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Earthquake Recovery in Indonesia, Responding to Cholera in Haiti

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 11/18/2022 - 11/25/2022


Operational Update

Cholera treatment kits were assembled at Direct Relief headquarters this week to support medical facilities treating patients with cholera. (Brea Burkholz/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 550 shipments of requested medical aid to 46 U.S. states and territories and 16 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 2.4 million defined daily doses of medication, including antibiotics, vitamins, surgical supplies, nutrition products, PPE, and more.

supporting earthquake recovery in Indonesia

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Java on Monday, November 21. The epicenter was in the Cianjur region of West Java, 45 miles southeast of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. Search and rescue and other emergency response operations are ongoing, and the official death toll is expected to rise. Early reports indicate that hundreds of buildings have been damaged or destroyed.

Direct Relief has announced an initial $50,000 in emergency funding to support key local partner Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Centre (MDMC). MDMC is the disaster response arm of Indonesia’s largest civil society organization. MDMC currently has medical and search and rescue teams deployed to the affected areas. Direct Relief is also coordinating closely with its regional partner, the ASEAN Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center), which is headquartered in Jakarta. In addition, Direct Relief is in contact with the Indonesian Ministry of Health and stands ready to support if required.

Cholera outbreak in Haiti

Recently, Direct Relief teams prepared medical support for cholera treatment which will be sent in the coming weeks to assist health centers and clinics on the front lines of the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The assembled aid contains critically needed items, including oral rehydration salts, IV fluids, PPE, antibiotics, and supplies to administer medications.

Cholera treatment kits were assembled at Direct Relief headquarters this week to support medical facilities treating patients with cholera. (Brea Burkholz/Direct Relief)

In response to the outbreak in Haiti so far, Direct Relief has sent 10 tons of cholera-related supplies, including water purification tabs, antibiotics, and IV fluids, which have been received by Zanmi Lasante and St. Boniface – with another 4 shipments to be delivered.

Additionally, Direct Relief has committed $52,000 in emergency funding, which will cover the operating costs of GHESKIO’s two cholera treatment centers. GHESKIO manages two hospitals in Port-au-Prince and has set up two 80-bed cholera treatment centers in response to the outbreak.

Material Support for Ukraine

Since Feb. 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid to Ukraine weighing more than 2.1 million pounds, or 1,038 tons, with more on the way.

Over the past week, Direct Relief has provided critical emergency items to Ukraine, including cardiovascular medications, insulin needles, antibiotics, vitamins, inhalers, and more.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 571,752 defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Fiji
  • Mexico
  • Malawi
  • Guatemala
  • Jamaica


Direct Relief delivered 505 shipments containing 1.8 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Family Health Clinic of Monon, Indiana
  • Agape Clinic, Texas
  • Palmetto Health Council, Inc., Georgia
  • Mission Arlington Medical Clinic, Texas
  • Community Health Care Systems, Georgia
  • Community Health of East Tennessee, Inc., Tennessee
  • Triangle Area Network, Texas
  • Free Clinic of Meridian, Inc., Mississippi
  • Family Health Clinic of Wolcott, Indiana
  • Center for Family Health and Education, California


Since Jan. 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 18.3K shipments to 2,208 healthcare providers in 53 U.S. states and territories and 92 countries.

These shipments contained 511.9 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.6 billion (wholesale), totaling 10.8 million lbs.

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