140 tonnes of medical aid to Ukraine; Afghanistan Prenatal Vitamins and More

By Lara Cooper

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 330 medical aid shipments requested in 48 U.S. states and territories and seven countries worldwideincluding Ukraine.

The shipments contained 4.3 million defined daily doses of drugsincluding N-95 masks, mental health drugs, antibiotics, chronic disease drugs, nutritional products, insulin, and cancer treatments.

This week, a shipment of prenatal vitamins left for afghanistan to support pregnancy care provided by a hospital in Kabul. The shipment, weighing more than 1,700 pounds, contains 1,231,000 defined daily doses of multivitamins. Direct Relief has provided more than 187 tons of medical aid to health facilities in Afghanistan since 2008.

UKRAINE’S RESPONSE TO DATE

Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid weighing over 1.2 million pounds, or 600 tonnes, with more on the way. This week, cancer therapies, insulin, antibiotics, intravenous fluids to support dialysis care, surgical supplies and more left Direct Relief’s warehouse for healthcare providers in Ukraine.

A large infusion of intravenous fluids arrived in Ukraine this week, much of the 140 tons shipped to the country in the past seven days.

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.

Seven field hospital kits, each containing 50 beds, trauma care and oxygen supplies and more, have since been deployed to frontline areas of the conflict in need of medical support. A group coordinating the deployment of kits in frontline areas is TAPS-Ukraine in Dniproand the kits were donated by the California State Office of Emergency Services and transported by Direct Relief.

IN THE NEWS

  • The New York Times: Carnegie Hall Gathers Stars for Ukraine Benefit Concert:“Carnegie Hall said proceeds from its concert on Monday will go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid group that supports relief efforts in Ukraine.”
  • USA Today: What’s the best way to donate to Ukraine? Give with your heart, but use your head, experts say: “Do donations make a difference? “Yes, absolutely,” says Tony Morain, vice president of communications at Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides medical aid and disaster relief around the world. “They make all the difference.” Aid distribution is “like a wheel in perpetual motion”, says Morain. “Emergency deliveries are made 24/7 from our distribution centers to Ukraine. The money helps us plan and cover unforeseen costs.”
  • Billboard: Richard Gere’s Carnegie Hall concert raises $360,000 for Ukraine: “Actor Richard Gere hosted a benefit concert for Ukraine at Carnegie Hall that raised $360,000 for Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization providing medical aid.”
  • GasWorld: Medical Oxygen: A Right, Not A Privilege: “The funding was also used to build and restore seven pressure swing adsorption (PSA) plants which are used to generate medical grade oxygen onsite in hospitals. In addition to medical oxygen, Direct Relief provides other medical supplies to healthcare providers around the world in the form of PPE and cold chain technologies such as medical refrigerators and freezers.
  • Nonprofit Times: Disaster Giving Through DAF Often Exceeds Planned Giving: “Donors have awarded more than $138 million to organizations focused on disaster relief efforts over the past 12 months through Vanguard Charitable, according to the organization. As of May 17, donors have awarded more than $57 million through 5,487 grants for relief efforts in Ukraine to organizations including World Central Kitchen, Doctors Without Borders and Direct Relief.
  • Nola.com: a new hurricane response model? Non-profit Eyes churches, community centers like recovery centers: “The community health nonprofit Crescent Care received a $500,000 grant from Direct Relief to turn one of its buildings into this type of community center.”
  • Ellwood City Ledger: ‘A Testimony of Humanity‘: The community rallies around a Ukrainian teacher: “Over the past few weeks, DiDomenico and members of his Global Studies class, along with faculty and staff, have coordinated a Ukrainian crisis relief campaign, gathering monetary donations and countless necessities that will primarily be donated through two organizations, DT C are and Brother’s Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh.

WORLDWIDE

This week, outside of the United States, Direct Relief shipped more than 2.4 million defined daily doses medication.

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

  • Ukraine
  • Uganda
  • Lebanon
  • Ghana
  • Afghanistan

UNITED STATES

Direct relief delivered 306 shipments containing 2 million doses of medicine over the past week to organizations including:

• ODA Quality Health Center, New York • Scranton Primary Health Care Center, Pennsylvania • Kinston Community Health Center, North Carolina • City on a Hill Health Clinic, Michigan • Lorain County Free Clinic, Ohio » ¢ The Health Hut, Louisiana • Good Samaritan Clinic, Arkansas • Community Care Clinic of Dare, North Carolina • Community Health of East Tennessee, Inc., Tennessee • Temple Community Free Clinic, Inc., Texas

YEAR TO DATE

Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 7,628 shipments at 1,544 health organizations in 52 US states and territories and 76 countries.

These shipments contained 226.9 million defined daily doses of drugs valued at $855 million (wholesale) and weighing 8.4 million pounds.

Patricia J. Callender