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Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Jamaica, Heads North

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Direct Relief’s partners in the Caribbean are weathering the storm as Category 1 Hurricane Sandy strengthens and makes landfall near Kingston, the capital of Jamaica today. Severe flooding and strong winds have been reported in Haiti and in Jamaica. Direct Relief is monitoring the storm and readying emergency supplies if partners in the Caribbean request emergency medicines and supplies, or […]

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Personal Care Packs Help Families in Need

A family smiles after receiving one of our personal care packs given out at Transition House.

In August, Direct Relief’s warehouse was full of volunteers  working to assemble Personal Care Packs filled with basic hygiene items for people in need living in Santa Barbara. Once the packs were boxed up and ready to go, they were distributed to 32 social service agencies throughout Santa Barbara County, including, churches, clinics, transitional houses, and schools. Each local partner […]

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The Critical Role Community Health Centers Play Across the U.S.

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Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) have worked closely together since the days following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. NACHC has been instrumental in helping Direct Relief connect with health centers throughout the country—both on an ongoing basis, and during emergencies. I asked Mollie Melbourne, the Director of Emergency Management at NACHC, about Direct Relief’s health […]

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Generator Enables Health Center in Missouri to Run During Emergencies

Following the severe storms in 2011 that devastated communities throughout the Midwest,  Direct Relief contributed $50,000 to Katy Trail Community Health Center in Sedalia, Mo. for  the purchase and installation of a generator.   The generator enables the facility to remain open during power outages so they can serve their community and provide backup support for their local hospital and health department […]

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Access to Family Planning on World Contraception Day

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Today is World Contraception Day!  There are 215 million women around the world that lack access to contraception.  In low resource settings where family planning services are not readily available, women have more pregnancy related complications and higher rates of maternal mortality. Lack of access to family planning can also have harsh consequences on a family’s social and financial stability.  […]

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Nonprofit Clinics Fill Gaps from Cuts to Medicaid Dental Coverage

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After suffering from excruciating, prolonged dental pain, Mary (name has been changed to maintain confidentiality) stopped brushing her teeth, stopped eating and stopped smiling. As a low-income adult with mental illness from a lifetime of abuse, the only words she told Dr. Quynh Nguyen were “it hurts so bad” as she stared timidly and ashamed at the floor of Eastside […]

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