotlight: Supporting Women's Health in East Texas

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When 45-year-old Jennifer Young* found a lump in her right breast, she chose not to go to the doctor because she didn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford the visit and tests. “I literally had given up on life because of my living situation,” the Palestine, Texas resident wrote in a letter. But when the lump began to hurt, Jennifer knew she […]

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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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Restoring Maternal & Child Health Services in the Philippines

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As part of the ongoing recovery efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), Direct Relief recently granted $50,000 to Australian-based partner aid organization, Access Aid International to help restore maternal and child health services to affected areas, with efforts beginning this week. The grant will support renovation of birthing facilities in Bagongon as well as Macatunao […]

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Partner Spotlight: Fighting HIV in Cameroon

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In the global fight to get to zero new HIV infections, Direct Relief health center partners like Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB) – one of the largest organizations fighting HIV/AIDS in Cameroon – are on the front lines of the effort. This World Aids Day, Direct Relief is honored to spotlight CBCHB, which works in six of Cameroon’s 10 […]

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From the Field: Fistula Repair Supplies Arrive in Niger

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Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares an update from Niger:  The first Direct Relief contribution of medicines and surgical supplies for the National Center for Obstetric Fistula Referral (CNRFO) in Niamey, Niger was handed over today in a ceremony I attended called “Together to Fight Obstetric Fistula in […]

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Life After Fistula: A Malawi Survivor’s Story

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Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares the heartfelt story of a fistula survivor she met in Malawi:  Nearly six months ago, Bridget*, 28,  received fistula repair surgery at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi during the UNFPA Malawi outreach fistula repair camp that Direct Relief supported with […]

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