On Friday, Direct Relief staff met with a World Health Organization representative at Direct Relief’s new headquarters about how to best respond during global emergencies. Abigail Trewin, technical advisor at the WHO’s emergency response program, spoke with Direct Relief staff and toured the 155,000-square-foot facility that serves as a distribution hub for medicines and medical supplies before they’re shipped around the world.
The World Health Organization works to lead and coordinate health responses globally, and works with governments as well as nongovernmental organizations during emergencies.
Direct Relief is an approved non-state actor to the Pan American Health Organization – the WHO’s regional office in the Americas – a status that allows Direct Relief to provide material and logistical support in times of sudden disaster. Trewin’s visit to Direct Relief was critical to expanding the partnership to the broader WHO network.
Direct Relief works in direct coordination with local health officials to ship only what is asked for, whether during an emergency or on an ongoing basis.