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Operational Update: Solar Power in the Bahamas, Ongoing Relief for Ukraine



This week, Direct Relief is preparing multiple shipments of requested emergency medical aid for delivery to Ukraine over the coming days. (Maeve O'Connor/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 380 shipments of requested medical aid to 37 U.S. states and territories and nine countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 4 million defined daily doses of medication, including insulin, personal care products, prenatal vitamins, cancer medications and more.

Resilient power in the bahamas

Direct Relief recently supported the installation of solar-powered panels and batteries at McLean’s Town Clinic to bolster resilient power efforts on the island of Grand Bahama.

The installation of resilient solar panels and batteries in the McLean’s Town Clinic was completed on December 16, 2022. (Direct Relief photo)

The McLean’s Town Clinic will be the first public healthcare facility in the Bahamas with resilient energy.

The project is part of Direct Relief’s larger long-term recovery plan after Hurricane Dorian, which includes building, rebuilding, and restoring solar-powered Bahamian clinics and medical centers.

More on Direct Relief’s latest projects in the Bahamas here.

Material support for ukraine

This week, Direct Relief is preparing multiple shipments of requested emergency medical aid for delivery to Ukraine over the coming days from Direct Relief’s warehouse in Santa Barbara, California.

Included in this week’s shipments being prepared for delivery were 39 pallets worth of cardiovascular medications, oncology drugs, glaucoma medication, Direct Relief field medic packs, vitamins, and more.

Shipments of emergency medical supplies are wrapped and prepped for delivery to Ukraine in the coming days from Direct Relief’s warehouse in Santa Barbara, California. (Maeve O’Connor/Direct Relief)

A second shipment, containing 19 pallets worth of medical supplies, is also being prepared. This shipment contained cardiovascular medications, oncology drugs, PPE, anti-inflammatories, gastrointestinal medicines, vitamins and more.

Since Feb. 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid to Ukraine weighing more than 2.2 million pounds, or 1,100 tons, with more on the way.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 2.7 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Rwanda
  • Iraq
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Haiti
  • Malawi
  • Madagascar


Direct Relief delivered 345 shipments containing 1.3 million doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Welvista, South Carolina
  • NC MedAssist, North Carolina
  • Center for Healing and Hope, Indiana
  • Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, Inc., Mississippi
  • Mission Of Mercy – Arizona Clinics, Arizona
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul dba St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, Texas
  • Tulakes Clinic, Oklahoma
  • Agape Clinic, Texas
  • Community Care Center, North Carolina


Since Jan. 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 19.6K shipments to 2,291 healthcare providers in 53 U.S. states and territories and 92 countries.

These shipments contained 553 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.8 billion (wholesale), totaling 11.1 million lbs.

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