Medical Aid Ukraine
Medical Aid Ukraine is a doctor-led national collaborative network around the UK that is collecting donations from hospitals, GP surgeries, pharmacies and companies in the medical and pharmaceutical industry. It is also fundraising through the British-Ukrainian Aid charity (Managing Director Tetiana Vovnyanko) to procure essential medical equipment and its transport to those affected by the war, particularly in the form of IFAKs (International First Aid Kits).
The initiative was started by Dr Roman Cregg, a consultant in pain management at University College London Hospital and president of the Ukrainian Medical Association UK, who was born in Lviv, Ukraine. Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry Dennis Ougrin, liaises with the Ministries of Health and Defence in Ukraine to ensure that the most critically urgent items are sourced first. They have co-ordinated with air and land logistics teams and a number of Ukrainian scouting organisations, to transport vital medical equipment to Poland and Ukraine, as well as leading a convoy themselves to Ukraine. Dr Kristina Rebecca Cranfield, a consultant in Emergency Medicine in Edinburgh, has mobilised The On-Call Room, a network of 11,500 doctors, to donate and spread the word of the fundraiser to help Medical Aid Ukraine.
The response from the UK has been exceptional and we continue to accept donations of medical equipment, offers of assistance and financial donations to the fundraising effort.
'Don't Forget Us!' Campaign
together with Health Alliance
A group of doctors working at hospitals in Odesa, Kyiv and Kharkiv have appealed to the British public not to forget the struggle in Ukraine, as they warn that hospitals face running out of vital medical supplies such as bandages and defibrillators within weeks without further donations.
The crisis that began five months ago has seen the medical facilities and supplies in the country pushed to breaking point. The hospitals have received a steady stream of supplies since the onset of the war through Circle Health Group’s Ukraine relief efforts, which has seen the UK’s largest hospital group partner with a network of hospitals across Eastern Ukraine to provide 250 tonnes of vital medical supplies. The Ukrainian doctors have now issued a fresh appeal to raise the profile of their patients’ plight as the war rages on.
In response, Circle Health Group has formed a new Health Alliance for the Ukraine Crisis with partners to create a long-term programme of support for these war-torn hospitals. The Alliance has committed to support five hospitals across Eastern Ukraine over a long-term period. A team of Ukrainian doctors in the UK are assisting to help translate, liaise and coordinate support in the UK.
The members of this new group include Circle Health Group, St John’s Ambulance, Ukrainian Medical Association of the United Kingdom (UMAUK), Ambulances for Ukraine and others