$ 1 billion in medical aid; Troubles in Haiti and Myanmar

In summary

  • Since January 1, 2021, Direct Relief has provided more than $ 1 billion in medical aid to partners in the United States and around the world.
  • Like Haiti in the face of unrest and Covid-19, Direct Relief’s support continues. Since January 1, the organization has sent more than $ 21 million in aid.
  • After Military coup in Burma, of them grants totaling $ 480,000 help providers in the field to take charge of trauma-related injuries, Covid-19, and much more.
  • the US Gulf Coast getting ready for hurricanes. Direct Relief has staged caches of emergency medical supplies in health centers and clinics in the region.

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Direct Relief support in 2021 exceeds $ 1 billion

A shipment of personal protective equipment, oxygen concentrators and other supplies requested for the Covid-19 response was arranged on July 2, 2021 at the Direct Relief warehouse before leaving for healthcare facilities in Sri Lanka. (Lara Cooper / Direct help)

The situation: Covid-19 has dramatically increased healthcare needs around the world, overloading already fragile health systems and creating a cascade of indirect effects.

The answer: Because January 1 of this year, Direct Relief has supported partners in the United States and around the world with more $ 1 billion in medical aid, more than ever in such a short time. The total amount of aid provided for the whole of 2020 was $ 1.3 billion.

The impact: Medical aid and funding have been used to treat Covid-19; protect healthcare workers from the virus; respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises, treat chronic diseases, rare diseases, mothers and children; and much more.

A staff member at Hôpital Saint-Boniface treats a Covid-19 test.  (Photo by Nadia Todres for Saint-Boniface Hospital)
A staff member at Hôpital Saint-Boniface treats a Covid-19 test. (Photo by Nadia Todres for Saint-Boniface Hospital)

The situation: Haiti is dealing with a new one, widespread wave of Covid-19, and even most health workers are not vaccinated. The same time, gang violence makes it harder to get oxygen and other medical supplies to hospitals, as New York Times update citing Direct Relief has been reported.

The answer: Since January 2021, Direct Relief has supported hospitals and other health organizations in Haiti with $ 21.6 million in medical aid – over £ 148,000.

The impact: Aid helped hospitals and other organizations battling Covid-19 get oxygen and protect their frontline workers, as well as continue to provide essential health servicess.

A staff member from Community Partners International speaks with a community member from the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar.  (Photo by Gregg Butensky / Kirana Productions for Community Partners International)
A staff member from Community Partners International speaks with a community member from the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar. (Photo by Gregg Butensky / Kirana Productions for Community Partners International)

The situation: the unrest in Myanmar compromised health care in the country, even as Peak Covid-19 rates and violence causes trauma-related injuries.

The answer: Direct Relief supports Community Partners International, an Asia-based nonprofit organization that works with groups on the ground, with a total of $ 480,000 in grants.

The impact: Funding will be strengthen health care suppliers working at fight against Covid-19, provide maternal and child health care, treat wounds, and provide other essential services.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in August 2017, causing extensive flooding, property damage and loss.  (Bryn Blanks / Direct Relief)
Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in August 2017, causing extensive flooding, property damage and loss. (Bryn Blanks / Direct Relief)

The situation: With the first fifth storm named already in the books, Texas Gulf Coast healthcare providers are bracing for a active hurricane season. This means preparing for storm effects that range from mental health issues to chronic unmanaged illness.

The answer: Before the hurricane season, Direct Relief has prepositioned emergency supplies caches in the Southeastern United States, so that health centers and clinics responding to storms have the supplies they need.

The impact: Emergency caches contain the most frequently requested drugs and medical supplies in the aftermath of a hurricane or tropical storm.

In short

United States

  • Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 1,043 shipments at 615 partners, totaling $ 7.8 million in value and more than 25 599 pound sterling.
  • During this time, $ 1.5 million in grants has been distributed.
  • The organization launched its second year of community health awards designed to expand access to family planning services. Three health clinics will receive $ 50,000 in rewards to implement or extend these services.

Around the world

  • Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 58 submissions at 41 partners in 25 countries, totaling $ 42.6 million in value and more than 201,878 pounds.
  • $ 79,000 in grants was distributed within the same two weeks.
  • On 2 million masks will be transported to Mexico for use in non-medical settings.
  • Direct Relief co-organized a online seminar focused on improve access to care for people with diabetes.
  • The Vaseline Healing Project will work to sponsor students from all over Africa to become health workers specializing in skin health and dermatology in their country of origin.

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Jitsu (center) and his teammates react to a large donation made during their segment of the "Zeldathon Side Quest: A Fantastic Journey" digital fundraising event in June.  The event raised over $ 77,000 for Direct Relief.
Jitsu (center) and his teammates respond to a large donation made during their segment of the “Zeldathon Side Quest: A Fantastic Journey” digital fundraising event in June. The event raised over $ 77,000 for Direct Relief.

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