Earthquake response – Direct Relief

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June Medical is a healthcare company that is committed to improving patient outcomes and providing quality medical products to healthcare providers. However, June Medical’s mission goes beyond just providing medical products. For the last few years, June Medical has been supporting Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization that provides medical assistance to people in need around the world.

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Direct Relief is a nonprofit organization that works in more than 80 countries and all 50 U.S. states. The organization provides essential medical supplies and equipment to healthcare providers who are on the front lines of disaster relief and humanitarian crises. Their mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.

June Medical has been a consistent supporter of Direct Relief, providing financial contributions and in-kind donations of medical supplies and equipment. By supporting Direct Relief, June Medical is able to help provide critical medical aid to people in need around the world. The impact of these efforts has been significant, with Direct Relief being able to provide more than $8 billion in aid since its inception in 1948.

As a healthcare company, it is important for June Medical to not only focus on providing quality products but also to help improve healthcare outcomes for people in need. By supporting organizations like Direct Relief, June Medical is able to help provide access to vital medical resources for people who may not have had access otherwise. This not only improves healthcare outcomes for individuals but also strengthens healthcare systems and communities as a whole.

Furthermore, supporting humanitarian aid organizations like Direct Relief aligns with June Medical’s core values of compassion, empathy, and social responsibility. By giving back to the communities we serve, June Medical is able to create a positive impact beyond just the medical products we provide.

In conclusion, June Medical’s commitment to supporting Direct Relief is a reflection of our dedication to improving healthcare outcomes and making a positive impact in the world. By supporting humanitarian aid organizations, healthcare companies like June Medical can help provide access to essential medical resources for people in need and contribute to building stronger, more resilient communities.


From Direct Relief:

Since the devastating back-to-back 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes on Feb. 6, both Turkey and Syria have undergone damage and devastation of an unfathomable scale. With the death toll reaching 50,000 last week, and more than 2.2 million people currently displaced, the recovery effort continues as both countries work to fill gaps in medical supply chain and healthcare systems – impacts being felt even more significantly in Northwestern Syria, where critical infrastructure and services were already lacking due to ongoing conflict.

In the immediate hours following the earthquakes, Direct Relief activated its Emergency Response Team to begin assessing needs on the ground. Through communication and coordination with the Ministry of Health of Turkey, as well as several non-profit medical organizations in both Syria and Turkey, Direct Relief was able to provide critically needed grants to assist with search and rescue efforts within the first 24 hours, while simultaneously working to assess medical aid needs.

Through assessments and communication with medical organizations operating in the impacted areas, Direct Relief has learned that current needs are antibiotics, wound care supplies, prosthetics, medication for diabetes, hypertension, cancer, maternal/pediatric health, cholera treatment, mental health trauma care, and support for doctors and other healthcare staff working and volunteering to provide medical care in the affected regions.

In response, Direct Relief is coordinating its largest shipment to Syria to date, chartering a Boeing 777 cargo plane to transport 179 pallets of requested medical aid weighing 150,000 lbs (75 tons) to Syria this weekend.

Thanks to the incredible support of donors from more than 90 countries around the world, Direct Relief has received $14 million for its Turkey and Syria earthquake response, of which $5.2 million has been committed/spent so far. Direct Relief has also provided more than $57 million of donated medicines and medical supplies since February 6th.  Among the financial grants that Direct Relief has awarded include:

In Turkey

The Society of Critical Care Medicine received $500,000 to support specialized procurement of trauma care needs and supplies. The organization has active members working in hospitals in Turkey and Syria and is also mobilizing ICU specialists from multiple countries to provide emergency medicine and critical care services in support of the Turkish health system.

The Turkish Midwifery Association received $100,000 to obtain UN delivery kits. The association has 3,910 members who provide pre- and post-natal home care as well as childbirth services at Turkish hospitals throughout the country. Pregnant women and newborns are particularly vulnerable to health risks in disaster settings, and the funding will pay for supplies to facilitate safe births, as well as personal care supplies for pregnant women and those recovering from birth.

AKUT, the leading search and rescue team in Turkey with over 400 staff and volunteers, received $100,000 for urban search and rescue efforts. The group also received 100 Direct Relief field medic backpacks for triage care.

Turkish Society of Nephrology – Renal Disaster Task Force received $20,000 for converted shipping containers to shelters for specialized teams cycling into Adiyaman, Hatay, and Kahramanmaras to provide medical care for crush wounds and resulting kidney issues that occur after acute traumas.

The Turkish Society of Intensive Care and the Turkish Medical Association have each been awarded $50,000 for procurement of 10 containerized housing units used for front line medical doctors and staff.


In Syria

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) received $1 million for emergency procurement of in-country medications and surgery supplies, bringing total cash support to the organization to $1.6 million from Direct Relief.

Syria Relief and Development has received $100,000 for emergency operating expenses. This grant follows years of support from Direct Relief to Syria Relief and Development, including financial assistance and donations of medical resources.

Independent Doctors Association has received $150,000 for emergency operating expenses. This grant builds on years of in-kind support from Direct Relief – more than 10 million doses of medicine since 2021. 

Direct Relief has had numerous long-time provider partners in Syria that it supports.  Since 2017 to date, Direct Relief has sent 101 shipments, valued about $199 million in total, to Syria. 


Thank you for being a part of Direct Relief and your support of this critical emergency response !”


Donate to Direct Relief here or read more about JUNE Medicals charitable work  and how we help on the frontline in Ukraine