Rebuilding in the Bahamas, Mental Health Support for Surfside First Responders, Wildfires

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The High Rock Clinic, July 23, 2021. (Maeve O'Connor/Direct Relief)
The High Rock Clinic, July 23, 2021. (Maeve O'Connor/Direct Relief)
  • A key Bahamian health care clinic destroyed by Hurricane Dorian has reopened.
  • Funding from Direct Relief and Miami Heat provides mental health support to first responders of the Surfside condominium collapse.
  • Direct Relief provides ongoing support as wildfires blaze across the western United States.
  • The newly furnished and equipped Salybia Clinic in Dominica will serve the Indigenous Kalinago people of the area.

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A Once-Destroyed Bahamian Clinic Is Recommissioned

High Rock Clinic. (Maeve O’Connor/Direct Relief)

The situation: Before being destroyed by Hurricane Dorian almost two years ago, the High Rock Clinic served hundreds of people on the island of Grand Bahama.

The response: Direct Relief funded the construction of a new clinic – part of an ongoing effort to restore health facilities damaged by the catastrophic storm.

The impact: High Rock Clinic will have the capacity to provide primary, dental, psychiatric, and senior care beginning this week.

 

Providing Mental Health Support to the Surfside Collapse’s First Responders

Search and rescue workers oversee an excavator dig through the rubble of the collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 09, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Search and rescue workers oversee an excavator dig through the rubble of the collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 09, 2021, in Surfside, Florida. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The situation: For the first responders working to recover victims from the Surfside condominium collapse, the mental health toll was significant. “They knew it needed to be done, but it was really difficult circumstances,” said a fire chief.

The response: With funding raised by Miami Heat, Direct Relief provided support to a group of clinician and peer support officials organizing mental health resources.

The impact: Search and rescue workers had access to both group and one-on-one support sessions.

 

Wildfires Are Blazing Across the Western United States

Oregon's Bootleg Fire had reached nearly 400,000 acres on the morning of Wednesday, July 21. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Forestry)
Oregon’s Bootleg Fire had reached nearly 400,000 acres on the morning of Wednesday, July 21. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Forestry)

The situation: Wildfires across the western U.S., including Oregon’s Bootleg Fire and California’s Beckwourth Complex Fire, have burned hundreds of thousands of acres.

The response: Over two weeks, Direct Relief provided more than $300,000 in ongoing medical aid to 50 health care sites in fire-affected counties across seven western states.

The impact: Items included PPE, eye drops, hydrocortisone, antibiotics, insulin, and other essential medical aid.

 

A Newly Refurbished Clinic Will Serve Dominica’s Kalinago People

Nurse Joseph at the newly equipped and furnished Salybia Clinic in the Kalinago Territory of Dominica. (Photo courtesy of Medical Professionals on a Mission)
Nurse Joseph at the newly equipped and furnished Salybia Clinic in the Kalinago Territory of Dominica. (Photo courtesy of Medical Professionals on a Mission)

The situation: Dominica’s Kalinago population experiences increased rates of diabetes, heart disease, maternal and infant mortality, and substance use disorder. Because the Kalinago live and work independently, a fully functioning health center is crucial.

The response: Direct Relief helped equip and furnish the Salybia Clinic in the Kalinago Territory with defibrillators, an EKG, exam tables, birthing beds, oxygen tanks, vaccine fridges, and much more.

The impact: The clinic has served more than 700 peopleand seen 24 healthy births – since its recent opening.

 

In Brief

The United States

  • Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 744 shipments to 472 partners in 47 states and territories, totaling $10.7 million in value and more than 9,800 pounds. During that time, Direct Relief dispersed $4 million in grants.
  • A health center, the recipient of a $150,000 BD award, combines telehealth with home visits to improve patients’ health.

Around the World

  • In the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 43 shipments to 38 partners in 27 countries, totaling $50.5 million in value and more than 507,000 pounds.
  • U.N. Women is responding to the needs of women and girls affected by the internally displaced populations crisis in Mozambique. Direct Relief is supporting their work with a $25,000 grant.

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