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Operational Update: Responding to Multiple Emergencies – Hurricane Lisa, Ebola Outbreak in Uganda, Cholera in Lebanon



Direct Relief staff in Puerto Rico distribute emergency medical supplies and hygiene kits to those impacted by Hurricane Fiona. (Direct Relief photo)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 417 shipments of requested medical aid to 44 U.S. states and territories and 12 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 8.1 million defined daily doses of medication, including cardiovascular drugs, vitamins, antibiotics, insulin syringes and needles, personal care products, PPE, and more.

The organization is tracking and responding to multiple emergencies across the globe and will continue to do so.


Hurricane Lisa made landfall in Belize on Wednesday, November 3, near Belize City. It is expected to
reach mainland Honduras, still reeling from Hurricane Julia, which triggered flooding, landslides, and
infrastructure damages.

Direct Relief is monitoring the situation and, extending from its recent response to Hurricane Julia, is
partnering COPECO, Honduras’ Disaster Management Agency. A fifteen-pallet shipment of emergency
medical supplies is currently en route to COPECO.

The shipment contains emergency medical aid, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes gastrointestinal, and mental health medications, antibiotics, wound care supplies, and PPE.

Uganda Ebola Outbreak

On September 20th, 2022, an Ebola outbreak was detected in the Mubende District of Uganda, just 90 miles from its capital city, Kampala. The virus has since reached Kampala, the country’s most densely populated area, making it much more difficult to trace and contain. According to the World Health Organization’s Uganda country office, there have been 130 confirmed cases and 43 deaths, as of November 2, 2022.

Direct Relief remains in close communication with the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, and other healthcare networks to offer PPE and other support.

Cholera Outbreak in Lebanon

In response to a recent outbreak of Cholera in Lebanon, Direct Relief has prepared a 15-pallet shipment for distribution to local NGO People 2 People Aid. The shipment contains critical medical supplies and medications, including water purification tabs, oral rehydration therapies, gastrointestinal drugs, medical scrubs, goggles, surgical masks, cardiovascular drugs, and oncology drugs.

Hurricane FIONA, SIX WEEKS Into Recovery

In the six weeks since the storm, Direct Relief has shipped more than 90 shipments of emergency medical aid worth $484,000 to Puerto Rico. A significant portion of the response came from medical material staged in Puerto Rico as part of its strategic role as a regional hub for disaster response in the Caribbean and beyond.

Read more here.

Direct Relief staff in Puerto Rico distribute emergency medical backpacks and relief kits to those impacted by Hurricane Fiona. (Direct Relief photo)


Since February 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 week, 44 tons of medical aid departed Direct Relief’s warehouse to northeastern and western Ukrainian cities. The shipments include specifically requested items, such as nutritional supplements, insulin syringes and needles, inhalers, and antibiotics.



This week, Direct Relief shipped more than 3.7 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Lebanon
  • India
  • Egypt
  • Honduras
  • Guatemala
  • Ecuador
  • Zimbabwe


Direct Relief delivered 392 shipments containing 4.4 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas, Texas
  • Community Care Center, North Carolina
  • Dream Centers Women’s Clinic, Colorado
  • The Floating Hospital, New York
  • EXCELth Primary Health Care, Louisiana
  • Good News Care Center, Florida
  • Open Arms Health Clinic, Texas
  • Franklin County Community Care, Texas
  • Ibn Sina Foundation, Texas
  • Pancare of Florida, Inc. Malone, Florida


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 17K shipments to 2,141 healthcare providers in 53 U.S. states and territories and 88 countries.

These shipments contained 502.8 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.5 billion (wholesale), totaling 10.7 million lbs.

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