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Ukraine Response, California Wildfire Preparation, Support in Mexico

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 07/15/2022 - 07/22/2022


Operational Update

Twenty-three pallets of medical aid are staged at Direct Relief's warehouse on Friday, July 22, for departure to Ukraine. The organization has shipped more than 800 tons of aid to Ukraine since the war broke out in late February of 2022. (Tony Morain/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief delivered 329 shipments of requested medical aid to 37 U.S. states and territories and 10 countries worldwide, including Ukraine.

The shipments contained 6.5 million defined daily doses of medication, including prenatal supplements, antibiotics, chronic disease medications, nutritional products, and insulin.

In preparation for the wildfire season in the western U.S., this week Direct Relief is preparing to ship 30 emergency field medic packs as requested by the California National Guard. Each pack is equipped with triage and medical essentials including infection control supplies, trauma care, diagnostics, and PPE.

Direct Relief field medic backpacks contain essential first aid items for triage care. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

Also this week, in support of the Jalisco region of Mexico, Direct Relief traveled to Cabo Corrientes to distribute food kits to families who have recently been affected by heavy rains in the area. The delivery of the food kits is a part of a long-term program to help support communities in Mexico as they are regularly affected during the hurricane season. The meal kits are designed to feed a family of five for two weeks.

This week, in support of the Jalisco region of Mexico, Direct Relief traveled to Cabo Corrientes to distribute food kits to families who have recently been affected by heavy rains in the area. Each meal kit is designed to feed a family of five for two weeks. (Photo by Carlos Dueñas Mariscal for Direct Relief)


Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid weighing more than 1.6 million pounds, or 800 tons, with more on the way. Over the past seven days, shipments including Covid-19 therapy treatments, cardiovascular medications, antibiotics, and more departed Direct Relief’s warehouse in California, bound for Ukraine.

A field hospital donated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is received by a local NGO, Help Ukraine Romania, for distribution to a rehabilitation center in the Zhytomyr region. (Photo courtesy of Help Ukraine Romania)

Operational Snapshot


This week, outside the U.S., Direct Relief shipped more than 5.5 million defined daily doses of medication.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Honduras
  • Ecuador
  • Syria
  • Togo
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Mali

Direct Relief delivered 315 shipments containing 1 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

•Palmetto Health Council, Inc., Georgia
• Pancare of Florida, Inc. Malone, Florida
• Barnabas Health Services, Florida
• The Health Hut, Louisiana
• Center for Family Health and Education, California

  • Prototype Health, Inc., Arizona
  • Del Norte Community Health Center, California
  • Samaritans Touch Care Center, Inc, Florida
  • Health Services Inc., Alabama
  • Eunice Community Health Center, Louisiana


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 10,900 shipments to 1,765 healthcare organizations in 52 U.S. states and territories and 81 countries.

These shipments contained 333.5 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.1 billion (wholesale) and weighing 9.2 million lbs.

Shipments are staged at Direct Relief’s warehouse on Friday, July 22, 2022, and will depart to countries including Afghanistan, Nepal, Barbados, Haiti, Paraguay, Nepal, Sudan, Liberia, Burundi, Dominican Republic, Madagascar, and Bangladesh in the coming weeks. (Tony Morain/Direct Relief)


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