Health has intrinsic value for every person, but it is also essential for people to learn, work, and live productive lives.
A Focus on Health
Sick people who don’t receive care can’t work; they get poor or stay poor, and people who are poor are at higher risk of getting sick.
Breaking this vicious cycle is an enormously complex endeavor, which requires changes in many areas other than health services. But under any scenario, better access to health services is essential.
Direct Relief’s medical assistance programs equip health professionals working in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of diagnosing, treating, and caring for people without regard to politics, religion, gender, race, or ability to pay.
Maternal & Child Health
Healthy Mothers are the bedrock of healthy, productive families and communities. However, women and children are disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes in developing countries and the U.S. That’s why Direct Relief’s humanitarian health efforts place particular emphasis on protecting women through the critical periods of pregnancy and childbirth: increasing access to emergency obstetric care, supporting obstetric fistula repair, and equipping midwives. Learn more about Direct Relief’s maternal and child health programs here.
Disease Prevention & Treatment
Emergency Preparedness & Response
Every day, Direct Relief prepares the most vulnerable communities worldwide for more frequent, more destructive emergencies, and Direct Relief responds fast, effectively, and efficiently when disaster strikes to make sure medical resources are where they need to be to save lives.