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Disaster Relief Efforts Continue in Mexico and Morocco

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 12/15/2023 - 12/22/2023


Operational Update

On December 14th, Sanofi insulin products donated by Direct Relief was delivered to the Federacion Mexicana de Diabetes at Hospital Naval in Acapulco, Mexico, to help fill the need for this medication after the destruction of many cold chain products (including insulin) in Hurricane Otis. (Photos Courtesy of Federacion Mexicana de Diabetes)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 542 shipments of requested medical aid to 45 U.S. states and territories and 16 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 10.3 million defined daily doses of medication and supplies, including insulin, vaccines, emergency hygiene kits, and personal care products.

Hurricane Otis response continues

Cold chain products donated by Direct Relief arrive at Hospital Naval in Acapulco, Mexico (Photos Courtesy of Federacion Mexicana de Diabetes)
Cold chain products donated by Direct Relief arrive at Hospital Naval in Acapulco, Mexico (Photos Courtesy of Federacion Mexicana de Diabetes).

In response to Hurricane Otis, shipments of Sanofi insulin and hexavalent vaccine products donated by Direct Relief were delivered to impacted regions in Mexico. The shipment of vaccines was received by the Guerrero Ministry of Health at Hospital Raymundo Abarca Alarcón in Chilpancingo. The donated shipment of insulin was received by Federación Mexicana de Diabetes at Hospital Naval in Acapulco.

midwives address health needs in morocco

Since the devastating magnitude 6.8 earthquake that shook Morocco in September, AMSF (L’Asociation Marocaine de Sages femmes or the Moroccan Midwives Association) has been hard at work providing healthcare to women in the localities affected by the quake.

With grant funding from Direct Relief, the non-profit has launched a health caravan, essentially a clinic on wheels, that is providing sexual and reproductive health care and psychological support. Their team is also now able to undertake a preparedness and recovery training in reproductive health via a distance learning module provided by the Women’s Refugee Commission.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 9.2 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Lebanon
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Uganda
  • Liberia
  • Comoros
  • Burkina Faso
  • Mali
  • Ecuador
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Ukraine
  • Togo
  • Djibouti
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ethiopia


Direct Relief delivered 503 shipments containing over 10 tons of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Palmetto Health Council, Inc., Georgia
  • Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, Texas
  • St. Vincent’s Hope Clinic, Texas
  • Wellness Pointe, Texas
  • CommunityHealth, Illinois
  • Lifecycles Health Services, Inc., New Jersey
  • First Baptist Medical/Dental Clinic, Mississippi
  • Light of the World Clinic, Florida
  • Clinica Msr. Oscar A Romero, California
  • Findley Foundation Inc, Wisconsin


Since January 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 21,600 shipments to 2,568 healthcare providers in 55 U.S. states and territories and 88 countries.

These shipments contained 549.2 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $2 billion (wholesale), totaling 6.2 million lbs.


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