Direct Relief http://www.directrelief.org Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:04:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Emergency Update: Nepal Earthquake Response http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/emergency-update-nepal-earthquake-response/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/emergency-update-nepal-earthquake-response/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:06:52 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16952 Update: 4/27 – Direct Relief ups Commitment to $500,000 Cash for Nepal Earthquake Response Donate Now >> Direct Relief announced today an increase to $500,000 cash committed to the emergency response for the Nepal earthquake, up from the $50,000 announced initially on Saturday. The increase reflects the urgency of the situation based on the still-unfolding information available, requests from longstanding partner organizations in Nepal, and […]

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Nepal Earthquake: Direct Relief Commits Initial $50,000 Cash to Emergency Response http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/nepal-earthquake-direct-relief-offers-100-million-medical-inventory-commits-500000-thousand-cash-emergency-response/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/nepal-earthquake-direct-relief-offers-100-million-medical-inventory-commits-500000-thousand-cash-emergency-response/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:55:42 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16928 Offers $100 Million in Medical Inventory Donate Now >> As the massive damage, tragic loss of life, and widespread injuries​ from today’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal comes into focus​, Direct Relief has made an initial cash commitment of $50,000 for the immediate deployment of emergency medical response personnel and essential health commodities. Direct Relief has also made available its entire current medical supply inventory, […]

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Nepal Earthquake: Emergency Update http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/nepal-earthquake-emergency-update/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/nepal-earthquake-emergency-update/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:34:41 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16909 Donate Now >> Direct Relief is mobilizing its Emergency Response Team after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal killed more than 1,200 people, with many more feared trapped under rubble. The quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara. The majority of people affected are in the valley around Kathmandu, where medical facilities are overflowing with patients seeking care. Direct […]

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Sierra Leone Deputy Health Minister Visits Direct Relief, Ebola Innovation Summit http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/ebola-innovation-summit-sierra-leone/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/ebola-innovation-summit-sierra-leone/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:52:57 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16881 SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 20, 2015 – Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Madina Rahman, and Abdul Jalloh, Executive Director of Sierra Leone-based Medical Research Centre, today concluded a four-day visit to Direct Relief’s California headquarters to discuss emerging priorities and plan sustained interventions as Ebola cases wane and recovery efforts accelerate. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have […]

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Responding to Severe Flooding in Northern Chile http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/responding-to-severe-flooding-in-northern-chile/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/responding-to-severe-flooding-in-northern-chile/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:30:23 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16852 View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief is in contact with health care partners in Chile to deliver additional emergency aid supplies following severe flooding in northern Chile last week that has affected an estimated 30,000 people, destroyed 8,300 homes, and killed 27 people. A shipment of first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items were dispatched earlier this month to local […]

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A Day in the Life of Community Health Workers http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-community-health-workers/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-community-health-workers/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16782 Celebrating World Health Worker Week (April 5 -11, 2015), a new story map from Esri, The Earth Institute at Columbia, and Direct Relief, aims to raise support and awareness for the life changing contributions of community health workers. In dozens of countries, tens of thousands of women and men get up each morning to travel miles over rough roads and […]

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Helping Hands Increase HIV Testing & Treatment in the Bronx http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/helping-hands-increase-hiv-testing-treatment-in-the-bronx/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/helping-hands-increase-hiv-testing-treatment-in-the-bronx/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:59:48 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16462 A recent immigrant to the U.S., Asha* was grateful to connect with Kalina*, a Helping Hands Program recruiter with Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC) located in the Bronx, N.Y. After getting to know her, Kalina suspected Asha was pregnant and guided her to MHHC, where her pregnancy was confirmed. Unfortunately, she also tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), […]

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Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/drones-for-good-4-lessons-from-sxsw-interactive/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/drones-for-good-4-lessons-from-sxsw-interactive/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:37:55 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16623 The view of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” has evolved quickly in the past two years from objects of fear or hobbyist fascination to the forefront of global discussions of how to improve humanitarian operations. Emerging applications range from high-resolution digital mapping to rapid situational awareness to potentially enormous changes in how we distribute essential relief goods to remote […]

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Emergency Update: Tornadoes Tear Through Oklahoma http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/tornado-tears-through-oklahoma/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/tornado-tears-through-oklahoma/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:37:30 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16644 A powerful series of tornadoes brought on by severe storms bore through Oklahoma Wednesday night, causing one death and dozens of injuries. CNN reported significant damage across a 2-mile square area in Moore, Oklahoma, where high winds tore roofs from homes and downed trees. As many as 36,000 households were without power as of early Thursday morning. Patients with minor injuries sought care at the Moore Medical […]

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Update: Vanuatu Cyclone Response http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/update-tropical-cyclone-pam-response/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/update-tropical-cyclone-pam-response/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:26:34 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16541 View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Gordon Willcock is in Vanuatu conducting assessments after Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam tore across the South Pacific last weekend. His update from the field below: Reports from the northern islands indicate they are okay, apart from the eastern coast of Pentecost. The southern island group, especially Tanna, were […]

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