The Ukrainian Ministry of Health estimates that 18 million people have been affected by Russia’s invasion with more than 12 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The AMA Foundation is pleased to share that its Board of Directors has approved $100,000 in support to International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. Both U.S.-based organizations will receive a $50,000 grant to directly support their efforts in addressing the humanitarian crisis for citizens in Ukraine, including the estimated 5 million people who have been forcibly displaced thus far, including more than 1.5 million children.
International Medical Corps. is a global humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering with more than 7,500 staff members globally. They are expanding their efforts inside Ukraine as well neighboring countries to provide medical, mental health, and protection services to the millions of people affected by the conflict. They have worked rapidly with health agencies and local partners to provide primary and emergency health services, mental health and psychosocial support, gender-based violence response services, and medicines and medical supplies to help provide critical care and prevent infectious diseased like COVID-19 among refugees and displaced populations.
Heart to Heart International seeks to improve health care access around the world by ensuring quality care is provided equitably in medically under-resourced communities and in disaster situations. They have shipped $20 million of medicines and medical supplies to Warsaw, which will be transported by local partners into Ukraine for distribution by the Ministry of Health to hospitals and clinics. Additionally, they have shipped over 28,000 hygiene throughout the region to help refugees and people still in Ukraine.
The Foundation is proud to aid organizations that share its commitment of bringing together physicians and communities. You can learn more and support the ongoing efforts of these organizations by visiting their websites.