Direct Relief http://www.directrelief.org Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:27:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Aid Bound for Chile Following Wildfire Near Port Cities http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/aid-bound-for-chile-following-wildfire-near-port-cities/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/aid-bound-for-chile-following-wildfire-near-port-cities/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:11:33 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16530 View image | gettyimages.com A shipment of medical supplies is headed to Chile in response to a wildfire that burned near the port cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, which forced nearly 7,000 people to evacuate their homes. The delivery, bound for the Foundation for Education, Social, and Economic Development (FEDES), includes first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items […]

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A Bold Experiment: 50 Years of Community Health in the U.S. http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/a-bold-experiment-50-years-of-community-health-in-the-u-s/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/a-bold-experiment-50-years-of-community-health-in-the-u-s/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:03:22 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16483 All bold experiments are fueled initially with the energy of hope and potential, but rare is the one that not only works, but works better than envisioned and over generations. Piloted fifty years ago with President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Health Centers are among those few experiments to succeed in both. On the 50th Anniversary of Health Centers, it […]

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Tropical Cyclone Pam: Medical Needs Assessment Underway http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/cyclone-medical-assessment-underway/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/cyclone-medical-assessment-underway/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:34:20 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16470 Vanuatu, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Fiji Cyclone Pam, which barreled across the central and southern islands of Vanuatu this week, caused widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure and cut communication between the capital, Port Vila, and the outer islands. There have been 11 confirmed casualties so far (revised down from 24), and an estimated 3,300 people are living in some 37 evacuation […]

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Cyclone Pam: Responding to Medical Needs in the South Pacific http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/cyclone-pam-responding-to-medical-needs-in-the-south-pacific/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/cyclone-pam-responding-to-medical-needs-in-the-south-pacific/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:27:53 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16454 View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team continues to reach out to partner organizations in the South Pacific following the devastation from Tropical Cyclone Pam, which battered the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday with winds reaching speeds up to 185 mph. Information regarding the situation in the norther Vanuatu islands is scarce. Even on Efate island, where […]

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Category Five Cyclone Pam Barrels Across Pacific http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/category-five-cyclone-pam-barrels-across-pacific/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/category-five-cyclone-pam-barrels-across-pacific/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:12:31 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16419 Barreling across the South Pacific, category five Tropical Cyclone Pam is due to pass east of Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, in the next 12 hours. The cyclone is producing winds of up to 160 miles per hour, making it the strongest cyclone to hit the region since 1987. Evacuations are continuing as residents brace for the impact of the storm. […]

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How Japan Relief Efforts Four Years Ago are Helping Fight Ebola Today http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/japan-relief-efforts-four-years-ago-helping-fight-ebola-today/ http://www.directrelief.org/2015/03/japan-relief-efforts-four-years-ago-helping-fight-ebola-today/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:46:35 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=16387 Four years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan on March 11, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to generous supporters, Direct Relief provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors. The relationships […]

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