News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

  • Include a byline with the reporter’s name and Direct Relief in the following format: "Author Name, Direct Relief." If attribution in that format is not possible, include the following language at the top of the story: "This story was originally published by Direct Relief."
  • If publishing online, please link to the original URL of the story.
  • Maintain any tagline at the bottom of the story.
  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
  • If new content is added to the original story — for example, a comment from a local official — a note with language to the effect of the following must be included: "Additional reporting by [reporter and organization]."
  • If republished stories are shared on social media, Direct Relief appreciates being tagged in the posts:
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Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
  • Credit the photographer and Direct Relief in the caption. For example: "First and Last Name / Direct Relief."
  • Do not digitally alter images.

Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

  • Do not state or imply that donations to any third-party organization support Direct Relief's work.
  • Republishers may not sell Direct Relief's content.
  • Direct Relief's work is prohibited from populating web pages designed to improve rankings on search engines or solely to gain revenue from network-based advertisements.
  • Advance permission is required to translate Direct Relief's stories into a language different from the original language of publication. To inquire, contact us here.
  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

Supporting Medical Team Headed for Myanmar


In response to Cyclone Nargis, which has killed an estimated 22,500 people and displaced approximately 1 million more, Direct Relief has committed financial assistance to support Australian Aid International’s emergency medical team. AAI, a long-time trusted partner, is dispatching an experienced five-person medical team to Myanmar this week. The team consists of physicians, paramedics, and a logistician.

Along with conducting an assessment of health and medical needs, AAI will focus on emergency care for injured and sick patients through the operation of mobile medical outreach clinics. AAI plans to support and strengthen the existing primary health care infrastructure, and will work with Direct Relief to target appropriate medical materials required for recovery efforts.

Direct Relief has joined with Melbourne-based AAI during several recent emergency response efforts, including the July 2006 earthquake in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, and 2006 civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Among other things, those experiences led AAI to help Direct Relief develop 75-lb “jump packs” that contain instruments, suturing material and wound dressings, and a basic array of medicines for emergency care.

Direct Relief today consulted with 10 colleague organizations, including two that operate clinics in Myanmar, and has received an initial request for medical material assistance for which logistics plans are being developed.

Also, we note with deep thanks that today Google posted on its home page a link featuring UNICEF and Direct Relief.

In previous emergencies that generated significant attention and contributions, we have found it important to clarify our donations policy and we do so again here and on the donations page of our Web site. Although circumstances in Myanmar – including governmental actions – will affect response efforts, our commitment is to assist people and communities affected by the tragedy in the most productive manner possible.

All contributions received by our organization – whether for this particular incident or for our humanitarian efforts worldwide – are used only for programmatic purposes. All our organization’s non-program expenses (fundraising and general management) are paid with funds received from a generous bequest in 2006.

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