Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

Ensuring Safe Birth Practices in Western Nepal

A skilled birth attendant with One Heart World-Wide Nepal smiles after a safe delivery.

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, Direct Relief is pleased to announce a $30,000 grant to partner One Heart World-Wide for the renovation and equipping of two birthing centers as well as the training and equipping of a minimum of four skilled birth attendants to serve rural communities in western Nepal. When mothers and infants have access to a safe clean delivery […]

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Health Survey Sets Baseline for Positive Change in Rural Liberia

A frontline health worker with Tiyatien Health conducts a health survey with a family. Photo courtesy of Tiyatien Health.

In August 2012, humanitarian organization, Last Mile Health, in partnership with Direct Relief, began surveying households in Konobo District in rural Liberia to understand the regional incidence of pneumonia—the most common cause of death for children under the age of five worldwide. The survey results identified community-specific barriers to health care, estimated the prevalence of children with pneumonia who did […]

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Midwife Training Course Begins in Haiti

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This week in Jacmel, Haiti, a group of 26 Haitian birth attendants and nurses came together to receive a three-day-long training course in safe birthing techniques and the midwifery model of care for low-resource settings. The course is taught by Mother Health International, a nonprofit organization that received a $30,000 grant from Direct Relief to hold a series of training […]

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Jacinta’s Story: A Life Transformed by Cancer Treatment

Jacinta after one course

Coinciding with World Cancer Day – a day in which advocates around the world pledge to expose myths about cancer – our Corporate Relations Manager, Desiree Lyons, reflects on her experience meeting a cancer patient in Tanzania several years ago. Her story shows that cancer can affect anyone of any age and income level in any country around the world. […]

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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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