Insulin for Sri Lanka, support for first responders in Ukraine, floods in Kentucky

By Maeve O’Connor

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 359 medical aid shipments requested in 37 U.S. states and territories and 11 countries worldwideincluding Ukraine.

The shipments contained 8.9 million defined daily doses of drugsincluding insulin, antibiotics, prenatal vitamins, cardiovascular medications, etc.

This week, Direct Relief prepared emergency medical supplies for delivery to Sri Lanka, including 22 insulin paddles in partnership with Life for a Child. The insulin will be distributed to eleven hospitals and health facilities across the country in coordination with the Sri Lanka College of Endocrinologists. This shipment is an annual supply of long-acting insulin for 212 children and young adults under the age of 25 with type 1 diabetes in Sri Lanka.

Heavy overnight rains over eastern Kentucky led to extensive flooding in parts of the region Thursday, July 28. The situation is similar to the widespread flood disaster that killed two people in and around St. Louis earlier this week. Homes and roads were heavily damaged in some areas, with downed trees and mudslides hampering first responders. Several water rescues are underway in the area. Additional heavy rains are forecast for Friday, adding to rescue and response challenges.

Direct Relief is in communication with the Kentucky Primary Care Association and has shared its currently available inventory as they assess the impact statewide. Direct Relief has also contacted emergency management and others in the area. The organization will continue to monitor and communicate with partners as the situation on the ground clarifies.


Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid weighing over 1.7 million pounds, or 850 tonnes, with more on the way. Over the past seven days, shipments including cancer treatments, antibiotics, cardiovascular drugs, nutritional products and more have left Direct Relief’s warehouse in California, bound for Ukraine.

Fire and search and rescue teams from the United States, Australia and Germany traveled to Ukraine as part of the Joint Guardian project to support and train local first responders at the request of the emergency services of the Ukrainian state as part of the second deployment funded by Direct Relief. In addition to emergency medical backpacks, Direct Relief shipped more than 20 pallets containing tactical search and rescue gear, trauma care supplies and several sets of extraction tools such as the jaws of the life. All the equipment was donated to the Kharkiv firefighters at the end of their deployment.

Operational overview


This week, Direct Relief shipped over 7.6 million defined daily doses drugs outside the United States.

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

  • Ukraine
  • Morocco
  • Dominican Republic
  • Syria
  • Anguilla
  • India
  • Afghanistan
  • mali

Direct relief delivered 335 shipments containing 1.3 million doses of medicine over the past week to organizations including:

• Hill Country Mission for Health, Texas • ODA Primary Care Health Center, New York • Family Health Clinic of Monon, Indiana • Rapha Clinic of West Georgia, Georgia • CCI – Greenbelt, Maryland

  • Temple Community Free Clinic, Inc., Texas
  • Health Betances, New York
  • LaSante Health Center, New York
  • Fairview Community Health Center, Kentucky
  • Mission Medical Clinic Arlington, Texas


Since January 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 11,300 shipments at 1,777 health organizations in 52 US states and territories and 82 countries.

These shipments contained 339.3 million defined daily doses of drugs estimated at $1.1 billion (wholesale) and weighing 9.3 million pounds.


  • Ukrainian Aid in Action – CSR Wire: “FedEx delivered two humanitarian charter flights carrying aid from Direct Relief from Memphis, Tennessee to Warsaw, Poland, where they were then trucked to Ukraine. Shipments totaling over 128 tons included a donated field hospital by the State of California, as well as significant amounts of emergency medications and supplies, including trauma and wound medications, chronic disease medications, oxygen concentrators, COVID-19 antiviral tablets , antibiotics, and backup power sources.

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