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Third FedEx-Donated Humanitarian Charter Arrives in India

A humanitarian charter flight donated by FedEx and filled with Direct Relief-provided medical aid arrived in India over the weekend — the third such flight to the country in six weeks in response to Covid-19. The FedEx 777 charter left Memphis and arrived in Mumbai, India, on June 13, carrying...
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For Children in Puerto Rico, Elevating the Standard of Care

When a child in Puerto Rico needs a specific kind of medical procedure, their primary care doctor contacts Dr. Carlos Llorens. The head of Interventional Radiology at Puerto Rico’s University Pediatric Hospital (HOPU), he’s the only pediatric specialist of his kind on the island. It might sound like an obscure...
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For Patients with Hepatitis C, a Model of Community Care

Karen King found out that she’d contracted hepatitis C about a year after a boyfriend died of a fentanyl overdose. A shared needle was the cause, she said, although she had tried to sterilize it. Medicaid would have covered her treatment, but “I wasn’t interested, because I was still in...
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Operational Update: Medical Support for 11 Countries Bolsters Patient Care

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 166 shipments of requested medical aid to 35 U.S. states and territories and 11 countries worldwide. Ongoing efforts to fight Covid-19 continue, and shipments of PPE, pulse oximeters, medical items for respiratory therapy, and other support for hospitals and health providers departed globally. Among the materiel shipped this week were several ultra cold portable freezers bound for health centers in the U.S. as they bolster vaccination efforts in their communities.
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Global Update: Airlift to Nepal, Hurricane Season Begins

As Covid-19 continues to devastate Nepal, Direct Relief has sent 25 tons of medical aid, including 860 oxygen concentrators, to Kathmandu. The aid follows on the heels of two airlifts to India. Hurricane season started June 1. The organization is staging caches of emergency medical supplies in the U.S., Caribbean,...
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Navajo Nation Doctors Reflect on a Year of Covid-19

During the pandemic’s darkest days, some of the medical staff who serve the Navajo Nation were caring for their own family members, said Dr. Maricruz Merino. Merino is chief of internal medicine at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico. Recalling the early days of the pandemic, she said, “I personally did not know if I was going to survive the year and if my family members or staff were going to get sick, or have lifelong consequences, or lose their lives.”
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Preparing Hurricane-Prone Regions for Hurricane Season 2021

With the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season officially starting on June 1, Direct Relief is staging caches of emergency medical supplies along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts and throughout the Caribbean and Central America. The humanitarian effort comes as global temperatures keep rising and the frequency and intensity of hurricanes...
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On the Ground, Fighting Nepal’s Covid-19 Wave

On Monday, Dr. Rajeev Shrestha watched as a 24-year-old patient deteriorated, then died in emergency care. His Covid-19 results had just come back positive earlier that day, after his mild flu-like symptoms began to worsen abruptly. “We couldn’t do anything,” said Shrestha, a physician and professor at Dhulikhel Hospital and...
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Where are Health Resources Most Needed to Prepare for the 2021 California Wildfire Season?

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the CrisisReady website on May 21, 2021. CrisisReady is a project involving routine collaboration between Direct Relief and researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, and a network of researchers in epidemiology, public health and disasters throughout the world. The goal is to provide anticipatory, real-time, and retrospective analysis for public health emergencies by utilizing a range of large-scale data sources, principally digital mobility data, to measure the impacts of wildfires in California, hurricanes and flooding globally.
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Operational Update: Over Past Week, $5 Million in Insulin for Syria, 25-Ton Charter for Nepal Covid Response and More

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 311 shipments of requested medical aid to 44 U.S. states and territories and 14 countries worldwide. The shipments contained 7.7 million defined daily doses of medications, including diabetes therapies, reproductive health products, personal protective gear, and other requested medical aid. A...
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Direct Relief-Chartered Airlift Bound for Nepal Amid Covid-19 Surge

A Direct Relief-chartered aircraft loaded with oxygen concentrators and Covid-19-specific medical supplies is departing the U.S. on May 25 for Nepal as it confronts the world’s highest per-capita Covid-19 case burden. Hospitals across Nepal are nearing ICU and ventilator capacity and struggling with severe shortages of oxygen and other medical...
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Operational Update: Second Charter Flight Arrives in India; Nearly 300 Shipments Sent Globally Over Past Week

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 516 shipments of requested medical aid to 47 U.S. states and territories and 14 countries worldwide. The shipments contained 7.8 million defined daily doses of medications, including chronic disease medications, cancer and rare disease treatments, antibiotics, hygiene products, prenatal vitamins, personal protective gear, and other requested medical aid.