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Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 491 shipments of requested medical aid to 45 U.S. states and territories and 14 countries worldwide.
The shipments contained 11.9 million defined daily doses of medication, including Covid-19 vaccines, portable refrigeration units, rare disease therapies, prenatal vitamins, field medic packs, chronic disease medications, PPE, and more.
Hurricane Otis Response IN Mexico
In response to this week’s devastating hurricane that made landfall in Mexico, Direct Relief committed an initial $200,000 to support emergency response efforts in the region.
Hurricane Otis, a Category 5 storm, slammed Mexico’s Pacific Coast with winds of up to 165 miles per hour, and at least 27 people were killed as a result of the storm. Medical infrastructure is damaged in the Acapulco area, and power outages are widespread.
Direct Relief is in communication with its local partner network, including the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, or IMSS, one of the largest healthcare providers in the country, and has shared a list of available medications. The organization will be responding to needs as they become known and had also delivered shipments of emergency medicines to the area the week before the storm.
This weekend, over a dozen providers, nonprofits, associations and the Hawai’i Department of Health will host a community health fair, which will prioritize Lahaina residents and evacuees who lost their homes to the wildfires and now reside within the resorts in the area.
Direct Relief is supporting the health fair with donated vaccines, including protection against Covid-19, influenza, RSV, and pneumococcal infections such as pneumonia. Supplies and equipment are also being provided, including needles and syringes, gloves, alcohol swabs, diluent, portable refrigerators, ultra-low temperatures freezers and temperature monitoring devices for vaccine storage.
Grassroots Organizations in India Address Climate, Health
Direct Relief staff recently traveled to Ahmedabad, Gujarat state in India to meet with the Self-Employed Women’s Association, known as SEWA, and the All-India Disaster Mitigation Institute, or AIDMI.
SEWA consists of roughly 2.5 million female members that range in occupation from domestic workers to street vendors, construction workers, salt-pan workers, small farmers, and operates across 18 states in India, as well as in several other countries in South Asia including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.
Their operational focus builds from social movement-based women’s empowerment up through wage and workplace safety negotiations to generalized micro-financial services, savings programs, insurance programs, and increasingly through Direct Relief’s assistance, health care programs. AIDMI is a close ally and collaborator with SEWA, and a leading research institute in India on disaster mitigation and risk reduction, with a special focus on climate and health.
Direct Relief is supporting each organization with grants aimed at strengthening approaches around climate change adaptation, disaster mitigation and response, and health data, stemming from funds raised during the Delta wave Covid outbreak in India. Prior to these current grants, Direct Relief also supported SEWA extensively during the pandemic with supplies of PPE and cash resources for Covid-response programs.
This week, Direct Relief shipped 10.5 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.
Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:
Papua New Guinea
Direct Relief delivered 470 shipments containing more than 10 tons of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:
Kaiser Permanente, Hawai’i
Tulakes Clinic, Oklahoma
Karis Community Health, Tennessee
Mission City Community Health, California
Community Health and Emergency Services, Illinois
Eunice Community Health Center, Louisiana
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, Hawai’i
Rapides Primary Health Care, Louisiana
The Pic Place, Colorado
Since January 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 17,700 shipments to 2,351 healthcare providers in 55 U.S. states and territories and 86 countries.
These shipments contained 454 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.7 billion (wholesale), totaling 5.5 million lbs.