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Emergency response and global humanitarian reporting from Direct Relief, an apolitical, nonsectarian non-profit with a humanitarian mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies.

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Emergency response and global humanitarian reporting from Direct Relief, an apolitical, nonsectarian non-profit with a humanitarian mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies.

    Deciding How and Where to Send Supplies During Covid-19

    Deciding How and Where to Send Supplies During Covid-19

    Many countries--previously considered Covid-19 hotspots--have moved into new phases of their response, lifting multi-month lock downs and reopening public spaces. While the changes signal progress for some, other countries are now reporting surges in case totals.

    The progression of the virus is of particular concern in countries with fragile healthcare systems where the virus could be especially lethal without the resources needed to stymie its spread and care for critical patients.

    In anticipation, Direct Relief has sent 66 ICU kits containing PPE, intensive care medications, oxygen concentrators and ventilators to health facilities in 22 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South-eastern Europe. 

    While the need is widespread, deciding who needs what most is a difficult choice, especially when resources are limited. 

    On this episode of the podcast, we speak with Direct Relief’s head of Emergency Response Gordon Wilcock about how he and his team decide how and where to allocate supplies.

    • 12 min
    In the Midst of Covid-19, Florida Healthcare Providers Prepare for "Active" Hurricane Season

    In the Midst of Covid-19, Florida Healthcare Providers Prepare for "Active" Hurricane Season

    The prospect of responding to both a natural disaster and a pandemic at once has those in the public health sector concerned. A large-scale disaster would undoubtedly compound what has already been an all-consuming emergency, potentially flaring up new cases and stressing health systems beyond their peak Covid-19 capacities.

    In the United States, this hypothetical could become all too real in the near future, with Atlantic states entering hurricane season June 1st.  In the Florida panhandle, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018, healthcare providers are gearing up for what has been predicted to be a "more active than usual" hurricane season, forcing them to make difficult decisions about which emergency takes precedence.

    On this episode of the podcast, we speak with two healthcare providers -- both of whom treated patients in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael -- about their concerns as they head into this year's hurricane season.

    • 7 min
    'Last Black Man in SF' Actor Jamal Trulove on his Unconventional Journey to Activism

    'Last Black Man in SF' Actor Jamal Trulove on his Unconventional Journey to Activism

    Actor Jamal Trulove is not your typical activist. Framed by the police for a murder he didn't commit, Trulove spent six years in prison serving out a 50 years to life sentence. In 2015, he was exonerated after a retrial and reached a $13.1 million civil settlement with the City of San Francisco.

    Since then, Trulove has starred in the critically acclaimed A24 film, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," and most recently launched an initiative to distribute Covid-related care supplies to undeserved communities in the Bay Area and within California's prison system.

    On this episode of the podcast Direct Relief journalist Noah Smith interviews Trulove about his experience behind bars and what motivates his activism.

    • 21 min
    Tracking Population Movement as States Reopen

    Tracking Population Movement as States Reopen

    With about half of states lifting their shelter-in-place orders and reopening to varying degrees, many Americans are stepping out of quarantine for the first time in weeks. Restaurants are serving in-house diners, storefronts are opening their doors to shoppers, and people are going back to their workplaces, creating scenes of pre-pandemic life and stirring hopes for a return to 'normal.' But without a vaccine, the threat of transmitting Covid-19 still remains, despite policy cues otherwise.

    "This is a very, very dangerous time to be changing these policies" says Direct Relief's Andrew Schroeder, who has been using anonymized data to track how people are moving during the pandemic. While the curve has flattened nationally, it has "plateaued at a very high level," he says, and rates of infection continue to climb in previously low-risk areas.

    Meanwhile, people have started moving about at significantly higher rates, even in states where restrictions have yet to be lifted, like California. According to Schroeder, this uptick in mobility could have dire consequences."We're seeing this high rate of correlation rate between the mobility rate and the death rate," he says.

    In this episode of the podcast, we speak with Schroeder about how people are moving during this new phase of reopening and what it means for the projected course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    • 14 min
    Covid-19 Exposes Digital Divide in Healthcare

    Covid-19 Exposes Digital Divide in Healthcare

    With people hunkering down due to Covid-19, more and more services are being offered online. Grocery shopping, therapy, even happy hours -- can all be accessed from a laptop computer. While virtual soirees are by no means essential, other services are -- healthcare being one of them.

    As health facilities seeks to minimize in-person visits, telemedicine has become a popular alternative to traditional doctor appointments. While this virtual method of care has expanded access for some, others have been shut out.

    On this episode of the podcast we explore how recent shifts in healthcare have exposed the digital divide, widening disparities between those with technological access and those without.

    • 8 min
    Covid-19's Misleading Death Toll: Who Has Not Been Counted?

    Covid-19's Misleading Death Toll: Who Has Not Been Counted?

    The official death toll of Covid-19 200,000 worldwide. While that number has been used to gauge the impact of Covid-19, it may not provide a complete picture.

    This week I spoke with Dr. Satchit Balsari—an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Balsari was one of several researchers who set out to determine the death toll n Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. His team estimated that thousands of deaths were not reflected in the official count. Many of these deaths were due to interrupted medical care and delayed treatment.

    It’s a trend we’re seeing now, as more and more people forgo routine medical care to avoid overcrowded hospitals.

    So what are the consequences of this? Do we really know how many people have died because of Covid-19?

    On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Balsari explains why the death toll has been under-reported and who has been left uncounted.

    • 20 min

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I can tell she understands the importance of production as she often demonstrates how to draw her listeners back in with quick vocal clips and other sound bites that other podcasts seem to be missing.

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