Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and in more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations. In the U.S., Direct Relief provides donations of prescription medicines, medical supplies, and other resources to more than 1,300 community clinics and health centers in all 50 states.
Nonprofit health centers and clinics are a critical part of America's healthcare safety net. These facilities provide comprehensive, culturally competent health services to more than 23 million U.S. residents each year. More than 72 percent of patients have incomes below the federal poverty level and roughly 35% lack health insurance. The majority of people seeking care at these clinics do not have the means necessary to obtain prescription medicines and other health-restoring resources.
Direct Relief improves the health of vulnerable people throughout the United States by delivering no-cost pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to more than 1,300 community clinics and health centers. Based on trusted partnerships, Direct Relief secures product donations from pharmaceutical companies and medical supply manufacturers that can be used in the U.S. In addition, Direct Relief has worked with BD for 5 years to highlight and award innovation in community health.
The long-term impacts of the program are to improve the health of vulnerable people in the U.S. by: -strengthening the capacity of the healthcare safety net -increasing access to medicines for people who cannot afford them -reducing operational costs of clinics for medications and supplies -highlighting innovation in community health in the U.S.