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27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara
California 93117
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Programs: Throughout the developing world, tremendous needs exist for a wide range of healthcare services. Our assistance program supports primary- and secondary-level health facilities and programs, including dispensaries, clinics, rural hospitals, and health projects serving impoverished areas. Maternal and Child Health (MCH) is an area of special focus. Assistance is provided to maternity hospitals, women's clinics, pediatric facilities, midwifery, and other programs that support mothers and babies.In emergency response, we provide urgently needed medical resources to address acute needs. In these situations, we coordinate with local organizations in the country and other international organizations that engage in relief efforts.Because we provide material resources, it is essential that the specific materials provided are suitable for the circumstances in which they will be used. Therefore, our assistance is determined by the specific requests of partner organizations.Direct Relief International attempts to respond to all meritorious requests for assistance. However, current funding limits our response to approximately 20% of the requests that we receive each year.

Mission:
Direct Relief International works to improve the health and lives of people living in developing countries and people affected by disaster or war. We are nonsectarian and nongovernmental. We provide locally run health facilities and projects the essential material resources they need: medicines, supplies, and equipment. We receive most of these products through donations and ensure that they are provided in the most secure, most efficient manner possible.Our approach focuses on local health efforts and the people who run them. Our partner organizations typically serve rural communities in countries and areas that are poor, lack health infrastructure, and in which people confront severe health challenges. All partner organizations demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and credibility to provide quality health services in a nondiscriminatory manner. Direct Relief International also works nationally to address particular health needs in the U.S., including our home community of Santa Barbara, California.
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10/02/14
My wife and I have been contributing to DRI for many years now because it always responds in a timely way when disasters strike around the world. It is staffed largely by volunteers so more than 90% of a contribution goes towards medical supplies, etc that it sends out. Ie, its administrative ... more »
08/13/14
Direct Relief has not only been a "relief" to all of the free clinics in the U.S. for quite a while now, but it has served as inspiration for hard work on behalf of those most in need worldwide. Our free clinic has received medications, medical supplies, and consumer products that our patients ... more »
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08/01/14
Direct Relief is a great non profit. I have been volunteering with them and I am so impressed at how hard they all work, how much they get done and their passion to do the right things for people in the US and around the world. They are transparent, ethical and use money and donations as ... more »
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