What Is Direct Relief?


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Direct Relief is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to improve the health and lives of those impacted by poverty or disaster by organizing and providing essential medical care in partnership with local organizations. The organization’s programs target the specific needs of people impacted by natural or man-made disasters. Individuals, health care providers, and medical suppliers and manufacturers can make material and financial contributions Direct Relief.

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In 1948, William Zimdin, an Estonian businessman, established the William Zimdin Foundation, which sent relief packages to the thousands of people suffering in Europe after World War II. The organization changed its name to Direct Relief Foundation in 1957, to Direct Relief International in 1982, and then to Direct Relief in 2013.

In addition to post-war refugee efforts in Eastern Europe and Greece, Direct Relief has also supported Tibetan refugees for more than 40 years and has provided targeted medical aid following major disasters. The organization also supplies urgently needed medical resources to community-based institutions and organizations in more than 70 countries. Since 2000, Direct Relief has supplied direct aid in excess of $1.4 billion through medical assistance and cash grants worldwide as of 2015. Independent agencies, such as Charity Navigator and publications that evaluate non-profits, recognize Direct Relief for its high efficiency in managing and spending its resources.

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