Project: Humanitarian Supplies for Ukrainian Children and Maternity Hospitals
Implemented by Refugee Protection International with Ukrainian Medical Staff and Volunteers
Project Summary: Refugee Protection International equips its partner Ukrainian hospitals with the medical equipment, supplies, and medicines needed to provide lifesaving care to war-affected children. In southeast Ukraine, our main partner is the Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital in Zaporizhzhia city. Since February 24th, 2022, this hospital has treated at least 40 war-wounded children from Mariupol, Berdyansk, Polohy, and other areas of intense fighting, and has been featured by BBC for its critical work. Having procured and granted wound vacuum therapy equipment and supplies to this hospital in April, RPI will continue to provide other support as needed. In May 2022, RPI’s Jennifer Hill visited the hospital and saw firsthand the devastating impact of delayed civilian evacuations on children’s access to medical care. Unable to flee newly occupied territories of Ukraine until their situation is critical, patients often arrive in Zaporizhzhia in need of intensive care.
RPI also supports partnering children’s hospitals in Chernivtsi city, western Ukraine. 1 of 3 nationally designated locations for the provision of medical care to internally displaced children, Chernivtsi assists a large number of internally displaced children and pregnant women arriving from war-stricken parts of the country. RPI has procured and delivered medical equipment and supplies to the Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital in Chernivtsi, which specializes in the treatment of complex pediatric cases, including newborns. RPI has also assisted other pediatric hospitals, and is planning to support the city’s Regional Perinatal Center, which provides much needed perinatal and maternity support to displaced women. RPI has visited all partner hospitals.
To date, RPI has purchased and delivered $82,000 worth of medical equipment, medicines and supplies to its partner hospitals. With your support, we will continue to procure medical items essential for the treatment of war injuries and the expansion of capacity in neonatal intensive care units, maternity and pediatric wards, and basements, where patients and staff spend hours during air raid sirens. With other Ukrainian medical partners and volunteers, we continue to support the medical evacuation of surrogate babies from Kyiv to Chernivtsi, and the evacuation of Ukrainian civilians from frontline areas.