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Operational Update: Bolstering Support in Ukraine, Providing Aid in Lebanon


Ukraine Relief

Anera received hemophilia treatment medication for patients in Lebanon donated by Direct Relief. (Photo courtesy of Anera)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 428 shipments of requested medical aid to 46 U.S. states and territories and 10 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 1.7 million defined daily doses of medication, including antibiotics, surgical supplies, personal care products, and more.

Supporting Rehabilitation in Ukraine

This week, Direct Relief sponsored the First National Rehabilitation Conference at the Unbroken Ukraine Rehabilitation Center in Lviv, Ukraine where it was announced that the organization will be investing an additional $10 million towards rehabilitation efforts for those injured in the conflict.

Direct Relief’s President and CEO, Thomas Tighe, attended the conference and also met with Ukraine’s Health Minister, Viktor Liashko, in Kyiv to discuss emerging needs, strengthen cooperation and mobilize additional humanitarian aid.

Read more about the recent announcement here.

Hemophilia Treatment in Lebanon

Recently, in coordination with local NGO, Anera, Direct Relief delivered 2,100 vials of hemophilia treatment to Lebanon, enough for 350 patients to receive treatment for the next six months.

“In Lebanon, hemophiliacs have confronted new challenges to managing their conditions in recent years. The medical and pharmaceutical sectors have been badly shaken by the nation’s economic collapse. The crisis has affected access to essential medications for patients with chronic conditions, affecting all ages and communities,” states Anera’s latest insight on the situation in Lebanon.

Read more about this donation here.

Material aid for Ukraine

Since Feb. 24, 2022, Direct Relief has provided medical aid to Ukraine weighing more than 2.6 million pounds, or 1,300 tons, with more on the way.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 1.3 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam
  • Lebanon
  • Dominican Republic
  • Nigeria
  • Bahamas
  • Turkey
  • Haiti


Direct Relief delivered 417 shipments containing over five tons of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Open Door Health Center, Florida
  • Agape Clinic, Texas
  • Tender Care Community Clinic Inc., California
  • HealthNet of Rock County, Inc., Wisconsin
  • NC MedAssist, North Carolina
  • Family Health Services, Idaho
  • Guadalupe Clinic, Kansas
  • Community Health of East Tennessee, Inc., Tennessee
  • Clearwater Free Clinic, Florida
  • Scarsdale Family Health Center, Texas


Since Jan. 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 4,708 shipments to 1,345 healthcare providers in 53 U.S. states and territories and 54 countries.

These shipments contained 169.3 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $510.6 million (wholesale), totaling 2.4 million lbs.

In The News

U.S. Humanitarian Organization to Provide Ukraine with $10M for Rehabilitation Development – Ukrinform: “According to Tighe, Direct Relief will continue to provide support to Ukraine as long as it takes. It is also planned to allocate an additional $10 million dollars for the development of rehabilitation assistance.”

“Dobrobut” Continues Program of Free Transfer of Medicines for Cancer Patients – Ukraine Open for Business: “Annually experts of “Dobrobut” carry out more than 7000 operations. The network has over 2,800 employees. Collaborates with a number of international charities Direct Relief, Children of War Foundation, International Medical Corps and the University of Miami Global Institute, as well as the Dobrobut Foundation, a charitable foundation founded by the clinic.”

Unbroken rehabilitation center opens on basis of reconstructed polyclinic building in Lviv – Interfax-Ukraine: “The project was implemented by the Ministry of Health on the basis of the First Medical Association of Lviv. The equipment for the halls was provided by the Direct Relief international foundation and the Swiss Embassy in Ukraine.”

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