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."
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  • 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.

Volunteer Feature: Dr. Ayesha Shaikh


As part of National Volunteer Week, we are profiling some of our volunteers each day this week. Our story today focuses on an honored member of Direct Relief’s Board of Directors and local OB/Gyn.

Twenty-eight executive directors, corporate presidents, doctors, private investors, and community leaders serve on Direct Relief’s Board of Directors as unpaid volunteers. Their extraordinary commitment includes more than 90 official board and board-committee meetings throughout the year—5,000 total hours—aimed at managing operations and planning for the future of the organization.

Director involvement moves well beyond financial giving and strategic guidance—from ambassadorship and networking, to finding and accessing new resources that Direct Relief can transform into life-saving medical assistance for people across the U.S. and around the world.

Dr. Ayesha Shaikh, a Santa Barbara based OB/Gyn, has been on the Board of Directors since 2006. Over the past twenty years, Dr. Shaikh’s service in the local medical world included a two year appointment as Chief of Staff and long-time Chairman of the OB-GYN Department at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital. Direct Relief has benefited from Dr. Shaikh’s experience and skills as she has been a key advisor to Direct Relief’s humanitarian programs, specifically those focused on keeping mothers and children safe and healthy. Dr. Shaikh has also bolstered Direct Relief’s efforts from the field, having spent time in Uganda working with local maternal and child healthcare providers supported by Direct Relief.

The entire Direct Relief network deeply appreciates and admires the tireless efforts of the Board of Directors and today, we particularly thank Dr. Shaikh for her commitment to this organization and the thousands of people served by Direct Relief.

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