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Ukraine: Six-Month Report – By the Numbers


Ukraine Relief

The Ukrainian Flag flies at Direct Relief's US headquarters.

Six months of war in Ukraine has caused the deaths of thousands, injured untold numbers more, and displaced millions from their homes and country.

In those six months, Direct Relief, as a recognized international partner of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, is continuing its scaled-up response along the two parallel tracks of supporting those affected by war in Ukraine and those forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries.

In large-scale crises, Direct Relief always aims to safely and securely deliver emergency medical resources – that are requested, approved by the responsible government authority, and appropriate for the circumstances – where they are most needed and as fast and efficiently as possible.


Tons of Medical Aid


emergency Shipments


Cash Assistance


Hospitals and Clinics


Over the past six months, Direct Relief’s close relationships with Ukrainian healthcare facilities and agencies; its strong partnership with corporate donors, including FedEx and dozens of medical manufacturers; and its ability to securely deliver large quantities of medical goods – including temperature-sensitive products that require the use of cold-chain supplies and technologies – have resulted in the organization becoming the main channel for the delivery of medical goods to benefit the people of Ukraine.

The medical product donations originated in locations in the U.S. and Europe as well as within Ukraine itself and are a result of working in partnership with leading pharmaceutical and medical supply manufacturers and distributors, all of which stepped up in a historic manner to assist the besieged country.

In total, Direct Relief has secured and shipped more than 890 tons of requested medicines and supplies to more than 400 healthcare delivery sites in Ukraine and neighboring countries. That includes 155 million defined daily doses of medication to address a wide range of acute and chronic health needs.

The following are among the items supplied by Direct Relief:

  • Antibiotics –693,871 bottles/vials
  • Insulin – 1,456,908 pens/vials
  • Cardiovascular medications – 1,001,774 bottles/vials
  • Hypothyroid agents – 367,499 bottles
  • Respiratory inhalers – 201,385
  • Mental health medications – 117,509 bottles
  • Oncology agents –104,542 bottles/vials
  • Prenatal vitamins – 91,596 bottles
  • Chemical warfare medication/antidote– 308,836 vials
  • COVID-19 tests – 99,000
  • COVID-19 treatments –253,231 courses
  • Field medic backpacks – 790
  • Field hospital kits – 7
  • Wound care bandages and dressings – 3,830,730
  • Oxygen concentrators – 987
  • PPE items – 5,636,999 (masks, shields, goggles, gloves)

Direct Relief Works with Ukrainian Ministry of Health and Global Drug Makers to Deliver 890 Tons of Medical Aid to Ukraine

Since Russia’s war on Ukraine began six months ago this week, Direct Relief has secured and delivered more than 890 tons of medicine and medical supplies…

Ukraine Receives Seven-Week Supply of Long-Acting Insulin from Direct Relief

Responding to a call for help from Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, Direct Relief has secured and delivered to Ukraine enough long-acting insulin to meet the country’s estimated need for seven-plus weeks…

FedEx and Direct Relief Deliver 52 Tons of Critical Medical Aid for Ukrainians

Fifty-two tons of critical medical aid arrived in Poland from the United States via a FedEx humanitarian relief flight. This follows FedEx and Direct Relief’s first charter flight of aid for Ukrainian refugees…


Thanks to the outpouring of financial support from thousands of individuals, companies and foundations across 80 countries, Direct Relief is also providing cash assistance to help facilities and organizations effectively respond to the massive surge of patients at a time when many healthcare facilities have been damaged.

Consistent with Direct Relief’s focus on supporting persons who are most vulnerable, financial assistance has been directed to the Ukrainian Diabetes Foundation and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, among other reputable and vetted groups.

To date, Direct Relief has awarded emergency financial support totaling $15.9 million to help sustain and bolster the provision of health care in Ukraine and to support healthcare services for Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Moldova.


Direct Relief will maintain its commitment to bolster and sustain existing healthcare organizations and systems in Ukraine and support the healthcare workers that run them by ensuring the continued flow of medical materials, funding, and information.

Direct Relief was able to provide the assistance detailed in this report as a result of its existing strong relationships with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and non-governmental organizations that were already receiving Direct Relief medical product shipments; ongoing work with clinical experts in the field to guide distribution and procurement decisions; existing partnerships and contracts in place to quickly request and receive high-quality medications from pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors; and strong track record of shipping large volumes of product, including those requiring cold chain packaging and storage, to difficult-to-access places to reach the most vulnerable patients.

In the coming months, Direct Relief will continue to work closely with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and on-the-ground healthcare organizations by supporting areas identified in the Government’s Ukraine Recovery Plan.

Specifically, Direct Relief will help:

  • strengthen access to primary healthcare to address the rising burden of non-communicable conditions
  • bolster rehabilitation services, including equipment and provider training, for people who have been injured
  • address mental health and psychological support among healthcare providers and the general population as a result of war-related trauma

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