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Operational Update: Medical-Grade Oxygen, PPE, Medical Aid Supports 17 Countries



Staff with the Syrian American Medical Society conduct outreach in Northwest Syria last week. Direct Relief shipped the organization medical support over the past week, including specialty medication for patients with hemophilia. (Photo courtesy of SAMS)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 191 shipments of requested medical aid to 36 U.S. states and territories and 17 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 7 million defined daily doses of medication, including personal protective gear for health providers, typhoid and Hepatitis B vaccines, antibiotics, mental health medications, cancer therapies, insulin, rare disease therapies, and prenatal vitamins.

The organization granted $814,282 in cash support over the same period.

United States

In the US, Direct Relief delivered 164 shipments weighing 6,196 lbs. containing 288,697 doses of medications over the past week to health facilities including the following:

  • Palmetto Health Council, Inc., GA
  • Santa Barbara County Public Health Pharmacy, CA
  • C.A.R.E. Clinic, MN
  • Good Shepherd Ministries, OK
  • Better Health Pharmacy, CA
  • San Francisco Free Clinic, CA
  • Symba Center, CA
  • Antlers First Baptist Church Free Clinic, OK
  • The PIC Place, CO
  • Tulakes Clinic, OK


This week, outside the US, Direct Relief shipped more than 8.2 million defined daily doses of medication totaling 1.5 million lbs.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Syria
  • Uganda

Millions of PPE Items Bound for Nations Across the Americas

Protective gowns arrive in collaboration with Brazil’s Ministry of Health. (Courtesy photo)

The situation: As omicron cases surge, health care providers once again find themselves at high risk. More PPE is needed to care for patients and conduct vaccination campaigns.

The response: Direct Relief is reserving 10 million KN95 masks for US health centers and clinics and donating another 60 million masks to 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean—enough to fill more than one hundred 40-foot shipping containers.

The impact: The supplies will support frontline providers, vaccination campaigns, and more.

Bolstering the Global Oxygen Supply

The situation: Even before Covid-19, medical-grade oxygen was scarce in much of the world. Pandemic-induced supply chain issues – and soaring global oxygen needs – have only exacerbated the problem.

The response: Direct Relief has already invested more than $15 million to address Covid-19-related oxygen shortages. The organization is committing an additional $5 million to create resilient, efficient oxygen systems in under-resourced settings.

The impact: According to Leith Greenslade, an expert on oxygen supply shortages with Every Breath Counts: “Organizations like Direct Relief have an absolutely critical role to play in preventing oxygen shortages in low-resource settings. We need very nimble humanitarian agencies that can almost operate in a parallel universe.”

In the News

Government of Mexico: Mexico to receive 2.7 million doses of the Moderna vaccine
“This is the first donation we have received directly from a U.S. company to the Mexican government,” he said, thanking Moderna and saying that the vaccines would be shipped with the assistance of the Direct Relief organization.

PLOS Digital Health: Making Data for Good Better
Today’s societies produce vast—and increasing—amounts of digital data “exhaust” from daily human activities such as the use of mobile devices, wearables and home sensors; store purchases; and online engagement on social media.

Salon: Tonga Suffers a Humanitarian Crisis as Residents Struggle to Recover from Volcanic Eruption
“The primary health concerns during volcanic eruptions are similar to wildfires, and include respiratory distress, eye and skin irritation, contaminated water supply, the intensification of chronic illnesses when access to medicine is compromised,” writes Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian organization.

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