A Focus on Health

Health has intrinsic value, but it is also essential for people to learn, work, and live productive lives. Direct Relief works to equip health professionals in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of diagnosing and caring for people without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Learn More

Emergency Response

Every day, Direct Relief prepares the most vulnerable communities worldwide for more frequent, more destructive emergencies. And when disasters strike, Direct Relief responds fast, effectively, and efficiently to get medical resources where they need to be to save lives. Learn More


United States

Direct Relief operates the largest charitable medicine program in the United States.
Direct Relief-supplied medicines are distributed at a health event conducted by the group Mountain Heart Nepal.  Patients were seen by physicians inside a rural school in Seratar, a mountainous community eight hours outside of the capital city of Kathmandu. Residents in Seratar have limited access to health care. (Dan Hovey/Direct Relief)

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Community Health

Direct Relief’s longstanding approach of supporting community-based facilities providing essential health services is a key strategy throughout the world.

Issues & Solutions

Maternal Health

Direct Relief’s humanitarian health efforts place particular emphasis on protecting women through the critical periods of pregnancy and childbirth.

Active Emergencies

Designed for Disaster

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