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Emergency response and global humanitarian reporting from Direct Relief, an apolitical, nonsectarian non-profit with a humanitarian mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies.

Emergency response and global humanitarian reporting from Direct Relief, an apolitical, nonsectarian non-profit with a humanitarian mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies.
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Emergency response and global humanitarian reporting from Direct Relief, an apolitical, nonsectarian non-profit with a humanitarian mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies.

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English

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Haiti is Facing a Humanitarian Crisis. This Doctor is on the Front Lines of it.

11/12/2019
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Haiti is in the throes of a humanitarian disaster provoked by months of violent protests. Demonstrations have blocked supply routes, choking a nation already crippled by poverty. Accessing health care in these conditions is challenging, if not impossible, exacerbating existing health problems. As medical care grows scarcer, preventable disease becomes deadlier. On this episode of our podcast we speak with Father Rick—a priest-turned-doctor treating patients at one of Haiti’s few operational...

Duration:00:24:39

The Climate is Changing. Now, We Must Adapt.

11/6/2019
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Massive wildfires, severe storms, drought—the effects of climate change are in full swing. While reducing greenhouse gas pollution continues to be a priority, adapting to the new climate is a must. Increasing climate resiliency has become a major concern for community leaders—from fire fighters to public health officials. Last week, these leaders gathered to brainstorm ideas about how their communities can adapt to reduce the impacts of climate-related disasters. On this episode of our...

Duration:00:08:25

Stress Headaches and Fluttering Heartbeats. The Kincade Fire is Eroding Mental Health.

10/31/2019
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The Kincade Fire has displaced more than 200,000 people in Northern California’s wine county, upending the lives of residents across Sonoma County. As the fire continues to blaze, evacuees grapple with uncertain futures. Many don’t know if their homes are still standing or when, if ever, they’ll be able to return. For agricultural workers⁠—the region's economic backbone—the fire poses more ominous questions about the future. These workers rely on the land for work. If this land is destroyed,...

Duration:00:06:12

Rags Instead of Tampons. Here's What Period Poverty Looks Like in the U.S.

10/22/2019
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Pads and tampons are a simple necessity, yet women across America are going without them. The cost of these products make them inaccessible for many low-income women struggling to make ends meet. These women often forgo menstrual hygiene products in order to afford for other basic necessities. Without tampons or pads, women resort to using rags, toilet paper, or even adult diapers. The problem has garnered national attention and stoked advocacy campaigns across the United States. While...

Duration:00:10:51

To address the national opioid epidemic, this health center acts locally

10/7/2019
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The opioid epidemic has impacted communities in every corner of the country, posing new challenges for healthcare providers. As opioid-induced overdoses continue to soar, doctors have had to adapt to the changing needs of their patients. In Santa Barbara County, the Neighborhood Clinics have adopted a multi-tiered approach to battle addiction and promote recovery. The harm reduction program integrates behavioral health therapy with medically assisted treatment. In order to prevent potential...

Duration:00:15:10

Puerto Rico extends empathy to neighboring Bahamas

9/25/2019
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Two years ago, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, knocking out power to millions and causing the longest blackout in U.S. history. Now, two years later, the neighboring islands of the Bahamas are reeling after a similarly catastrophic storm—Hurricane Dorian—barreled through the islands last month. Since the Category 5 storm’s lingering assault on Grand Bahama and the Abacos, Puerto Rico has extended an empathetic arm of support to their beleaguered neighbor. From...

Duration:00:07:44

Giving girls their days back

9/23/2019
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Millions of women around the world miss days of school and work because they do not have access to menstrual hygiene products. Without proper menstrual care, a women's period can become debilitating, forcing her to stay home and forgo her daily activities. In many cultures, stigma further compounds the challenges women face. It is common for women to be sent home from school during their periods or not allowed to enter their homes for fear of disease or death. In order to empower women...

Duration:00:09:00

During a disaster, hygiene matters more

9/11/2019
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In Southeast Asia, Tropical Storm Podul and Tropical Depression Kajiki collided to produce widespread flooding throughout the region, displacing roughly 100,000 people in the country of Laos. As shelters swell with evacuees, personal hygiene becomes more important than ever. In these close quarters, disease and infection are easily spread. That's because, without basic supplies, like soap, it's difficult for evacuees to maintain habits that prevent primary health care problems. To stymie the...

Duration:00:03:39

Hurricane Dorian: Voices from the field

9/6/2019
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An on-the-ground look at the Bahamas response effort through the voices of Direct Relief staff.

Duration:00:03:47

Hurricane Dorian: The challenge of reaching hard to reach places

9/3/2019
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Amid the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Direct Relief confronts the logistical challenges of supplying the Bahamas with urgently needed medical supplies. Despite flooded air strips and closed ports, staff use unconventional transportation methods to ensure supplies are delivered.

Duration:00:01:33

Hurricane Dorian: What to remember when evacuating

8/30/2019
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In disasters, people will rush to save their families, pets and meaningful heirlooms, often forgetting something of equal consequence -- medication they need to manage a chronic disease like diabetes or asthma. In doing so, they quickly can find themselves facing a medical emergency. Direct Relief Pharmacist Alycia Clark explains the steps people should take when evacuating to protect their health. Reporting by Amarica Rafanelli.

Duration:00:02:17

Carlos Delgado steps up to bat for Puerto Rico's kids

8/19/2019
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Carlos Delgado steps up to bat for Puerto Rico's kids by Direct Relief

Duration:00:02:58