The UK is sending further vital medical supplies to Ukraine to help treat casualties of the Russian offensive. Over 70 pallets of bandages, crutches, wheelchairs, and other much-needed medical supplies are being donated to UK-Med, a frontline medical NGO, for those injured in Russian attacks.
The supplies come from the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office’s emergency response stocks and will be used across Ukraine, including in Dnipro, Poltava, and Lviv, to boost UK-Med’s ongoing work to establish mobile clinics to reach and treat vulnerable people.
They include tents to be used for temporary treatment centers where health facilities have been damaged, as well as nearly 80 beds, over 30,000 gowns, aprons, bandages, needles, and other vital pieces of medical equipment.
UK-Med’s support in Ukraine provides a range of vital medical services, from surgical interventions and primary health care to mental health and psychosocial support. They are also training civilians in trauma first aid and delivering psychological first aid training for medical teams.
The donation comes as Foreign Secretary James Cleverly visits the US and Canada, where he is meeting with members of the Ukrainian diaspora and discussing support for Ukraine with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: ”Putin’s brutal bombardment of civilians and infrastructure across Ukraine is continuing to have a massive human cost, with the Ukrainian people paying the price. This latest UK donation will help ensure medics on the frontline can continue to provide life-saving medical support to those caught in the conflict”.
The UK has previously donated equipment and pharmaceutical supplies to UK-Med, in addition to £300,000 funding, to set up mobile health clinics and help train Ukrainian doctors, nurses, and paramedics on how to deal with mass casualties. This latest donation builds on that work, to support the most vulnerable civilians remaining in Ukraine, including the elderly and young children.
Tom Godfrey, Operations Director at UK-Med, said: ”UK-Med is very grateful for the donation of these supplies which will make a real difference to the day-to-day work of clinicians in Ukraine, working in very challenging conditions to provide healthcare to conflict-affected populations. This builds on donations from FCDO in 2022 and helps to cement UK-Med as a key partner for the Ministry of Health in Ukraine. This will contribute to our work directly treating war wounded through surgical interventions as well as providing primary health care including mental health care support to affected populations which are supplemented by an extensive capacity building program”.
Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is killing innocent civilians and destroying vital infrastructure. The UN estimates that almost 18 million people in Ukraine need humanitarian support. This donation is part of the UK’s commitment to providing medical supplies and basic necessities on the ground, saving lives, and protecting vulnerable people. This includes over £220 million worth of humanitarian support through the UN, the Red Cross, and NGOs, including the Disasters Emergency Committee members and UK-Med.