Direct Relief http://www.directrelief.org Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:49:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Ebola Outbreak: Aid Arrives in Sierra Leone http://www.directrelief.org/2014/08/ebola-outbreak-aid-arrives-sierra-leone/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/08/ebola-outbreak-aid-arrives-sierra-leone/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:59:39 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13832 An emergency shipment of supplies for the deadly Ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa arrived this week at Direct Relief’s partner Wellbody Alliance in the Kono District of Sierra Leone.  The arrival coincides with the district’s first case of Ebola, which was confirmed on Tuesday. “The Direct Relief shipment is absolutely critical, as we are almost out of our existing […]

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Direct Relief Joins White House Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/direct-relief-joins-white-house-disaster-response-recovery-demo-day/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/direct-relief-joins-white-house-disaster-response-recovery-demo-day/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:16:23 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13825 The White House, through its initiative to advance innovation in disaster response and recovery, held its second annual demo day this week in Washington D.C. The event brought together leading technologists, entrepreneurs, and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools capable of making tangible impacts in the lives of survivors of large-scale emergencies. Among the experts in attendance, […]

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Direct Relief Alum Annie Maxwell Named President of Skoll Global Threats Fund http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/direct-relief-alum-named-president-of-skoll-global-threats-fund/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/direct-relief-alum-named-president-of-skoll-global-threats-fund/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:35:39 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13807 I’m excited to share a piece of news that recently came across my desk. Annie Maxwell, our former colleague at Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara native, and a dear friend, continues to make us proud as the Skoll Global Threats Fund’s new president. “President Maxwell” always sounded right to me, as I’m sure it has for everyone who’s had the […]

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Ebola Outbreak: Direct Relief Responds in West Africa http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/ebola-outbreak-direct-relief-responds-west-africa/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/ebola-outbreak-direct-relief-responds-west-africa/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:15:46 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13577 Update: Last month, Direct Relief equipped Dr. John Fankhauser with provisions of Ebola-specific medical supplies in preparation for his return to the frontlines of the outbreak. Since then, the deadly virus has spread, taking its toll on upwards of 1,200 people across West Africa. Among the patients are several of the very doctors and nurses who — in immense displays […]

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Typhoon Glenda Update: Broadening Response Networks in the Philippines http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/typhoon-glenda-update-broadening-repsonse-networks-in-the-philippines/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/typhoon-glenda-update-broadening-repsonse-networks-in-the-philippines/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:49:41 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13769 In the wake of Typhoon Glenda (also known as Rammasun), which barreled through the Philippines last week, Direct Relief continues to strengthen its network of health partners throughout the island nation. Nearly 100 were killed by the storm, with more than 300 injured and thousands of houses damaged, displacing more than 500,000 people, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction […]

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From the Philippines: Disaster Preparedness Must Include Data Preparedness http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/from-the-philippines-diaster-preparedness-must-include-data-preparedness/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/from-the-philippines-diaster-preparedness-must-include-data-preparedness/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:13:29 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13720 To ensure life-saving medicines are available in the right places and at the right times in the crucial early hours of emergencies, the best route is to have materials on hand before events take place. That’s why Direct Relief delivers carefully packaged modules of essential medicines and supplies to communities at risk of hurricanes (or typhoons, in the case of […]

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Medical Aid Reaches Hospitals in Gaza Before Border Closes http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/medical-aid-reaches-hospitals-gaza-border-closes/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/medical-aid-reaches-hospitals-gaza-border-closes/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:12:30 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13757 Just before the violence in Gaza escalated earlier this month, a Direct Relief shipment of medical aid was received by longtime partner organization American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA). The donation – valued at $1.4 million (wholesale) – included antibiotics, pain killers, and anti-hypertensive medicines. An email message received from Jennifer Ibrahim, ANERA’s Director of Programs, sums up the crucial […]

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Partner Spotlight: Providing Health Care in Rural Grand Bois, Haiti http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/partner-spotlight-providing-health-haiti-grand-bos/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/partner-spotlight-providing-health-haiti-grand-bos/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:27:15 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13717 For the nearly 65,000 people living in the rural, mountainous area of Grand Bois, Haiti (located about 40 miles east of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince), the St. Vincent de Paul Health Center run by ServeHAITI is the only place to get medical attention within 200 square miles. Since opening in 2005, the health center has evolved into a hub for not […]

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Health, Happiness, and Disaster Response: 6 Quotes Worth Remembering from Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/health-happineness-disaster-response-6-quotes-worth-remembering-from-dr-jimmy-galvez-tan/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/health-happineness-disaster-response-6-quotes-worth-remembering-from-dr-jimmy-galvez-tan/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:45:23 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13693 Dr. Jaime “Jimmy” Galvez-Tan, MD, MPH, President of the Health Futures Foundation, Inc (HFI), former Health Secretary of the Philippines, and a charismatic radio host, recently visited Direct Relief’s headquarters where he presented on the extensive recovery efforts he’s leading in his home country – one still reeling from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Dr. Tan offered updates on […]

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Readying Response as Typhoon Glenda Hits the Philippines http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/readying-response-as-typhoon-glenda-hits-philippines/ http://www.directrelief.org/2014/07/readying-response-as-typhoon-glenda-hits-philippines/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:51:18 +0000 http://www.directrelief.org/?p=13697 #452166602 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief staff are on the ground in the Philippines as Typhoon Glenda (also known as Typhoon Rammasun) is tearing through the central Philippine islands on its way toward the country’s capital, Manila. Packing winds of up to 93 miles per hour and gusts of up to 115 mph, the typhoon has prompted the evacuations of thousands […]

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