Medical aid is continuously arriving in Ukraine

By Lara Cooper

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 334 medical aid shipments requested in 36 U.S. states and territories and 11 countries worldwideincluding Ukraine.

The shipments contained 2.3 million defined daily doses of medicationincluding PPE, Covid-19 therapies, diabetes drugs and cancer treatments.

Today, four pallets of insulin, weighing over a ton, arrived in Ukraine, and the 2,400-pound shipment was delivered to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, which will use the life-saving drugs to support people with diabetes in the country.

Direct Relief’s insulin is shipped in special cold chain shippers with monitoring devices inside, ensuring the medication remains within a stable temperature range throughout the journey. Insulin needs in the country have reached critical levels and Direct Relief is coordinating a regional response with the International Diabetes Federation, Ukrainian Diabetes Federation, Ukrainian Ministry of Health, Life for a Child and Non-Communicable Diseases of the ‘World Health Organization working group.

Ukraine’s response to date

Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided nearly 200 tonnes of medical aid, with more on the way.

All items were supplied on demand and approved by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. Direct Relief’s medical donations were mobilized from inventories in Ukraine, the organization’s distribution center in the Netherlands and emergency airlifts from the United States.

The assistance requested by Ukraine and provided by Direct Relief includes a wide range of medicines, equipment and supplies, from field medical kits used by first responders providing triage care to oxygen concentrators to intensive care medicines used in an intensive care unit. Diabetes and hypertension drugs, oncology drugs, diabetes supplies and other urgently needed drugs were also delivered. This week, a 76-ton charter departed for Ukraine, containing a 50-bed field hospital donated by the State of California, oxygen-concentrating antibiotics, chronic disease medications, and more.

Direct Relief is in contact with Ministries of Health across the region to assess needs and shares information with the UN, European Commission and World Bank to coordinate relief efforts.

Response time

As the conflict enters its sixth week, Direct Relief’s response has included continued injections of medical support.

DELIVERED IN UKRAINE

March 4: 20 pallets of emergency response kits are delivered to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The packs contain trauma and first aid supplies including bandages, tourniquets, gauze, essential medications and personal safety equipment.

March 9: 24 pallets of drugs for diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory and oncological diseases are delivered to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health from Ukraine. 

March 9: 13 pallets of emergency medical supplies including emergency response kits, oxygen concentrators, emergency health kit, family hygiene kits and inhalers delivered to Ukrainian NGO Charity Fund Modern Town & Village in Ukraine. 

March 23: 22 pallets containing emergency medical supplies delivered to a city in northeastern Ukraine (location retained for security reasons).

March 25: 41 pallets containing 702 x 10 liter oxygen concentrators to support Covid-19 and other emergency hospital care items.

March 26: 67 pallets of wound care, antibiotics, chronic disease medication, PPE and maternal and child health supplies for the Ukrainian Ministry of Health

52 pallets of intravenous antibiotics, diabetes medication and hypothyroidism medication were collected from Direct Relief’s distribution center in the Netherlands and delivered to the Ministry of Health.

March 27: A FedEx 777 humanitarian charter containing approximately 153,000 pounds of medical aid, including emergency drugs and supplies, drugs for trauma and wound treatment, drugs for chronic illnesses, and more. arrived in the region for delivery to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and organizations supporting healthcare across the country.

March 27: 5 pallets of emergency medical supplies from the Netherlands distribution center have been delivered to Charity Fund Modern Village and Town.

March, 31st: 2 pallets of an emergency health kit have been delivered to a hospital in the Kyiv region providing charity care, including trauma care.

April 1: 4 pallets of insulin products arrived today at the warehouse of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.

IN TRANSIT

Expected delivery this weekend: 1 pallet of insulin products from the Netherlands distribution center is expected to be delivered to Ukraine to Charity Fund Modern Village and Town.

6 pallets of 100 x 10L oxygen concentrators are directed to Charity Fund Modern Village and Town.

Week of April 4: 1 pallet of insulin products from the distribution center in the Netherlands is expected to be delivered to Ukraine by the end of the week to a hospital in the Kyiv region providing charity care, including trauma care.

1 pallet of insulin products from the Netherlands distribution center is expected to be delivered to Ukraine by the end of the week in a city in northeastern Ukraine (location withheld for security reasons)

20 pallets of emergency medical supplies for the International Association for Medical Cooperation are expected to arrive in Ukraine by the end of the week.

Direct Relief is deploying emergency medical aid, ranging from oxygen concentrators to intensive care medication, while preparing for longer-term assistance to people displaced or affected by the war in Ukraine.

In the news

GLOBAL

This week, outside of the United States, Direct Relief shipped more than 1.3 million defined daily doses medication.

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

  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Pakistan
  • Bolivia
  • Paraguay
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Panama
  • Lebanon
  • Sierra Leone
  • Palestinian territories

UNITED STATES

Direct relief delivered 312 shipments containing 1 million doses of medicine over the past week to organizations including:

  • Clinica Esperanza, Rhode Island
  • St. Vincent de Paul Clinic, Arizona
  • Good News Care Center, Florida
  • Morgan County Medical Center, Tennessee
  • CCI – Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Free Medical Clinic of the Ozarks, Missouri
  • El Projecto del Barrio, California
  • Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • EXCELth Primary Health Care, Louisiana

YEAR TO DATE

Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 4,687 shipments for 1,278 health organizations in 51 US states and territories and 62 countries.

These shipments contained 93.1 million defined daily doses of drugs valued at $438.8 million (wholesale) and weighing 6.1 million pounds.