Operational Update: Puerto Rico Trauma Hospital Support, Continued Aid to Ukraine, Sri Lanka – Ukraine

Twelve countries, 46 US states and territories have received aid from Direct Relief in the past seven days.

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 477 medical aid shipments requested in 46 US states and territories and 12 countries around the world, including Ukraine.

The shipments contained 5.5 million defined daily doses of drugs, including mental health drugs, antibiotics, chronic disease drugs, nutritional products, insulin and cancer treatments.

Recently, Direct Relief donated a table-mounted surgical retractor system to the hospital, which will allow providers greater visibility during surgery and increase exposure and ability to perform procedures. complex surgeries. The Puerto Rico Trauma Hospital is the only trauma facility on the island.

In response to recent shortages of medical supplies and medicines in Sri Lanka, Direct Relief donated antibiotics, thyroid medication, chronic disease medication, vitamins and syringes in May at the request of the ministry of the country’s health. This week, Direct Relief is preparing to send additional aid, as the country experiences continued shortages.


Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid weighing more than 1.6 million pounds, or 800 tonnes, with more on the way. Over the past seven days, shipments including Covid-19 therapy drugs, insulin and antibiotics have left Direct Relief’s warehouse in California, bound for Ukraine.

To support war-affected people managing diabetes, Direct Relief recently provided 30,000 glucometers with strips to the Ukrainian Diabetes Federation, for distribution in cities and towns, to children’s hospital emergency rooms across military hospitals and in eye clinics across Ukraine.

Additionally, the fourth shipment of essential medical aid donated by Direct Relief was received this week by AICM Ukraine, for distribution to healthcare providers in northern and eastern Ukraine.



This week, outside of the United States, Direct Relief shipped more than 3.5 million defined daily doses of drugs.

Countries that have received medical aid in the past week include:

  • Ukraine

  • Uganda

  • Rwanda

  • Lebanon

  • Haiti

  • India

  • Guyana

  • Dominican Republic


Direct relief delivered 458 shipments containing 1.9 million doses of medicine over the past week to organizations including:

  • Welvista, South Carolina

  • NC MedAssist, North Carolina

  • Community Health, Illinois

  • ODA Primary Care Health Center, New York

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kansas

  • CCI – Gaithersburg, Maryland

  • Greenville, SC Free Medical Clinic

  • Bethesda Health Clinic, Texas

  • Community Health Services of South Broward, Florida

  • Matthew 25, Inc., Indiana


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 10,600 shipments at 1,742 health organizations in 52 US states and territories and 79 countries.

These shipments contained 327 million defined daily doses of drugs estimated at $1.1 billion (wholesale) and weighing 9.1 million pounds.


  • Emergency Response Service Arrives in Mineral County – Clark Fork Valley Press & Mineral Independent:RapidSoS is the world’s leading emergency response data platform and they have partnered with the American Heart Association, American Red Cross and Direct Relief to launch the program. The initiative is to provide first responders with essential health information in the event of an emergency.

  • GIS Provides Common Ground for Data – Health IT Today: “Using Esri’s ArcGIS Knowledge product, Direct Relief transformed the supply chain spreadsheets that tracked the medicines and medical supplies they were delivering to local health providers in disaster areas into a “relationship map”. This visual allowed them to better understand how their aid was being used in the local community and to identify potential gaps/overlaps in aid.

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