By Tony Morain
Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 191 medical aid shipments requested in 36 U.S. states and territories and 17 countries worldwide.
The shipments contained 7 million defined daily doses of medicationincluding personal protective equipment for health care providers, typhoid and hepatitis B vaccines, antibiotics, mental health medications, cancer therapies, insulin, cancer therapies, rare diseases and prenatal vitamins.
The organization awarded $814,282 in cash support over the same period.
In the United States, Direct Relief delivered 164 shipments weighing 6,196 pounds. containing 288,697 doses of drugs over the past week to health facilities, including:
- Palmetto Health Council, Inc., Georgia
- Santa Barbara County Public Health Pharmacy, CA
- CARE Clinic, MN
- Good Shepherd Ministries, OK
- Best Health Pharmacy, CA
- San Francisco, CA Free Clinic
- Symba Center, California
- First Baptist Church Free Clinic Antlers, OK
- The place PIC, CO
- Tulakes Clinic, OK
This week, outside of the United States, Direct Relief shipped more than 8.2 million defined daily doses drugs totaling 1.5 million pounds.
Countries that have received medical aid in the past week include:
- Dominican Republic
- Palestinian territories
Millions of PPE items bound for nations across the Americas
The situation: As omicron cases rise, health care providers find themselves at high risk again. More PPE is needed to care for patients and conduct vaccination campaigns.
The answer: Direct Relief reserves the right 10 million KN95 masks for Health centers and clinics in the United States and donating another 60 million masks for 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean— enough to fill over a hundred 40-foot shipping containers.
The impact: The supplies will support frontline providers, vaccination campaigns, etc.
Strengthening the world’s oxygen supply
The situation: Even before Covid-19, medical grade oxygen was in short supply in much of the world. Pandemic-induced supply chain issues — and skyrocketing global oxygen needs — have only exacerbated the problem.
The answer: Direct Relief has already invested over $15 million to address oxygen shortages related to Covid-19. The organization is committing an additional $5 million to create resilient and efficient oxygen systems in underprivileged settings.
The impact: According to Leith Greenslade, oxygen shortage specialist at Every Breath Counts, “Organizations like Direct Relief have an absolutely vital role to play in preventing oxygen shortages in low-resource settings. We need very nimble humanitarian agencies that can almost operate in a parallel universe.”
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