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The impact:Included in the shipment were substantial quantities of emergency medicines and supplies, including health kits, trauma and wound care items, chronic disease and chemical exposure medications, and antibiotics. All items were provided at the request of, and approved by, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and local Ukrainian organizations, and will be distributed to health facilities within Ukraine.
The situation: Four months into the Ukraine war, medical needs remain high both within the country itself and in the surrounding nations receiving refugees.
The response: Direct Relief has delivered more than 750 tons (1.5 million pounds) of medicines and supplies and provided over $14.7 million in direct financial assistance to other organizations in the region.
The impact:First responders have received medical packs and funding; refugee women and children have received much-needed care; displaced Ukrainians have accessed vital prescription medications like insulin; and much more.
The situation: It’s hurricane season. And when a major disaster strikes, the loss of access to life-sustaining medicine and medical care can lead to more deaths and severe illness than physical injury.
The response: In preparation, Direct Relief is staging emergency caches of medical supplies at every Southeastern and Gulf state from Virginia to Texas, and throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and other storm-prone locations.
The impact: Health care providers responding to a crisis will have fast access to trauma supplies, antibiotics, medications for chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and more.
The situation: In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida last August, 19 New Orleans residents died from excessive heat, lack of oxygen or carbon monoxide poisoning—deaths directly caused by the prolonged power outage. And every new severe storm brings the potential for similar tragedies.
The response: Direct Relief is awarding $650,000 to Together New Orleans’ Community Lighthouse project to fund the construction of the first solar- and battery-powered resilience hub in the Gulf South at CrescentCare community health center, which provides health and wellness services to underserved populations in the City of New Orleans.
The impact: The grant is part of Direct Relief’s new Power for Health Initiative, which seeks to ensure that vulnerable nonprofit community health centers and charitable clinics in the U.S. stay powered and remain operational through increasingly common power outages resulting from natural disasters and electrical grid failures.
The situation: The Covid-19 pandemic worsened mental health across the United States, while exacerbating a lack of access to adequate mental health services.
The response: Direct Relief, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and Teva Pharmaceuticals have teamed up to provide clinics with $2 million in grant funding for mental health care, as well as medications to treat medication and anxiety.
The impact: The new pilot program – initially set in Florida, New Jersey and California – aims to advance access to mental health care for uninsured populations.
The United States
Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 957 shipments to 630 partners in 48 states and territories, totaling $11.9 million in value and more than 23,000 pounds.
During that time, more than $1.1 million in grants has been distributed.