Support first responders in Puerto Rico, medical aid to Ukraine and more

By Lara Cooper

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 511 medical aid shipments requested in 44 U.S. states and territories and 11 countries worldwideincluding Ukraine.

The shipments contained 16.6 million defined daily doses of drugsincluding N-95 masks, mental health drugs, antibiotics, chronic disease drugs, nutritional products, insulin, and cancer treatments.

Ukraine’s response to date

Since February 24, Direct Relief has delivered over 400 tonnes of medical aid, with more on the way.

Direct Relief responded directly to specific medical requests from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, as well as NGOs and local organizations supporting healthcare in Ukraine. From acute trauma care supplies like tourniquets and blood clotting agents to chronic disease management medications, including insulin, to specialized therapies for cancers, Direct Relief has provided a host of medical supplies for the care during the conflict.

Intravenous fluids, donated by Baxter International, arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine, this week to support medical care in northeastern Ukraine. The shipment was deployed from the company’s facilities in Europe and is the first of several donations, including major shipments along the way to support kidney disease patients in Ukraine.

This week, TAPS-Ukraine in Dnipro received an emergency field hospital, donated by the California State Office of Emergency Services and transported by Direct Relief. The hospital kit, which contains 50 beds, trauma care and oxygen supplies and more, has since been deployed to frontline areas of the conflict in need of medical assistance.

In the news

  • Search and rescue in Ukraine – Santa Barbara News-Press: “The recent mission to Ukraine was staffed entirely by volunteer firefighters and was not funded by the city or county of Santa Barbara. Joint Project Guardian is a non-profit association made up of volunteer firefighters. When the firefighters arrived in Ukraine, they were greeted with supplies donated by Direct Relief and fire departments across the country, which donated firefighting supplies and search and rescue equipment .

WORLDWIDE

This week, outside of the United States, Direct Relief shipped more than 14.9 million defined daily doses medication.

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

  • Ukraine
  • Pakistan
  • North Macedonia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sudan
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Peru
  • Botswana

UNITED STATES

Direct relief delivered 487 shipments containing 1.7 million doses of medicine over the past week to organizations including:

  • Wel Vista, South Carolina
  • NC MedAssist, North Carolina
  • St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, Texas
  • CCI Greenway, Maryland
  • Community Health, Illinois
  • MS Central Health Service, Mississippi
  • UNC Healthcare, North Carolina
  • Free Clinic in Meridian, Mississippi
  • The Health Shack, Louisiana
  • Agape Clinic, Texas

Strengthening Puerto Rico’s Emergency Services

Puerto Rico’s First Response Emergency Medical Services, or FREMS, is a group of first responders who volunteer their time (and often their resources) to help those involved in motor vehicle accidents, traumatic injuries, fires, floods and other emergencies.

In order to expand their emergency response capability in Puerto Rico, Direct Relief, as part of AbbVie’s $50 million donation, awarded a $350,000 grant to FREMS to purchase a new rescue unit and medical equipment such as complex heart monitors. The full story can be found here.

YEAR TO DATE

Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 7,298 shipments at 1,491 health organizations in 51 US states and territories and 75 countries.

These shipments contained 221.4 million defined daily doses of drugs valued at $795.8 million (wholesale) and weighing 8 million pounds.