The UNWLA team constantly communicates with healthcare providers in Ukraine. Our partnerships and connections enabled us to spring into action at the very beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Together with its member hospitals, New Jersey Hospital Association has mobilized medical supplies to support Ukrainian hospitals. Tons of medical aid have been sent to Ukraine in cooperation between the UNWLA and NJHA. We also enjoyed overwhelming support from hospital staff: some even hosted their own fundraisers to support Ukraine and wore blue and yellow to work. 

Support of the hospitals and general and tactical medicine remains our priority. We also sent medicine and medical supplies to the outpatient clinic and a hospital in Mykolaiv, both of which had been bombed. Besides the general support of Ukrainian hospitals, we allocated funding to purchase IFAK and Blood Transfusion kits, Wound Vacs, and External Fixators. Our efforts also yielded tons of medical supplies shipped to Ukrainian hospitals in Kyiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Bila Tserkva, and Lviv and distributed among other hospitals in need. Initiative E+, with which we partnered to purchase oxygen concentrators for COVID-19 patients in 2021, used its commendable mobility to deliver medical aid even in the hardest-hit territories on the frontline.

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Orthopedic External Fixators and Wound Vacs (Vacuum-Assisted Closure Systems) were outlined as the top priority medical equipment. External fixators keep a fractured bone stabilized and in alignment. It heals properly, minimizing the risk of lifelong disability or further costly surgeries. Wound vac machines cover even the most gaping wound and by creating a vacuum over it, speed up the healing process and prevent infections. While the benefits of such equipment were clear, the challenge was the high cost. The UNWLA started to work with a few companies that manufacture these devices and has negotiated a significantly lower price: external fixators for $1,000.00 per kit; wound vacs for $3,000.00 per system.

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We mobilized our efforts to purchase this costly medical aid – and it was shipped to Ukrainian hospitals in record time. Ukrainian surgeons put the new equipment to use almost immediately. If the fixators were arriving at night, at 6 am the following day, surgeons were already hard at work installing them. However, even with the reduced prices, the volume of requests for this medical equipment was (and still is) overwhelming.

The immeasurable help of our partners keeps bringing much-needed medical aid to Ukraine:

  • Genadyne Biotechnologies 
  • House of Ukraine
  • New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization – USA 
  • Revived Soldiers Ukraine
  • ROC Maidan
  • Stryker
  • The Paul Chester Children’s Hope Foundation
  • TOETOTAL Podiatry in NYC
  • Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey
  • UMANA – Ukrainian Medical Association of North America
  • United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc. (ЗУАДК)
  • Zimmer