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.

A Kit for Every Midwife: International Confederation of Midwives Endorses Midwife Kit as Global Standard


Midwife Kit

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has provided its first-ever formal endorsement of a Midwife Kit as a standard for midwives trained to ICM’s competency standards.  The Midwife Kit was developed by Direct Relief in consultation with ICM experts. Direct Relief will provide the kit free of charge to midwives in developing countries.

As many as one in 30 women will die from complications related to their pregnancy or childbirth.  Skilled birth attendants such as midwives offer the single most consequential intervention for reducing the 289,000 maternal deaths that occur globally each year.  While the global deficit of trained midwives stands at 350,000, even more lack the equipment needed to put their training to use.

“Many competent midwives are unable to use their life-saving skills because they lack the tools to provide the highest standard of care,” said Frances Ganges, ICM’s Chief Executive. “Equipping midwives with a kit of quality and appropriate tools will contribute to keeping mothers and their newborns safe during birth.”

The result of a two-year collaboration between Direct Relief and ICM, each Midwife Kit contains the 59 essential items a midwife needs to perform 50 facility-based deliveries. Items include surgical instruments, sutures, I.V. sets, neonatal resuscitation bags, headlamps, gloves, and cord clamps. The kit also includes pharmaceuticals such as misoprostol to manage post-partum hemorrhage and magnesium sulfate for eclampsia.

A Midwife for Every Delivery, a Kit for Every Midwife

“It is self-evident that educated and trained midwives, as all health professionals, need to be properly equipped to perform their lifesaving role,” said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe.  “Direct Relief is deeply thankful to ICM for helping develop a standard kit that will complement the competency standards that ICM has so carefully developed. We want to ensure that each midwife – particularly those in high-need developing countries where women and children are most at risk – have access to this kit.”

The Midwife Kits, valued at $1,250 or roughly $25 per safe birth, are provided free of charge to enable midwives to fully utilize their skills.

In the program’s pilot year, Direct Relief provided more than 400 kits to midwives with partner organizations in the following four countries: Medical Research Centre in Sierra Leone, Africare and Last Mile Health in Liberia, IPI Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines, and Edna Adan University Hospital in Somaliland.

“I can’t afford to buy the instruments and supplies I need,” wrote Filipino midwife, Jessievel Soria, among the first recipients of the ICM-endorsed Midwife Kit. “Thanks to the Midwife Kit, I can continue my services.”

Giving is Good Medicine

You don't have to donate. That's why it's so extraordinary if you do.