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Puerto Rico


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Unaudited totals since Jan. 1, 2010
in medical aid
doses of medicine
pounds of medicine and supplies
healthcare providers supported

Investing in Puerto Rico Communities

During the last five years, Direct Relief has facilitated the implementation of over 400 projects to strengthen Puerto Rico’s healthcare system through the Federally Qualified Health Centers’ network and many other local nonprofit organizations. Contributions from donors and corporate partners, including AbbVie’s $50 million donation, have been vital in the success of many of these programs.

In addition to equipping health centers and clinics with requested medical supplies, Direct Relief has provided more than $30 million in cash grants aimed at bolstering Puerto Rico’s health sector in the following ways:

new Interventional Radiology unit<\/a> at the University Pediatric Hospital in Centro M\u00e9dico, the only of its kind in PR and the Caribbean.<\/p>\n\n"},{"anchor":"resilient-energy","title":"Resilient Energy","customAnchor":false,"content":"\n<div class=\"wp-block-image is-style-default\">\n<figure class=\"aligncenter size-large\"><img src=https://www.directrelief.org/"https:////www.directrelief.org//wp-content//uploads//2018//05//3-1280x853.jpg/" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-67646\"\/><\/figure><\/div>\n\n\n<h2 class=\"wp-block-heading is-style-section-heading-4\">Resilient Energy<\/h2>\n\n\n\n<p>Direct Relief is equipping a host of medical facilities in Puerto Rico with more than 1 megawatt of solar production capacity and 1.7 megawatts of battery storage. Over <strong>$4M<\/strong> have been allocated to install renewable energy and battery storage systems in 15 FQHCs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<p> <strong>25 solar-powered water wells<\/strong> have been installed in non-PRASA communities (independent community water supply systems not served by the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority). Compounded, these wells will provide access to clean drinking water to nearly <strong>14,720 residents<\/strong> in remote areas. <a href=https://www.directrelief.org/"https:////www.directrelief.org//2021//02//after-hurricane-maria-these-firefighters-responded-without-power-now-they-have-a-renewable-source///">Fire and EMS stations<\/a> are also being outfitted with solar energy systems, allowing first-line workers to provide essential services during emergencies and power breakdowns.<\/p>\n\n"},{"anchor":"improving-access-to-healthcare","title":"Improving access to healthcare","customAnchor":false,"content":"\n<div class=\"wp-block-image is-style-default\">\n<figure class=\"aligncenter size-large\"><img src=https://www.directrelief.org/"https:////www.directrelief.org//wp-content//uploads//2018//05//4-1280x853.jpg/" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-67647\" title=\"improving-access-to-healthcare\"\/><\/figure><\/div>\n\n\n<h2 class=\"wp-block-heading is-style-section-heading-4\">Improving access to healthcare<\/h2>\n\n\n\n<p>Direct Relief is addressing medical access gaps by establishing an <a href=https://www.directrelief.org/"https:////www.directrelief.org//2021//01//telemedicine-is-sweeping-puerto-rico-and-its-here-to-stay///">island-wide telehealth /u200bnetwork at health facilities in underserved areas. This network will effectively expand access to primary and specialty care, including psychiatric and mental health services. Since the start of the program, over <strong>17,000 tele-visits<\/strong> have been performed by FHQC's and partner organizations.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<p>Telehealth has also been applied to tackle the present mental health crisis in the face of limited providers. To date, over <strong>12,000 patients<\/strong> have received mental health services through our partnerships. <strong>56 mobile units<\/strong> and off-road vehicles will further broaden the delivery of health services to remote communities throughout the island.<\/p>\n\n"},{"anchor":"medically-fragile-populations","title":"Medically Fragile Populations","customAnchor":false,"content":"\n<div class=\"wp-block-image is-style-default\">\n<figure class=\"aligncenter size-large\"><img src=https://www.directrelief.org/"https:////www.directrelief.org//wp-content//uploads//2018//05//5-1280x960.jpg/" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-67648\"\/><\/figure><\/div>\n\n\n<h2 class=\"wp-block-heading is-style-section-heading-4\">Medically Fragile Populations<\/h2>\n\n\n\n<p>Funding of <strong>37 diverse, local non-profit organizations<\/strong> has enabled the expansion of services for vulnerable populations across the island. Maximizing health improvement through carefully leveraged resources has resulted in immediate respite for patients with chronic conditions such as <a href=https://www.directrelief.org/"https:////www.directrelief.org//2021//03//after-puerto-ricos-earthquakes-renal-patients-feel-mental-health-effects///">end-stage renal disease,<\/a> cancer, and diabetes. The Pediatric Renal Transplant program acquired a much-needed resource through the funding of a new position for a transplant <a href=https://www.directrelief.org/"https:////www.directrelief.org//2021//08//meet-the-renal-care-coordinator-working-miracles-for-pediatric-transplant-patients///">coordinator. Since the program began, a total of <strong>nine children<\/strong> have received renal transplant and are free from weekly dialysis treatment. <\/p>\n\n\n\n<p>Direct Relief is also prioritizing support for community-based organizations in expanding their opioid abuse program. Strategies are based on harm-reduction principles and include grief counseling, needle-exchange, mental health support, and MAT programs.<\/p>\n\n"}]">

Puerto Rico Project Dashboard

Direct Relief is registered in Puerto Rico as a “non-profit foreign corporation, organized under the laws of California and duly authorized to do business in Puerto Rico since March 29, 2019.” To view Direct Relief’s registration page on the Puerto Rico Registry of Corporations and Entities, click here and enter “Direct Relief” in the field for “Corporate Name.”

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