Direct Relief (formerly known as Direct Relief International) is a nonprofit humanitarian
organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people in poverty or emergency
situations by providing the appropriate medical resources. The charity provides emergency
medical assistance and disaster relief in the United States and internationally. The
organization is headed by an independent board of directors and its president and
CEO, Thomas Tighe.

In 1945, William Zimdin, an Estonian immigrant to the United States and businessman,
began sending thousands of relief parcels to relatives, friends, and former employees in
Europe to help with the aftermath of World War II. In 1948, Zimdin formalized his efforts
with the establishment of the William Zimdin Foundation. Dezso Karczag, a Hungarian
Jewish immigrant, assumed management of the foundation following Zimdin's death in 1951.
Karczag changed the organization's name to Direct Relief Foundation in 1957.
In the early 1960s, the foundation refined its mission to serve disadvantaged populations in
medically underserved communities around the world. To assist with this effort, Direct Relief
became licensed as a wholesale pharmacy in 1962 to be able to provide prescription
medicines. During this time, the organization also supported victims of natural disasters in
the US and homeless populations in Santa Barbara, California. The foundation assumed the
name Direct Relief International in 1982.
In 2004, the Direct Relief provided almost $122 million in medical aid to 54 countries. [13]  The
same year, the organization assisted Sri Ramakrishna Math and GlaxoSmithKline with
designing and implementing a one-year nurse assistant training program in India. The
program was launched to empower young women in districts affected by the Indian Ocean
tsunami. By 2019, over 1,200 nurses had graduated.
In 2011, Direct Relief Women held its first fundraiser for Direct Relief International. All
money raised went toward providing safe births around the world. In 2013, Direct Relief
International assumed the name Direct Relief.
After raising $3,300 for the American Cancer Society through a partnership with Direct
Relief in 2016, Matthew Moffit and Direct Relief produced  Zeldathon  (playing Legend of
Zelda for 36 hours straight) and formed Direct Relief Gaming, which has raised $14.1M since
its inception and partnered with organizations such as Humble Bundle and Bungie.
In 2018, Direct Relief provided about $1.2 billion worth of wholesale materials to health
centers in over 100 countries.


Direct Relief provides emergency medical assistance to Uganda through Uganda
Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) and the Union uses the same opportunity to distribute
the relief items to different facilities that are poorly funded and hard to reach.
The Union goes and extra mile of even reaching hard to reach areas through its mobilization
country wide.

This has really enabled our hard-to-reach facilities to help the people in those areas to get
medical services and thus saving lives. The major focus is to deliver babies safely in the hard to reach areas
which is the key and main purpose of the medical emergency.
All regions in Uganda do benefit from this medical emergency support from direct relief.