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Operational Update: Critical Aid Continues to Arrive in Turkey, Missouri Tornado Response

Charter flight brings 80 tons of medical aid to Turkey, emergency shipments depart after U.S. storms, and more.



Medical aid arrives in Adana, Turkey, last week as part of the ongoing effort to strengthen the health system, post-earthquake. (Courtesy photo)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 493 shipments of requested medical aid to 47 U.S. states and territories and eight countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 8.8 million defined daily doses of medication, including antibiotics, nutritionals, trauma care supplies, and more.

Turkey-Syria Earthquake Response

This week, 80 tons of requested medical aid arrived in Turkey via Direct Relief chartered FedEx MD-11 cargo aircraft. The emergency supplies and medications were received by The Ministry of Health of Turkey, which will distribute the supplies to medical facilities located in the most heavily impacted provinces of Hatay, Adiyaman, Kahramanmaras, Malatya, and Gaziantep.

With this latest infusion of support to the recovering region, Direct Relief has provided more than 215 tons of medical aid to Turkey in response to the earthquakes, from emergency medic packs — which contain items to address trauma, including tourniquets and wound dressings — to diabetes and cancer medications.

Read more about this shipment here.

Local groups have begun distributing the requested medical supplies to healthcare clinics and hospitals throughout the country.

Shipments of medical aid from Direct Relief arrived in Adana, Turkey, on April 5, 2023, in support of earthquake response efforts. (Courtesy photo)

Missouri Tornado Response

On Wednesday, April 5, an early morning tornado caused widespread damage in Bollinger County, Missouri. Five people have been reported dead, with multiple additional roadway injuries reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

In response, Direct Relief contacted the Missouri Primary Care Association, the Missouri Association of Free Clinics, and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to extend support and assistance. Direct Relief also sent an alert message to all health center and clinic partners in Missouri to offer available inventory.

So far, Direct Relief has shipped 150 Emergency Family Hygiene Kits, water purification tablets, and additional nutritional products to Samaritan Regional Health Clinic located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The organization is assessing further needs and will respond as requested.

Material aid for Ukraine

This coming week, Direct Relief will be sponsoring a conference of rehabilitation groups in Lviv, Ukraine, in coordination with the Ukrainian organization, Unbroken. The forum will bring together Ukrainian rehabilitation specialists with an emphasis in technology and innovation.

Since Feb. 24, 2022, Direct Relief has provided medical aid to Ukraine weighing more than 2.6 million pounds, or 1,300 tons, with more on the way.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 9.5 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Fiji
  • Lebanon
  • India
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Peru
  • Turkey
  • Mexico


Direct Relief delivered 389 shipments containing over five tons of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, Inc., Mississippi
  • Community Care Center, North Carolina
  • Bethesda Health Clinic, Texas
  • A+ Counseling Center and A+ Health Center, Maryland
  • Free Clinic of Meridian, Inc., Mississippi
  • Health Brigade, Virginia
  • Washington State Department of Health, Washington
  • Whatley Health Services, Inc., Alabama
  • CCI – Takoma Park, Maryland
  • G A Carmichael FHC, Mississippi


Since Jan. 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 4,280 shipments to 1,331 healthcare providers in 53 U.S. states and territories and 52 countries.

These shipments contained 167.6 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $473 million (wholesale), totaling 2.4 million lbs.

In The News

Eighty Tons of Medical Support Arrives in Turkey via FedEx Charter Flight Yahoo! Finance: “Aid aboard the FedEx MD-11 cargo aircraft included specifically requested antibiotics, respiratory medications, anti-seizure therapies, vitamins for children and adults, personal protective equipment, hygiene items, and more.”

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