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Shipments Depart to Support U.S. Street Medicine, Masks for Mexico

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 12/01/2023 - 12/08/2023


Operational Update

Staff from Care Beyond the Boulevard uses the contents a Direct Relief emergency medical backpack to provide street medicine. (Photo courtesy of Care Beyond the Boulevard)
Staff from Care Beyond the Boulevard use the contents of a Direct Relief field medic pack to provide street medicine. (Photo courtesy of Care Beyond the Boulevard)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 576 shipments of requested medical aid to 50 U.S. states and territories and 10 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 15.5 million defined daily doses of medication and supplies, including prenatal vitamins, insulin, rare disease therapies, personal protective equipment, and chronic disease medications.

One of this week’s recipients was Care Beyond the Boulevard, a Kansas City-based organization dedicated to providing medical care to those living without permanent housing.

The group received donated medications and supplies, including insulin, nutritional supplements, and anti-inflammatories.

Care Beyond the Boulevard uses its green bus to provide medical services to people experiencing homelessness in Kansas City, Missouri. The organization received medical aid from Direct Relief this week. (Photo courtesy of Care Beyond the Boulevard)

Additionally, over 4.7 million N95 masks departed Direct Relief’s warehouse this week for the Ministry of Health of Baja California. They will be distributed to multiple groups and government agencies in the region.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 13.6 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • India
  • Fiji
  • Bangladesh
  • Uganda
  • Mexico
  • Somaliland
  • Malawi
  • Syria


Direct Relief delivered 532 shipments containing more than six tons of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Planned Parenthood Keystone, Pennsylvania
  • Mission Arlington Medical Clinic, Texas
  • The Neighborhood Christian Clinic, Arizona
  • Tender Care Community Clinic Inc., California
  • Open Arms Health Clinic, Texas
  • Lake County Free Clinic, Ohio
  • Clinica Esperanza/ Hope Clinic, Rhode Island
  • Medical Associates Plus, Georgia
  • Garden of Eden Health Center Corporation, Puerto Rico
  • Community Health Northwest Florida, Florida


Since January 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 20,500 shipments to 2,485 healthcare providers in 55 U.S. states and territories and 88 countries.

These shipments contained 534.2 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.9 billion (wholesale), totaling 6.1 million lbs.


Health for All: Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on its 75th Anniversary – LinkedIn

“It’s Amazing What Can Be Done Here.” Colorado Health Center Offers Community for Those in Recovery – National Association of Community Health Centers

Veterans Stand Down 2023 Helps More than 400 Military Vets – The Santa Barbara Independent

United We Bake Harnessing Power of Comfort Food to Aid Direct Relief’s Efforts in Israel and Gaza – Noozhawk

Meharry SACS Students Named Direct Relief Scholars – Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences

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