Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

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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Fistula Surgeries Provide Renewed Hope for Women in Malawi

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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 her travels:  Walking into the post-operative ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, in Blantyre, Malawi, the room full of more than 80 women erupt into song, expressing their happiness to be dry and the chance to live free […]

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Life-Saving Surgical Supplies Arrive in Cambodia

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A delivery of medicines and medical supplies recently arrived at Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia to support their work providing free health care to impoverished children. The shipment –  valued at $250,000 – consisted of 19 pallets containing specialty surgical equipment, among other supplies. In a thank you letter to Direct Relief’s supporters, AHC staff said […]

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