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Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 416 shipments of requested medical aid to 42 U.S. states and territories and 12 countries worldwide.
The shipments contained 10.8 million defined daily doses of medication, including first aid kits, vitamins, PPE, antibiotics, and more.
Emergency Medicines Dispatched to Baja Ahead of Hurricane Hilary
Hurricane Hilary, expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm in Baja over the weekend, has communities bracing for impact. In advance of the storm, Direct Relief has been in communication with state and local organizations in Mexico about potential medical needs. Recently, Direct Relief provided 18 emergency medical backpacks to the State of Baja to equip first responders, and the packs contain medical essentials for triage care outside of clinic walls. The packs, provided with support from FedEx, were requested as the region endures seasonal wildfires and is frequently affected by hurricanes like Hilary.
On Friday, Direct Relief dispatched another infusion of medical support to Baja, including 10 emergency medical backpacks and an emergency health kit, which contains essential medicines and supplies often requested after hurricanes and other disasters. The shipment is en route to Fundacion Astra in Baja California Sur, a nonprofit that delivers acute and preventive health services to vulnerable populations, including children, at-risk youth, mothers, the injured, the chronically ill and the elderly. Direct Relief is also sending an emergency health kit to the Tijuana Civil Protection Agency in coordination with the State of Baja California.
Direct Relief was incorporated in Mexico as a Civil Association in 2014 and has been an authorized donee since 2015. As the only humanitarian wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals operating in Mexico that is fully compliant with COFEPRIS regulations, it can receive in-country and process internationally donated goods and is positioned to respond to both immediate public health requirements and long-term healthcare service needs in underserved communities.
In the United States, many areas of California are under flood watches and warnings due to Hilary’s projected path. Direct Relief has opened communications with the California Primary Association, the California Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Healthcare Partners of Southern California, the Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County to coordinate any medical needs that become known.
The organization will continue responding to medical needs from Hurricane Hilary as they become known.
Response to Fires in Hawai‘i Underway
On Thursday, shipments departed for groups in Maui, including Project Vision Hawaii, a nonprofit that operates 10 mobile health screening units across Hawai’i. A wildfire response kit, with medical essentials including chronic disease management medications, respiratory therapies, and other essentials, departed for the group, as well as N-95 masks.
N-95 masks and goggles also departed for Maui Emergency Management. Imua Family Services, an organization providing emergency childcare and therapy services for those impacted by the fires, also will receive 500 N-95 respirator masks from Thursday’s shipments.Portable refrigeration units for temperature-sensitive medications were also shipped out to Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai’i.
To date, Direct Relief has sent over 2,500 lbs. of specifically requested medicines and supplies to address health concerns that commonly arise during fires and mass evacuations. In addition to the groups supported Thursday, these shipments support the relief efforts of Malama I Ke Ola Health Center (Community Clinic of Maui), Maui Search and Rescue, and Hawai’i Island Community Health Center.
Direct Relief has also disbursed $200,000 in direct cash assistance in the form of $50,000 emergency operating grants each to Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, Malama I Ke Ola Health Center (Community Clinic of Maui), Maui Search and Rescue, and Hui No Ke Ola Pono (Native Hawai’ian Health Center.)
This week, Direct Relief shipped 7.1 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.
Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:
Direct Relief delivered 388 shipments containing more than 9,067 pounds of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:
Welvista, South Carolina
NC MedAssist, North Carolina
Open Door Health Center, Florida
Center for Family Health and Education, California
St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, Texas
Tarzana Treatment Center, California
Greenville Free Medical Clinic, South Carolina
UNC Health Care, North Carolina
Mayflower Clinic, Kansas
Since Jan. 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 12,800 shipments to 2,100 healthcare providers in 55 U.S. states and territories and 79 countries.
These shipments contained 352 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.3 billion (wholesale), totaling 4.2 million lbs.
in the news
Maui Fire Survivors are Battling Shock, Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress—Many Without Medication or Mental Health Care – Associated Press: “Global medical aid organization Direct Relief has been working with groups like Lucio’s to distribute medication to people who fled without their antidepressants and antipsychotic prescriptions, said its director of pharmacy and clinical affairs, Alycia Clark. In a natural disaster, people often leave their medication behind during sudden evacuations. Downed cellphone towers and power outages can prevent them from contacting their doctors, and damage to health care clinics and a lack of transportation can all combine to complicate medical access, she said.”
How People Can Help Maui Wildfire Victims – Noozhawk: “Direct Relief, which is headquartered in Goleta, has been sending medical aid and financial assistance to Maui since the fires began. The nonprofit organization focuses on helping community health centers by supplying medicine and aid so medical professionals can better treat their patients. For people who want to help Maui residents with monetary donations, Chris Alleway, Emergency Response Manager for Direct Relief, suggests that everyone research organizations they trust when deciding to donate financially to help Maui wildfire victims.”
Home Improvement Center Launches Matching Donation Drive to Help Victims of the Maui Fires – KEYT: “The ACE Home Improvement Center in Santa Barbara is collaborating with Direct Relief to help the victims of the Maui fires. Beginning today the Home Improvement Center will take customer donations directly or take a donation in the form of rounding up a transaction to the next whole dollar. Owner Gary Simpson says the goal is to match the donations and raise $10,000 in the next week. That money will go to the non-profit Direct Relief to help with badly needed medical supplies in Lahaina. Many shipments have already arrived.”