Medical aid arrives in Moldova thanks to direct relief

By Lara Cooper

Shipments of medical aid arrived in Moldova’s capital this week, bringing support to the country which shares a border with Ukraine and has absorbed more refugees per capita than almost any country in Europe.

On Wednesday, Direct Relief’s eight-ton shipment of medical aid arrived in Chié™inău for the country’s Ministry of Health.

The agency specifically requested drugs included in the 16,595-pound shipment, including cancer treatments, antibiotics and drugs for asthma and respiratory conditions, mental health and Covid-19.

More than 380,000 Ukrainians have crossed the border with 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.

This week’s shipment was Direct Relief’s first shipment to Moldova and will support a regional response to the humanitarian crisis while strengthening medical services in Ukraine.

Since the war broke out, nearly 200 tons of medical aid has been shipped to Ukraine by Direct Relief, including insulin, cancer treatments, antibiotics, surgical supplies, essential drugs, and more.