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Shipments Depart as Winter Weather Batters U.S.

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 01/12/2024 - 01/19/2024


Operational Update

This week, 12 pallets of requested medical aid — including pain medications, diabetes treatment supplies, and vitamins — departed for U.S. health clinics. These donations will help ensure continued care amid weather disruptions across the country. (Brianna Newport/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 377 shipments of requested medical aid to 45 U.S. states and territories and 13 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 3.2 million defined daily doses of medication and supplies, including insulin, surgical supplies, nutritional supplements, and more.

Medical Aid Supports U.S. Health Clinics

In response to recent severe storms, this week 12 pallets of requested medical aid departed Direct Relief’s warehouse in Santa Barbara, California, for U.S. health clinics across the country.

12 pallets of requested pain medications, diabetes supplies, vitamins and other medications and medical supplies depart for U.S. health clinics on January 16, 2023. (Brianna Newport/Direct Relief)

The medical aid includes pain medications, diabetes treatment supplies, and vitamins, which are essential for providing continued care to patients. These donations will help ensure continued care amid weather disruptions across the country.

Equipping Search and Rescue Teams in Puerto Rico

This week, Direct Relief donated 24 field medic packs to the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Bureau and Disaster Administration’s (NMEAD) specialized rescue units, as well as Puerto Rico’s Urban Search and Rescue Medical Team.

Other attendees included the search and rescue coordinators’ unit composed of doctors, nurses and paramedics who are charged with managing and executing rescue operations, ensuring efficiency across the search and the safety of the teams.

Direct Relief’s field medic packs contain supplies and equipment to meet a variety of prevalent disaster-related medical issues, including infection control, diagnostics, trauma care, and personal protective equipment.

Respiratory Medications Reach Newborns in Lebanon

A shipment of lifesaving medications for premature infants recently arrived in Lebanon, and will support hospital care in NICU settings. The requested respiratory medications, donated by Direct Relief, are otherwise unavailable in Lebanon due to medication stock-outs from the country’s economic crisis.

The medications were delivered to Lebanon in coordination with NGO Anera, and are being used to improve lung capacity for babies requiring breathing support.



Over the last week, Direct Relief shipped 1.8 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Jordan
  • Mongolia
  • Bangladesh
  • Liberia
  • Djibouti
  • Jamaica
  • Sudan
  • Bahamas
  • Nepal
  • India


Direct Relief delivered 354 shipments containing over seven tons of medications during the past seven days to organizations, including the following:

  • Welvista, South Carolina
  • NC MedAssist, North Carolina
  • St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, Texas
  • CommunityHealth, Illinois
  • UNC Health Care, North Carolina
  • Wellness Pointe, Texas
  • Greenville Free Medical Clinic, South Carolina
  • St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy Cincinnati, Ohio
  • NOVA ScriptsCentral Inc Pharmacy, Virginia
  • Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


Since January 1, 2024, Direct Relief has delivered 1,024 shipments to 606 partner organizations in 51 U.S. states and territories and 22 countries.

These shipments contained 19.2M defined daily doses of medication totaling 281,455 lbs.

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