Direct Relief http://www.directrelief.org Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:16:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FEDES Partnership Continues Five Years After Chile Quake http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/fedes-partnership-continues-five-years-chile-quake/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/fedes-partnership-continues-five-years-chile-quake/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:14:00 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16278 Established in Santiago, Chile in 2002, the Foundation for Educational, Social and Economic Development (FEDES – Fundación Educativa de Desarrollo Economico y Social) was created to build stronger communities through social and economic development, and to improve the lives of disadvantaged and disabled Chileans. The foundation’s principal development programs focus on long-term solutions to poverty and unemployment, but FEDES also […]

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Arian’s Story: A Reason to Advocate on Rare Disease Day http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/arians-story-reason-advocate-rare-disease-day/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/arians-story-reason-advocate-rare-disease-day/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:07:23 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16225 When their son Arian was three years old, Sib and Debjani Chowdhury noticed he had difficulty carrying his school bag. Shortly after, his teachers reported that he couldn’t lift his hand during a school exercise. He continued to lose motor abilities and some of his facial features began to develop atypically, prompting his parents to consult a physician. After seeing […]

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Monitoring Medical Needs After 5.4 Earthquake in Pakistan http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/monitoring-medical-needs-5-4-earthquake-pakistan/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/monitoring-medical-needs-5-4-earthquake-pakistan/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:42:22 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16244 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has reported that a magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck Pakistan in the vicinity of Batgram district in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (former North-West Frontier Province, NWFP). The earthquake hit at 22:00 local time and strong tremors were felt in the capital Islamabad, 62 miles to the south of the epicentre. There have been no […]

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From the Field: Health Facilities in Sierra Leone Work to Restore Services http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/field-health-facilities-sierra-leone-work-restore-services/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/field-health-facilities-sierra-leone-work-restore-services/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:02:40 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16211 A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Sierra Leone. Restoring Capacity as Ebola Wanes Today, Andrew (Director of International Programs and Emergency Response) and I […]

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From the Field: Battle Against Ebola Continues in Sierra Leone http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/field-battle-ebola-continues-sierra-leone/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/field-battle-ebola-continues-sierra-leone/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:28:55 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16199 A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Director of International Programs and Emergency Preparedness and Response, Andrew MacCalla, shares his observations from Sierra Leone below. I’m generally very impressed with the response of the […]

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Remote Monitoring Helps People in North Carolina Manage Chronic Conditions http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/remote-monitoring-helps-people-north-carolina-manage-chronic-conditions/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/remote-monitoring-helps-people-north-carolina-manage-chronic-conditions/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:08:29 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16133 After several months of tracking her daily health screenings as part of the remote patient monitoring program at Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) in Ahoskie, N.C., Deborah Walker’s* nurse case manager Crystal noticed that Deborah’s blood pressure was up every Wednesday morning. To better understand why the peculiar pattern was occurring, Crystal asked Deborah about her activities on Tuesday night. […]

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Guatemala Health Partner Sends Thanks for Response to Fuego Volcano Eruption http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/guatemala-health-partner-sends-thanks-response-fuego-volcano-eruption/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/guatemala-health-partner-sends-thanks-response-fuego-volcano-eruption/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:14:24 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16170 Following the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala in early February, the CEO of God’s Child Project, Patrick Atkinson, shares a message of thanks to all who support Direct Relief’s emergency response and preparedness initiatives that enabled their team to quickly respond to health needs. >>Watch the video<< “We could not have gone to a pharmacy fast enough to […]

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CGI Commitment Saves Lives in Peshawar, Pakistan http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/cgi-commitment-saves-lives-in-peshawar-pakistan/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/cgi-commitment-saves-lives-in-peshawar-pakistan/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:45:56 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=15968 Just days before the horrific shooting at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan last December that killed at least 145 people (most of them children), two 40-foot ocean freight containers of medical supplies were delivered to Lady Reading Hospital. The hospital would soon become the site where most of the people injured were rushed to receive emergency care. This delivery was […]

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Dental Clinic Helps Central Coast Children Smile Brighter http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/dental-clinic-helps-central-coast-children-smile-brighter/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/dental-clinic-helps-central-coast-children-smile-brighter/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:34:51 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16043 Thirty-seven children in Santa Barbara County received dental care free-of-charge on Saturday as part of the Healthy Smiles program, coordinated by Direct Relief in collaboration with other local organizations. The clinic is held annually during February, National Children’s Dental Health Month. Hosted at the office of Dr. Samuel Burg in Santa Maria, Calif., the goal of Healthy Smiles is to […]

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Counting the Most Vulnerable People in Santa Barbara County http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/counting-vulnerable-people-santa-barbara-county/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/02/counting-vulnerable-people-santa-barbara-county/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:11:01 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16037 More than 600 volunteers woke up early in the morning to walk the streets of Santa Barbara County in California and survey people experiencing homelessness as part of the biennial Point-in-Time survey, held over two days at the end of January. Each small group of volunteers took with them lotion, sunscreen, and Neosporin donated by Direct Relief as well as […]

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