Work

Humanitarian Relief

Direct Relief works to equip health professionals in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of diagnosing and caring for people in need.
Direct Relief's Gordon Willcock meets with a doctor in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit the islands as a Category 5 hurricane in August.

Disaster Relief

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

Places

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)

Issues & Solutions

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.

Global Aid Map

Track Direct Relief's activities throughout the world.
Global Aid Map

U.S. Aid Map

View Direct Relief's activity in the U.S.
U.S. Aid Map

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.

Active Emergencies

Disease Outbreaks

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Direct Relief is equipping health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, the U.S. and around the world with protective gear and critical resources.

Wildfires

Fire Relief

Direct Relief is responding after a series of major fires erupted around the world, including in Australia, the Amazon and throughout the U.S.

Designed for Disaster

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