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03 Sep 2015 description
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The road from Addis Ababa to Adama is a study in the contrasts of contemporary Africa. Leaving Addis toward the southeast, we see the gleaming concrete and steel shell of the nearly completed tram line that promises to relieve some of the congestion on the city’s clogged roads. We pass block after block of empty housing developments, which, in theory, will fill with the new transit lines.

01 Sep 2015 description
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It’s a wet and chilly Monday morning outside the Addis Ababa Regional Laboratory (AARL). The thick metal gates open wide and a motorcycle with knobby tires and a tall yellow container attached to its rear roars up to the front reception area. In large block letters the container reads, “Ethiopia Mail.” Inside the yellow container is a battered blue cooler with peeling biohazard stickers affixed to both sides. Specimens in Ethiopia move through an agreement with the postal service.

25 Aug 2015 description
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Most of the hard work in GIS has nothing to do with making maps. The heart of the matter, from a functional point of view at least, is not the pretty pictures but the quality, sourcing, content and structure of the data which feeds those images. Without quality data, there can be no quality GIS.

20 Aug 2015 description
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It’s Tuesday afternoon during Ethiopia’s rainy season. I’m standing before a pull-down screen filled with digital maps in a humid conference hall on the third floor of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) building inside the compound of the Ethiopian national reference laboratory. It’s difficult to make myself heard above the downpour beating on the sheet metal roof. There’s a persistent drip to my left that makes the floor slick.

20 Dec 2006 description
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Direct Relief's shipment of critically needed medical supplies to Kenya's flooding zones arrived today in Rabuor, Kenya, home of in-country partner the OGRA Foundation.

The shipment contained $201,761 (wholesale) worth of essential antibiotics, analgesics, and other drugs and supplies designed to combat infections, aid diabetics, and help medical professionals at the OGRA Foundation's two clinics in the Kisumu and Nyando Districts perform surgeries.

"The rains are still horrendous here and these medicines will help us a great deal.

07 Dec 2006 description
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Direct Relief International is preparing emergency shipments of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals valued at nearly $1 million to three in-country partners in response to the recent flooding in Ethiopia , Kenya , and Somalia . The flooding in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 150 people and continues to affect over 1.8 million others.

The flooding has exacerbated an already serious humanitarian situation caused by civil strife and severe poverty. Stagnant floodwaters have increased the prevalence of water-borne and insect-transmitted diseases in the affected countries.

30 Nov 2006 description
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Recipient: Free Methodist World Mission Health Center
Shipment: 5465
Shipment Date: 11/22/2006

30 Sep 2006 description
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Recipient: Free Methodist World Mission Health Center
Shipment: 5231
Shipment Date: 9/19/200

31 Aug 2006 description
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Recipient: Adoption Advocates International
Shipment Number: 5364
Shipment Date: 8/18/2006

31 Jan 2006 description
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Recipient: Free Methodist World Mission Health Center
Shipment Number: 4585
Shipment Date: 1/19/2006
Value: $124,900

30 Jun 2005 description
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Recipient: Free Methodist World Mission Health Center
Shipment Number: 4090
Shipment Date: 6/9/2005

31 Oct 2004 description
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Recipient: Al Shaday Children's Village
Shipment Number: 4009
Shipment Date: 10/22/2004

31 Oct 2003 description
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Recipient: Free Methodist World Mission Health Center
Shipment Number: 3509
Shipment Date: 10/9/2003
Value: $216,004

29 Oct 2003 description
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Free Methodist World Mission Health Center