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14 Aug 2017 description
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Several hundred people are reported dead with many more missing after a devastating series of mudslides and floods ripped through communities in and around Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown. The country’s vice president told news organizations that hundreds of people could be lying dead underneath the rubble, and search and rescue efforts are continuing. Thousands are estimated to be homeless after the storm inundated densely populated hillsides.

27 Jan 2017 description
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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

29 Sep 2015 description
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Even before the Ebola outbreak began in 2014, Sierra Leone’s health care system was fragmented, underfunded, and thinly staffed.

With Ebola, it was overwhelmed completely.

At a time when rapid diagnosis and case tracking were crucial, such services halted to a standstill.

When space to triage and care for patients was at a deficit, health care facilities had no recourse but to shut their doors. And when additional staff were needed to care for a growing influx of patients, supply shortages made working conditions unconscionable.

12 Mar 2015 description
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Four years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan on March 11, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to generous supporters, Direct Relief provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors.

04 Mar 2015 description
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A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Communications Director, Tony Morain, shares his observations from Sierra Leone.

26 Feb 2015 description
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A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Sierra Leone.

Restoring Capacity as Ebola Wanes

25 Feb 2015 description
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A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Director of International Programs and Emergency Preparedness and Response, Andrew MacCalla, shares his observations from Sierra Leone below.

10 Feb 2015 description
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Ebola Crisis Mapping Lands Direct Relief in Top 10

05 Feb 2015 description
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Direct Relief Delivers 83 Health Facility Supply Modules, Prescription Medicines to Help Revitalize Ebola-Affected Health Facilities

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 4, 2015 – A Direct Relief-chartered Boeing 747 departed Los Angeles International Airport today carrying more than $7 million in prescription medicines as well as supply modules to sufficiently equip 83 health facilities in Liberia and Sierra Leone for several months. The supplies will help restore medical facilities weakened by the worst outbreak of Ebola in history.

24 Dec 2014 description
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Direct Relief delivers two 10-bed medical tents specifically for local health staff in Sierra Leone

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 23, 2014 – In response to urgent requests from the Deputy Minister of Health and the Junior Doctors’ Association of Sierra Leone, Direct Relief delivered two 10-bed medical tents to Sierra Leone for the treatment of local health workers who contract Ebola while fighting the outbreak.

26 Nov 2014 description
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Another wave of aid supplies to help save lives in areas affected by the Ebola crisis left Direct Relief’s headquarters this week, bound for Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The shipments – valued at $4.8 million (wholesale) – contain items urgently requested by health workers in the field such as gloves, soap, IV fluids, and the antibiotic ciprofloxacin to help treat secondary bacterial infections.

The supplies are headed for Last Mile Health and ELWA Hospital in Liberia and Medical Research Centre (MRC) and Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone.

12 Nov 2014 description
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63 people left the Hastings Treatment Center in Sierra Leone today Ebola free, according to staff at the Medical Research Centre. Direct Relief works with MRC to supply the Hastings Treatment Center with medicines and personal protective equipment for Ebola care.

Hastings’ update today follows last month’s news from the treatment center of the youngest Ebola survivor – a two-week-old girl thought to have contracted the virus from her mother, also an Ebola survivor.

06 Nov 2014 description
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Last month, Philanthropist Paul G. Allen announced he is increasing his commitment to fight Ebola to at least $100 million. Today, Mr. Allen announced a $1 million grant to Direct Relief to scale up the organization’s relief efforts in Ebola-affected West African nations.

The effects of Ebola extend well beyond those infected. The side effect is depriving people of basic human needs. These grants will enable the people of West Africa to quickly receive essential care and supplies they need to get through this crisis. – Paul G. Allen

22 Sep 2014 description
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New York, New York, Sept. 20, 2014 – A Direct Relief-chartered Boeing 747 departed John F. Kennedy International Airport today with 100 tons of emergency medical assistance for communities gripped by Ebola. The West Africa-bound airlift — the largest to depart the U.S. since the outbreak began — arrives in Sierra Leone Sunday morning and Liberia that afternoon.

As confirmed Ebola cases in the region approach 5,000, with 2,453 deaths reported, the WHO and other public health experts warn of an exponential increase if greater assistance is not provided.

06 Sep 2014 description
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Emergency supplies to protect health workers in Ebola hot zones arrived in Sierra Leone this week and are en route to Direct Relief’s partner Medical Research Centre in Freetown.

The shipment – valued at nearly $40,000 – contains more than 5,000 pounds of urgently needed protective equipment like gloves, masks, goggles, and gowns to help prevent health workers from contracting the virus, which is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids such as blood, sweat, and saliva.

15 Aug 2014 description
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  • Direct Relief announces a wave of corporate contributions in response to critical shortages of personal protective equipment and medical supplies at health facilities on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak.

  • Direct Relief has rapidly mobilized 40 tons of essential medical supplies and protective equipment for health workers responding to Ebola. This includes more than 2.3 million gloves, 65,000 masks, 92,000 gowns, and 185,000 tabs of antibiotics.

04 Aug 2014 description
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An emergency shipment of supplies for the deadly Ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa arrived this week at Direct Relief’s partner Wellbody Alliance in the Kono District of Sierra Leone. The arrival coincides with the district’s first case of Ebola, which was confirmed on Tuesday.

“The Direct Relief shipment is absolutely critical, as we are almost out of our existing stock of gloves and gowns,” said Raphael Frankfurter, executive director of Wellbody Alliance.

09 Jul 2014 description
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In response to the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic to date, Direct Relief is sending emergency shipments of urgently requested medicines and supplies to its partner Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone, and anticipates additional requests.

17 Apr 2013 description
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Written by Lindsey Pollaczek, Senior Program Manager on April 16, 2013

Saturday was an exciting day for the midwifery graduates at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone, and marked an important milestone in the West African nation’s progress toward improving maternal and child health services.

The World Needs Midwives

I attended the ceremony to present the Direct Relief Midwife Kits to the new graduates. It was a great celebration—and at five-plus hours it was the longest graduation ceremony I’ve ever attended!

30 Jun 2006 description
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Recipient: Ndegbomei Development Association
Shipment Number: 5087
Shipment Date: 6/13/2006