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Operational Update: Ukraine Response Nears 1,000 Tons of Aid Shipped

Seven other countries supported this week with infusions of medical aid from Direct Relief.



Medical aid from Direct Relief arrives at a hospital in Southern Ukraine in October 2022. (Courtesy photo)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 479 shipments of requested medical aid to 45 U.S. states and territories and 8 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 23.9 million defined daily doses of medication, including prenatal vitamins, mental health medications, antibiotics, insulin, chronic disease management medications, PPE, and more.

The organization is tracking multiple responses across the globe and will continue to respond.


Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid to Ukraine weighing more than 1.9 million pounds, or 950 tons, with more on the way.

This week, 11 tons of medical aid departed Direct Relief’s warehouse to northeastern and western Ukrainian cities. The shipments include specifically requested items, such as field medic packs for triage care, cancer medications, antibiotics, cardiovascular medications, vitamins, insulin syringes and needles, and PPE.

Pallets of emergency medical supplies are prepared for shipment to Ukraine on October 24, 2022. (Maeve O’Connor/Direct Relief)

Supporting Ukrainian Refugees in Slovakia

Direct Relief staff were in Slovakia this week and visited with Fire Medical, an ambulatory services non-profit located in Gabčíkovo that acts as an outpatient clinic and operates hospital transportation services free-of-charge for Ukrainian refugees.

As they take patients to hospitals each day, the nonprofit logs about 3,728 miles per week in their ambulance. Direct Relief provided the group with a $300,000 grant earlier this year for operating costs and the purchase of medicine, which they must buy privately as government support is unavailable.

Staff at Fire Medical with their ambulance that provides critical transportation services to Ukrainian refugees living in Slovakia. (Brianna Newport/Direct Relief)

Hurricane Ian, One Month Into Recovery

In the four weeks since the storm, more than 247 emergency shipments were sent to Florida, valued at $2.8 million to 80 recipients, and requests for medical aid have departed Direct Relief’s warehouse for health facilities recovering from the storm at a rapid pace.

Read more here.

Health staff at the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Health Clinic in Port Charlotte, Florida, receive a field medic pack from Direct Relief on Friday, October 7, 2022. (Zack Wittman for Direct Relief)

Mental Health Funding for U.S. Free Clinics

This week, awards were announced for 11 free clinics in three states that will be expanding mental health services to their patients. Community Routes: Access to Mental Healthcare, a partnership between Direct Relief, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and Teva Pharmaceuticals, awarded $825,000 in grant funding for 11 free and charitable clinics addressing mental health across Florida, New Jersey and California.

The grant awardees were selected for their innovative and practical approaches to mental health care, which include efforts to expand healthcare access for underserved and vulnerable patients experiencing mental and behavioral health issues, with a focus on depression and anxiety. The announcement was made at the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Symposium in Indianapolis, Indiana.



This week, Direct Relief shipped more than 16.9 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Tunisia
  • Honduras
  • Egypt
  • Togo
  • Sri Lanka
  • Ecuador
  • Dominican Republic


Direct Relief delivered 464 shipments containing 7 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations including the following:

  • Agape Clinic, Texas
  • St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, Ohio
  • Nurses Global Outreach ICT Street Team, Kansas
  • Community Health of East Tennessee, Inc., Tennessee
  • Pancare of Florida, Inc. Malone, Florida
  • The Health Hut, Louisiana
  • Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Ohio
  • St. Joseph Social Welfare Board, Missouri
  • Hope Clinic and Care Center, Wisconsin
  • Health Access for All Inc. dba Angeles Community Health Center, California


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 16.7K shipments to 2,130 healthcare providers in 53 U.S. states and territories and 87 countries.

These shipments contained 496.6 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.5 billion (wholesale), totaling 10.6 million lbs.


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