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Cold-Chain Cancer Treatment to Uganda, Ongoing Shipments to Ukraine

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 06/10/2022 - 06/17/2022


Operational Update

Requested medical supplies are staged at Direct Relief's warehouse in Santa Barbara, California, and prepared for shipment to individuals impacted by the war in Ukraine on June 13, 2022. (Maeve O'Connor/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief delivered 532 shipments of requested medical aid to 46 U.S. states and territories and nine countries worldwide, including Ukraine.

The shipments contained 3.6 million defined daily doses of medication, including N-95 masks, mental health medications, antibiotics, chronic disease medications, nutritional products, insulin, and cancer treatments.

Included in this week’s shipments were 2,500 vials of donated cold-chain cancer care medication, which were received by the Uganda Cancer Institute.

A child is treated at the Uganda Cancer Institute, which received cold-chain cancer care medications this week. (Courtesy photo)


Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid weighing more than 1.4 million pounds, or 700 tons in weight, with more on the way. Over the past seven days, shipments including insulin and cancer care medications departed Direct Relief’s warehouse in Santa Barbara, California, bound for Ukraine.

This week, requested medical supplies donated by Direct Relief were distributed by Help Ukraine Romania to the Amasov National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery in Kiyv, Ukraine.

Operational Snapshot


This week, outside the U.S., Direct Relief shipped more than 1.6 million defined daily doses of medication.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Myanmar
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Haiti
  • Nepal
  • Philippines

Direct Relief delivered 512 shipments containing 2.0 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

• NC MedAssist, North Carolina
• Welvista, South Carolina
• CommunityHealth, Illinois
• Society of St. Vincent de Paul dba St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, Texas
• UNC Health Care, North Carolina

  • Pancare of Florida, Inc. Malone, Florida
  • Santa Clara County, California
  • Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Asian Human Services Family Health Center, Illinois
  • Collier Health – Naples Pharmacy, Florida


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 8,797 shipments to 1,615 healthcare organizations in 52 U.S. states and territories and 78 countries.

These shipments contained 263.5 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1 billion (wholesale) and weighing 8.6 million lbs.


  • The Power of Technology in Times of Humanitarian Crises – Dataminr: “Direct Relief has been using Dataminr’s real-time alerting to better understand where and what medical aid is most needed. Our alerting topic lists help it filter thousands of alerts a day, to zero in on the most relevant data. For example, alerts on utility infrastructure help Direct Relief identify and maintain visibility of threats and damage to the electrical grid, so it can deliver the right resources at the right time, such as knowing which Ukrainian hospitals need generators.
  • Carnegie Hall Concert For Ukraine | Benefit For Direct Relief: “Carnegie Hall is proud to host this historic concert in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, featuring luminaries of classical music, opera, jazz, and Broadway. All contributions support Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid nonprofit organization that provides urgently needed medical supplies to relief groups on the ground in Ukraine.”
  • Biotech has the power to impact Environmental, Social and Governance issues – Bio.News: “Sponsored by Amgen, and led by moderator Lori Didion Hunt, Executive Director Corporate Affairs, ESG at Amgen, this panel also included Olivia Albrecht, Chief Sustainability Officer at Aspiration; Sarah Fortt, Partner at Latham & Watkins; Vrushali Gaud of Accenture; and Thomas Tighe, President & CEO at Direct Relief. Access to energy, health impacts and infrastructure are some of the areas of increased focus when we address climate change, and panelists spoke of how biotech can relieve pressure in these areas.
  • A Birth Clinic Opens Its Doors in the Philippines – ReliefWeb: “The clinic, which opened its doors to patients in late May 2022 with funding from Direct Relief, is part of the Wadah Philippines Foundation’s long-term efforts to improve maternal and child health that date back to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in 2013.”
  • UTEP receives grant to expand healthcare services to help homeless, underserved communities – KVIA-TV: “UTEP is expanding its healthcare services to those in need, especially the homeless and those who are uninsured thanks to a $200,000 grant. The funding, made possible by humanitarian charity Direct Relief, will go towards the H.O.P.E. initiative which stands for health, opportunity, prevention, education.”

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