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What Direct Relief Does
Direct Relief provides support to more than 1,100 nonprofit community clinics and health centers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. This network is the nation’s healthcare "safety net" that supports more than 10,000 clinical sites that provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive health services to more than 20 million people, regardless of their ability to pay. Through partnerships with leading pharmaceutical and medical manufacturers, Direct Relief strengthens community clinics and health centers throughout the United States. Each Drop Counts.
Whom Direct Relief Helps
Direct Relief’s donations continue to provide essential medical supplies and help us to divert funds that would have been spent on these items to other critical needs." In 2013, nearly 50 million people across the United States (15.7% of the population) lacked health insurance. Those without insurance have few options to receive basic, quality, and affordable healthcare. One essential source of medical care for those without health insurance is the nation’s network of nonprofit community clinics and health centers. Direct Relief...Our Focus.
What is Direct Relief?
Direct Relief is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest. Thanks to generous material and financial contributions from individuals, pharmaceutical companies, and medical equipment manufacturers, Direct Relief can work with healthcare professionals and organizations on the ground and equip them with the essential medical supplies and equipment that they need to help people recover from a disaster.
Direct Relief’s assistance programs are tailored for the particular circumstances and needs of those who have suffered from the effects of natural and man-made disasters. Direct Relief also establishes partnerships with local organizations to provide health services to people in rural areas of a country that are poor and lack basic healthcare infrastructure. Each year, Direct Relief takes steps to leverage every dollar of assistance that it provides into $30 (wholesale) worth of medical supplies for healthcare professionals to use in caring for their patients.
Poverty and poor health reinforce each other everywhere, but better access to health services for people stuck in this cycle is integral to positive change on a humanitarian level and for economic productivity. Health has intrinsic value for every person, but it is also essential for people to learn, work, and make a living. Sick people who don’t receive care can’t work, and they get poor or stay poor; and people who are poor are at higher risk of getting sick. Breaking this vicious cycle is an enormously complex endeavor requiring change in many areas other than health services. But under any scenario, better access to health services is essential.
Direct Relief’s medical assistance programs equip health professionals working in resource-poor communities to better meet the challenges of diagnosing, treating, and caring for people without regard to politics, religion, gender, race, or ability to pay.
Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Direct Relief works daily to equip healthcare providers who care for vulnerable people on an ongoing basis and during emergencies. Our strong network of trusted partners enables Direct Relief to assess immediate healthcare needs, understand the situation on the ground, and respond quickly and efficiently when a disaster strikes. This solid and extensive network is the foundation of our emergency principles and preparedness work.
Direct Relief’s approach to disasters is to support the immediate needs of people by working with local partners that are best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for long-term recovery. Each emergency is unique and has specific characteristics that are dependent upon local facts and circumstances.
Coordinating with local, national, and international responders to avoid duplication of efforts and logistical bottlenecks, Direct Relief’s efforts are always in direct response to specific requests from partners and are coordinated to ensure the most efficient use of resources.
Direct Relief understands the importance of preparedness and works to equip its partners in numerous ways. Based on years of experience responding to large-scale emergencies worldwide, Direct Relief has developed programs that help address the needs of vulnerable communities before a disaster strikes.
Direct Relief’s USA programs are an important part of the organization’s efforts to strengthen America’s healthcare safety net by providing nonprofit community clinics and health centers with medicines and medical supplies for their low-income and uninsured patients. Our USA programs were established in 2004 to help people in the nation’s medically underserved communities gain greater access to healthcare resources, and to improve the ability of small safety net health clinics to provide services to our poorest citizens in both urban and rural areas.
As the only nonprofit organization licensed to distribute pharmaceutical medications in all 50 U.S. states, Direct Relief provides medicine and medical supplies to people in need through a network of 1,100 nonprofit clinic and health center partners.
Nonprofit community clinics and health centers provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive health services to more than 20 million people in the United States every year. Located in medically underserved areas, safety net clinics and health centers provide primary care, dental services, behavioral health, and other support services to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Without access to these clinics and health centers, over-burdened hospital emergency rooms are often the only alternative for uninsured patients to obtain essential medical care.