UMCOR Collaborates to Ease Ukrainian Suffering with $1 Million in Medical Supplies Shipped to Ukrainian Hospitals
Critical medical supplies and equipment sent to Ukraine through the joint efforts of UMCOR, the Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation, and Ohio Health
— Roland Fernandes, Secretary General, Global Ministries & UMCOR
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, April 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a Texas-based humanitarian organization focused on Ukraine and Ohio Health, is collaborating to send 47 895 pounds of medical supplies and equipment worth $935,000.00 to three hospitals in Kyiv, Ukraine. AEC Parcel Services handles the transportation of the supplies, which are shipped in three shipments.
The effort was set up by the Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation, headquartered in North Zulch, Texas, which has ties to health facilities in Ukraine. UMCOR pays specific costs, including transportation, of approximately $160,000. Ohio Health, a nonprofit health ministry and charity of The United Methodist Church, donated the supplies through a medical surplus program. UMCOR connected the foundation with Ohio Health and opened the door for the United Nations logistics cluster to move the supplies to Ukraine after they arrived in Poland from the United States via chartered plane.
The first shipment arrived at the Heart Institute of the Ukrainian Health Ministry in Kyiv on Thursday, April 14. The second shipment was split between the Heart Institute, Pediatric Heart Center and Children’s Cardiac Surgery Clinic and Children’s National Specialty Hospital, which is the nation’s largest children’s hospital, on April 20. The third expedition is expected to follow shortly, according to Roland Fernandes, general secretary of UMCOR and its parent organization, Global Ministries. “UMCOR is delighted to facilitate both the procurement and transport of critical medical supplies to war-torn Ukraine,” he said. “We multiply our own efforts and the generosity of our contributors when we engage in creative service partnerships.”
Lena Denman, president of the Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation, expressed her gratitude to UMCOR for its role in the project. “The Foundation is honored to receive support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief for our efforts to provide medical supplies and medical equipment to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Heart Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine,” it said. she declared. “This hospital not only serves Kyiv, but also the suburbs of Kyiv that have experienced mass atrocities. It is thanks to the support of UMCOR and its contributors that we were able to organize the transport of these three shipments of vital medical supplies.
“This is the biggest shipment we have ever had,” said Dr. Vitaly Demyanchuk, deputy director of the Ukrainian Health Ministry’s Heart Institute in Kyiv. “Each box contains useful supplies that give us the ability to provide high quality medical care to our patients, the injured and others in our area. We thank all the American people. Together we are strong.”
AEC Parcel Services, a Chicago-based transportation company, plays a vital role in transporting these supplies. AEC Parcel’s long-established relationships with key points and customs agencies on the Ukrainian border have made it one of the few shipping companies still able to deliver regular parcels and aid from the United States. and Canada. When war broke out, AEC partnered with several international non-profit organizations to significantly reduce overseas shipping costs to Ukraine and other affected areas.
Items shipped include wound care and triage supplies, surgical kits and masks, examination gloves, respirators, varieties of hospital gowns, stethoscopes, sterile containers and medications. base.
The Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation, founded in 2016, provides medical supplies to hospitals in Kyiv and helps facilitate doctor training and research programs between American and Ukrainian doctors. It continues the work of the late Arlene Campbell, who in 1989 started a non-profit agency called Russian Relief, one of whose goals was to provide medical equipment and supplies to Ukrainians. The current foundation commemorates Mrs. Campbell.
Ohio Health represents 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, a network of 12 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient sites, palliative care, home care, medical equipment and other health services in 47 counties across the state.
As a member of the General Board of Global Ministries, the mission and humanitarian assistance agency of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR provides relief and recovery response worldwide. UMCOR is extensively engaged in services to refugees from Ukraine inside and outside Ukraine following the Russian invasion in late February 2022.
To support UMCOR’s ongoing efforts to provide immediate relief and long-term recovery for the war in Ukraine, donate to Advance #982450.
About UMCOR and The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
Founded in 1940, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is the worldwide relief agency of The United Methodist Church. As part of Global Ministries, UMCOR works in more than 80 countries around the world, including the United States and its territories. The agency’s mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering with an open heart and mind. Working in the areas of disaster response and recovery, sustainable development and migration, UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are disruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Learn more about UMCOR by visiting www.umcor.org or by following www.facebook.com/umcor and www.twitter.com/umc_umcor.
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