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2009 Winter Newsletter

  1. 1. w w w . D i r e c t R e l i e f . o r g Plus! Our People of the Year (you are here) P/6 H1N1 Response Update P/5Gift Guide Warm hearts with health, and babies with bassinets P/8 continue your legacy of giving P/8 This report was paid for by a generous bequest | photo by Vinit Satyavrata, www.purelightfoto.com
  2. 2. PHOTO ANNUAL If pictures are worth a thousand of them, and actions speak louder than them, than the next few pages will convey our work and the work of the healthcare leaders we support in 70 countries better than words can. (Not that we won’t also give the words a shot.) Brett Williams Focus on Moms and Kids about these initiatives and read more watch video of the women A woman dies each minute from complications during pregnancy and childbirth, and while Direct Relief’s work has long been aimed at expanding the quality, whose health has been availability, and access to health services for all people, a principal focus of this effort is on maternal and child health and, more specifically, interventions that restored through obstetric directly address threats to women. These interventions include expanding access to care, ensuring safe deliveries through midwife training and kits, addressing fistula repair in Africa complications through emergency obstetric care, restoring health through obstetric fistula repair, and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. D irect R elief . org lindsey pollaczek top 5 hiv rapid test kit country recipients in 2009 Defining the Big Problems: HIV Prevention and Testing Kenya 976,000 Every 48 seconds, a child is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It is essential to focus resources on where this infectious disease exists to save those who Haiti 520,000 have contracted it and can transmit it and those who are most likely to contract it. Deciding who to treat requires knowing who is sick. In a village outside of Eldoret, Congo, DR 483,000 western Kenya, Florence, an HIV counselor with AMPATH, explains to a young family the importance of HIV testing, and tests the couple for the virus using rapid tests Cameroon 415,000 distributed by Direct Relief in partnership with Abbott. The test is quick—results take 15 minutes—and requires no electricity or water, making it ideal for areas that Rwanda 281,000 may lack steady access to either resource. If a pregnant woman tests positive for HIV, the healthcare provider can take the necessary steps to help prevent the baby from being infected with the virus.2 www.directrelief.org winter 2009 This report was paid for by a generous bequest
  3. 3. photo annual 1 3 Brett Williams Brett Williams 2 The Lottery Brett Williams By being born in the U.S., you can expect to live 27 years longer than if you were born in Haiti. Haiti: Primary care where it’s most neededAccording to the UN, Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and has the lowest life expectancy: 51.5 years. Direct Relief has provided nearly $60 million in medicalassistance to Haiti since 2000, focusing on primary health care and basic medical supplies with groups like Partners in Health and Visitation Hospital. Partners in Health’s Zanmi Lasante Sociomedical Complex ( 1 + 2) features a 104-bed, full-service hospital and a dozen schools, and the organization has expanded across Haiti’sCentral Plateau. Direct Relief recently helped equip the new hospital in Lacolline with beds, exam tables, sterilizers, and general hospital supplies. Visitation Hospital (3) serves between 80 and 90 patients a day at its facility, which is designed to be environmentally sustainable. Its programs include a community healthinitiative in nutrition and vitamin distribution to help alleviate malnourishment among children, as well as programs for deworming and water purification. The facility houses a laband pharmacy, seven exam rooms, two medical/dental procedure rooms, and a food bank. kristin brown Kings Medical Center see the video about King’s Medical Center at courtesy of bd D irect R elief . org randy olsen The Bottom 5 in Child Mortality (probable deaths by age 5 per 1,000 live births) BD and direct relief: Addressing Poverty Through Partnership in Ghana Sierra Leone 269Located in West Africa, Ghana has a population of over 22 million, with a life expectancy at birth of 49 years of age and child mortality at approximately 112 Angola 260per 1,000 births, according to the World Health Organization. Afghanistan 257 Direct Relief and BD have played an active role in improving healthcare in Ghana through the BD/DRI Volunteer Service Trip (VST). The VST programprovides opportunities for BD associates to strengthen healthcare systems first-hand by working with Direct Relief’s local partners—supplying advanced lab Niger 253diagnostics, training midwives and traditional birth attendants, and infrastructure upgrades which put health facilities like King’s Medical Center in a Mali 217stronger position to meet the needs of their communities, where the average wage is just $1 per day. - who www.directrelief.org winter 2009 This report was paid for by a generous bequest 3
  4. 4. photo annual Here at Home: Helping People in All 50 States Direct Relief USA is the country’s largest nonprofit program providing free medications to people who are uninsured and have low incomes. This year, Direct Relief became the only nonprofit licensed to provide prescription medications in all 50 states. Working with more than 1,000 community clinics and health centers nationwide that provide access to care for people in need, Direct Relief USA has provided more than 10 million free prescriptions worth over $170 million to our neighbors who cannot afford them. Direct Relief USA was launched because we Within a few miles of your home, you would probably find saw the same challenge at least one of these locally run nonprofit clinics or health met by these nonprofit centers that flank Direct Relief USA Director Damon Taugher clinics—uninsured and Emergency patients unable Preparedness and to obtain needed Response Director medications—replicated Brett Williams. in so many American Collectively, these communities. We looked facilities provide for an efficient, low- care for over 20 cost way to address this Vinit Satyavrata, www.purelightfoto.com million people and common problem, but are an essential we didn’t find one. So part of the we built it. healthcare safety net in the country. margaret molloy In response to the economic downturn that has affected the ability of patients with diabetes to afford medical supplies to manage their disease, medical supply company BD and Direct Relief USA teamed up to provide 5 million insulin syringes and pen needles to Direct Relief’s partner clinics and health centers across the U.S. As we learned during Katrina and in every emergency since, william vazquez these nonprofit, community- based health facilities also play an essential role when emergencies occur. Our day- to-day work with these local Direct Relief Survey Cited in partners has created an efficient, New England Journal of Medicine proven way to respond fast to emergencies—by pinpointing assistance directly to the frontline The survey Direct Relief conducted and wrote up earlier this year about the effect of facilities where people go and focusing on preparedness. In 2009, the economic recession on America’s nonprofit safety net clinics and health centers Hurricane Prep Packs were provided to 25 clinic partners in 5 Gulf was cited in a New England Journal of Medicine article published November 2. States and Puerto Rico. The mobile, waterproof packs contain Direct Relief conducted the survey in connection with a partnership with BD, which medical items to treat 100 patients for three to five days. donated 5 million needles and syringes to help newly unemployed people with diabetes who are now seeking care at nonprofit clinics. The article—“America’s Safety Net and Health Care Reform — What Lies Ahead?”— is co-authored by Irwin Redliner, M.D., of the Children’s Health Fund, with which Direct Relief partnered on our first 50-state distribution program of Schering- Plough–donated inhalers in 2007.4 www.directrelief.org winter 2009 This report was paid for by a generous bequest
  5. 5. ideo photo annual Emergency Response ev se e, onse .org oresp f n mcy R elie ar gen RLe mer ec t E ir D Direct Relief is currently responding to 25 emergencies. Our global network of partners built over 61 years allows us to respond fast when emergencies strike, as occurred recently when typhoons and earthquakes slammed Southeast Asia and devastating hurricanes hit Central America. We get good information from people we know who live there, and we get them what they need. Typhoon Ketsana Philippines and Vietnam The worst storm in 40 years made landfall in Manila on September 26, causing severe flooding, killing more than 300 people, and leaving millions homeless. Response: ONGOING Direct Relief is coordinating with the medical arm of Gawad Kalinga, the country’s largest nongovernmental organization, and other Philippine groups responding to the emergency. Direct Relief also has joined with Singapore- based Mercy Relief and Australian Aid International, both of which have deployed specialized medical staff to the Philippines, on the relief effort. www.AlertNet.org, Hoi An, Vietnam matt maccalla REUTERS/Kham, Courtesy of H1N1 Influenza Padang Pandemic Earthquake Response: ONGOING Indonesia Direct Relief USA is providing 478 clinics in 49 states with In late September, West needed H1N1 protective items to help clinic workers stay Sumatra was rocked by two healthy and on the job through flu season. The five tons of large earthquakes less than Hurricane Ida 24 hours apart that left more supplies was delivered free by long time supporter FedEx. Central America than 1,000 people dead and The support was prompted by a nationwide survey conducted by Direct Relief USA that showed that 80 On November 5, Category 2 Hurricane Ida caused severe flooding, mudslides, and thousands more trapped under percent of clinics and health centers have less than a displacement across the coastal zones of Central America, killing 124 people in El a city of rubble. Nearly every one-month supply of key Personal Protective Equipment Salvador alone. building taller than three stories (PPE) like hand sanitizer, gowns, goggles, and masks, in Padang suffered damage, Response: ONGOING which are needed to protect staff from infection. The and, tragically, all three main Almost $3 million in emergency medical aid was airlifted via FedEx free of charge to survey represented over 30,000 healthcare workers who hospitals collapsed and patients Nicaragua, El Salvador, and U.S. partner clinics treating high-need patients affected treat over four million patients annually. had to be evacuated. by flooding and other damage caused by the hurricane. Response: ONGOING Most Vulnerable to H1N1 Flu* Children under 5 Direct Relief is coordinating with People over 65 Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s Pregnant Women largest civic organization, which People with chronic respiratory and pulmonary has requested assistance, and illnesses, including asthma and diabetes Indonesia-based Yayasan Bumi People with immunosuppression caused by medications and HIV Sehat. The priority goal is to Residents of nursing homes and other bolster availability of medical chronic-care facilities * according to the CDC items needed to treat a range of traumatic injuries caused by falling debris, crush injuries, fractures, lacerations, and nik wheeler www.AlertNet.org, Verapaz, El Salvador search and rescue activities. REUTERS/Juan Carlos, Courtesy of A continued flow of primary care items to help keep peoples with pre-existing health problems and all other “normal illness,” will also be necessary, especially while local resources are reallocated for emergency response. www.directrelief.org winter 2009 This report was paid for by a generous bequest 5
  6. 6. (Our) Volunteers donated over Volunt e e r s , Dono r s , an d People 7,300 hours of work at Direct Relief headquarters in 2009. That’s over 180 40-hour work weeks donated by more than 50 volunteers per month. And these numbers don’t include the thousands of hours logged by the organization’s unpaid volunteer Board of Directors . Ray Muñana has volunteered at Direct Relief since 2001, often putting in over 1,000 hours a year. A retired General Motors technical writer and editor, Ray repairs medical equipment, prepares health shipments, and keeps the warehouse staff on their toes. Ray’s wife, Dyane Muñana, also volunteers on a weekly basis. Peter Sturken is the driving force behind Direct Relief’s video operations, volunteering at least 18 hours every week. His projects range from editing field footage shot by staff to producing videos for our Web site. A veteran ABC News cameraman who worked with the late Peter Jennings out of the Beirut bureau, Peter filmed interviews with Mother Theresa and King Hussein of Jordan. Three years ago, Annie Villanueva, then a Santa Barbara High student, founded Youth for Direct Relief, which now fields chapters at all four Santa Barbara high schools. These intrepid students– like Annie’s sister, Katy Villanueva– raised over $25,000 for Direct Relief in 2009, largely through their annual Flowers for Relief bouquet delivery service that benefits Direct Relief with 100 percent of its proceeds. Each year, Direct Relief is privileged to receive support from an average of 150 companies that share their wealth and the source of their wealth— such as Google for online interaction, FedEx for logistics, and companies who manufacture medicines. This provides enormous energy and efficiencies, and leverages each dollar we receive from generous people to help others. Vinit Satyavrata, purelightfoto.com andrew fletcher nik wheeler photos by:6 www.directrelief.org winter 2009 This report was paid for by a generous bequest
  7. 7. of the YearF r i e n d s o f Di r e c t R e li e f Our supporters’ energy fuels Direct Relief, and that energy comes in a myriad of forms. “Direct Relief is exceptional for its combination of the values and mission of a humanitarian organization with the dynamism and agility of a Silicon Valley start-up.” – Bruce Campbell, long time Direct Relief supporter Direct Relief’s offices have been happily infiltrated by four of 15 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) volunteers serving with Direct Relief. The PULSE Volunteer Partnership empowers GSK’s high- performing employees to act as catalysts for positive, sustainable, high-impact change in impoverished communities, at home or abroad. PULSE is rooted in Charity Navigator the notion that transformational change and capacity-building for named Direct Relief a NGOs can occur by enabling employees to work full-time for three to Four-Star Charity for six months with NGOs in order to use, share and pass on their specific the fifth consecutive professional skills and knowledge. In short, volunteers address a clear year, something only NGO need while developing their own leadership capabilities—a great four percent of charities example of collaborating across sectors in order to build healthcare have accomplished, solutions for the betterment of society, and particularly for communities and we earned our most in need. eighth straight rating of 99 percent or better This past year has seen explosive growth in our donors’ and other fundraising efficiency friends’ use of social media like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to learn more about our work and support our programs. The number of fans on the Direct Relief page on Facebook has surged to over 1,500. In September, Twitter users in Santa Barbara held a “Twestival” party that raised $10,000. And thousands viewed our online videos, from those taken in Liberia to the middle of a blazing California wildfire. A LEADER IN We’re constantly updating our donors and other fans on Facebook, Twitter EFFICIENCY and YouTube with new articles, photos, and videos, and asking them to send us their ideas and feedback. AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY interns are invaluable to every function of Direct Relief—such as program research and analysis, administrative support, event coordination, and database management. Right now, Direct Relief is supported by 11 unpaid interns from five colleges, including UCSB, Santa Barbara City, Westmont, and Gordon College. Amanda Shareghi , a recent graduate of Brown University, works with the from Forbes. The scale communications team on media relations and public affairs. of Direct Relief’s work also continues to be notable; the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked us as the largest Get Connected with Direct Relief international charity in California, and the NonProfit Times graded us as the 87th largest charity in America. Learn more. facebook facebook.com/directrelief spread the word. twitter twitter.com/directrelief interact with other supporters. youtube youtube.com/directrelief even raise money! social vibe socialvibe.com/directrelief For $25, Direct Relief will send a beautiful tribute card in your name to someone this holiday season. To purchase cards, or for more information, please call (805) 964-4767 or visit D irect R elief . org www.directrelief.org winter 2009 This report was paid for by a generous bequest 7
  8. 8. Gift bryan watt This year, give from a sampling of our partners’ most critical needs in more Catalog than 70 countries around the world, including the United States. Help a Person Fight AIDS with life-saving antiretroviral drugs.................................................. $15 Provide clean comfort for new babies with a hospital nursery bassinet.................................. $50 Enable a Midwife to assist 100 safe deliveries. ...................................... $250 Leave a Legacy Equip a medical reservist here at home with a “grab ‘n go” med pack for emergencies................ $500 Provide medical aid for 10,000 people Make a legacy gift to Direct Relief and extend your generosity during a flood when a tsunami, cyclone, beyond your lifetime. Your commitment and dedication will help or typhoon hits........................................................ $6,000 people affected by poverty, emergencies, and civil unrest live Support care for 20,000 Afghan better, healthier lives far into the future. women and kids by underwriting the annual operating budget for the Maladan Clinic in Afghanistan.... $25,000 For more information, contact Jill Muchow Rode, CFRE, Director of Development jrode@directrelief.org or (805) 964-4767 x181 See the full catalog at www.dri.convio.net/GiftCatalog2009 100% of contributions are All overhead (non-program) expenses are covered by a generous bequest. devoted to our programs. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA BARBARA, CA PERMIT #756 27 S. LA PATERA LANE SANTA BARBARA, CA 93117 TEL: 805.964.4767 TOLL FREE: 800.676.1638 FAX: 805.681.4838 www.DirectRelief.org BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Dorothy F. Largay, Ph.D. VICE CHAIR Thomas J. Cusack SECRETARY James H. Selbert TREASURER Kenneth J. Coates Frederick Beckett • Jon E. Clark • Patty DeDominic • Ernest H. Drew, Ph.D. Patrick Enthoven • Gary Finefrock • Paul Flynn • Richard Godfrey Bert Green, M.D. • Raye Haskell • Stanley C. Hatch • W. Scott Hedrick Priscilla Higgins, Ph.D. • Brett Hodges • Ellen K. Johnson • Donald J. Lewis Robert A. McLalan • Rita Moya • Carmen Elena Palomo • John Romo Ayesha Shaikh, M.D. • George Short • Gary R. Tobey • Sherry Villanueva INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN Frank N. Magid Lawrence R. Glenn • E. Carmack Holmes, M.D. S. Roger Horchow • Stanley S. Hubbard • Jon B. Lovelace Donald E. Petersen • Richard L. Schall • John W. Sweetland PRESIDENT CEO Thomas Tighe HONORARY BOARD PRESIDENT EMERITUS Sylvia Karczag Chair EMERITUS Jean Hay DIRECTOR EMERITUS Dorothy Adams8 www.directrelief.org winter 2009 This report was paid for by a generous bequest