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Dr. Ifthikher Mahmood and Dr. Steve Arrowsmith talk about women's health around the world.
By Lara Cooper, Bryn Blanks
November 1, 2018 5:37 pm
Two health experts working for women around the globe spoke at Direct Relief’s headquarters on Thursday.
Dr. Ifthikher Mahmood, founder of HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh, and Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, medical director of the Fistula Foundation and consulting medical director for Direct Relief, spoke to staff and a small group of supporters.
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
Direct Relief will now be playing an even larger role in emergency response in Southeast Asia, thanks to an agreement signed Thursday in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Direct Relief has signed a memorandum of intent with the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance, known as the AHA Center, to provide prepositioned emergency medical supplies for ASEAN’s collective response to regional disasters.
Delivering life-saving medical aid to those who need it most creates a complicated logistical challenge. Moving medicines and equipment over state lines and international borders present hurdles few organizations can overcome, even while the global need for such supplies grows.
Global standard for surgery training complemented by standard module of essential surgical supplies
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and Direct Relief have signed an agreement in Washington D.C. to expand and enhance the care provided to women receiving surgical repair for obstetric fistula, a devastating birth injury that occurs overwhelmingly in developing countries and typically leaves women socially ostracized and destitute in addition to physically injured.
Massive medical pre-positioning effort spans nine U.S. states, nine countries; expands to Fiji
With the 2015 hurricane season officially underway, Direct Relief has pre-positioned more than $2.6 million in medical aid in 50 communities in nine U.S. states as well as 20 international modules in nine countries that are particularly vulnerable to storm-related health risks.
The emergency supplies are stocked at 68 health facilities near the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, the Caribbean, Central America, Fiji, and the Philippines.
Director of Research and Analysis, Andrew Schroeder, was in Belgium last week to attend the first-ever training course in humanitarian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) – also known as drones. Below is his reflection on the training and the future of UAVs in humanitarian relief and development work.
As Ebola prompts calls and support for a much needed increase in the number of trained community health workers, it is critical that we understand where these workers are and where coverage gaps exist. To that end, Direct Relief and Esri developed a map to track the availability of community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Today, on the second annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Direct Relief continues its efforts to prevent obstetric fistula and expand life-restoring surgical treatment for the estimated one million women who suffer from the devastating birth injury.
Written by Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis on July 18, 2013
FedEx continued their ongoing support of Direct Relief by granting $250,000 this week to strengthen key emergency preparedness programs—just in time for National Preparedness Month.
A premiere supporter of Direct Relief’s disaster preparedness and response, the two groups have collaborated since 1993 to improve the health of people affected by the daily emergency of lacking access to medical care as well as those impacted by natural disasters.
Santa Barbara, CA and Abbott Park, Ill., June 27, 2012: Direct Relief International, the global health care company Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, today announced that they have reached a major milestone of distributing 20 million rapid HIV tests free of charge to HIV testing and counseling programs serving pregnant women and their families in 43 developing countries. Expanding HIV testing for pregnant women is an essential component in helping to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, a key focus in the global effort to combat HIV/AIDS.