Medical aid at the border; poliomyelitis vaccine in Nicaragua; the syrian conflict

In summary

• Direct Relief supports health care organizations providing patient care on either side of the US-Mexico border.

• The organization is working with Mexico to deliver 650,000 doses of polio vaccine to Nicaragua this week.

• Direct Relief has provided a total of over $234m and £1.1m in aid to the Syrian conflict, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this month.

• Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal is working to detect the spread of new strains of Covid-19, with support from Direct Relief.

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A Direct Relief staff member unloads medical aid in San Diego, where thousands of migrant children will receive medical care and shelter. (Martin Calderon/Direct Relief)

The situation: As an influx of migrants crosses US-Mexico borderhealth care providers look after people on both sides of the border.

The answer: As well as providing routine support to partners on either side of the south-west border, Direct Relief staff hand-delivered several caches of emergency medical supplies in San Diego This weekend.

The impact: Medical services and shelter are provided for unaccompanied minors who crossed the border.

BIRMEX packing polio vaccine in refrigerated shipping boxes for transport by Direct Relief to Nicaragua.  (Photo: BIRMEX)
BIRMEX packing polio vaccine in refrigerated shipping boxes for transport by Direct Relief to Nicaragua. (Photo: BIRMEX)

The situation: Nicaragua conducts a national vaccination campaign to immunize children against the poliomyelitis virus.

The answer: Direct Relief, in collaboration with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BIRMEX, and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA), is transporting 650,000 doses of polio vaccine in the country this week.

The impact: The donation will boost the country’s vital child immunization work.

Much-needed medicine and supplies arrived in Syria in March 2019. The shipment was sent to support the organization's mission of providing essential resources, such as healthcare, to displaced communities in Syria and neighboring countries .  (Courtesy picture)
Much-needed medicine and supplies arrived in Syria in March 2019. The shipment was sent to support the organization’s mission of providing essential resources, such as healthcare, to displaced communities in Syria and neighboring countries . (Courtesy picture)

The situation: Civil war broke out in Syria in 2011. Millions of people have been displaced and the country was once strong the health system is in crisis.

The answer: Direct Relief began responding to the conflict in 2015. The organization’s response – over $234 million and £1.1 million in aid has been provided — was one of the largest and most sustained responses in its history.

The impact: The aid has boosted medical care for people injured or affected by the fighting, maternal and specialist services, mental health support for refugees, and much more.

New grant will improve testing for Covid-19 variants in Nepal

ICU kits arriving at Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal during the Covid-19 pandemic.  (Photo courtesy of Pramesh Koju/Dhulikhel Hospital)
ICU kits arriving at Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Pramesh Koju/Dhulikhel Hospital)

The situation: Dhulikhel Hospital, which is working closely with the Nepalese government, is launching an ambitious new project to help it in its fight against Covid-19.

The answer: Direct Relief supports their efforts with a Grant of $50,000.

Impact: The program will use random sampling to detect the spread of new strains of Covid-19 in Nepalstrengthening the country’s response to Covid-19.

In short

United States

• Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 998 shipments to 511 partners in the United States, with a total value of over $37 million.
• During this time, more than $379,000 in grants has been distributed.
• After extreme weather conditions have swept through several statesDirect Relief offered support to more than 300 partners and sent medical aid to health centers and a local clinic.
• A $100,000 grant will provide mental health support to kidney patients in Puerto Rico.
• A health center that received a $Direct Relief Grant of 50,000 reached more than 10,000 patients in six months through their substance use disorder program.

Around the world

• Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 36 shipments to 32 international partners, with a total value of over $15 million.
Over $250,000 in grants was spread over the same two weeks.
• A $100,000 grant will address the impacts of Covid-19 on South Africa.
• Direct Relief and Build Health International are reconstruction of a clinic in the Bahamas at the request of the Ministry of Health.
• A $50,000 the grant will support pediatric cancer patients Belarus.
• Like from Mozambique the recovery from Cyclone Eloise is taking place against the backdrop of Covid-19, a $50,000 Direct Relief Grant will strengthen relief efforts.