Ukraine Crisis Response
By Charles Redding
On February 24, 2022, the world watched in disbelief as Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine from the North, East and South. In the following days, Russia continued to launch multiple attacks on Ukraine, crossing the border from several points on the eastern and northern border as well as through southern ports and Crimea. The offensive has prompted massive displacement of people from the capital of Kyiv and other parts of the country, with millions entering neighboring countries on high alert for continued displacement.
As of March 27, 2022, there have been over 2,975 civilian casualties, including 1,151 killed, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The actual figures are likely much higher as fierce clashes continue across the country. Nearly 6.5 million people have been forcibly displaced within Ukraine, adding to the almost 3.3 million and counting whom have fled the country since the strikes began on February 24th. Combined, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those who have fled to other countries amount to around ten million people – more than 23 per cent of the country’s population. Many of these people are in desperate need of medical treatment and care.
Since February 28, shortly after the initial strikes, MedShare has been working with other international humanitarian aid organizations and partners to provide critically needed supplies and equipment. Our response has engaged both large well-organized organizations as well as small grass-root groups with the courage and desire to help.
To date our response has inluded:
- Recieving 40 pallets of gift-in-kind (GIK) medical supplies from Owens & Minor, MC Johnson, Johnson & Johnson, Heart to Heart and Philips Healthcare; coordinating additional GIK donations from Henry Schein, and several hospital partners and individuals.
- Working with a diverse array of partner organizations that have a community-based presence on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding countries. These group, including Convoy of Hope, Feed the Hungry, Salesian Missions and Razom for Ukraine, are delivering aid both into Ukraine and to Ukrainian refugees.
- Distributing over $800,000 in high quality medical supplies to Ukraine containing critical wound care, first aid, hygiene products, primary care and surgical tools.
- Executing 5 shipments with an additional 5 in various stages of planning and execution. These projects range from 2 – 20 pallets and represent over 8,500 lbs. of aid valued over $315,000.
We are continuing to provide aid as resources allow. If you would like to help, visit our webpage www.medshare.org and please consider donating or volunteering at one of our distribution centers located in the Atlanta, San Francisco and NY Metropolitan
Please see the links below for more information on MedShare’s current Ukraine Crisis Response and how you can support our efforts.
- MedShare Donation Page Linked Shared
- ABC7 Bay Area news piece
- KRON4 Bay Area news piece
- ABC7 New York news piece