Sending Medicines to Ukraine
With the catastrophic war in Ukraine destroying not only peoples lives but also the fabric of society, the population of the peace-loving nation of Ukraine is going to need all the support it can get.
To date, the generosity of the world’s population has been astonishing. Millions of people in Poland and the other neighboring countries have welcomed refugees into their homes. Members of the public right across the world have inundated the disaster charities with generous financial donations and many governments have acted together in their support for the Ukrainian people.
Spontaneously, communities, schools, and various places of worship across the European continent have organized collections of provisions, much of which is being transported in vans to the border with Ukraine.
Help us to treat the casualties of this war in Ukrainian hospitals
People have also sent all kinds of medicines, those that they have at home or purchased from their local pharmacy, those that they have sent together with clothes and food. As the crisis deepens however, the casualties are needing much more specialist medication; that which is used in hospitals to treat the injuries of war. Hospitals treating the casualties need medicines that are available only from specialist suppliers and those which due to their nature must be stored and transported under optimum conditions. Many medicines for hospitals are found in infusion bags, others may be specialist medicated wound dressings; some must be maintained and transported at certain temperatures. Hospitals can only treat their patients with such medicines if they know that they have arrived through proper channels and for which the quality can be guaranteed, for only then will they know that they are safe to use on patients that need them the most.
The supplies of hospital medicines are running low
Pharmacists across the continent of Europe have responded to the increasing calls for specialist help from Ukrainian hospitals by launching a campaign. Led by their national pharmacists’ organisations, they are using their expertise around medicines to organize the sourcing, logistics and the safe delivery of specialist medicines to where it is most needed.
Working with a charity called Pharmacists Without Borders an appropriate place to make your financial donations has been created, funds gathered will then be used to purchase the required medicines from the most appropriate suppliers. Additionally, in due course, pharmacists who are already volunteering from all over the world, will be sent to help in hospitals and refugee centres being established to support the humanitarian effort.
The Polish Government has kindly agreed to provide a secure medical train that will receive the medicines delivered from specialist manufacturers and then transport these across the border into Ukraine under the best possible transportation conditions. From the initial delivery destination in Lviv, onward distribution to numerous other locations in Ukraine will then be made using appropriate hospital transportation.