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506 Medical Aid Shipments, 11 Countries, 47 US States

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 08/12/2022 - 08/19/2022


Operational Update

Direct Relief staff preparing deliveries to health centers and clinics across the US. (Photo: Tony Morain)

Over the past 7 days, Direct Relief has delivered 506 shipments of requested medical aid to 47 US states and territories and 11 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 3.7 million defined daily doses of medication, including rare disease therapies, medication for hypothyroidism, syringes, PPE and more.

This past week, Direct Relief also delivered to Ukraine 673,000 quick-injection pens, manufactured and provided to Direct Relief by the drug maker Eli Lilly and Company—enough to cover Ukraine’s estimated needs for more than seven weeks. The insulin will be allocated by Ukraine’s Ministry of Health to hospitals, clinics, and programs treating people with diabetes around the country.


This week’s donation of insulin is the latest action in Direct Relief’s extensive aid for Ukrainians with diabetes since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Since then, Direct Relief has secured and delivered 1.4 million insulin quick-injection pens, 733,800 insulin pen needles, 188,833 10 ml insulin vials, nearly 25,000 glucose meters with 400,000 test strips, and over 3.2 million oral diabetes tablets equivalent to almost 1.5 million daily defined doses. Direct Relief has also provided a $150,000 grant to the Ukrainian Diabetes Federation (UDF) for managing and distributing insulin and diabetes-related medical supplies and testing equipment.

Under a bi-lateral partnership agreement, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health is working with Direct Relief to secure medicine donations from pharmaceutical manufacturers, leveraging Direct Relief’s existing relationships, smoothing the processes of securing the drugs, and ensuring their timely delivery. Lilly supplied the insulin to Direct Relief, which arranged cold-chain transportation to Kyiv to benefit Ukrainian patients. Since the war erupted, Ukraine’s government has been covering access to insulin for its population with diabetes.

Operational Snapshot


This week, Direct Relief shipped more than 1.8 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Malawi
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Haiti
  • Peru
  • Guatemala
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sudan
  • Eritrea
  • St. Lucia
  • Mexico


Direct Relief delivered 492 shipments containing 1.9 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Cove House Free Clinic, Texas
  • Elijah Wright Health Center, South Carolina
  • Lake County Free Clinic, Ohio
  • CommunityHealth, Illinois
  • Franklin County Community Care, Texas
  • Santa Clara County, California
  • Willing Helpers Medical Inc., Georgia
  • Fourth Street Clinic, Uta
  • Bethesda Health Clinic, Texas
  • Hope Medical Clinic, Florida


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 12.3K shipments to 1,834 healthcare providers in 53 US states and territories and 84 countries.

These shipments contained 380.3M defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.2B (wholesale), totaling 9.5M lb.


  • Thomas Tighe the CEO of Direct Relief Talks Having an Emergency Plan – Ross Kaminsky, KOA News: “Thomas Tighe is the CEO of Direct Relief. He’s been on the show twice before talking about specific initiatives he was involved with, most recently delivering aid to refugees from the war in Ukraine. Today’s focus is different: the importance of having an emergency preparedness plan, including for people who are often most vulnerable during emergencies, especially those reliant on medication and medical equipment.”

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