Posts Tagged Emergency Response

Responding to Severe Flooding in Northern Chile

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View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief is in contact with health care partners in Chile to deliver additional emergency aid supplies following severe flooding in northern Chile last week that has affected an estimated 30,000 people, destroyed 8,300 homes, and killed 27 people. A shipment of first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items were dispatched earlier this month to local […]

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Update: Vanuatu Cyclone Response

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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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Cyclone Pam: Responding to Medical Needs in the South Pacific

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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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Typhoon Hagupit Update: Preparedness Pays Off

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Direct Relief partner Leyte Provincial Hospital (LPH) broke open the typhoon module during the height of Typhoon Hagupit and they are now using the medicines and supplies at the hospital and in the smaller health facilities in the hardest hit areas. The module – one of three pre-positioned in the country earlier this year in preparation for storm season – contains enough […]

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Typhoon Hagupit: Delivering Emergency Medicines and Supplies Before a Disaster

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With typhoon Hagupit about to make landfall in the Philippines it is a good time to reflect on the importance of both disaster preparedness and response planning. Natural climactic events become humanitarian disasters when they exceed the capacity of a community to cope. With poor disaster preparation and planning a relatively minor natural event can become a calamity, conversely, with […]

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Physician Spotlight: Caring for Philippines Typhoon Survivors One Year Later

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When asked how she has coped for the last year since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Philippines, Chief of Ormoc District Hospital, Dr. Maria Lourdes de Lara-Banquesio, replied, “We do the best we can with what we have.” Ormoc District Hospital (ODH) is the main public and referral hospital on the western side of Leyte Province, one of the areas […]

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