Global Update: Massive Wildfires in the Western U.S., Covid-19 Support to Indonesia

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Emergency medical support staged in Direct Relief's warehouse on August 10, 2021. (Maeve O'Connor/Direct Relief)
Emergency medical support staged in Direct Relief's warehouse on August 10, 2021. (Maeve O'Connor/Direct Relief)

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Responding to the West’s Massive Wildfires

Firefighters battle the Dixie Fire in Greenville, California on August 4, 2021. (Lassen National Forest Service)
Firefighters battle the Dixie Fire in Greenville, California, on August 4, 2021. (Lassen National Forest Service)

The situation: Huge wildfires blazing across the western United States are displacing thousands and increasing medical needs.

The response: Direct Relief has committed an initial $1 million in financial resources and is making medicines, supplies, wildfire kits, and other emergency aid available to wildfire-affected areas throughout California and the US.

The impact: The funding and medical aid can help shelters, state and local emergency response agencies, and health clinics respond to everything from respiratory issues and cuts and scrapes to chronic diseases unmanaged during displacement.

Aiding in Indonesia’s Covid-19 Response

Medical aid from Direct Relief arrives in Indonesia on August 13, 2021 in response to the country's effort to stem the Covid-19 pandemic. (Courtesy photo)
Medical aid from Direct Relief arrives in Indonesia on August 13, 2021 in response to the country’s effort to stem the Covid-19 pandemic. (Courtesy photo)

The situation: As Indonesia works to quell Covid-19, medicine and supplies arrived this week via a Direct Relief-chartered aircraft to support the effort.

The response: Direct Relief chartered a flight full of medicine and supplies, including $50 million worth of therapies to treat Covid-19 patients, oxygen concentrators, and PPE. The charter follows Indonesia Consul General Saud Purwanto Krisnawan’s visit to Direct Relief’s 155,000-square-foot distribution facility in California as the supplies were departing the U.S. for Indonesia.

The impact: According to a statement released by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “this support reflects the strong friendship and solidarity of the United States people to the Indonesian people in handling the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Funding Innovative Community Health Centers

Dr. Danielle Cortez, Clinical Pharmacist at Northeast Valley Health Center, evaluates a patient.
Dr. Danielle Cortez, Clinical Pharmacist at Northeast Valley Health Center, a BD Helping Build Healthy Communities Award Winner, evaluates a patient. (Photo: Donnie Lloyd Hedden Jr. for Direct Relief, 2021)

The situation: Community health centers are on the frontlines of chronic disease care, especially for patients who are members of vulnerable communities. From providing culturally sensitive care to helping patients overcome practical barriers like transportation, health centers find creative ways to address diseases that affect at-risk communities.

The response: Direct Relief, the pharmaceutical company BD, and the National Association of Community Health Centers recognized six community health centers taking innovative approaches to chronic disease with $150,000 awards.

The impact: The awards will help these safety net providers expand successful programs for providing high-quality care to medically underserved populations.

India’s Covid-19 Crisis Presents New Challenges

Medical aid is staged on April 30, 2021, for departure to India. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)
Medical aid is staged on April 30, 2021, for departure to India. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

The situation: India’s devastating recent wave of Covid-19 overwhelmed hospitals and spread to more remote and rural areas, complicating the humanitarian response.

The response: Direct Relief worked with trusted local networks to distribute $437 million worth of aid in the form of both funding and vital medical supplies like oxygen concentrators and PPE.

The impact: The support has been used to treat Covid-19, protect health care providers, bolster hospitals and other health facilities offering primary and specialist health services, and more.

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