Direct Relief works to equip health professionals in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of diagnosing and caring for people in need.
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
In the U.S. and Globally
Direct Relief operates the largest charitable medicine program in the United States.
Direct Relief’s longstanding approach of supporting community-based facilities providing essential health services is a key strategy throughout the world.
Direct Relief’s humanitarian health efforts place particular emphasis on protecting women through the critical periods of pregnancy and childbirth.
Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief relies entirely on private contributions to advance its mission and perform a wide range of functions.
Included among them are identifying key local providers of health services; working to identify the unmet needs of people in the low-resource areas; mobilizing essential medicines, supplies, and equipment that are requested and appropriate for the circumstances; and managing the many details inherent in storing, transporting, and distributing such resources to organizations in the most efficient manner possible.