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[Video] Inside Direct Relief’s Ukraine Response

Ten weeks into the current conflict in Ukraine, more than 300 tons of medical has arrived, with more on the way.


Ukraine Relief

Shipments of emergency medical supplies bound for Ukraine are staged at Direct Relief's warehouse on May 5, 2022. The organization has been providing a consistent flow of medical aid to support the country's medical system as war continues. (Maeve O'Connor/Direct Relief)

Moving hundreds of tons of medical across the world is a complex effort, especially when the final destination is a war zone.

To date, Direct Relief has shipped more than 300 tons of medical aid, including temperature-sensitive therapies such as insulin, cancer treatment medications, thyroid medications, antibiotics, trauma care supplies, tourniquets, and much more, to Ukraine since February 24, 2022. The organization has also provided more than $12 million in financial support.

In this series of 1-minute videos, three Direct Relief staff members share their perspectives on what it takes to respond to Ukraine as the war continues to unfold.

Alycia Clark, Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Affairs:

Chris Alleway, International Emergency Response Team Program Manager:

Thomas Tighe, President and CEO:

CREDITS: A Direct Relief Production – Director & Editor: Oliver Riley-Smith; EP: Noah Smith; Director of Photography, Ukraine: Oscar B. Castillo; Director of Photography, Santa Barbara: Will Jobe; Translations: Sam Tkachuk and Albina Popova; Very Special Thanks: Hospital of Saint Nicholas (Lviv), Charity Fund Modern Village and Town, Dr. Zoryana lvanyuk, Dr. Iaroslava Kos, Caroleana Kvaterchuk, Dan Polonka, Meredith Riley-Smith

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