506 medical aid shipments, 11 countries, 47 US states

By Tony Morain

Over the past 7 days, Direct Relief has delivered 506 medical aid shipments requested in 47 US states and territories and 11 countries around the world.

The shipments contained 3.7 million defined daily doses of medicationincluding rare disease therapies, hypothyroidism medications, syringes, PPE and more.

Last week, Direct Relief also delivered to Ukraine 673,000 rapid injection pens, manufactured and supplied to Direct Relief by drugmaker Eli Lilly and Company – enough to cover Ukraine’s estimated needs for over seven weeks. The insulin will be allocated by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to hospitals, clinics and programs treating people with diabetes across the country.


This week’s insulin donation is Direct Relief’s latest action for Ukrainians with diabetes since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Since then, Direct Relief has procured and delivered 1.4 million rapid insulin injection pens, 733,800 insulin pen needles, 188,833 10ml vials of insulin, nearly 25,000 glucometers with 400,000 test strips and more than 3.2 million oral diabetes tablets equivalent to nearly 1.5 million defined daily doses. Direct Relief also provided a $150,000 grant to the Ukrainian Diabetes Federation (UDF) for the management and distribution of insulin and diabetes-related medical supplies and testing equipment.

Under a bilateral partnership agreement, the Ukrainian Ministry of Health is working with Direct Relief to secure drug donations from pharmaceutical manufacturers, leveraging existing Direct Relief relationships, facilitating processes to secure drugs and ensuring their timely delivery. Lilly supplied the insulin to Direct Relief, which arranged cold chain transport to Kyiv for the benefit of Ukrainian patients. Since the war broke out, the Ukrainian government has covered access to insulin for its population with diabetes.

Operational overview


This week, Direct Relief shipped over 1.8 million defined daily doses drugs outside the United States.

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

  • Ukraine
  • Malawi
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Haiti
  • Peru
  • Guatemala
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sudan
  • Eritrea
  • St. LUCIA
  • Mexico


Direct relief delivered 492 shipments containing 1.9 million doses of medicine over the past week to organizations including:

  • Free Clinic in Cove House, Texas
  • Elijah Wright Health Center, South Carolina
  • Lake County, Ohio Free Clinic
  • Community Health, Illinois
  • Community Care of Franklin County, Texas
  • Santa Clara County, California
  • Willing Helpers Medical Inc., Georgia
  • Fourth Street Clinic, Uta
  • Bethesda Health Clinic, Texas
  • Hope Medical Clinic, Florida


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 12.3K shipments at 1,834 healthcare providers in 53 US states and territories and 84 countries.

These shipments contained 380.3 million defined daily doses of drugs rated at $1.2 billion (wholesale), totaling 9.5 million pounds


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