FedEx Corp. and Direct Relief continue to support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. On Sunday, June 26, FedEx Express safely delivered 52 tons of essential medical aid to Poland from the United States via a FedEx humanitarian relief flight. This follows FedEx and Direct Relief first charter flight to help Ukrainian refugees in March and is the latest in a continuing series of Direct Relief mailings.
Aid aboard the FedEx Express Boeing 777 cargo plane included significant amounts of emergency medicine and supplies, including health kits, trauma and wound care items, chronic disease medication and exposure to chemicals, as well as antibiotics. All items were provided on demand and approved by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and local Ukrainian organizations. Direct Relief team members were on hand for the offloading and the aid will be distributed to health facilities in Ukraine.
“As the war enters its fourth month, Direct Relief’s support and solidarity remains unwavering with the people of Ukraine,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. “In addition to the heartbreaking loss of life and lives, the war had a devastating impact on health services in the country, and Direct Relief is committed to bolstering care with a continuous supply of medical aid. FedEx has created a powerful force multiplier for good with this most recent charter, and it’s an incredible example of what is needed to address this crisis.”
Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided more than 750 tonnes of medical aid in response to the crisis, from field medical kits – which contain items to treat trauma, including tourniquets and dressings – to drugs for diabetes and cancer.
“It is gratifying to be able to use our global network to support these critical missions, and with this charter flight we hope to make a small contribution to what remains a major humanitarian situation.” said Karen Reddington, Regional President for Europe, FedEx Express.
FedEx donated more than $2.3 million in humanitarian assistance to support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine, including $1 million allocated for in-kind shipping with long-standing nonprofit partners company date. Through its global network and unparalleled logistics expertise, FedEx has been able to help organizations such as Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, International Medical Corps, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and World Central Kitchen, to react during this crisis. Learn more about fedexcares.com.