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Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 394 shipments of requested medical aid to 42 US states and territories and nine countries worldwide.
The shipments contained 2.6 million defined daily doses of medication, including cardiovascular drugs, vitamins, personal care products, surgical supplies, PPE, and more.
The organization is tracking and responding to multiple emergencies across the globe and will continue to do so.
Supporting Pakistan’s flooding recovery
As Pakistan continues to recover from recent flooding, local hospitals and clinics are providing healthcare to those impacted. To support these efforts, Direct Relief delivered 55 tons of donated medications and supplies to Murshid Hospital, which hosted health camps in the region.
The donated medical assistance was provided by Abbott and included critical aid such as glucose strips and meters, antibiotics, nutritional products, mosquito repellant, and more.
On Wednesday, Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall in the northwestern Bahamas, triggering evacuations and forcing residents into shelters. The storm then made landfall the following day on the eastern coast of Florida as a Category 1 hurricane. Tornado watches are in effect on Friday for parts of North Carolina, northeastern South Carolina, and Virginia.
Direct Relief has staged emergency medical supplies at four Florida sites in the projected storm path. Each emergency cache contains more than 210 medical items most needed in the wake of a hurricane, including trauma supplies, a range of antibiotics, syringes, basic first aid supplies, and medications to treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and severe allergic reactions.
ebola outbreak in Uganda
In response to a recent Ebola outbreak in Uganda, Direct Relief is preparing to ship nine pallets of emergency medical items to the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) is expected to arrive in the country next week. The shipment includes PPE and other requested items to protect frontline workers providing care across nine locations in the outbreak zone.
Direct Relief is also providing UNMU a $10,000 emergency grant for logistics and bolstering a community awareness campaign in coordination with the Uganda Ministry of Health.
Among the buildings destroyed by the deadly tornadoes spawning from a storm that stretched from Texas to Oklahoma was Kiamichi Family Medical Center, which serves 8,808 patients across southeast Oklahoma. In response, Direct Relief has committed an initial emergency operating grant of $50,000 to Kiamichi Family Medical Center and will continue supporting its recovery and rebuilding efforts.
flu vaccine campaign
As the country experiences a sharp rise in influenza infections — with the CDC reporting 4,326 patients hospitalized due to influenza in the week ending Oct. 29 — seniors and other patients across Los Angeles County received free flu vaccines this weekend thanks to QueensCare Health Centers.
The vaccines were donated by Sanofi & provided to QueensCare by Direct Relief.
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.
This month, Direct Relief has provided critical emergency items to Ukraine, including nutritional products, gastrointestinal drugs, insulin pens, and more.
This week, Direct Relief shipped 842,296 defined daily doses of medication outside the US.
Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:
Direct Relief delivered 379 shipments containing 1.7 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:
Cactus Health Services, Inc., Texas
Health Services Inc., Alabama
VOCES, Puerto Rico
Programa de Vacunacion Puerto Rico Department of Health Centro de Distribucion, Puerto Rico
EXCELth Primary Health Care, Louisiana
Medical Science Campus University of Puerto Rico-San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flagler County Free Clinic, Florida
Health Care for the Homeless City of New Orleans, Louisiana
Clearwater Free Clinic, Florida
Hill Country Mission for Health, Texas
Since Jan. 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 17.4K shipments to 2,151 healthcare providers in 53 US states and territories and 89 countries.
These shipments contained 504.6 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.5 billion (wholesale), totaling 10.7 million lbs.