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Direct Relief Newsletter Winter 2011


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Direct Relief Newsletter Winter 2011

  1. 1. IN y oUE 8 ge f pa V legaIcN GGI youNT r CO A Bolivian girl waits to be screened for diabetes. For more, p.4. THE CASE FOR OPTIMISM Winner for page 2 NONPROFIT INNOVATION // 2011 Drucker Award page 7 William Vazquez for Abbott Fund D IRECTRELIEF. O R G THIS REPORT WAS PAID FOR BY A GENEROUS BEQUEST + Japan Relief Update page 6 WINTER 2011 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG 1
  2. 2. THE CASE FOR OPTIMISM The case for pessimism is easy to make. News reports provide ample evidence every day, with reminders about being in the worst economic period since the Great Depression, scary budget trends and teetering performance among governments, the creeping grip of poverty grabbing more people, the increasing frequency of large- scale emergencies, and other existential threats to humanity ranging from climate to disease. Direct Relief works every day with people experiencing a worst-case scenario, both in the immediate emergencies that rivet attention and the slow-motion tragedies that don’t, such as those that unfold in deep poverty. These situations don’t lend themselves to thoughtless, sunny optimism. That is why it is so extraordinary to see optimism emerge, every day, from the most unlikely of sources. Here are 4 REASONS FOR OPTIMISM.2 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG WINTER 2011 Photos: CHASS, Heidi Breeze-Harris for One by One, Kristin Brown, Edna Adan University Hospital, Shaleece Haas, Jenny Hutain, Annie Maxwell, Margaret Molloy, Mission of Mercy, Lindsey Pollaczek, Daniel Rothenberg, Dan Smith, Liba Taylor, William Vazquez for Abbott Fund, Rob Wang, Brett Williams, Alison Wright
  3. 3. SEEMINGLY INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED. The #1 killer of children under 5 doesn’t have to be. Twenty years ago, the diagnosis of HIV was a death sentence. Now, it is not. Millions of people can now live, thrive, and be productive members of society with access to medications that did not exist or were far too expensive. Childhood pneumonia is killing more children under the age of five than anything else, yet it too is a problem that can be solved. Childhood Pneumonia What it is. Childhood pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, often caused by common viruses. Why it matters. Pneumonia is more deadly for children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Who it’s affecting. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five, killing an estimated 1.6 million children worldwide each year. The majority of childhood deaths from pneumonia occur in developing countries where access to care is limited. What can be done. Pneumonia is treatable with low-cost, simple health interventions, such as antibiotics, oxygen concentrators, and inhalers. Direct Relief’s plan. Within the next year, Direct Relief is committed to helping 50,000 kids with pneumonia receive care. By working with healthcare providers in 10 countries, Direct Relief will broaden access to medications critical to treating Jodie Willard childhood pneumonia in the most vulnerable communities around the world.Why are you hopeful? JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST & LEARN HOW ZYNGABRETT WILLIAMS, AND DIRECT RELIEFDirect Relief Director of ARE TRANSFORMING CHILDHOOD PNEUMONIAInternational Programs ONLINE GAMING INTO"I know that getting something REAL LIFE simple as antibiotics in the DIRECTRELIEF.ORG/ZYNGAright doctor’s hands can save achild’s life, and we can do that." WINTER 2011 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG 3
  4. 4. THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY ARE PROFOUND. An Innovative Approach to Fighting Diabetes in Bolivia At least 19 million people have diabetes in Latin America and the Caribbean, and that number is expected to nearly double by 2025. As daunting as these statistics are, the day-to-day realities of living with diabetes in an area without adequate care are far worse. Fortunately, the many health complications related to diabetes can be minimized or eliminated entirely through early detection and changes in daily lifestyle. At ground zero of the disease in Bolivia, in the city of Cochabamba, where an estimated 10 percent of adults are suffering from diabetes, the country’s only institution providing diabetes prevention, care, and treatment services is El Centro Vivir Con Diabetes (CVCD). It also happens to be one of the best in the world. In 2009, CVCD was named one of William Vazquez for Abbott Fund six International Diabetes Federation Centers of Education, and in 2011, one of World Diabetes Foundation’s Centers of Excellence. CVCD focuses on screening, lifestyle education, and nutritional counseling, along with providing treatment for the most common diseases that accompany diabetes. William Vazquez for Abbott Fund ABOVE: Abbott, the Abbott Fund, and Direct Relief support CVCD A Bolivian woman waits to be screened for diabetes at one of CVCD’s mobile testing sites. with cash assistance, medicine, and medical supplies that aid in screening for diabetes and the treatment of diabetes-related LEFT: CVCD uses Direct Relief-donated iPads to conditions, such as visual, neural, and circulatory problems. record a patient who has tested positive for diabetes, making referral to a CVCD clinic In a new collaboration, Direct Relief provided CVCD with seamless. iPads to integrate electronic medical records for mobile and clinical data collection, management, and visualization. This technology has bolstered CVCD’s already strong mobile Why are you hopeful? testing program, Prevenir, which has screened more than 100,000 Bolivians for diabetes. ELIZABETH DUARTE GOMEZ, M.D., El Centro Vivir Con Diabetes Founder and Director “The happiness we feel at being able to give to those in need, without worrying about what it costs, is indescribable. Direct Relief and Abbott provide us with materials for quality medical5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DIABETES care, and thus allow our dreams to come true.”k 25 MILLION AMERICANS—1 in 12—affected. If trends continue, could be 1 in 3 by 2050. l 7TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S. m 346 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDW4 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG WINTER 2011
  5. 5. Why are you hopeful? MELANIE ROBY, Executive Director, Dr. Albert B. Cleage Senior Memorial Health Center, Detroit, MI “For our diabetic patients in particular, Venice Family Clinic it is so hard to monitor and control their diabetes because they are unable to afford their supplies and medications. It is because of generous donations like Direct Relief’s that we are able to fight the good THINGS CAN BE DONE BETTER, fight and provide necessary healthcare FASTER, AND CHEAPER. services for our most underprivileged population.” Helping Uninsured U.S. Patients with Diabetes Nonprofit safety-net community clinics and health centers are the medical homes for low-income patients without insurance, providing care to millions of patients annually. They are also key providers of health care for the unemployed. Numerous studies have shown that when a rise in unemployment occurs, so does the number of patients seeking care at clinics and health centers. BY THE NUMBERS Over the past several years, the unemployment rate has experienced a greater increase than in the previous two decades, causing many people to lose their health insurance. This presents serious challenges to those diagnosed with chronic diseases, especially the 25 million people in the United States with diabetes. Direct Relief’s partner-clinics and health centers have reported a sharp 10 million insulin syringes increase in the numbers of patients seeking treatment. donated & distributed To address this growing challenge, Direct Relief USA and BD developed a program to assist people with insulin-dependent diagnosed diabetes, 803 clinics and health centers providing providing 10 million insulin syringes and pen needles to a nationwide network care to 5 million patients of nonprofit clinics. Additionally, Direct Relief and BD, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers and the National Association All 50 states of Free and Charitable Clinics, distributed two nationwide surveys to better understand the need for insulin injection products and to gauge the increase in In 2010, health centers reported patient populations. 6.5% of patients had a primary With information provided by 803 clinic and health center respondents diagnosis of diabetes spanning all 50 states, Direct Relief and BD have been able to support Findings from Direct Relief survey analysis in 2009 and 2011 treatment for tens of thousands of patients. and the Health Resources and Services Administration.WIDE affected n 80% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries o Total deaths from diabetes projected to rise by more than 50% IN NEXT 10 YEARS WINTER 2011 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG 5
  6. 6. Direct Relief- JAPAN EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI RELIEF supported Peace Boat has provided more than 100,000 meals for people affected by the earthquake. TALENT IS EVERYWHERE, AND PEOPLE STILL CARE. In emergencies, community-based groups do the heavy lifting. During emergencies, the local clinics and hospitals that Direct Peace Boat, Relief works with are often too busy and spread too thin to worry about fundraising to support their efforts, and they quickly run out of the money and resources needed to do the job. They are, however, at the heart of the work being done to save lives and repair communities. In Japan, Direct Relief—in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)—leveraged the generous Why are you hopeful? attention received by granting 100 percent of funding and resources to these small, grassroots groups, in full. This MARK PINCUS, CEO, Zynga, Inc. ensures that those with the most at stake in an emergency—the “Zynga and Direct Relief connect healthcare providers who are among the people affected—with millions of people around the the greatest potential to save lives and repair and rehabilitate world through online games to injuries have the means to do so. do offline good in a novel, easy, Direct and meaningful way.” Relief and JACL $2.5 1/4 8 of which thanks to M ILLION Zynga, Facebook, TO JAPANESE RELIEF in GRANTS Mafia Wars players RECOVERY GROUPS Why are you hopeful? FLOYD MORI, JACL National Executive Director/CEO “While the recovery prospects in Japan will run long-term, the basic values of community and sacrifice give me great hope that human suffering will be minimized and rebuilding will be accomplished.” where does the aid go? See for yourself.6 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG WINTER 2011
  7. 7. 100% OF CONTRIBUTIONS GO TO PROGRAMS. DONATE AT DIRECTRELIEF.ORG — Charity Navigator — Forbes LEVERAGE $1 spent = $25 of medical aid 2011 PETER F. DRUCKER AWARD WINNER FOR NONPROFIT INNOVATION rick wartzman, Drucker Institute Executive Director: “[Direct Relief’s] fundamental insight—to take the best in private-sector technology and uniquely adapt it for the social sector—has greatly strengthened a weak link in the medical supply chain…Its efforts demonstrate that social-sector organizations can achieve the very highest levels of efficiency. ” WINTER 2011 DIRECTRELIEF.ORG 7
  8. 8. Leave a Legacy A bequest or planned gift to Direct Relief can extend your generosity beyond your lifetime. Your commitment and dedication will help people in the U.S. and around the world affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest live better, healthier lives far into the future. With such a gift, you will be included in the Legacy Society, which recognizes visionary and caring individuals who have included Direct Relief in their estate plans. For more information on planned giving, visit, or contact Kerri Murray, at or (805) 964-4767. LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS Dotsy Jack Adams Marjorie B. Cullman Trust Estate of June Gaudy Estate of Yvonne C. Lucassen William J. Partridge Revocable Estate of Robert H. Sommer Ms. Jane H. Alexander Roy R. Laurie M. Cummins Kate Dick Godfrey Evelyn C. Lund Charitable Living Trust Estate of K. Walter Stawicki Anner Trust Fund Ed Mary Harvey Trust Remainder Trust Jody Don Petersen Estate of Elaine F. Stepanek Anonymous Estate of Margaret E. Davis Mrs. Raye Haskell Estate of Robert Maclean Mr. Juan Posada Walter Mae Stern Trust Estate of Rhea Applewhite Estate of Peter M. Dearden Betty Stan Hatch Marilyn Frank* Magid Estate of Nancy Roberts The Anna Stuurmans Dr. Mrs. Gilbert L. Ashor Estate of H. Guy Di Stefano Estate of Dorothy S. Hitchcock Audrey E. Martinson Estate of Paul N. Roberts Revocable Trust Miriam William* Bailey The Grant C. Ehrlich Trust Terrence Joseph Hughes Martone Family Trust Estate of Maria Rosmann Estate of Elna Theusen Estate of Charles H. Bell Mr. Mrs. Ted Ewing Estate of Dorothy Humiston Kathleen Bruce McBroom The Babette L. Roth Irrevocable Estate of Wilbur H. Thies, Sr. Merle E. Betz, Jr. Estate of Elsie Feibes Pat Dick Johnson Ms. Estelle Meadoff Trust Emily P. Thies Mr. Joseph F. Bleckel Estate of Florence Feiler Ms. Beverly A. Jones Mr. Michael Mendelson Maryan Richard Schall Grace A. Tickner Mrs. Helen J. Brown Estate of Howard C. Fenton Estate of Judith Jones Mr. Mrs. Frank B. Miles The Petar Schepanovich* Tilton Family Foundation Estate of Marguerite Bulf Peggy Gary Mrs. Marvel Kirby Patricia McNulty Mitchell Kathleen Schepanovich Donn V. Tognazzini Don Bullick Finefrock John Michael Koelsch Charles J. Esther R. Mlynek Trust Trust Carol Van den Assem Trust William S. Burtness June Breton Fisher Mr. James Kohn Estate of Regis J. Morris Nancy Bill* Schlosser Estate of Marie L. Van Schie Ms. Carol Carson Estate of Mario J. Frosali The Anette La Hough Trust Connie Smith Nevins Estate of June H. Schuerch Bettine* Lawrence Wallin Estate of Charlotte Castalde Mildred K. Fusco Trust Dorothy Largay Wayne Rosing Estate of James Orr Estate of Margaret H. Smith Linda Seltzer Yawitz Ms. Patricia Clancy Estate of Monica Gallagher Kenneth R. Loh Estate of Harold A. Parma Estate of Thelma R. Smith Marjorie Lynn Zinner The Crosby Fund Sandra Garcia Estate of Barbara Jeanne Lotz Mrs. Fred Smithcors * deceased NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA BARBARA, CA 27 S. LA PATERA LANE PERMIT #756 SANTA BARBARA, CA 93117 TEL: 805.964.4767 TOLL-FREE: 800.676.1638 FAX: 805.681.4838 ww w .D i r e ct r e l i e f . o rg BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Thomas J. Cusack VICE CHAIR John Romo SECRETARY Rita Moya TREASURER Patrick Enthoven Kendall Bishop • Jon E. Clark • Lawrence Dam • Patty DeDominic Hon. Paul G. Flynn • Gregg L. Foster • Dorothy Gardner • Ernest J. Getto J. Michael Giles • Bert Green, M.D. • Raye Haskell • W. Scott Hedrick Priscilla Higgins, Ph.D. • Angel Iscovich, M.D. • Ellen K. Johnson Nancy Walker Koppelman • Dorothy F. Largay, Ph.D. • Donald J. Lewis Mari Mitchel • Jeanne Newman • Mary Louise Scully, M.D. • James Selbert Ayesha Shaikh, M.D. • George Short • Gary R. Tobey INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR EMERITI Lawrence R. Glenn • E. Carmack Holmes, M.D. Richard Godfrey S. Roger Horchow • Stanley S. Hubbard • Jon B. Lovelace Stanley C. Hatch Donald E. Petersen • Richard L. Schall • John W. Sweetland Denis Sanan Nancy Schlosser HONORARY BOARD PRESIDENT EMERITUS Sylvia Karczag CHAIR EMERITUS Jean Hay DIRECTOR EMERITUS Dorothy Adams PRESIDENT CEO Thomas Tighe LEARN MORE. /////////// Get Connected with Direct Relief SPREAD THE WORD. /////// SEE VIDEO. ////////////// DIRECTRELIEF.ORG WINTER 2011