294 shipments of medical aid to 10 countries, including Ukraine and the United States

By Lara Cooper

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 294 medical aid shipments requested in 31 US states and territories and 11 countries worldwideincluding Ukraine.

The shipments contained 20.9 million defined daily doses of drugsincluding PPE, Covid-19 therapies, diabetes drugs and cancer treatments.

In Ukraine, Direct Relief shipped drugs for use in the event of a chemical weapons attack – 220,000 vials of atropine, which can mitigate the effects of a chemical weapon like sarin gas.

Another one an eight-tonne shipment of medical aid has arrived in Moldova to support its health system as it welcomes Ukrainians fleeing war. Cancer therapies, mental health medications, and respiratory therapies, among other medicationswere part of the requested shipment.

The field medical packs are part of Direct Relief’s ongoing support to Ukraine. They contain items for triage care on the battlefield or wherever improvised care is needed.

The video above was sent by a doctor in Ukraine who received one of the packs.

UNITED STATES

Direct relief delivered 277 shipments containing 736,262 doses of medicine over the past week to the following US organizations.

  • Agape Clinic, Texas
  • Florida Whole Family Health Center
  • El Centro De Corazon, Texas
  • Open Arms Health Clinic, Texas
  • Greater Killeen, Texas Free Clinic
  • Clinic in San Jose, Texas
  • Bethesda Health Clinic, Texas
  • East Tennessee Community Health, Inc., Tennessee
  • Project Shalom Medical Clinic, North Carolina

WORLDWIDE

This week, outside of the United States, Direct Relief shipped more than 20.2 million defined daily doses medication.

Countries that have received medical aid in the past week include:

  • Ukraine
  • Sudan
  • Philippines
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Madagascar
  • Uganda
  • Lebanon
  • India

YEAR TO DATE

Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 4,985 shipments at 1,314 health organizations in 51 US states and territories and 64 countries.

These shipments contained 116.2 million defined daily doses of drugs valued at $516.8 million (wholesale) and weighing 6.3 million pounds.

In the news

  • The Wall Street Journal: Ukrainian Ministry of Health orders chemical weapon antidote – “Aid organization Direct Relief said it responded to a request from the Ukrainian Health Ministry for some 220,000 vials of a drug that can be used to mitigate the effects of a chemical weapon. The drug, called atropine, can increase heart rate and help reduce mucus secretions in a person’s lungs or airways. It can stop the poisoning effects of certain nerve agents if deployed quickly enough. Direct Relief previously distributed the drug to Syrian medical workers after they were attacked in 2017 by the nerve gas sarin and other chemical agents. “Direct Relief is sending this drug in the absolute hope that an attack justifying its use will never occur,” said Alycia Clark, director of pharmacy and clinical affairs for Direct Relief. The organization said it sent the shipment to Ukraine earlier this week from its pharmaceutical warehouse in Santa Barbara, California.
  • ReliefWeb: Medical aid arrives in Moldova thanks to direct relief “More than 380,000 Ukrainians have crossed the border into Moldova since the Russian invasion. Most moved to other countries after arrival, but at least 100,000 remain in the country of 2.6 million people. Moldova shares eight official border crossings with Ukraine, according to data from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
  • KSBY: Santa Barbara Co. Firefighters donate fire equipment to Ukraine – Santa Barbara County Fire Department is helping provide equipment to firefighters in Ukraine. Firefighters donated old turnout gear, urban search and rescue gear, medical supplies, ropes, helmets and gear bags. The effort was organized by local off-duty firefighters in support of the Joint Guardian Project. By Wednesday, the donations were packed on pallets and weighed. Later this week, Direct Relief will receive the pallets and ship them to Ukraine.
  • PC Invasion: Epic Games and Fortnite have raised over $144 million in charity for Ukraine“Epic Games has committed all Fortnite profits from March 20 through April 3 to humanitarian relief efforts, focusing its revenue to help the people of Ukraine.”
  • vogue: Impact Now • An Impression Sale by Vital Impacts“100% of profits will be donated to Direct Relief who will allocate these funds to areas of the world that are most in need of humanitarian aid.”