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17 Jan 2019 description
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Staff at Jericho Road Wellness Clinic in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, continue to serve patients, despite regional turmoil.

By Lara Cooper
JANUARY 16, 2019 8:57 AM

A deadly Ebola outbreak, compounded by political upheaval and armed conflict, roils daily life in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But for staff at the Jericho Road Wellness Clinic in Goma, that chaotic backdrop hasn’t kept them from keeping one thing at the forefront: their patients.

24 Dec 2018 description
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By Gordon Willcock

A deadly tsunami struck in the vicinity of the Sunda Straight on Saturday, impacting the islands of Sumatra and Java, Indonesia.

Indonesia’s disaster management agency, the BNPB, is reporting that at least 222 people have been killed and hundreds more have been injured. Preliminary assessments are still being completed and some areas are yet to be reached, so it is likely that the death and injury toll will rise.

30 Nov 2018 description
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Alex Rodriguez and the group, Por Los Nuestros, are working to bring clean water to communities in Puerto Rico.

By Lara Cooper November 29, 2018 9:23 am

When Alex Rodriguez learned of the death of a man from his hometown in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, he didn’t see another tally in Hurricane Maria’s human toll. He saw himself.

“I knew where he came from,” Rodriguez said. “He was 27 years old when [he] died, the same age as me when Maria struck.”

02 Nov 2018 description
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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.

01 Nov 2018 description
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Access to clean water remains a challenge in the Northern Mariana Islands after 180 mile-per-hour winds decimated landscape.

By Lara Cooper
OCTOBER 31, 2018 11:21 AM

Residents in the Northern Mariana Islands are still reeling from the damage wrought by Super Typhoon Yutu earlier this month, and a key shipment of medical aid is on its way to the region containing essential items, including enough water purification supplies to provide 40,000 liters of drinking water.

28 Oct 2018 description
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First aid and water purification supplies among shipment going to Commonwealth Healthcare in Saipan.

By Lara Cooper

Super Typhoon Yutu ripped through the Northern Mariana Islands earlier this week, ravaging the U.S. commonwealth islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota with winds of 180 miles per hour.

Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation operates the only hospital in the Northern Mariana Islands, and with other health facilities damaged by the storm, staff have been working to treat patients needing care.

25 Oct 2018 description
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By Dan Hovey October 24, 2018 2:04 pm

Super Typhoon Yutu, the strongest storm of 2018, hit the U.S Northern Mariana Islands this morning with 180 mph sustained winds.

The Category 5 storm is expected to cause catastrophic damage on the U.S commonwealth islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Winds of this strength can rip homes off their foundations, uproot trees and power lines and inhibit rescue efforts.

Storm surge, flash flooding, and landslides are also major concerns.

24 Oct 2018 description
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Evacuations taking place in Sinaloa state as coastline braces for winds and flooding.

By Cydney Justman

Hurricane Willa weakened overnight to a Category 3 storm, but the hurricane could still bring devastating storm surge, wind and rain to Mexico’s Pacific Coast, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to make landfall south of Mazatlan on Tuesday evening, and evacuations have been taking place in low-lying areas of Sinaloa state to protect residents from potential flooding.

19 Oct 2018 description
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With limited access to healthcare and nutrition, pregnant mothers and their babies are at particular risk after disasters. Local midwives are working to change that.

By Lara Cooper
October 18, 2018 10:06 am

Indonesia’s devastating earthquake and tsunami ravaged the northern coast of Sulawesi last month, and more than 2,100 people lost their lives. Hundreds are still missing, and life for many who survived has been upended as they contemplate how to rebuild.

What hasn’t changed is the need for a place where mothers can give birth safely.

18 Oct 2018 description
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Health officials in the region are working to quell the outbreak.

By Andrew Schroeder

The current Ebola virus outbreak in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is already the second worst in that country’s history. As of the October 16 update from the Congolese Ministry of Health, 216 cases of Ebola virus have been recorded in the area and 139 people have died from the disease.

11 Oct 2018 description
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By Lara Cooper

The death toll surrounding the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami has risen to more than 2,000 people, and groups on the ground are working around the clock to continue the response.

Direct Relief is supporting the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center, which is conducting search and rescue, as well as medical outreach throughout the affected area.

More than 2,700 health facilities were damaged during the disasters, leaving limited options for those needing immediate medical care.

08 Oct 2018 description
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By Lara Cooper
October 5, 2018 5:15 pm

It’s been one week since a massive 7.5-magnitude earthquake reverberated throughout Sulawesi, Indonesia, followed by a destructive tsunami that swept through towns and neighborhoods with stunning force.

With much of the region’s infrastructure destroyed, local groups have been going to heroic lengths to care for survivors.

Still Recovering from One Earthquake, Bumi Sehat Steps Up Again

07 Oct 2018 description
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By Tony Morain

The official death toll following last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia now stands at 1,571, with many more injured and over 70,000 displaced. The worst affected area is Palu, due to a combination of the earthquake, the subsequent nearshore tsunami, and severe liquefaction – a phenomenon sometimes caused by powerful tremblers in which ground soil liquefies and becomes unstable.

04 Oct 2018 description
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Emergency funding will go to Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Centre, which is conducting urban search and rescue and medical outreach after last week’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

By Lara Cooper

Direct Relief announced Wednesday that it will provide $100,000 to one of Indonesia’s largest civil society organizations, Muhammadiyah, which is actively responding to last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 1,300 people and displaced thousands.

03 Oct 2018 description
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Relief organizations aim to avoid bottlenecks by channeling aid shipments through single coordinating agency.

By Tony Morain

Emergency supplies pre-positioned in Southeast Asia by Direct Relief have been made available to Indonesian authorities responding to survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi.

02 Oct 2018 description
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By Tony Morain October 1, 2018 9:50 am

The death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of last week’s earthquakes and tsunami that struck Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Based on the latest assessments in Palu, an estimated 1.5 million people have been affected, 16,000 have been displaced, and more than 800 have died.

Mass graves are being dug, and body bags are among the supplies that are stocked out in the disaster’s aftermath.

16 Sep 2018 description
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Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, Direct Relief has delivered $70 million worth of medicines and supplies. The organization has also supported solar and infrastructure improvements to numerous local health centers.

By Lara Cooper, Tony Morain

It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc across the Caribbean, where brutal Category 4 winds whipped across the region, causing immense destruction and claiming thousands of lives.

06 Sep 2018 description
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Since Hurricane Irma made landfall, Direct Relief has delivered nearly $40 million in medical aid to 63 partner healthcare facilities located throughout the Caribbean and southeastern U.S.

By Susan Fowler

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, ripped through the Caribbean with Category 5 strength.

Sustained winds as high as 185 mph caused catastrophic damage to numerous island nations as the storm continued toward the U.S. mainland.

26 Aug 2018 description
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The organizations are testing drone flights and the coordinated processes needed to provide medical supplies by drone in a temperature-controlled environment with real-time monitoring.

By Tony Morain

Direct Relief, Merck, AT&T, Softbox and Volans-i this week are piloting a test of emergency medical supply deliveries using drones to model an innovative approach to disaster response.

24 Aug 2018 description
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Direct Relief working with local health organizations, like the Bumi Sehat Foundation, to assess needs from the destructive earthquakes.

By Gordon Willcock

Earthquakes continue to occur in Lombok, Indonesia, as local communities work to provide and maintain adequate food, water, shelter, and appropriate medical care. The initial and most destructive earthquakes occurred on July 29 and then on August 5. Current official figures indicate that these quakes have left almost 500 dead and more than 400,000 people displaced.