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Project Description

Natural Disaster Relief

Direct Relief

Established in 1948

Mission Statement:  To improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.

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  • In 2017, Direct Relief distributed 283,490,741 products to help peoples around the world.
  •  The total value of in-kind materials donated: $924 million
  •  Named “10 Most Innovative Nonprofits” by FastCompany, “Top 10 U.S. Charities” by Forbes, and “Top Charities Changing the World” by CNBC
  •  In 2017, Direct Relief continued to their goal of expanding access & quality health care for millions of people around the world. They operated across every major continent, delivering 13,547 shipments of humanitarian material aid to 86 countries, and all 50 U.S. states.

Featured Programs:

How Direct Relief is making a difference

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Direct Relief’s strong network of trusted partners enables them to assess immediate healthcare needs, understand the situation on the ground, and respond quickly and efficiently when a disaster strikes. This solid and extensive network is the foundation of our emergency principles and preparedness work.

Direct Relief’s approach to disasters is to support the immediate needs of people by working with local partners that are best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for long-term recovery. Each emergency is unique and has specific characteristics that are dependent upon local facts and circumstances.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Packs

In the U.S., Direct Relief equips MRC volunteers with the basic supplies they need to provide medical care during an emergency. These “grab-and-go” packs contain products, supplies, and medicines that these trained healthcare workers need to respond to emergency situations in their communities.

Extreme Weather

 The buildup of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere is raising air and water temperatures, altering wind and current flows, and steadily increasing the frequency and ferocity of major storms.

Direct Relief Distributes $1M to Survivors of the 1/9 Debris Flow

Direct Relief Commits $300,000 to Survivors, Families of Victims Lost in the 1/9 Montecito Debris Flow

Hurricane Preparedness Program

Since 2007, Direct Relief has equipped partner healthcare facilities in areas vulnerable to hurricanes with emergency medical materials. Informed by the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Hurricane Preparedness Program began in the U.S. Gulf States and has expanded each year to include nine states in the U.S. as well as seven countries in Central America and the Caribbean. These materials are delivered annually before hurricane season starts in June and, if not needed for emergency response, are absorbed into regular inventory for patient care.

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