Strengthening Fragile Health Systems

Global Aid Distribution Map
With your participation, Direct Relief supports thousands of healthcare providers working to improve the health and lives of people around the world. See where this aid goes on our Global Aid Distribution Map.

Direct Relief focuses on providing resources to strengthen fragile health systems and enabling health workers to address the tremendous needs of resource-poor communities. The effect is that healthcare providers can care for people who are sick or hurt, but simply cannot afford the treatment or care they need. By providing essential medicines, supplies, and other essential resources, Direct Relief and its partners around the world are giving men, women, and children in vulnerable situations the chance to receive healthcare and live healthy lives.

In the past five years, Direct Relief has sent life-saving medicine and medical supplies to 2,600 healthcare facilities in 88 countries around the world, including the United States. This was made possible by over 100 manufacturers and healthcare companies who contributed $1.2 billion in medicine, medical supplies, and equipment that Direct Relief delivered around the world to people in need. Other generous supporters, like FedEx and Google, have donated essential technology, logistics, and communications products and services to help Direct Relief work quickly and efficiently.

  • Healthcare providers treating the medically under-served often do not have the resources to meet the enormous needs of the population. With Direct Relief’s material support, these organizations and their staff are able to shift limited time and resources away from procuring medicine and supplies, and towards providing expanded and improved services.
  • Partners on the ground gain access to resources which are sometimes absolutely unavailable to the region or prohibitively priced to receive.
  • Direct Relief connects partners in the field with donors to create and maintain specialized, highly impactful programs to address specific health issues.
  • The people served by non-profit facilities are most vulnerable to disasters and have the least ability to recover. Emergencies can also create new poverty and put enormous strain on existing infrastructure. By supporting nonprofit healthcare organizations on an ongoing basis, Direct Relief is also creating a network for preparing for and responding to disasters.
  • All resources provided by Direct Relief are distributed by partners without regard to politics, religion, gender, race, or ability to pay.