• Direct Relief commits an initial $75 million to increase access to health care and other services for racial and ethnic minorities.
• In partnership with Harvard University, Direct Relief launches CrisisReady, a new collaboration that uses data to help decision-making when disaster strikes.
• Direct Relief sent pallets of medical equipment and supplies to support a brand-new clinic serving surrounding villages in Sierra Leone.
• 20 medical-grade refrigerators donated to Jamaica have been placed in facilities across the island.
The situation: Historic racism and socioeconomic disparities have long resulted in worse health outcomes for members of racial and ethnic minorities, an injustice that the pandemic has only increased.
The response: With initial contributions from long-term partner AbbVie and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, Direct Relief is establishing a fund designed to increase access to health care and related services for minority communities.
The impact: Over the next five years, the fund will provide financial support to health centers, clinics, and organizations that focus on addressing these systemic inequities.
The situation: Climates are more extreme and populations are denser, worsening the potential impacts of disaster around the globe. But at the same time, technology offers the promise of a new, more informed kind of disaster response.
The response: Direct Relief and Harvard University have launched CrisisReady, a new effort to coordinate multiple streams of data to inform disaster-related policy decisions.
The impact: Vast flows of information will be aggregated and analyzed to produce real, actionable information to respond to disasters and promote resiliency.
For A New Sierra Leone Clinic, More than $195,000 in Medications, Equipment Is Shipped
The situation: The brand-new Robena Health Center will provide care to seven surrounding villages in Sierra Leone that previously lacked nearby health care.
The response: Direct Relief purchased medical equipment, such as walkers, wheelchairs, and an autoclave, for the clinic, and sent four pallets of medical supplies in addition.
The impact: The donation will help the new clinic open its doors and provide care to the surrounding communities.
Direct Relief Supports Chronic, Specialty Care in Jamaica with 20 Medical-Grade Refrigerators
The situation: Jamaica’s Ministry of Health, a Direct Relief partner, has been working to improve and invest in their cold-chain capacity.
The response: Direct Relief supported the Ministry of Health with 20 medical-grade refrigerators, which have been distributed to all of the island’s major regions.
The impact: The refrigerators will allow for the safe, consistent storage of medicines, including insulin, hemophilia factor, chemotherapy medications, and more.
The United States
• Over the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 944 shipments to 507 United States partners, totaling more than $6.3 million in value.
• During that time, nearly $400,000 in grants have been distributed.
• Direct Relief awarded a $90,000 grant to install solar panels and battery storage in a Puerto Rico firehouse, to ensure a fast, effective response to future disasters.
• A $500,000 grant, along with several smaller individual grants, is aiding Los Angeles safety net providers working on the Covid-19 frontlines.
Around the World
• In the past two weeks, Direct Relief has made 25 shipments to 24 international partners, totaling nearly $4 million in value.
• Nearly $200,000 in grants was distributed over the same two weeks.
• In North Macedonia, Direct Relief has donated over 100,000 pieces of PPE, 20 tons of Covid-19 medicines and supplies, and refrigerators and freezers, as well as funding the training of health workers to administer Covid-19 vaccines.
• Seven of 31 40-foot containers of PPE intended for international partners have been dispatched to partners in Haiti, Somaliland, Mozambique, and Honduras, among other countries.
• As part of Direct Relief’s Rare Disease Program, the first shipment of medication for the first pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia patient was delivered to a treatment facility in India.
• The organization’s insulin shipments to Lebanon have grown to more than 100,000 vials. Since the August 4 explosion, Direct Relief has shipped more than $37.5 million in medical aid and granted $550,000 in financial support.
This post was originally published on Direct Relief.