Specific-Purpose Medical Packs Enable Rapid Deployment in Emergencies
Direct Relief today announced a commitment to equip each member of Puerto Rico’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) with the organization’s specially designed Emergency Medical Pack.
By Alejandra Rosa Morales
With water and power still inconsistent post-Maria, several Puerto Rican towns get a solar-powered solution.
In the mountainous community of Utuado, Puerto Rico, things that were once simple before Hurricane Maria – the ability to drink a glass of water from a home’s faucet or wash clothes for a family – became herculean tasks, if not impossible.
Direct Relief supporting local emergency response groups with critical medicines and medical supplies.
By Cydney Justman, Gordon Willcock
The official death toll from Sunday’s deadly volcanic eruption in Guatemala now stands at 109, with up to 200 people still missing. Rescue operations have been suspended due to continuing dangerous conditions and authorities are preventing people returning to the area. Thousands remain in evacuation centers.
Reported Deaths: 69
Estimated IDPs due to Volcano: 520
The official death toll has risen to 69 after Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday – this toll is expected to rise. Hundreds of people have also been injured and thousands displaced from their homes.
The eruption sent molten rock and ash up to 33,000 feet into the sky and cascading down into villages surrounding the volcano. Most of the deaths are caused by Pyroclastic flows.
Volcanologist Dr. Madelaine Willcock told Direct Relief that:
Tropical Cyclone Sagar is churning through the Gulf of Aden and is expected to make landfall on the coast of the Horn of Africa and parts of southern Yemen on Saturday, bringing with it high winds and heavy rainfall.
Direct Relief is in the process of moving medical material aid into the region which may be used by storm impacted communities in the coming weeks. Five pallets of hospital and fistula treatment-related medications and supplies are headed for Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland, which is in the center of the predicted storm path.
On May 3, local health authorities reported a mysterious cluster of 21 unexplained illnesses in the Bikoro Health District, located in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Seventeen of those 21 infected people died.
Plagued by decades of internal conflicts, the Democratic Republic of Congo now hosts more than 4.5 million internally displaced people, with hundreds of thousands more living in overcrowded refugee camps in neighboring countries like Uganda and Rwanda.
As the conflict worsens, 18 of the DRC’s 26 provinces are facing an internal crisis, with 13.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
As the global disease burden continues to shift from communicable to non-communicable diseases, type 1 and type 2 diabetes have emerged as major contributors to death and disability worldwide, directly causing an estimated 1.6 million deaths per year.
Syria is no exception.
As the country’s 7-year conflict wages on and trauma-related injuries and deaths continue to mount, Syrians also are experiencing this epidemiological transition towards chronic disease.
When 85-year-old Don Andrés Rodríguez Rodríguez described the place where he grew up, he answered without hesitation.
“Perfect, my community is perfect,” he said.
Rodriguez lives about 3,000 feet above sea level in Bauta Abajo, Puerto Rico, one of the island’s rural mountain communities, where the sky and clouds can seem close enough to touch.
But since Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico last September, conditions in his neighborhood have been far from perfect.
An attack on the Syrian town of Douma Saturday killed more than 40 people and injured hundreds, many of them women and children.
Survivors flooded nearby hospitals bearing symptoms consistent with chemical gas exposure, according to the American Relief Coalition for Syria.
Emergency medical supplies from Direct Relief are already en route to Syria Relief and Development, a humanitarian group helping care for the thousands fleeing escalating violence in Douma and the broader region of Eastern Ghouta.
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.
By Dan Hovey
After driving six hours due west from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, weaving along the heavily trafficked Prithvi Highway, a coursing corridor that cuts through the country’s center, we pulled off onto a narrow dirt road and quickly gained elevation, escaping the thick smog that fills the valley below.
After another hour-and-a-half climb up the steep mountainsides of Nepal’s middle hill region, the eroded road brought us to the terraced fields that encompass the small farming village of Seratar.
This coming week, the world will remember how tragedy struck Puerto Rico six months ago.
Hurricane Maria churned a devastating path through the Caribbean last September. The Category 4 storm brought sustained winds of 175 miles per hour, destroying homes, mangling power lines and severing communications throughout Puerto Rico.
As images began to emerge, they revealed the destruction left in Maria’s wake, signaling the protracted recovery to come.
By Lara Cooper on March 5, 2018
More than $11 million worth of medicines have arrived in Syria and will be distributed to more than two dozen health facilities and hospitals.
The 3.5-ton shipment contains antibiotics, medicines to manage chronic diseases like high blood pressure, mental health medications, and contraceptives, all specifically requested by the Syrian American Medical Society.
Within the Rohingya refugee camps situated outside of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the lanes are crowded, thick with people in motion. Turning your head in any direction, you are swallowed by the deep sense of humanity and are carried along in the sea of movement. The mass movement of people seeking survival, relief and better lives.
More than 700,000 of these refugees have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh, and the latest threat to their survival comes not only from food insecurity, unsafe housing and disease, but the weather.
A Category 4 cyclone swept through the island kingdom of Tonga Monday, and now residents and officials are working to assess the damage from the ravages of wind and water that continue to move through the South Pacific.
The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour during the storm, and a state of emergency has been declared in Tonga.
When the storm made landfall in Tonga, the torrential rains had already caused damage in Samoa and American Samoa.
In response to the Rohingya refugee crisis and in advance of the upcoming monsoon season, Direct Relief committed an initial $250,000 in cash Friday and made available its full inventory of medical resources to support the provision of quality health care in Rohingya settlements.
When she walks through the clinic doors of the Maison de Naissance clinic each morning, Imene Rigeur doesn’t know exactly what the day has in store. On any given shift, Rigeur’s work at the Haiti birthing clinic can range from patient intake in the waiting room, to counseling, consultations or delivering babies.
Each of the midwives, nurses and staff at Maison de Naissance have a host of stories about the mothers they’ve aided and the babies they’ve helped enter the world.
It’s been more than four months since Hurricane Maria churned a devastating path through Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
Since then, Direct Relief has shipped more than 220 tons of specifically requested medical essentials, worth more than $56 million, to bolster the health system and enable care for Puerto Rico’s residents.
As Puerto Rico celebrates the holidays and looks ahead to a new year, a fresh infusion of medicine arrived Monday – a week before Christmas and three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall.
Over 100 pallets labeled “emergency medical supplies” lined the ABF Freight warehouse in San Juan on Tuesday. Before shipments departed for clinics across the island, health providers and representatives from healthcare companies that donated the medicines and supplies gathered in the storage space.