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23 Oct 2017 description
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By Joe Harrison, Program Manager, Asia/Middle East on October 20, 2017

Since Aug. 25, over half a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State for an area just slightly south of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and those who made it across the border to Bangladesh are in desperate need of medical care.

18 Oct 2017 description
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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.

21 May 2016 description
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• Reported Deaths: 64 • Affected People: 2,300,000+

Direct Relief has extended offers of support this week to the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center and other longstanding partners in Sri Lanka after powerful storm dropped nearly 15 inches of rain on the island nation. The storm triggered flashfloods and deadly landslides that buried entire villages, forced nearly 300,000 people to evacuate, and claimed at least 64 lives. More than 150 people remain missing.

Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar On Alert

23 Jun 2008 description
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Continuing its targeted support to victims of Cyclone Nargis, Direct Relief International this week provided via airlift 9 tons of medical material aid valued at $1.4 million to Myanmar.

07 Jun 2008 description
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Following an extensive in-country assessment by Direct Relief staff and confirmation of in-country logistics, Direct Relief has expanded its humanitarian assistance to Myanmar with the first in a series of planned airlifts of essential medical items to be used by Burmese doctors deploying to hardest-hit areas and to clinics operated by a partner international nongovernmental organization.

The most recent infusion of aid, transported on June 3 and valued at over $200,000 wholesale, was in response to urgent requests presented to Direct Relief staff who were in country last week. The …

16 May 2008 description
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Nearly two weeks after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, Direct Relief has provided five targeted cash grants worth $143,000 in total to trusted partners serving affected communities in country and working in Thailand to provide assistance to Myanmarese refugees.

The majority of the funds will be used to equip medical staff on the ground with the medicines and supplies most needed, including broad spectrum antibiotics, antiseptics and pain relief medication for trauma injuries, oral rehydration salts, and anti-malarial drugs.

12 May 2008 description
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Direct Relief International today committed $500,000 in cash to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and sent an initial airlift of $200,000 in essential medical aid.

The cash commitment, enabled in part by donations from over 8,200 individual contributors who contributed via Google Checkout, will be used to furnish essential medical material to health facilities in Myanmar and partner organizations providing health services to people affected by the cyclone that struck last week.

The intial infusion of medical resources includes supplies to provide 21,300 courses of …

09 May 2008 description
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Direct Relief is continuing to reach out to its network of partner clinics and regional associations in and around Myanmar, including the exploration of logistical routes for medical material aid. Our Asia program officer is en route to Thailand in order to aid this process.

To help inform our response, Direct Relief has taken the health facility data from the World Health Organization's Global Health Atlas Survey and mapped the entire Myanmar healthcare network in Google Earth.

08 May 2008 description
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Direct Relief International today postponed its initial shipment of aid due to the widely reported reluctance of the Myanmar government' to accept outside aid.

06 May 2008 description
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In response to Cyclone Nargis, which has killed an estimated 22,500 people and displaced approximately 1 million more, Direct Relief has committed financial assistance to support Australian Aid International's emergency medical team. AAI, a long-time trusted partner, is dispatching an experienced five-person medical team to Myanmar this week.

05 May 2008 description
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May 5, 2008 (Santa Barbara, CA) In response to the cyclone that struck Mynamar over the weekend, Direct Relief International has offered assistance to regional humanitarian assistance groups.

The storm is reported to have caused tremendous damage and resulted in the tragic loss of more than 10,000 lives.

Direct Relief has contacted partners in Thailand and other neighboring countries, some of whom also run programs in Myanmar, to offer assistance to medical relief efforts for people affected by the storm.

The Myanmar government has yet to issue a formal request for international …

31 Jul 2005 description
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Program Activities: July 2005
Number of Shipments: 44
Total Wholesale Value: $11,756,081.91
Countries Served: 15
Number of People Served: 3,090,720

Program Activities: Fiscal Year to Date*
Number of Shipments: 138
Total Wholesale Value: $45,442,344.13
Countries Served: 32
Number of People Served: 7,495,623

*Fiscal Year is April 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006


Recipient: College of Medicine
Shipment Number: 4504
Shipment Date: 7/5/2005

18 Jan 2005 description
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SANTA BARBARA, CA (January 18, 2005)

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) convened a meeting among representatives of its corporate and nonprofit members to ensure their responses to the Asian tsunami meet the region's medical needs fully, quickly, and consistent with the highest world standards.

07 Jan 2005 description
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Today, the 12-pallet shipment destined for India described in yesterday's update left Direct Relief's warehouse. It will be transported today on Thai Airways commercial air cargo, paid for by designated tsunami relief funds.

26 Dec 2004 description
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Direct Relief has offered medical assistance to aid victims of the massive Southeast Asian earthquake. Initial reports indicate that the resulting tsunami and tidal surges have killed thousands and destroyed property throughout the coastal areas of Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, and the Maldives.