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Direct Relief Accelerates Response as Covid Crisis Intensifies

Shipments bound for health facilities across the United States are prepped for departure from Direct Relief's warehouse. The country is experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 cases, and the organization is ramping up shipments to address increased requests. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)
Shipments bound for health facilities across the United States are prepped for departure from Direct Relief's warehouse. The country is experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 cases, and the organization is ramping up shipments to address increased requests. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

As the Covid crisis has intensified and expanded in recent weeks, Direct Relief’s efforts have done the same.

Since December 1, 2020, the organization has made 2,623 shipments totaling 458,815 lbs. (229 tons) of medical material aid containing 26.2 million Defined Daily Doses and valued $199.5 million to 1,010 partner organizations in 48 US states/territories and 43 countries.

The material aid shipments provided upon request to health organizations include both medical supplies and essential medications for patients without the means to pay, as well as more than 12 million units of PPE needed for any in-person medical visits and of course for care of Covid patients.

Direct Relief has also issued $5.2 million in grants in recent weeks.

Among the grants provided, $1 million was provided to the Navajo Nation and health divisions providing services to Navajo people, who have experienced disproportionate loss of life from the pandemic.

Other grants of $250,000 each were provided to the Massachusetts and Mississippi associations of community health centers, whose member nonprofit health centers serve persons also particularly hard hit from the pandemic – over 90% in or near poverty, and more than 63% of whom are members of racial or ethnic minority groups.

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