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.
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.â€¯
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.â€¯
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.
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:â€¯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
- CNN – “The Lead” with Jake Tapper: Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe details Ukraine’s response
- Fox News: Need for humanitarian aid ‘serious’ in Ukraine: CEO of Direct Relief
- Associated Press: FedEx Flight plans to ship medical supplies for youKrainians – “Aid includes an emergency field hospital containing 50 beds, IV poles and kits, defibrillators, tourniquets and oxygen supplies,” said Direct Relief, which is providing the supplies. The flight will also include COVID-19 treatments, antibiotics, inhalers, bandages and medicine for heart, thyroid and respiratory conditions, Direct Relief said.
- Freight Week: Direct Relief works with FedEx to provide essential aid to Ukrainian refugees – “Aid on board the FedEx Boeing 777 cargo plane included an emergency field hospital donated by the State of California and substantial amounts of emergency medication and supplies, including trauma medication and wounds, medication for chronic illnesses, oxygen concentrators and Covid-19 antiviral tablets. Members of the Direct Relief team were on hand for the unloading and distribution of the last mile to Ukraine.
- Memphis trade call: ‘We feel responsible to give back’: 76 tons of medical supplies headed for Ukraine – “The charter plane was packed back and forth with boxes of supplies, which included an emergency field hospital and significant amounts of emergency medication such as tranexamic acid to prevent bleeding, inhalers, IV fluids, oxygen concentrators and sutures. Molnupiravir, a COVID-19 treatment, was also on board. »
- Action News 5: FedEx flight with humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees departs Memphis – “On Saturday, FedEx Express team members in Memphis loaded a Boeing 777 cargo plane with 76 tons of emergency medical supplies. Direct Relief, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, coordinated humanitarian assistance for help Ukrainian refugees.
- CBS LA: A look at how people can help the relief effort for Ukraine – “Thomas Tighe, CEO of nonprofit Direct Relief, speaks to CBS2 News This Morning about relief efforts for victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
- ArtNet: The Artist is Here Again: Marina AbramoviÄ‡ Reenacts Her Best-Known Performance to Benefit Ukraine – “More than 1,500 people sat across from Marina Abramovi® during her 2010 presentation of ‘The Artist Is Present’ at MoMA, all photographed. If you missed your chance, then you’re in luck. This this month, the Serbian artist will revisit his most famous work of art for an auction to benefit Ukrainian relief.“
- NPR: Custom LEGO company raised over $145,000 for Ukraine Relief – “To his surprise, President Zelenskyy Lego sold out within hours, meaning he donated $145,000 to the nonprofit Direct Relief to bring medical supplies to those affected by the war.”
- PC World: Fortnite players donate $100 million to Ukraine – “After only nine days, Epic has announced that it has raised US$100 millionÂ for its chosen relief charities… Epic distributes 100% of funds received among five charities: UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, United Nations Refugee Agency, Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen.
- PC Gamer: Humble’s Stand With Ukraine Bundle Raises Over $20 Million In Just One Week – “According to the Stand With Ukraine bundle page, over 473,900 bundles have been sold, raising a total of $20,737,509, 100% of which will be split between Razom for Ukraine, International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps and Direct Relief . A “
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:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Sierra Leone
- Palestinian territories
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.