Direct Relief is a Santa Barbara, California-based nonprofit organization that provides medical assistance to individuals victimized by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world.
Since 1948, Direct Relief has provided material assistance to indigenously run health care facilities and projects by supplying them with specifically requested and medically appropriate pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, nutritional supplements, and medical equipment.
Direct Relief’s material assistance program has two related objectives. One is to provide the tools of modern medicine to trained, indigenous health professionals so they can stay productively engaged in their home countries. The other objective, which flows from accomplishing the first, is to allow people without means to obtain needed health services that otherwise would be unavailable.
In 2006, Direct Relief provided over $200 million in direct aid through medical material assistance and targeted cash grants to more than 300 healthcare facilities and organizations in 56 countries, providing 23.8 million courses of treatment. Direct Relief is one of two charities ranked by Forbes that has received a perfect fundraising efficiency score for five consecutive years.