Funders were invited to join this conversation as part of our series of briefings on how philanthropy can support the ongoing and widespread relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts as a result of Russia's war on Ukraine.
In this roundtable discussion Boris Lushniak, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland and a former Acting U.S. Surgeon General assessed the devastation suffered by Ukraine’s medical and health systems and share insights on how to respond. Maryna Baydyuk, President of United Help Ukraine, shared the experiences of her U.S.-based NGO, which has provided over $45 million of medical assistance to Ukraine and developed successful local networks for the distribution of aid and ensuring accountability.
The ongoing Ukraine conflict has impacted the country’s healthcare system, creating urgent medical and humanitarian needs.
Russia's military actions have damaged healthcare facilities and disrupted access to care in Ukraine, leading to shortages of medications and increased demand for medical services. Nearly 900 medical facilities have been attacked and approximately 10% of all hospitals in Ukraine have been damaged.
A holistic approach is necessary to address Ukraine's health needs, considering physical, mental, and social well-being, which have been impacted by the conflict. Many Ukrainians are struggling to access primary care and access to medications for treating high blood pressure, heart conditions and pain, as well as sedatives and antibiotics, can be the most difficult to obtain.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Health has identified priority items needed by medical institutions including drinking water, germicidal tablets, specific medications, and consumables.
United Help Ukraine (UHU) has provided significant humanitarian aid and medical assistance, including emergency care and psychological support, while responding rapidly to changing needs. UHU and other humanitarian response organizations have relied on support from foundations, corporations, and private donors.
Philanthropic organizations can play a crucial role in providing financial support and resources to address the urgent medical and humanitarian needs in Ukraine. Supporting organizations like United Help Ukraine (UHU) and other grassroots NGOs involved in delivering aid, medical assistance, and psychological support can make a significant difference in the lives of affected individuals. Additionally, collaborating with local universities and institutions in Ukraine to support training programs and initiatives can contribute to the long-term well-being and resilience of the healthcare system.
Please view the webinar recording for more detailed recommendations from our speakers.