News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

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  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
  • If new content is added to the original story — for example, a comment from a local official — a note with language to the effect of the following must be included: "Additional reporting by [reporter and organization]."
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Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
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Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

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  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

Global Fistula Hub


Map displays data submitted by health facilities that provide obstetric fistula repair.

Direct Relief, in combination with Fistula Foundation and UNFPA, created the Global Fistula Map, the largest and most comprehensive map of available services provided to women living with obstetric fistula.

The map was launched on the first ever “International Day to End Obstetric Fistula” in 2012 to assess and communicate the need for fistula repair worldwide. The map addressed knowledge gaps in service availability and provision by displaying precise locations of surgical facilities and numbers of surgeries conducted, capacity information detailing the frequency of services provided, and other relevant facility information. Data for understanding the fistula repair landscape is collected via self-reported surveys from fistula repair facilities and surgeons, and through generous collaborations with Fistula Foundation, FIGO, and Fistula Care Plus, among other groups.

The annual fistula repair survey is shared in English and French and is sent to over 200 fistula repair facilities in over 45 countries. In 2020, Direct Relief built upon its efforts to map the landscape, known need, and availability of fistula repair services around the world by launching a multifaceted and interactive Global Fistula Knowledge Hub.

The enhanced resource provides additional support to direct providers of fistula care in the following ways:

  • Enhance the understanding of a given region’s fistula treatment capacity
  • Better target scarce resources
  • Identify gaps in available services
  • Build community among stakeholders

The annual Global Fistula Repair Survey and its results are now shared through the Global Fistula Hub, and Direct Relief is privileged to support the fistula repair community with this online resource.

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Ukraine Humanitarian Relief

Direct Relief is working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other partners in the region to provide requested medical aid to people caught in the crossfire and fleeing the crisis.