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Over the past seven days, Direct Relief delivered 330 shipments of requested medical aid to 48 U.S. states and territories and seven countries worldwide, including Ukraine.
The shipments contained 4.3 million defined daily doses of medication, including N-95 masks, mental health medications, antibiotics, chronic disease medications, nutritional products, insulin, and cancer treatments.
This week, a shipment of prenatal vitamins departed 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 RESPONSE TO DATE
Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid weighing more than 1.2 million pounds, or 600 tons in weight, with more on the way. This week, cancer therapies, insulin, antibiotics, IV fluids to support dialysis care, surgical supplies and more departed Direct Relief’s warehouse for health providers in Ukraine.
A major infusion of IV fluids arrived in Ukraine this week, a large portion of the 140 tons shipped to the country in the last seven days.
On Friday, a large shipment of IV fluids weighing more than 18 tons, donated by Baxter International, arrived in Odessa, Ukraine. The shipment will support health facilities providing care in the region.
Direct Relief has been responding directly to specific medical requests from Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, as well as NGOs and local organizations supporting health care 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 needing medical support. One group coordinating the deployment of the kits to frontline areas is TAPS-Ukraine in Dnipro, and the kits were donated by the State of California Office of Emergency Services and transported by Direct Relief.
GasWorld: Medical Oxygen: A Right, Not a Privilege:“Funding has also been utilized to build and restore seven pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) plants that are used to generate medical-grade oxygen onsite at hospitals. In addition to medical oxygen, Direct Relief provides other medical supplies to healthcare providers across the world in the form of PPE and cold chain technology such as medical fridges and freezers.
Nonprofit Times: Disaster Giving Via DAF Often Exceeds Planned Donations:“Donors have granted 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 this past May 17, donors granted more than $57 million via 5,487 grants for relief efforts in Ukraine to organizations, such as World Central Kitchen, Doctors Without Borders, and Direct Relief.”
This week, outside the U.S., Direct Relief shipped more than 2.4 million defined daily doses of medication.
Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:
Direct Relief delivered 306 shipments containing 2 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:
• 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 to 1,544 healthcare organizations in 52 U.S. states and territories and 76 countries.
These shipments contained 226.9 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $855 million (wholesale) and weighing 8.4 million lbs.