Direct Relief, FedEx deliver 76 tonnes aid for Ukraine refugees
Aid included an emergency field hospital, and substantial quantities of emergency medicines and supplies
Direct Relief and FedEx delivered 76 tonnes of critical medical aid for Ukrainian refugees to Poland from the United States via a FedEx humanitarian relief flight on March 27.
Aid aboard the FedEx Boeing 777 cargo aircraft included an emergency field hospital donated by the State of California and substantial quantities of emergency medicines and supplies, including trauma and wound care medications, chronic disease medications, oxygen concentrators, and Covid-19 antiviral tablets. Direct Relief team members were on site for the offload and final-mile distribution to Ukraine.
"Our hearts are with each person pushed into crisis by the war in Ukraine, and Direct Relief will continue responding to the urgent requests for medical support," says Thomas Tighe, President and CEO, Direct Relief.
"Direct Relief is deeply grateful to FedEx for stepping up, yet again, to provide logistics and delivery of medical support so critically needed by people whose lives have been upended and face tremendous hardship and uncertainty."
All items were provided at the request of, and approved by, Ukraine's Ministry of Health.
Direct Relief and FedEx have been collaborating to deliver critical aid for more than 28 years. "We are grateful to be able to use our global network to donate logistics support for organisations like Direct Relief who have deep experience in sourcing and delivering critical supplies in times of crisis," says Karen Reddington, regional president of Europe, FedEx Express. "What's happening is having a devastating impact on so many lives, including our own Ukrainian team members, and we remain committed to helping."
Direct Relief has provided more than 125 tonnes of medical aid since February 24 in response to the crisis, from field medic packs to diabetes and cancer medications.
FedEx has committed more than $1.5 million in humanitarian aid to support those impacted by the conflict in Ukraine, including $1 million allocated for in-kind shipping with the company's long standing non-profit partners.