Direct Relief has provided over 650 tons of medical aid to Ukrainians since the start of the war

Direct Relief has also provided over $14.7 million in direct financial support to other organizations in the region. Cash assistance has included direct payments for Ukrainian refugees in Poland to cover prescription drug costs, as well as operating funds for health facilities providing care in Ukraine.

“Direct Relief’s three-month report on humanitarian aid to Ukraine reflects the generosity of a vast private coalition of individuals and businesses globally,” said the President and CEO of Direct Relief Thomas Tigue.

As the war continues, Direct Relief is approaching the response along two parallel tracks – supporting those living the conflict on the inside Ukraineand for whom fled Ukraine to neighboring countries.

Direct Relief last week published a report detailing drugs, supplies and financial assistance donated, as well as a summary of financial contributions received from individuals, businesses and others.

From May 24Direct Relief received 117,611 Ukraine-designated financial contributions totaling $79,624,504 individuals, foundations, companies and organizations located in 79 countries (including Ukrainethe Russian Federationand Belarus as well as all US states and territories). Contributions came from 91,822 donors, some of whom were aggregations of donations from countless individuals. For example, millions of people who play Fortnite have contributed to these efforts through in-game purchases and subscriptions, which have been pooled and donated to Direct Relief by Epic Games.

Direct Relief Compliant Donation policies100% of funds received for specific emergencies are dedicated entirely to those situations, and none of these funds are used for fundraising.

So far, of the total Ukraine-designated cash contributions received to date, Direct Relief has spent or committed $21.1 million improve the health and lives of people affected by war. Uses of the funds include $14.7 million in financial assistance to organizations serving Ukrainians and Ukrainian refugees (including $10 million for prescription drug costs for refugees in Poland) and $2.4 million on the purchase of oxygen concentrators, emergency medical kits and other supplies.

When war broke out, Direct Relief quickly established contact with the Ministries of Health in Moldova, Poland, Romania, Hungaryand Slovakiaas well as associations in these countries, in order to meet the health needs of refugee populations.

Direct Relief expects it will take years to Ukraine health systems and its populations to recover from the destruction of war, and the organization is planning a multi-year response.

“Direct Relief will continue to provide assistance to the people of Ukraine, both those who remain in Ukraine as well as those who have fled the country and may not be able to return in the years to come,” Tighe said.

Corporate support

Direct Relief’s ability to provide much of the important medical material support without spending donor funds was due to in-kind donations from healthcare manufacturers and distributors, with whom Direct Relief works continuously.

Donors from healthcare companies largely responded to requests to participate. Among them are 3MAbbott, AbbVie, Accord Healthcare, Ajanta Pharma, Alvogen, Amgen, Apotex, AstraZeneca, Baxter International, Bayer, Becton DickersonBoehringer Ingelheim Cares, Covidien, Eli Lilly & Company, GSK, Hikma, ICU Medical, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, LifeScan, McKesson Medical-Surgical, Medtronic, Merck & Co., Merck KGaA, MSD, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Sanofi, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Unilever and Viatris.

Additionally, the California State Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) donated seven field hospital contents kits. Each kit contains the equipment needed to set up a 50-bed field hospital, and the hospitals have been deployed to areas of intense conflict.

Help with information

As well as providing medical supplies and financial aid in response to the crisis, Direct Relief has been a key information provider. In UkraineDirect Relief contributed to the collection of participatory data on the needs of displaced people, including their origins and destinations, and access to key services and goods, including health care, food, water, shelter and livelihoods.

At the same time, Direct Relief also collected data on product needs and availability from more than 950 private pharmacies across Ukraine over the past 2.5 months, many of whom were in areas of significant conflict. Pharmacy data was incorporated into cross-validation of Ministry of Health needs lists. Important information has been shared with first responders, healthcare partners and Ukrainian health officials, as well as UN agencies and international aid organizations to help them determine how best to prioritize and deploy their respective resources. Key analytics sharing partners include World Bank, UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Health Group, Mercy Corps and others.

SOURCE Direct Relief