Navajo Nation Wildfire Response Expeditions; More support for Ukraine

By Maeve O’Connor

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 506 medical aid shipments requested in 44 U.S. states and territories and 13 countries worldwideincluding Ukraine.

The shipments contained 42.2 million defined daily doses of drugsincluding PPE, Covid-19 therapies, diabetes drugs and cancer treatments.

This week’s deliveries included Wildfire response supplies were transported overnight to arrive in the Navajo Nation on Saturday. The tunnel fire in Arizona has burned more than 32 square miles and forced hundreds to evacuate, and Direct Relief has sent items including N95 masks, emergency power supplies and personal care products, who arrived Saturday at the Navajo Nation.

This week, Direct Relief announced that since the invasion of Ukraine it had awarded more than $12 million to nine organizations working on the ground to address the health impacts of war in Ukraine, whether in Ukraine itself or in neighboring countries hosting refugees.

The war in Ukraine has created shortages of life-saving medicines including insulin, oncology drugs and thyroid medications, while increasing the need for medical aid like PPE, wound care, antibiotics and even a antidote to chemical weapons. The grants, made possible by donations from people in 79 countries, will fund prescription drugs, equipment costs, transportation and equipment for first responders, and other life-saving needs for organizations working on the ground. .

Ukraine’s response to date

Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid weighing over 278 tons and including more than 56 million defined doses of medicine, with more on the way.

This week’s deliveries included a field hospital donated by the State of California, which contains beds, wound and IV kits and critical trauma care supplies. The field hospital is the third of its kind donated by the state of California since the start of the war in Ukraine and will be distributed to the front lines in southeastern Ukraine.

Direct Relief is in contact with Ministries of Health across the region to assess needs and shares information with the UN, European Commission and World Bank to coordinate relief efforts.

In the news

  • ReliefWeb: Direct Relief Awards Over $12 Million in Grants for Ukraine War Relief: “Grant funding is in addition to more than 508,000 pounds (230,425 kg) of direct medical assistance provided by Direct Relief since February 24, 2022, when Russia first invaded Ukraine, groups helping refugees, internally displaced people and others affected by the current crisis.”
  • Santa Barbara News-Press: Crocheting for Ukraine: “Residents of Covenant Living in Samarkand raised over $8,100 to help Ukraine by crocheting and selling approximately 150 sunflowers. The successful fundraising effort was led by resident Jeri Moulder. She and others recently donated the money to Direct Relief, the Goleta nonprofit that has provided many medical supplies to Ukraine.
  • The ETownian: Digital Photography Students Host Fundraiser to Support Ukraine: “The Sunflowers for Ukraine fundraiser is a combined effort of Hughes and the Reverend Amy Shorner-Johnson. Together, the two hope to help raise awareness with note cards featuring photos taken by students of Hughes’ digital photography course and help Ukrainians with donation money. All proceeds will go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian group dedicated to sending medical supplies to help Ukrainian refugees.


This week, outside of the United States, Direct Relief shipped more than 41.6 million defined daily doses medication.

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

  • Ukraine
  • Liberia
  • Eritrea
  • Ecuador
  • Malawi
  • Nicaragua
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Burundi
  • Nepal


Direct relief delivered 484 shipments containing 642,811 doses of medicine over the past week to organizations including:

  • Palmetto Health Council, Inc., Georgia
  • Free Clinic in Cove House, Texas
  • ODA Primary Care Health Center, New York
  • Covenant Community Care Michigan Avenue, Michigan
  • Health Partners Free Clinic, Ohio
  • Mission Medical Clinic Arlington, Texas
  • Zufall Health Center Dover, New Jersey
  • Open Arms Health Clinic, Texas
  • University Health – Truman Medical Center, Missouri
  • Greater Killeen, Texas Free Clinic


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 5,883 shipments for 1,382 health organizations in 51 US states and territories and 68 countries.

These shipments contained 175.9 million defined daily doses of drugs valued at $624.8 million (wholesale) and weighing 7.4 million pounds.

Direct Relief is deploying emergency medical aid, ranging from oxygen concentrators to intensive care medication, while preparing for longer-term assistance to those displaced or affected by war in Ukraine.

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