Posts Tagged Disaster Response

NorCal Clinic Receives Emergency Shipment as Ponderosa Fire Grows

(Andreas Fuhrmann/The Record Searchlight/AP Photo)

  Direct Relief  sent an emergency shipment to Shingleton Medical Center in response to the fires burning in Northern California. The Ponderosa Fire has scorched 12,000 acres and is threatening over 3,000 structures in Tehama and Shasta Counties. Candy Stockton, Medical Director at Shingleton Medical Center, reports that an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the clinic’s 2,400 patients live in […]

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Responding to Flooding in the Philippines

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In response to the recent and devastating flooding in the Philippines, Direct Relief is currently assessing needs and working with local in-country partners in the capital, Manila, and the surrounding areas after days of monsoon rains. More than 90 people have been confirmed dead and three million have been displaced. Government weather agencies predict further rainfall and flooding in Manila and northern provinces as tropical […]

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Responding to Colorado Wildfires

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As a result of the ongoing fires raging through Colorado, we have activated our emergency response efforts by reaching out to 13 partners that are community-based nonprofit health clinic partners near the areas affected by the High Park and Waldo Canyon wildfires. The fires have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate in the last week. We […]

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Kenyan Partner Receives Emergency Shipment for Famine Relief

Image Courtesy of REUTERS/ Ismail Taxta,courtesy AlertNet.org

Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International in Kenya received an emergency shipment of medicines and medical supplies from Direct Relief last week. The pharmaceuticals and medical supplies were specifically requested to support maternal and child health care at Dadaab Hospital, where the famine and humanitarian health crisis continues to affect residents and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). The 10,000-pound shipment included […]

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Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Update

Haiti Cholera Earthquake Response

Today the NY Times ran an article about Haiti’s cholera epidemic, a disease that’s spread through fecal contamination of water. Before Haiti’s devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, only 12% of the country had access to piped, treated water and after that number declined rapidly. That set up Haiti as a prime candidate for a cholera outbreak. From the article: “…cholera has killed more than […]

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David Walton of Partners in Health visits Direct Relief

David Walton, Partners in Health

“Expect phone calls” Dr. David Walton told a roomful of Direct Relief employees Monday afternoon during a presentation on his work building Haiti’s most advanced medical center through Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit which seeks to provide free healthcare for the poor through education, training and treatment. The Harvard-educated medical doctor has worked with Partners in Health for 14 […]

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