By Lara Cooper
Direct Relief today announced that it commit $500,000 to support health efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries absorb refugees fleeing violence and disruption. The organization is also in communication with regional organizations to coordinate medical support to refugee communities. Emergency health kits and medical backpacks for triage care are offered to health providers in the area, and the organization makes its inventory of medical aid available and has humanitarian channels in Europe for further response.
The organization has shipped $26 million in medical aid to Ukraine in the past six monthswith the most recent support cache arriving last week containing $5.4 million in medical aid for a Ukrainian NGO that serves hospitals, ambulances and medical centers. The most recent shipment included mental health and cardiovascular medications, intravenous fluids, and more.
Direct Relief, which has staff in Europe, has been in communication with the UN, several ministries of health, as well as local NGOs to meet medical needs as they arise. Health issues during this period include the medical needs of thousands of internally displaced people in Ukraine, particularly in the eastern part of the country, and many others who have fled to refugee camps established in the neighboring countries of Moldova, Poland. , and others.
“Direct Relief was created from the ashes of World War II by fleeing Europeans,” said Thomas Tighe, CEO and President of Direct Relief. “It’s amazing and sad that humanitarian aid is needed again in the same neighborhood, but it’s completely consistent with our organization’s roots, original purpose and long-standing mission.”
Direct Relief will continue to respond.
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“In response to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, Direct Relief has extended its offerings of humanitarian support to several healthcare organizations in the country.”
“If you don’t know, Direct Relief is a charity that supports healthcare in Ukraine and with the invasion of Russia raised funds to help provide intravenous fluids, antibiotics and other medications. He has particularly contributed to the unfolding crisis as more and more Ukrainian citizens are caught up in the invasion and seriously injured.
YEAR TO DATE
Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 2,757 shipments for 1,046 health establishments in 50 US states and territories and 54 countries.
These shipments contained 43.1 million defined daily doses of drugs valued at $258.9 million (wholesale) and weighing 4 million pounds.