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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.

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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Full disclaimer - I worked at Direct Relief for a few years. So, while I may maintain some sort of bias, I also know the organization from the inside out. Having worked there, I can say with confidence that I can't imagine a smarter, more ethical group of people than those at Direct Relief - people ... more »
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When I moved to Santa Barbara in 1966, my mother said, "Oh, that's where Direct Relief is!" As a doctor's wife, she had helped collect medicine samples for DRI from doctors' offices in our town in Kentucky. DRI has come a long way since then, but still is one of the most effective, and cost ... more »
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Wonderful organization, especially thier work in Haiti... more »
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