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Medications Depart for 13 Countries Worldwide Over Past Week

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 11/17/2023 - 11/24/2023


Operational Update

Direct Relief staff deliver field medic packs for doctors with Mexico's Institute of Health deploying to rural areas surrounding Acapulco. Direct Relief has committed $200,000 to emergency response efforts following the catastrophic damage left by Hurricane Otis. (Photo by Felipe Luna for Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 230 shipments of requested medical aid to 41 U.S. states and territories and 13 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 15.1 million defined daily doses of medication and supplies, including prenatal vitamins, protective equipment, rare disease therapies, cancer treatments, and chronic disease medications.

Medical Support Continues for Hurricane Otis

Dr. Abel Peralta Hernández receives a donation of field medic packs from Direct Relief at Mexico’s Institute of Health on November 15. He currently directs the office in charge of emergency response to natural disasters and coordinates Mexico’s federal government-run medical campaign. The program has received volunteers from over 20 states and has conducted over 45,000 medical consultations in the past month. (Photo by Felipe Luna for Direct Relief)

Direct Relief staff were in Acapulco last week, where they delivered medical aid to health facilities in the area and groups providing mobile medical care in rural areas.

Hurricane Otis’ impacts continue to interrupt daily life in Acapulco, Mexico. The Category 5 storm caused catastrophic damage when it made landfall in October. With medical care still limited in many areas due to damaged infrastructure, Direct Relief has been supporting medical campaigns bringing care to people where they live. Direct Relief supported the Mexican government’s medical outreach in Guerrero with 30 field medic packs containing medical essentials to provide first aid and basic medical care outside of clinic walls.

Access throughout the Acapulco area is still limited, complicating efforts to deliver large volumes of donations. Damage was also confirmed at 120 hospitals and clinics. Local authorities and citizens continue to clean the streets to restore services and mobility to a city home to nearly 1 million people. Federal authorities have reported 250,000 damaged homes in the area. (Photo by Felipe Luna for Direct Relief)

Direct Relief has also continued supporting Medical Impact, an NGO conducting mobile clinics throughout Guerrero. Direct Relief has supported the group with emergency operating funds, medicines, and supplies for patient care.

Members of Medical Impact check a baby’s temperature during a mobile clinic in rural areas of Guerrero, Mexico, last week. The area was severely flooded with downed trees, structural damage and piles of mud and debris still present. Direct Relief has provided Medical Impact with medicines and supplies, as well as financial support. (Photo by Felipe Luna for Direct Relief)

Syrian Hospital Bolsters Care for Neonatal Unit

The smallest patients at Dr. Mohammad Wassim Maaz Hospital in Aleppo, Syria, recently received more support with equipment for the hospital’s NICU. Recently, Direct Relief-donated incubators arrived and are being used to care for newborns.

The hospital run by the Independent Doctors Association, an NGO which provides medical services in northwestern Syria. Direct Relief has provided the group $12.3 million worth of medical aid since 2008.

A video of the incubators being used can be found here.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 14.5 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Fiji
  • Morocco
  • India
  • Guyana
  • Pakistan
  • Zimbabwe
  • Yemen
  • Togo
  • Tanzania


Direct Relief delivered 196 shipments containing more than six tons of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Greater Killeen Free Clinic, Texas
  • Sierra Health Center – Fullerton, California
  • Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Northern Mariana Islands
  • Genesis Health Services, Inc., Florida
  • Center for Family Health & Education Headquarters, California
  • Payson Christian Clinic, Arizona
  • Samaritans Touch Care Center, Inc., Florida
  • PanCare of Florida, Inc. Malone, Florida
  • Pocatello Free Clinic, Idaho
  • MQVN Community Development Corp dba NOELA Community Health Center, Louisiana


Since January 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 19,500 shipments to 2,423 healthcare providers in 55 U.S. states and territories and 87 countries.

These shipments contained 507.2 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.9 billion (wholesale), totaling 5.9 million lbs.

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