In The News

See below for selected news coverage of Direct Relief’s activities throughout the world.

A Buy One, Give One Program For Mosquito Traps That Cheaply Fight Zika

As Brazil gets ready for half a million Olympic tourists, the government recently decided to start spraying pesticides from planes to kill Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. Workers in hazmat suits are also walking through the streets blowing chemicals in the air.

Run for a cause: Vintners 5 Miler benefits Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation

You don’t have to be in the wine industry to participate in this weekend’s charity run/walk, but you will get to experience some of the most scenic vineyard property and views in the area. Now in its second year, the Vintners 5 Miler raises funds for the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, the charitable arm of the Santa Barbara Vintners association.


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Thomas Tighe, President & CEO, Direct Relief

Thomas Tighe has served as President and CEO of Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian medical organization, since October 2000. From 1995 to 2000, Tighe served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps, overseeing day-to-day operations of the agency’s worldwide programs and a resurgent growth of the agency to a 27-year high.

Bungie Day 2016: 25th Anniversary Celebration Unlocks Limited Edition ‘Destiny’ Emblem

On July 7 of every year, Bungie Day is typically a fan-led celebration of all things Bungie. In 2016, however, Bungie Day celebrates the developer’s 25 years of creating games like Destiny, Halo, Oni, Myth, and Marathon. In commemoration, Bungie has a special treat for Destiny fans in the form of an exclusive Emblem called 7-7 Ad Infinitum.

As field data gets fresher, it drives real-time decision making

The nature of field data gathering has changed, as mobile devices and notepad computers find wider circulation. Surveys that once went through arduous roll-up processes are now gathered and digitized quickly. Now, a new stage of innovation is underway, as back-end systems enable users to employ field data for near-real-time decision making.

Volunteers aid flood victims in Elkview, Clendenin

Scott Manhart knelt in the bed of his work truck, arranging supplies – buckets, jugs of bleach, a hose – while next to him, Pastor Danny Kinder wiped flecks of dirt from his glasses. “As you can see, it’s muddy,” Kinder said. “It’s never been this bad.

CVS Pharmacy opens mobile pharmacy unit to serve W.V. flood victims

CVS Pharmacy announced Wednesday that the company has opened a mobile pharmacy in Elkview, West Virgina, in response to the flooding that devastated the area in late June. The mobile pharmacy will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 am. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cera Products Inc – Congratulations Direct Relief for earning the prestigious Charity Navi

Congratulations Direct Relief for earning the prestigious Charity Navigator’s “Perfect 100” Rating!! Cerasport and CeraLyte have been proud supporters of Direct Relief over the years, most recently donating 4400 liters worth of CeraLyte 70 ORS! Direct Relief has earned a perfect score of 100 under Charity Navigator’s new rating system, CN 2.1.

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The Nepal Earthquake: One Year Later

Carmen Smyth/Special to the Independent Workers lay brick foundation for the Mahadevesi Birthing Center, destroyed in last April’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Nepali People, Two Nonprofits Take Rebuilding Into Their Own Hands Saturday, June 25, 2016 I woke up on April 6, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Esri User Conference 2016: How data-gathering can help humanitarian causes

Andrew Schroeder had more than a lot on his plate this week at the Esri User Conference in San Diego. “I’m not even sure it’s a plate anymore,” he said. “I have my own buffet!” Schroeder is director of research and analysis at Direct Relief International.

Direct Relief Mission 2016: a luggage full of dreams and hopes!

Hello everyone! Now it’s official: it’s missing less than a week (only five days)…and finally I’m going to live the experience that I have ever dreamed in my life! Yeah!! :)) I am getting to start my PULSE adventure in Direct Relief and my mind is full of expectations!

At Zeldathon, The Charity Race Meets The Game Controller

As high school students, Matthew Moffit and a few friends loved playing video games. They also wanted to raise money for a charity that distributed toys and games to children’s hospitals. So instead of participating in the usual charity race, they designed a virtual marathon in 2009; people could pledge toward them beating several installments of the classic Nintendo video game franchise Legend of Zelda in one 36-hour session.

Data Driven Possibilities On a Human Scale

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Caps Off to Game Design Academy Graduates

SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — will today host the second annual Game Design Academy Demo Day and Graduation at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters.

Direct Relief Women Celebrates Mother’s Day by Supporting Safe Births Worldwide

By Rochelle Rose, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkSociety | | Published on 05.08.2016 10:00 p.m. [Click here for a related Noozhawk photo gallery.] Direct Relief Women, a Santa Barbara-based, 100-member volunteer group, held its sixth annual Mother’s Day Celebration on Saturday to raise funds to support safe births worldwide by equipping midwives with lifesaving medical supplies.

Ontario Airport to Ecuador: Medical supplies shipped to earthquake-torn country

About 47 tons of medical aid supplies were packed onto a chartered plane at LA/Ontario International Airport early Friday morning, headed to earthquake-torn Ecuador. A 7.8 temblor devastated that country April 16, killing hundreds and injuring nearly 17,000. Humanitarian aid nonprofit Direct Relief coordinated the 168 pallets of medical resources sent Friday.

Sewing Sanitary Kits for Women in Need

Direct Relief International Direct Relief’s Julie Aguiniga and Her Mom Change Lives with Female-Hygiene Kits Thursday, April 28, 2016 It would seem that Direct Relief administrative controller Julie Aguiniga has enough on her plate without also sewing reusable sanitary kits for girls and women lacking access to feminine-hygiene products.

Direct Relief Packs Supplies For Ecuador

The medical aid nonprofit, Direct Relief packed up 44 tons of of medical aid on Wednesday.

Baxter-Supported Community Partnership in India Launches Mobile Health Application to Expand Healthcare for Women and Children

DEERFIELD, Ill.–()–Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) and the Baxter International Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, continued to advance access to healthcare through a recent collaboration with World Vision India to develop a mobile health application.

Zika Puts County on Alert

Paul Wellman Dr. Melissa Drake Thursday, April 7, 2016 Although no cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Santa Barbara County yet, public health officials are on alert given the high frequency of travel between California and Mexico, and the rest of Central America.

Santa Barbara’s Vintners’ Foundation Raises Over $1 Million for Direct Relief

By Gail Arnold, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkSociety | Published on 03.26.2016 2:30 p.m. [Click here for a related Noozhawk photo gallery.] Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta was overflowing with Santa Barbara County winemakers, winery owners and other supporters of Direct Relief during the recent Ninth Santa Barbara Wine Auction, a biennial event put on by the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation.

Soroti Hospital receives fistula treatment kits

The module is expected to help at least a total of 200 fistula patient across the Teso sub-region The Association for Rehabilitation and Re-Orientation of Women for Development (TERREWODE) east-north office Soroti, has donated a fistula repair module to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital.

Beyond Brand Alignment: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself In Creating Meaningful Social Impact Campaigns

If you’re working to infuse your brand and content marketing with purpose in an attempt to move the needle on an important social issue, one of the first pieces of counsel you’ll receive is to ensure there’s brand alignment. For most marketers, this conjures images of very direct lines drawn between […]

Viola Davis on equal pay: Women of color are battling twice as hard

Viola Davis wants to put her spotlight on something else. The Oscar-nominated actress is teaming up with Vaseline for the Healing Project, a partnership with Direct Relief that aims to supply dermatological care and medical supplies to people living in poverty or crisis areas.

Planning a Caribbean vacation? Stock up on bug spray now

Zika virus has insect repellent in short supply. The Zika virus has spread in recent months throughout central and South America and the Caribbean, sparking concerns among residents, travelers and the medical community. Travelers to the affected regions have understandably been concerned about coming in contact with the virus.

Direct Relief Speeds Syrian Refugee Medical Outreach with Esri App, Nominated for Global Mobile Award | Business Wire

International humanitarian organization Direct Relief and Esri, the world leader in GIS technology, are in the running to win a GSMA Global Mobile (Gl

Ending Fistula, a Debilitating Childbirth Injury

Dr. Mulu Muleta, fistula surgeon and head of program at Gondar University Hospital’s fistula treatment center in Gondar, Ethiopia with Agegnehu Adudna, a fistula patient who suffered from fistula for 20 years before getting it surgically repaired at the hospital Johnson & Johnson has been a pioneer in investing in partners and programs that reduce the suffering and stigma of obstetric fistula.

Zika virus: Ways you can help

The virus has been connected to microcephaly, a neurological disorder causing an abnormally small head, sometimes leading to death. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika or medicine for treatment.

Saving more lives with business on board

When a Concern Worldwide emergency response worker bumped into Jim Fraser of Flexiway Solar Solutions in 2011 and shared her vision of an ideal emergency light, Jim got to work on a prototype.

BBH Helps Vaseline ‘Heal’ The World

More than 50% of health-care clinics around the world say they don’t have enough medical supplies to properly treat their patients’ skin conditions. Over 80% of their patients are suffering from these problems. Now Unilever’s Vaseline brand and its agency BBH New York are expanding the Vaseline Healing Project to raise awareness about the need for more medical supplies and to let people know Vaseline does more than just treat dry lips and cuts.

The 7 Best “Sponsor A Child” Charities to Help a World in Need

It’s an unfortunate truth that many charities use donations irresponsibly – spending huge amounts of money on fundraising and CEO salaries instead of actually helping those in need. Having a desire to help others is an amazing thing, but you want to make sure that the money you give is actually doing some good in…

Ministry of Health receives US$2m worth of pharmaceuticals – News

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Health on Friday received a donation of pharmaceuticals valued at US$2 million from the Issa Trust Foundation and Direct Relief. The items, which will be distributed across public health facilities islandwide, were officially handed over at a ceremony held at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Vaseline’s “Healing Project” Brings Relief to Refugees | Justmeans

Bandow and Jaber published their findings in a Washington Post article, and Vaseline took notice. It signed on the two dermatologists as advisors to ” The Healing Project,” a partnership with nonprofit Direct Relief to provide “petroleum jellies and lotions to people displaced by natural disasters or humanitarian crises.”

Crossing the Rubicon for disaster response

When Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty led a medical team into Port-au-Prince, Haiti six years ago, the post-earthquake challenges brought back memories of other deployments – in Iraq and Afghanistan. They returned home from Haiti to set up Team Rubicon with two goals: improving overseas disaster response and finding new ways to bring military veterans into humanitarian operations.

Bitcoin Gives Back: The Biggest Charity Drives of 2015

Given that bitcoin and the blockchain are still misunderstood in the eyes of the public, industry proponents have long sought to showcase how the digital currency’s attributes can be used to the advantage of global relief and philanthropy efforts.

Vaseline Turns Missionary With The Healing Project

Vaseline has launched charitable initiative The Healing Project to help people in need of dermatological care across the world. The Unilever-owned skincare brand is partnering with Direct Relief, an international medical aid organization, to provide dermatological care, medical supplies, products and health worker training to help heal the skin of five million people living in the wake of crisis and disaster in the U.S.


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A Guide To Giving

Image: In times of conflict and sudden crises, charitable giving becomes central to disaster relief and resource allocation. From medical aid, to infrastructure, to covering building, relocation, and educational costs, there is no doubt that charitable organisations empower every day people to create a better tomorrow for victims of circumstance worldwide.

The incredibly simple household item Syrian refugees need – and the campaign to get it to them

When two American dermatologists volunteered to provide medical assistance in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan in 2014, they didn’t anticipate one basic, recurring need. What the refugees really needed from them didn’t even have to be administered by a professional doctor.

How Vaseline Can Help Syrian Refugees

Almost two years ago, when many people in the U.S. were still blindly unaware of what was really happening in Syria, two dermatologists, Grace Bandow, MD, and Samer Jaber, MD, went on a medical mission to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.

How To Help Tornado Victims In Texas, Mississippi, & Across The Mid-South Recover & Rebuild

Tornadoes, storms, and flooding have been hitting the South and Midwest throughout the second half of this week. Storms and a tornado turned deadly in north Texas the day after Christmas, killing at least 11 people in the Dallas area and destroying homes, churches, and businesses. A tornado was