• As India is overwhelmed by a surge of Covid-19 and critical oxygen shortages, Direct Relief commits an additional $5 million to the country.
• Direct Relief is partnering with local groups from Haiti to Bangladesh to ensure pregnant women have continued access to maternal health services.
• In the U.S., Direct Relief is working with Teva to encourage innovation in chronic disease care by awarding $450,000 in grants to health centers and clinics.
• In Sacramento, California, undocumented patients access mental health services and vaccines with support from Direct Relief.
Covid-19 Has Overwhelmed India. Direct Relief Is Providing Funding for Oxygen and Other Medical Aid.
The situation: As India experiences an overwhelming second wave of Covid-19, oxygen and other essential medical resources are depleted and in dire need of resupply.
The response: Direct Relief has committed $5 million in emergency funding and is working to source and transport oxygen concentrators into the country.
The impact: The funding will cover an estimated 10,000 oxygen concentrators and other much-needed supplies.
Covid-19 Has Threatened Maternal Health Care. With the Help of Direct Relief Grants, These Groups Are Fighting Back.
The situation: Covid-19 has made it harder to provide maternal health care, as midwives get sick and economic instability causes malnutrition.
The response: For nine organizations providing this essential service during the pandemic, Direct Relief is providing grants of $50,000 each.
The impact: The funding will help offset costs of procuring PPE, caring for sick staff members, and feeding hungry patients.
The situation: Chronic disease and poor mental health are linked. Innovative safety-net providers are finding ways to address both.
The response: The Enhancing Access2Care program — an initiative by Direct Relief, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Volunteers in Medicine — has provided more than $450,000 to health centers and clinics taking on these health challenges.
The impact: Eight nonprofit safety net providers have received funding through the program to advance their work.
The situation: A Sacramento clinic provides people with affordable mental health care, Covid-19 vaccinations and other services — regardless of immigration status.
The response: Direct Relief is supporting their efforts with a $50,000 grant.
The impact: The grant will support Covid-19 vaccination efforts and extend services that would be hard to access otherwise — particularly for non-English speakers.
The United States
• Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has delivered 847 medical aid shipments totaling 40 tons and more than $12 million (wholesale) to 486 healthcare organizations in 44 states and Puerto Rico.
• Direct Relief granted $2.8 million to 48 healthcare providers in 24 states during that time.
Around the World
• In the past two weeks, Direct Relief has delivered 92 tons of medicine and medical supplies totaling more than $13 million (wholesale) to healthcare providers in 24 countries.
• Over that same period, Direct Relief issued $743,000 in grants to health organizations across four continents.
• As new data emerges on the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in Eritrea, Direct Relief delivered two 40-foot refrigerated containers of insulin, syringes, and other essential medicine and supplies to the Eritrean National Diabetes Association.