CAIS is proud to be fundraising for Direct Relief as they work with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and around the world to support health workers in the fight against COVID-19. Please join us in response to this pandemic through donations that will provide personal protective equipment and essential medical resources to those on the front lines.
As case totals grow in the US and around the world, Direct Relief is focusing donations on four key areas:
(1) Providing Personal Protective Equipment. Direct Relief is supporting healthcare workers responding to COVID-19 by providing protective masks, exam gloves, isolation gowns, and other protective gear including tents to help healthcare organizations triage patients more safely in the open air. Right now, the organization’s most urgent need is to procure and replenish additional PPE items for future deployment.
(2) Bolstering Critical Care Capacity. Direct Relief is building an ICU medication model designed to estimate future medication needs. Though healthcare organizations are yet to run into shortages of IV fluids, broad-spectrum antibiotics, or vasopressors (which help to increase the blood pressure of severely ill patients), these medications could become highly coveted. Direct Relief will use its medication model to mobilize private resources to build medication stockpiles to assist with the anticipated spike in ICU patients.
(3) Preventing a Chronic Care Crisis. Direct Relief is continuing to provide general medical support to a vast network of health centers and free clinics amidst the crisis. Two million people receive health care through the country’s 1,400 free and charitable clinics and charitable pharmacies each year. Without these facilities, vulnerable populations may not have the resources to access primary care and treatment for chronic illness, ultimately leading to further catastrophe and additional strain on emergency rooms.
(4) Providing Research and Analysis to Help Guide Official Actions and Policy. Direct Relief is collaborating with infectious disease epidemiologists, technology companies and public agencies to aggregate data to help inform decision-makers at the state and local level how well measures, like social distancing interventions, are working. Their team frequently uses anonymized data to track population movements and better understand and predict human behavior (and whether folks will comply) at scale. Learn more about how tracking population movement can help fight the Corona-Virus. Please donate to support our healthcare workers, and to help fund research and policy that can flatten the curve while we race to find a cure for COVID-19. Every dollar counts, and your contribution will make a difference.
About Direct Relief:
Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. The organization’s tradition of direct and targeted assistance, provided in a manner that respects and involves the people served, has been a hallmark of its work since its founding in 1948.