Appeals & Response Plans
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
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- Four taken ill amid cholera fears in Tharaka-Nithi County
Cholera originated in Asia, but now presents a global threat.
This acute intestinal disease is biologically caused by exposure to the vibrio cholerae bacteria, but it’s fed socially by poor water and sanitation, limited health systems, crowding and poverty. With all these conditions present in abundance across the African continent, cholera outbreaks happen most frequently there relative to all other parts of the world. This leads in many cases to high numbers of deaths, high costs to health systems and regular social disruption.
For many of us living in the western hemisphere, the past 10 weeks or so have been a blur of nonstop natural disasters. Ten Atlantic hurricanes, two major earthquakes in Mexico and one of the worst wildfire seasons in U.S. history have dominated news cycles and taken up a disproportionate share of organizational activity and donor public focus.
An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map
At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from a partner based in western Kenya, Women and Development Against Distress in Africa.
Sarah Adhiambo, a 32-year-old mother of two, is an obstetric fistula survivor from western Kenya who is able to embrace the true meaning of motherhood following her life-restoring surgery.
Noreen (pictured center), a 27-year-old woman from western Kenya, developed obstetric fistula after giving birth to her second child two years ago.
Obstetric fistula is a a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor that, if untreated, leaves women with constant and uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces. The condition can often be repaired with surgery.
As children in the U.S. return to the classrooms this month, a young woman in Kenya is also returning to school, grateful to be able to continue her studies once again after being repaired from a condition many of her peers have likely never heard about.
When Phoebe was just 15 years old, she became pregnant and suffered from a condition no woman should have to endure – obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor.
One of Direct Relief’s GlaxoSmithKline PULSE volunteers, Jane Lehnhoff, is based at our partner organization OGRA Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya where she is supporting our work to expand obstetric fistula treatment to women in the region. A registered nurse, Jane has been able to assist with fistula surgery while there and is also organizing a support group for the women after they receive fistula repair. Below, she shares a touching story of a fistula survivor she recently met:
Written by Andrew MacCalla, Emergency Response Manager on October 9, 2012
Many positive changes have been made since last October when Direct Relief provided a $25,000 grant to Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), an international nonprofit organization committed to improving maternal and neonatal health in disadvantaged communities throughout Africa.
Direct Relief has committed $25,000 in emergency funds to OGRA Foundation, a key partner in Kenya, to assist in the response to severe flooding in the western part of the country that has displaced thousands of people.
The emergency cash grant will allow Dr. Hezron Mc'Obewa, Direct Relief's medical advisor to East Africa and executive director of OGRA, to purchase needed medicines and supplies in-country to help care for people affected by flooding. Dr.
The following is an update from Direct Relief's Regional Medical Advisor and founder of Kenya-based OGRA Foundation, Dr. Hezron Mc'Obewa. Dr. Hezron is currently in Kisumu treating victims of the country's outbreak of violence following recent elections.
On January 10, 2008, Direct Relief International wired an additional $25,000 in additional emergency funds to Kenyan partner OGRA Foundation to help procure essential medicines in the Rift Valley region of the country, which is continuing to experience violence in the aftermath of national elections.
This commitment, coupled with an earlier grant of $25,000, will bring essential medicines to individuals and families who have been affected by the strife.
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.
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.
Recipient: Solai Medical Clinic
Shipment Number: 5259
Shipment Date: 6/22/2006
Tumaini Community Health Care Program,
The Isiolo area is a remote and arid region that is home to a number of nomadic tribes living a pastoral lifestyle. This program, which is operated by the Tumaini Catholic Mission, provides mobile health care for these nomadic people, along with training for community health workers and traditional birth attendants.
The program also works to provide clean, safe drinking water, as the main health concerns in the area are waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and dysentery.
We are working to support many deserving people and projects. Below are several that our program staff has reviewed against a comprehensive list of criteria and believe are the most compelling. We are seeking funds to support the following activities
Recipient: African Medical and Research
Shipment Date: 10/25/2002 Value: $312,312
Recipient: Waso Medical Services
Shipment Date: 8/19/2002 Value: $393,254