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Operational Update: Medical Support for Ukraine, Nepal, and Maui Continues



Seven pallets containing a Hurricane Preparedness Pack left Direct Relief’s warehouse for Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services Centre. (Brianna Newport/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 566 shipments of requested medical aid to 44 U.S. states and territories and 15 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 3.2 million defined daily doses of medication and supplies, including diabetes medications, wound care supplies, nutritional supplements, and more.

Amputees receive free prostheses in Ukraine

Lasse Madsen, co-founder of Danish NGO Levitate, fits a shoe to a new “everyday foot” built for Ukrainian soldier Volodymyr, who lost his right foot in combat in summer 2023. Volodymyr was the first recipient of a prosthetic limb from Levitate when it expanded its operations to Ukraine later that year. (Nick Allen/Direct Relief)

Earlier this week, the Danish organization Levitate hosted a prosthetics sports event along with Unbroken Rehabilitaion Center (both partner organizations of Direct Relief). Levitate specializes in creating prosthetics sports gear that’s affordable, durable, and easy to use; and now Levitate will be able to help Ukrainian amputees get on their feet.

With funding from Direct Relief, their team will supply running blades and other prostheses to patients at the country’s largest rehabilitation centers, Unbroken and Superhumans, as well as other partners identified throughout the program. The Levitate team will also personally do the training, fitting, and adjusting of prosthetics for the patients in Ukraine.

The founder of Levitate, Lasse Madsen, is an amputee himself and had to overcome a considerable series of financial and emotional hurdles to get the gear he needed, including time-consuming appointments and costly equipment that often failed to deliver on quality. He and his team are determined to make the process easier for others.

Mountain Heart Nepal Receives Medical Products from Direct Relief

Native Hawai’ian health care continues to respond to Maui fires

On August 9, 2023, Hui No Ke Ola Pono’s administrative team is shown gathering medical/dental supplies for kits to distribute to those who were arriving at the shelters on Maui after the wildfires. (Photo courtesy of Hui No Ke Ola Pono)

The Maui wildfires last August, which claimed the lives of 100 people, presented a series of tragic circumstances. However, healthcare professionals with deep roots in the community, none of whom had emergency response experience, refused to be deterred and responded to the specific needs of their patients. And they did so in a way that reflects the benefits of building trust and familiarity with the local culture.

“We know Hawaiʻians. Even if it’s free, no one is going to come in and just take. That’s not our style. If we have nothing to contribute, we’re not going to take,” said Mālia Purdy, executive director of Hui No Ke Ola Pono, one of five Native Hawaiʻian healthcare systems.

Read the full story here.



Over the last week, Direct Relief shipped more than 940,000 defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • India
  • Uganda
  • Bahamas
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Sri Lanka
  • Ethiopia
  • Togo
  • Honduras
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Pakistan
  • Kenya
  • Ukraine


Direct Relief delivered 535 shipments containing over nine tons of medications during the past seven days to organizations, including the following:

  • Clinica Esperanza/ Hope Clinic, Rhode Island
  • Samaritans Touch Care Center, Inc, Florida
  • Premier Mobile Health Services, Florida
  • St. Joseph Social Welfare Board, Missouri
  • Flagler County Free Clinic, Florida
  • Lake County Free Clinic, Ohio
  • Eunice Community Health Center, Louisiana
  • Hope Medical Clinic, Florida
  • Orange Blossom Family Health Center for the Homeless, Florida
  • Open Door Health Center, Florida


Since January 1, 2024, Direct Relief has delivered 1,588 shipments to 771 partner organizations in 51 U.S. states and territories and 29 countries.

These shipments contained 98.2M defined daily doses of medication totaling 320,619 lbs.

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