- As Covid-19 continues to devastate Nepal, Direct Relief has sent 25 tons of medical aid, including 860 oxygen concentrators, to Kathmandu. The aid follows on the heels of two airlifts to India.
- Hurricane season started June 1. The organization is staging caches of emergency medical supplies in the U.S., Caribbean, and Central America.
- To help free clinics vaccinate their patients, Direct Relief has made $2.25 million in grants.
- In the Navajo Nation, vaccination and prevention efforts are paying off.
The situation: A deadly wave of Covid-19 has overwhelmed hospital beds and depleted oxygen in Nepal. The country’s number of cases per capita is currently higher than India’s.
The response: Direct Relief filled a plane with 25 tons of medical aid, including 860 oxygen concentrators. It landed on May 25 in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. The organization is also supporting the building of a new Nepali oxygen plant designed to meet shortages.
The impact: Providers and aid groups working on the ground are distributing the supplies to government hospitals and other frontline health facilities.
The situation: Hurricane season began on June 1, threatening the United States’ Gulf and Atlantic coasts, the Caribbean, and Central America.
The response: Direct Relief is staging modules of disaster-specific emergency response supplies throughout these vulnerable areas, as well as installing solar power and battery backup systems at health facilities.
The impact: The power systems and medical supplies will help health care providers continue to provide much-needed care during and after a tropical storm.
As Donations to Free Clinics Plummet, Direct Relief Bolsters Vaccination, Operations with $2.25 Million in Grants
The situation: While health care needs grew among the country’s most vulnerable, United States free clinics saw a 40% drop in donations. These clinics receive little to no government funding.
The response: To fill the gap, Direct Relief granted a total of $2.25 million to the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.
The impact: The grants will fund vaccination efforts and other essential health services.
The situation: Covid-19 had a devastating effect on the Navajo Nation, killing many revered elders and rattling the Nation’s close-knit community. But highly successful vaccination and prevention measures have turned the tide.
The response: To support the Navajo Nation in its fight against the pandemic, Direct Relief provided more than $1 million in financial assistance and more than seven tons of medicines and supplies.
The impact: Thanks to the heroic efforts of doctors and tribal leadership, new cases have slowed to eight per day as of June 1. More than 93% of the eligible population has received at least one vaccine shot.
The United States
- Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 837 shipments to 554 partners in 47 states and territories, totaling 5.8 million in value and more than 48,000 pounds.
- During that time, more than $195,000 in grants has been distributed.
- Seven hundred thirty units of Repatha, a drug that treats inherited high cholesterol, have been sent to 20 partners in 10 states.
- A CrisisReady webinar put researchers, public health officials, and health care providers together to discuss using data to prepare for the 2021 California wildfire season.
- The Vaseline Healing Project is holding a new series of trainings to help health care workers treat skin conditions in people of color.
Around the World
- In the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 39 shipments to 36 partners in 24 countries, totaling $166.1 million in value and more than 211,000 pounds.
- More than $2.1 million in grants was distributed over the same two weeks.
- Direct Relief has begun its 2021 shipments of midwife kits. Thus far, the kits have been sent to six African countries, and many more will follow in the coming months.
- Nearly 15,000 refugees in Greece are producing PPE and receiving Covid-19 education through a new program.
- Direct Relief is working to donate five ultra-low temperature portable freezers to Mexico, to house and transport Covid-19 vaccines to harder-to-reach areas.