Direct Relief http://www.directrelief.org Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:27:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening for Underserved Women in Omaha http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/expanding-cervical-cancer-screening-underserved-women-omaha/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/expanding-cervical-cancer-screening-underserved-women-omaha/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:58:46 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15892 Leah Margolis says that one of the most rewarding parts of her job as a community health navigator is empowering the people she serves by educating women about cervical cancer and how to prevent it through screening. “Their eyes are lighting up,” she said. “That simple knowledge helps them feel they have a lot of control.” Leah helps support the […]

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Inspiring: Volunteer Edythe Turns 107! http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/inspiring-volunteer-edythe-turns-107/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/inspiring-volunteer-edythe-turns-107/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:46:13 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15911 Direct Relief’s longest-serving volunteer, Edythe Kirchmaier, is celebrating her 107th birthday today – and still continuing her amazing legacy of service to others that began when she was a little girl knitting “cootie belts” for soldiers… during WWI. Every Tuesday, including this week, Edythe comes to Direct Relief to hand-write thank you notes to supporters, brightening the day of everyone […]

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Readying Emergency Supplies for Flood-Affected Malawi http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/readying-emergency-supplies-flood-affected-malawi/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/readying-emergency-supplies-flood-affected-malawi/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:29:25 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15886 View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief is preparing an emergency shipment of medicines and supplies for people affected by severe flooding in southern Africa. An estimated 121,000 people have been displaced by the flooding in Malawi alone, where at least 53 people are reported dead. Concern across the affected countries is now turning to the potential for disease outbreaks, with […]

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Chief for a Day: Celebrating Edythe’s 107th Birthday http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/chief-for-a-day-celebrating-edythes-107th-birthday/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/chief-for-a-day-celebrating-edythes-107th-birthday/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:26:39 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15869 A volunteer with Direct Relief for 40 years, Edythe Kirchmaier celebrated her upcoming 107th birthday at headquarters today surrounded by her family, friends, fellow volunteers, and members of the community. Edythe turns 107 on January 22, but wanted to celebrate on a Tuesday – the day she regularly comes to the office to help write thank you letters to supporters […]

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A Lifetime of Giving Back: Celebrating Edythe Kirchmaier at 107 http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/lifetime-giving-back-celebrating-edythe-kirchmaier-107/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/lifetime-giving-back-celebrating-edythe-kirchmaier-107/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 02:07:45 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15816 A 107th birthday is call enough for celebration, but what’s really extraordinary is the way Edythe Kirchmaier – Direct Relief’s volunteer of 40 years – has lived those 107 years. Born January 22, 1908, Edythe’s been serving others nearly her entire life. Helping Soldiers Abroad & People at Home During World War I Edythe’s commitment to others dates back to […]

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How Are Things Going in Haiti? http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/things-going-haiti/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/things-going-haiti/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:20:38 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15781 I’ve been asked this question countless times over the past five years and have never once felt I’ve been able to answer it correctly. Any two rational people who have worked in Haiti since the quake could come up with two completely different, but altogether correct answers. The cynical answer might go something like this: It’s still bad. The last […]

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Five Years After Quake, Committed to Improving Health in Haiti http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/five-years-after-quake-committed-to-improving-health-in-haiti/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/five-years-after-quake-committed-to-improving-health-in-haiti/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:28:08 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15748 Five years ago, people like you stepped up to help the millions of people affected by the most destructive earthquake in Haiti’s history, where Direct Relief and many others are still working to improve conditions for thousands of people left vulnerable. Progress has been made. Lost amid the negative headlines are the ample stories of hope the Direct Relief team […]

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Repairing Fistula, Restoring Lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/repairing-fistula-restoring-lives-democratic-republic-congo/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/01/repairing-fistula-restoring-lives-democratic-republic-congo/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:43:08 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15728 Located in the city of Kisantu on the western side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Hôpital Général de Référence Saint Luc is Direct Relief’s first obstetric fistula partner in the DRC. A 274-bed referral hospital that serves a catchment area of approximately 150,000 people, Saint Luc received its first shipment of two fistula modules last year. Obstetric […]

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Tropical Storm Jangmi Claims 53 Lives in the Philippines http://www.directrelief.org/2014/12/tropical-storm-jangmi-claims-53-lives-philippines/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/12/tropical-storm-jangmi-claims-53-lives-philippines/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:38:15 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15692 Tropical Storm Jangmi tragically claimed at least 53 lives and displaced 80,186 people to evacuation centers this week in the Philippines. The storm, called Seniang locally, made landfall on the southern island of Mindanao on December 29, 2014 before moving to the central islands where it caused deadly flash floods and landslides. Reinforcing the importance of emergency preparedness, health providers in the regions […]

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Nanotte’s Story: Battling Cervical Cancer in Haiti http://www.directrelief.org/2014/12/nanottes-story-battling-cervical-cancer-haiti/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/12/nanottes-story-battling-cervical-cancer-haiti/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:35:04 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15412 Nanotte is a 43 year-old mother in Haiti who heard about the free cervical cancer screening services offered at Klinik Manitane and came in for screening. Health workers found that Nanotte had an undiagnosed lesion that had already progressed to cervical cancer. This diagnosis can be a death sentence for women like Nanotte who have limited means and live in […]

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