Milestones, Awards & Launches

Community Unites for Joplin Memorial Walk

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This is a personal “From the Field” story by Direct Relief Employee Alivia Birdwell, Partner Liaison for USA Programs. May 22, 2012 marked the one year anniversary since the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, MO, devastating much of the community and resulting in the death of 161 people. One year later, the damage of the tornado is still apparent. However, while […]

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Supporting Historic Campaign to Vaccinate 2.5 Million Haitian Children

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Direct Relief International is playing a major role in a historic campaign to vaccinate 2.5 million Haitian children under 10 years old. Working with global medical technology company BD, Direct Relief is supplying BD syringes and needles to make these immunizations possible. The vaccination will be provided without cost, and the initial focus will be on measles, rubella, and polio. […]

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Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Update

Haiti Cholera Earthquake Response

Today the NY Times ran an article about Haiti’s cholera epidemic, a disease that’s spread through fecal contamination of water. Before Haiti’s devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, only 12% of the country had access to piped, treated water and after that number declined rapidly. That set up Haiti as a prime candidate for a cholera outbreak. From the article: “…cholera has killed more than […]

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Launch of First Ever Global Fistula Map

Global Fistula Care Map

Exciting day for us as we launch the 1st-ever collaborative & interactive Global Fistula Map! The largest and most comprehensive map of available services for women living with obstetric fistula was launched today by Direct Relief, the Fistula Foundation, and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The release of the Global Fistula Map, a major step forward in understanding the […]

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Forbes: Direct Relief among Most Efficient U.S. Charities

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Direct Relief International has been ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the twenty most efficient large charities in the United States in the magazine’s 13th annual ranking of the 200 largest American charities based on private support. Forbes‘s 13th annual rating of the 200 top American charities calculates three major efficiency ratios for each nonprofit: charitable commitment, fundraising efficiency, […]

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Responding to Spike in Haiti Cholera Cases

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On the one-year anniversary of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, U.N. deputy special envoy Dr. Paul Farmer has declared the country’s cholera outbreak is now the worst in the world and is on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death by infectious disease in Haiti. While cholera cholera cases have been gradually declining over the past few months, […]

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