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Operational Update: 18 Countries Receive Aid, Including Ukraine

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief delivered 330 shipments of requested medical aid to 40 U.S. states and territories and 18 countries worldwide, including Ukraine. The shipments contained 9.8 million defined daily doses of medication, including mental health medications, antibiotics, chronic disease medications, nutritional products, insulin, and cancer treatments.
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Meeting the Needs of Ukrainian Women and Children through a New Grant

Direct Relief has issued a $583,000 grant to the International Confederation of Midwives in response to the Ukraine war. ICM, a prominent organization that represents, supports, advocates for, and educates midwives around the world, will distribute the funding to its member midwives’ associations serving Ukrainian refugee women and their families.
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Over the past seven days, Direct Relief delivered 532 shipments of requested medical aid to 46 U.S. states and territories and nine countries worldwide, including Ukraine. The shipments contained 3.6 million defined daily doses of medication, including N-95 masks, mental health medications, antibiotics, chronic disease medications, nutritional products, insulin, and cancer treatments.
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Direct Relief, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and Teva Pharmaceuticals Advance Access to Behavioral Health Services

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With the 2022 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 caches contain the medical items most needed in the wake of a disaster, including trauma supplies, antibiotics, and medications for diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions.
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