Posts Tagged Liberia

Ebola Outbreak: Direct Relief Responds in West Africa

Direct Relief equipped Dr. John Fankhauser with more than $50,000 in specifically-requested medical resources for his return to Monrovia, Liberia.

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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Ebola Outbreak: Emergency Supplies Headed to Sierra Leone

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#481844475 / gettyimages.com In response to the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic to date, Direct Relief is sending emergency shipments of urgently requested medicines and supplies to its partner Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone, and anticipates additional requests. The shipment – valued at more than $337,000 wholesale – contains basic antibiotics and most importantly, personal protective equipment, such as exam and […]

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Partner Q&A: Expanding Health Care Access in Rural Liberia

Meet Alice Johnson, who works as a clinical mentor for Direct Relief’s partner organization, Last Mile Health – a nonprofit working to deliver quality health care to people in need in rural Liberia. Alice  presented on a mental health panel at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)  annual meeting held last week in New York City. When she’s not traveling, she recruits, trains, […]

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Increasing Access to Pneumonia Treatment for Children in Liberia

A Frontline Health Worker leads a focus group in the town of Doweh, Liberia. Photo courtesy of Last Mile Health.

With support from Direct Relief, aid organization Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) trained 10 Frontline Health Workers (FHW) in the last year to identify, treat, and refer children with symptoms of pneumonia – the number one cause of death of children under five worldwide. Recent data reveals that in less than six months of project implementation, the number of children […]

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Health Survey Sets Baseline for Positive Change in Rural Liberia

A frontline health worker with Tiyatien Health conducts a health survey with a family. Photo courtesy of Tiyatien Health.

In August 2012, humanitarian organization, Last Mile Health, in partnership with Direct Relief, began surveying households in Konobo District in rural Liberia to understand the regional incidence of pneumonia—the most common cause of death for children under the age of five worldwide. The survey results identified community-specific barriers to health care, estimated the prevalence of children with pneumonia who did […]

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Helping Last Mile Health Put Konobo, Liberia on the Map

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In the remote rural district of Konobo, Liberia teams of frontline health workers from Last Mile Health (TH) are often up to their knees in mud. Narrow dirt paths winding through thick jungle, most of which appear on no official maps, are often the only conduits linking villages with life-saving health services. When the rains come, often a weekly occurrence […]

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