Americares announced this week that it will deliver 100 tons of much-needed medicine and medical supplies to Ukraine.
The health-focused relief and development organization based in Stamford, Conn., said the shipment would support health care providers treating children and adults affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Supplies include antibiotics, medication for conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, wound care products, and first aid and hygiene supplies.
“The needs in Ukraine, as well as in Poland and other neighboring countries where millions of refugees have fled, are enormous,” said Americares Director of Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Adam Keehn. “We are committed to meeting these short and long-term needs, with the medicines and relief supplies we have already provided making a vital difference for those caught in the crisis.”
To date, Americares has shipped more than 40 tons of emergency aid and 65 tons are due to leave its global distribution center over the next 30 days. The organization also provided nearly $600,000 in emergency funding to 25 organizations working in Poland, Romania and Ukraine.
In addition to more than 500,000 prescription drugs and 100,000 urgently needed medical supplies, the organization is sending 17,000 liters of IV fluids and other life-saving items to healthcare facilities in Ukraine. The supplies will be distributed to more than 20 partner organizations, according to Americares.
Several medical device companies have donated supplies to Americares and other humanitarian organizations since February to support Ukraine’s relief efforts following the Russian invasion. The World Health Organization has delivered around 300 tonnes of medical supplies to support the worst affected areas in the region, including a recent delivery of 78 tonnes of drugs and intravenous fluids for emergency medical care, medicines trauma and surgical essentials and supplies. , according to the WHO external status report.