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Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 388 shipments of requested medical aid to 42 U.S. states and territories and nine countries worldwide.
The shipments contained 14.9 million defined daily doses of medication and supplies, including children’s vitamins, diabetes treatments and glucose monitoring supplies, vaccines, nutritional supplements, anti-inflammatories, and more.
Supporting Mobile Clinics In Nepal, Post-Earthquake
This past November, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck western Nepal, killing 153 people and injuring hundreds more. In this remote area of the country, patients face difficulties accessing medical care even in ordinary circumstances and are particularly medically vulnerable in emergency situations.
Mountain Heart Nepal, a Nepali non-profit that specializes in providing emergency medical care, quickly moved into action. With grant funding from Direct Relief and equipped with field medic packs provided by FedEx, their teams set up four mobile clinics, reaching over 700 patients in the highly earthquake-affected districts of West Rukum and Jajarkot.
These clinics provided immediate care for the injured but also performed general health screenings, dental care, infectious disease treatment, and supplied medication refills for the management of chronic diseases, including hypertension and diabetes.
Equipping Search and Rescue Teams in Mexico
This week, the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) received thirty field medic packs funded by FedEx and three emergency health kits, all donated by Direct Relief. The donations contain critical medical supplies that will support Mexico’s future search and rescue operations.
Increasing support for tuberculosis care in Syria
Compounding humanitarian crises of protracted civil war and catastrophic earthquakes last February have significantly weakened the overall healthcare system in northwest Syria. Earlier this year, Syria Relief and Development, a local NGO and long-time partner of Direct Relief, was working to sustain the operations of the tuberculosis treatment center in the Azaz region.
As the sole operational TB facility within an area housing over one million people, this treatment center plays a vital role in preventing the spread of tuberculosis while also alleviating the suffering and reducing deaths associated with the disease.
To help address this pressing healthcare need, Direct Relief provided grant funding to help sustain the operations of the center. In total, 456 patients were helped with services, including TB investigations and the provision of TB treatment drugs.
Over the last week, Direct Relief shipped 13.1 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.
Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:
Direct Relief delivered 369 shipments containing over seven tons of medications during the past seven days to organizations, including the following:
Division de Preparacion y Coordinacion de Respuesta de Salud Publica-Bioseguriad, Puerto Rico
Health Services Inc., Alabama
Betances Health, New York
St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy Madison, Wisconsin
Clinica Esperanza/ Hope Clinic, Rhode Island
Faith Family Medical Clinic, Tennessee
Open Arms Health Clinic, Texas
PanCare of Florida, Inc. Malone, Florida
Community Care Clinic of Rowan County, North Carolina
The Naloxone Project, Colorado
YEAR TO DATE
Since January 1, 2024, Direct Relief has delivered 655 shipments to 452 partner organizations in 47 U.S. states and territories and 12 countries.
These shipments contained 11.2M defined daily doses of medication totaling 142,966 lbs.