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:
    • Twitter (@DirectRelief)
    • Facebook (@DirectRelief)
    • Instagram (@DirectRelief)

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.

Webinar: Mapping the Impact of Humanitarian Assistance


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Click on the map above to learn more.
Click on the map above to learn more.

Join us on Thursday, September 13th at 11 a.m. (PDT) for a webinar presentation on mapping the impact of humanitarian assistance, led by Direct Relief’s Director of Research and Analytics, Dr. Andrew Schroeder.

The webinar is co-hosted by esri, the world’s leading producer of GIS software, and Techsoup, a company making cutting-edge software tools available to nonprofit organizations, including Direct Relief, at very low cost.

Over the past five years, Direct Relief has become a world leader in the field of digital mapping for humanitarian assistance. Beginning with strategic investments in enterprise-level geographic information systems (GIS) in 2008, all of Direct Relief’s work around the world has been influenced in significant ways by spatial analysis and interactive mapping for the Web.

Where is humanitarian aid most needed? What are the optimal routes to get it there? What can we know about the communities we aim to serve? Where do the greatest mismatches occur between access to health services and the health needs of communities? Can we detect significant changes either for better or worse?

Spatial analysis shows how patterns which help to answer these and other critical questions are distributed over the surface of the earth. Digital mapping not only brought sophisticated imagery but also spatial intelligence and data-driven decision-making into the mainstream of what Direct Relief does as a global organization serving people who lack resources and are vulnerable.

To date, Direct Relief has used mapping technology to create interactive aid distribution maps to help visualize channels of aid and medical material distribution. The maps provide better understanding of specific conditions, show critical locations to focus disaster preparedness efforts, and give transparency and accountability to our donors.  With the interactive maps, users can visualize Direct Relief’s Japan and Haiti aid distribution, U.S. medical aid distribution, hurricane preparedness pack sites and the global fistula map.

Editor’s note: The Global Fistula Map was migrated to the Global Fistula Hub in 2020 to better understand the landscape, known need, and availability of fistula repair services around the world.

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