Stamford, Conn. – Feb. 15, 2023 – Americares has provided more than $70 million in aid over the past year to meet the health needs of displaced families and survivors of the war in Ukraine. Americares response focuses on the delivery of medicine and medical supplies, providing generators and heating equipment, supporting safety and protection and expanding mental health support. The full response activities are detailed in Americares Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis One-Year Report published today.
Highlights of the response to date include:
“As we approach the one-year mark of the war, we recognize that more work has to be done, and we are committed to meeting the physical and mental health needs of those affected,” said Americares Director of Complex Emergencies Adam Keehn. “Americares is playing an important role supporting local grassroots organizations in Ukraine and neighboring countries assisting children and adults caught in the humanitarian crisis.”
Ukraine’s health infrastructure has been decimated by the war. Over 700 attacks on Ukraine’s health care system have been reported since the start of the war, according to the World Health Organization. There is a critical need for medicine and medical supplies, including antibiotics, insulin, IV fluids, wound care supplies, labor and delivery supplies and trauma kits. Going forward, an Americares response team based in Krakow, Poland, will continue to support local organizations with medicine, medical and relief supplies and technical support.
Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in warehouses in the United States, Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The organization responds to approximately 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year. Since its founding more than 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $20 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.
Donations to Americares Ukraine Response Fund will support its response to the emergency. To donate, go to americares.org/ukraine
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