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Grant Helps Women in Somalia Access Fistula Repair and Regain Dignity

Since the fistula ward opened in January, more than 57 life-changing repair surgeries have been performed.

Until recently, women in Somalia suffering from obstetric fistula – a devastating childbirth injury– had no where to turn for help within their own country. In response to the urgent need, Direct Relief partnered with Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), providing the organization a $50,000 grant in November that helped Banadir Hospital – the largest maternal and child health care referral hospital in Somalia – open […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Pakistani Mom Travels 12 Hours For A Safe Birth

Wasila smiles with her baby. Photo courtesy of Murshid Hospital and Health Care Center.

At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from staff at Murshid Hospital and Health Care Centre – our partner in Karachi, Pakistan. Wasila Zahoor is one of the many mothers around the world who are willing to do everything necessary for the health […]

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More than Meals in St. Mary’s Dining Room

A patient receives treatment at the Dr. Virgil Gianellli Medical Clinic. Photo courtesy of St. Mary's Dining Room.

Despite the looming declaration of bankruptcy in their hometown, Direct Relief partner St. Mary’s Dining Room of Stockton, Calif., continues to respond to increasing poverty in San Joaquin County by providing free meals, health care, and other basic needs to people who have lost their home, are without insurance, and have financial burdens. The need for their services is great. Named […]

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Hillary Mabeya

Dr. Mabeya smiles from his office at Gynocare Fistula Center.

Gynocare Fistula Center—a nongovernmental organization in Western Kenya providing reproductive health services to women—began under the dynamic and dedicated leadership of Dr. Hillary Mabeya in 2009. Since becoming the first specialized fistula surgeon in the region in 2003, Dr. Mabeya has improved the lives of hundreds of women who have been suffering from obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused […]

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Treating and Controlling Tuberculosis in Pakistan

Bethania Hospital has a modern laboratory.

Direct Relief is strengthening efforts to treat and control tuberculosis (TB) in Pakistan through partnership with Bethania Hospital, the largest center for TB control in the densely populated Punjab region. Though tuberculosis  - a contagious disease spread by coughing and sneezing that usually attacks the lungs – no longer causes the death of one out of every seven people in Europe and […]

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Patient Assistance Programs Still in Demand after Healthcare Reform

The pharmacy at our partner clinic, Thomas Langley Medical Center in Sumterville, Florida.

As healthcare reform continues to be implemented over the next few years, the nonprofit clinics and health centers that make up a key component of our nation’s healthcare safety net are projected to be one of the primary access points for health care for tens of millions of the most vulnerable people. The mission of safety net clinics and health […]

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