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Why You Only Send Stuff They Really Need After a Disaster

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

Witnessing the tremendous amount of effort involved and the allocation of this scarce distribution capacity to our goods made me realize that it's not just an unfortunate misstep to send supplies that nobody wanted or requested. It's wrong.

3 Lessons (Among Many) As A Result Of Ebola In Sierra Leone

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

People are afraid to come into hospitals. Hopefully this is temporary, but for now, there is a strong aversion to them. And it's a totally rational feeling based on what people have seen and heard over the past 10 months.

Apples and Oranges: Comparison of Life Events in Haiti and the US

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

If we believe that all lives are equal, then we have to do more for these lives. At Direct Relief, we've been working to help train additional medical professionals (like midwives and birth attendants) and provide essential medical resources (like cancer therapies) but much more needs to be done.

Christmas in Sierra Leone: a Long-Overdue Ebola Care Unit for Local Health Workers

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

Eight months into the outbreak, a dedicated Ebola treatment facility for Sierra Leonean health workers who contract the virus still does not exist. There is a dedicated center for foreign healthcare workers, but Sierra Leonean health workers are not admitted.

The Ripple Effect of Ebola on Health Care in West Africa

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

The solution to protecting health care workers, a critical component to containing the spread of the Ebola virus, seems simple enough. Get medical staff the gloves, masks, and other protective supplies they need to safely care for patients.

Ebola: 5 Questions for a Frontline Healthcare Worker in Sierra Leone

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

Like the cholera outbreak in Haiti that began four years ago, the current Ebola virus outbreak tells the tale of extreme poverty, a lack of health education, and a dearth of basic healthcare supplies to help treat the people affected and prevent the further spread.

Providing Critically-Needed Medical Aid to Tacloban Hospitals

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

All you have to know to understand the scale of the devastation in Tacloban is that the people of this area, families who have lived their entire lives here, are leaving by the thousands to go start their lives in entirely new cities. The destruction and loss makes it all too overwhelming.

Meet Facebook's Oldest User

Posted 10.28.2013 | OWN

At 105 years old, Edythe Kirchmaier is Facebook's oldest registered user. "When I was 95 my children gave me a computer, a printer and a digital camer...

Hope For Haiti's Future

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Andrew MacCalla

This article originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee. Since the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, I've spent nearly three months...

Global Aid Pours into Haiti

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Yasamin Beitollahi

The international outpouring of help displays humanity's better angels -- a global sense of grief and sympathy.