A critical shipment of medicines bound for a hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen, arrived this week, a sign that aid is resuming into the country. The shipment was coordinated with local aid group, Yemen Aid, and includes IV fluids, antibiotics and other items used to treat cholera. The shipment will bolster the Al-Thawra Hospital in Hodeidah, where Direct Relief is target efforts to help stem the tide of cholera. The hospital is one of many on the front lines of the epidemic.
More than 150,000 people are being evacuated as Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia, continues to erupt and spew dangerous ash clouds up to 10,000 feet into the atmosphere. The island’s main airport remains closed. Indonesia’s emergency management agency made a statement Monday indicating that the evacuation is proceeding well and that it could last for up to a month. Mount Agung erupted last in 1963, when it killed more than 1,500 people.
Direct Relief announced on Monday a commitment of up to $5 million in cash grants to assist health facilities in Puerto Rico as they continue to address ongoing health needs following Hurricane Maria.
Today’s commitment follows more than 126 shipments of emergency medical aid, totaling $29.7 million, from Direct Relief to health centers, clinics, hospitals, and medical teams throughout Puerto Rico.
A bustling, tree-lined plaza — the center of community life in Ocuituco, Mexico — is now a place for the city’s residents to get the medical care they need. In the state of Morelos, where Ocuituco is located, a 7.1-magnitude temblor damaged 24,000 buildings in September, structures that included the Centro de Salud de Ocuituco, a health center that serves about 4,500 patients.
The town’s hospital is still operational but is several miles outside of the town’s center, requiring patients to walk the distance or hire a car — expensive in the mountainous region.
More than 400 people are dead and thousands injured after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake reverberated from its epicenter in Ezgeleh, Iran, near the Iraq border, on Sunday night.
The earthquake was tracked about 135 miles north of Baghdad. Some of the worst damage was reported to be in the mountainous regions of Iran. Search efforts were underway for survivors Monday after many slept in the streets Sunday night during the ensuing aftershocks.
At least eight people were killed on the Iraq side of the border, with more than 500 hurt.
Uganda has received over 1 million South Sudanese refugees alone since July 2016, with over 80 percent being women and children. The surge of refugees is due to the recent spread of armed conflict throughout South Sudan, which shares a border with Uganda to the south.
When violence broke out in 2013, fighting was initially contained to specific regions. In July of 2016, this began to shift and conflict spread into new regions, displacing millions.
While Madagascar experiences outbreaks of the plague, also known as the Black Death, in rural regions nearly every year, the country is experiencing an unusually alarming outbreak affecting major urban centers, including the nation’s capital and its major port city of Toamasina. Direct Relief sent a shipment this week full of protective gear, IV fluids and other items requested by health professionals working to treat the disease and prevent its spread.
By Michael Snyder
On a scorching Wednesday afternoon, representatives from Direct Relief-partner organization Mexfam drove into the village of Santa María de Xadani in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca to deliver ten large tents to families that lost their homes in the series of earthquakes and aftershocks that began here on Sept. 7.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, October 27, 2017 — Direct Relief today airlifted 152,604 lbs. of urgently needed medical resources to Puerto Rico, where medical shortages persist more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
MIAMI, October 25, 2017 — Direct Relief is preparing to airlift 152,604 lbs. of urgently needed medical resources to the Department of Health, hospitals, and community health centers in Puerto Rico, where severe medical shortages persist one month after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
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.
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.
By Lara Cooper
Direct Relief shipments of critical medicines reached several communities in Puerto Rico Sunday, places where access has been a challenge.
Helicopters provided an infusion of help to the community of Utuado, as well as to the island of Vieques. The shipments sent out Sunday amounted to more than $120,000 in donated medicines and supplies.
What was once a neighborhood with a small stream running through it is now a fetid lake that has swamped homes and presents a major health concern for residents.
On Friday, trash floated through the murky green waters that have filled up homes in the Parcelas Selgas neighborhood of Florida, Puerto Rico, a municipality with the same name as the U.S. state and which sits two hours west of San Juan on the island’s north coast.
A parking lot in San Juan turned into a staging area Tuesday morning as about 10 doctors, nurses and administrators gathered between rows of parked cars glistening in the Puerto Rico heat.
Some showed up in scrubs, some in jeans. All were ready to work with patients.
Leading the charge was Dr. Carla Rossotti, a primary care doctor who has been leading medical teams into communities that have had little to no medical care since Hurricane Maria made landfall almost three weeks ago.
By Andrew Schroeder
After the winds and rains of Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, the island was left in darkness. Electrical power generation was cut for 100 percent of households, cell phone towers went offline, and the airport and other ports closed operations, pending damage and safety reviews. In the days that followed, many municipalities, particularly in the interior, were entirely out of contact.
How severely were they affected? Had the flood waters receded? Were structures still intact?
On Wednesday, Direct Relief delivered a critical shipment of nearly 16,000 doses of insulin to public health agencies in Puerto Rico. The medicine is now being distributed to health clinics and hospitals treating patients with diabetes across the island.
Puerto Rico has the highest rate of diabetes in the U.S. with 15.3 percent of the population being diagnosed with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The devastating hurricanes that swept through the Caribbean last month called for a significant humanitarian response, and Direct Relief has been working to equip local healthcare providers with key medicines and medical supplies since they first made landfall.
Direct Relief today committed an initial $250,000 in cash for community health centers in Puerto Rico to aid recovery efforts in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. Direct Relief also committed $50,000 to support the work of La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico’s primary care association, which represents the 20 member nonprofit corporations that operate 62 clinical sites in 53 municipalities and care for nearly 350,000 patients annually.
A shipment of life-saving medicine for children with hemophilia was delivered to a Puerto Rico hospital on Thursday, just hours before the hospital anticipated running out.
Direct Relief staff brought doses of Factor VIII and IX, drugs that aid clotting in people with hemophilia.
At the time of the delivery, staff at the University Pediatric Hospital in San Juan estimated they had between 24 and 72 hours until their supply of the drug was depleted entirely.