Direct Relief International

Since 1948, Direct Relief International has worked to improve the quality of life for people in need. We focus on health by providing essential material resources to locally run health programs in poor areas around the world and during times of disaster.

Direct Relief International is a non-profit organization, with no religious affiliation or mission, and provides assistance without regard to race, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, gender, or ability to pay. We are committed to making every dollar count less than 3% of our support goes to administrative and fundraising expenses.

For more information, or to contact Direct Relief International, see their website at: www.directrelief.org

» Recent News

Direct Relief International and Johnson & Johnson Join to Provide $10 Million in Requested Medical Aid to Afghanistan
04 Jun 02 | Direct Relief International today announced that Johnson & Johnson has committed $10 million in medical product contributions in response to urgent needs in Afghanistan. Additionally, last month Direct Relief International and Johnson & Johnson ...

Nobel Peace Prize Nomination for the Peace Corps Cites Direct Relief International President
09 Apr 02 | Direct Relief International President and CEO, Thomas Tighe, is cited in a 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination. According to the nomination letter, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the NGO world include Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra...

Direct Relief International Hosts Groups to Discuss the Current and Future Status of Foreign Assistance Against the Backdrop of the War on Terrorism
25 Mar 02 | On Monday, March 25, Direct Relief International will host the West Coast Meeting of InterAction, a coalition of more than 160 U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in international humanitarian and development work. Last month, ...

Major Pharmaceutical Corporations and Non-Governmental Organizations Meet to Discuss Response to Afghanistan
22 Feb 02 | Representatives from the world's leading pharmaceutical companies will meet early next week with leading U.S. international relief organizations at the Santa Barbara, California headquarters of Direct Relief International. Founded in 1948 by two ...

Despite Reduced Funding, Nonprofit Organization Helped a Record 10.4 Million People in 60 Countries
21 Jan 02 | The 54-year-old California-based nonprofit organization provided international medical aid and emergency relief with total wholesale value of $81.5 million. Direct Relief International, a non-religious organization, was one of 21 organizations ...

Martin Sheen and Anthony Edwards Throw Star Power Behind Direct Relief International
26 Dec 01 | While many celebrities are raising money for events related to 9-11, two stars are also putting their weight behind and raising awareness for the established international medical relief agency, Direct Relief International. Recently, Direct ...

Direct Relief International Named one of Best U.S. Charities
01 Dec 01 | Direct Relief International has been included in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list of the top 400 charities ranked by amount of private support raised in the past year. Direct Relief International was among only 27 organizations of 400 ...

Additional Direct Relief International Medical Aid To Afghanistan
26 Nov 01 | Direct Relief International has now completed nine shipments of medical supplies to help the refugee relief effort along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. The 8th Direct Relief International shipment left for Pakistan and will be traveling via air...

100 Low-Income Area Kids Get Free Dental Care At Direct Relief International's "Healthy Smiles" Clinic
07 Nov 01 | Healthy Smiles is a collaborative effort involving various groups including Santa Barbara/Ventura Dental Society, USC/UCLA Mobile Dental Clinics, Dental Access Resource Team (DART), Carrillo Family Dental Clinic, Cornelia Moore Dental Foundation, ...

Direct Relief International News Update - Medical Relief To Afghanistan Refugees
08 Oct 01 | - Direct Relief International continues to work through government, local, and international relief organizations. Founded in 1948, Direct Relief International is a non-profit, non-sectarian medical relief organization based in Santa Barbara, ...

Direct Relief International Supplies Aid To Refugees From Afghanistan
27 Sep 01 | SANTA BARBARA, CA (September 27, 2001) - Direct Relief International has redirected a shipment of medical supplies and medicines intended for distribution in Afghanistan to the Pakistan border town of Peshawar to handle the influx of Afghani ...

Fund For Survivors & Families Affected By Attacks Set Up Through Direct Relief International
19 Sep 01 | "Many incredible relief organizations, including American Jewish World Service, are working to provide immediate counseling, shelter and support services to victims in New York City and Washington, DC. Direct Relief International has worked ...

Acclaimed Dance Troupe From India To Perform - Supports Disaster Relief Efforts
17 Sep 01 | LOS ALTOS HILLS, CA (September 17, 2001) - The upcoming performance on Saturday, September 22 by the internationally acclaimed JANAVAK, National Folk Dance Troup of India, is helping to raise funds for Direct Relief International, which has ...

Casa Dorinda Donates Hospital Beds for El Salvador Quake Victims
27 Apr 01 | SANTA BARBARA, CA (April 27, 2001) - With the country of El Salvador still reeling from the after-effects of two devastating earthquakes in January and February, Santa Barbara's Casa Dorinda retirement community is pitching in to help out. Casa ...

Effectiveness of Drug Donations in Crisis Areas Examined
16 Apr 01 | SANTA BARBARA, CA (April 16, 2001) - Direct Relief International Development Advisor Christopher Brady has just returned from East Timor, where he was taking part in a World Bank and World Health Organization study of drug donations in emergency ...

Direct Relief International Announces 1st Quarter 2001 Results
06 Apr 01 | SANTA BARBARA, CA (April 6, 2001) - Direct Relief International today announced the results of its 1st quarter activities for 2001. Direct Relief International's material assistance program provided more than 134 tons (268,887 lbs.) of critically...

Window on the World to be Installed at Direct Relief International
06 Mar 01 | Nadya Penoff, a world-renowned stained glass artist, has spent the past six months guiding her local Adult Education class through the creation of a magnificent new stained glass window to be installed at the headquarters of Direct Relief ...

$2 Million in Earthquake Aid for El Salvador
18 Feb 01 | On Sunday, February 18, Direct Relief sent $1.7 million in medical supplies to El Salvador, bringing the total value of its shipments in response to the recent earthquakes there to more than $2 million. Henry Catto, former U.S. Ambassador to El ...

Direct Relief International to Airlift Emergency Aid to India
16 Feb 01 | Next week's India airlift follows a January 31 shipment of emergency aid worth more than $1 million from Direct Relief International. The airlift to India will contain items specifically requested and approved by Direct Relief's Indian partner ...

Direct Relief Names New Board Members
14 Feb 01 | SANTA BARBARA, CA (February 14, 2001) - Direct Relief International, the Santa Barbara-based humanitarian aid organization, has named four new members to its Board of Directors. Andrea Capachietti, Morgan Clendenen, Catherine (Cate) Firestone and...

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