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Direct Relief International: Response to Iraq humanitarian medical needs

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Direct Relief International is preparing to respond to humanitarian medical needs in Iraq. On Friday, March 21, 2003, Direct Relief provided 120 pounds of medical materials that were requested for use in the Ru Washeid refugee camp in Jordan. The camp currently houses 400 Iraqi nationals who have crossed the border. The materials will be hand delivered to the camp by private medical professionals traveling to Jordan on behalf of Relief International, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization. The materials, valued at over $13,000, are those recommended by the World Health Organization for use in emergencies, and include a range of basic antibiotics, analgesic, and first-aid items.
Direct Relief is prepared to provide assistance to support humanitarian health efforts as circumstances permit. To ensure the appropriateness of relief materials, Direct Relief's practice is to respond to specific product requests from trained health personnel or health organizations. Over the past three years, Direct Relief has provided more than $10 million worth of medical materials to emergency situations in Afghanistan, India, Mexico, and Peru.

In 2002, Direct Relief provided more than $67 million in medical material aid to 57 countries and was cited by Forbes Magazine as one of only 4 U.S. charitable organization as being 100% efficient on Forbes' efficiency indices.