Medical Relief

The russian army is deliberately damaging and destroying Ukrainian hospitals and clinics in violation of the Article IV of Geneva Convention. According to Victor Lyashko, the minister of health of Ukraine more than 1,256 medical facilities have been damaged in 19 months of war. An average of two attacks on health care – including the bombing of hospitals, torture of medics, and shooting at ambulances – were perpetrated each day from the beginning of the full-scale invasion; 154 healthcare workers were killed. Many other health workers were threatened, imprisoned, taken hostage, and forced to work under Russian occupation.

At the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, HUG petitioned US hospitals to send medical supplies to Ukraine to relief the situation: Stanford donated $415,000 worth of general medical supplies, Mayo Clinic created $50,000 matched employee fundraiser. Ukrainian Student Association at Stanford together with Nova Ukraine shipped 80 tons $4 mln-worth of emergency care medical supplies to Ukraine.

Radiation Oncology centers in the Western and Central Ukraine where the volume of patients increased due to patients fleeing the war were lacking disposable immobilization devices. Help Ukraine Group collected the needs for immobilization devices and provided the supplies via donations from vendors and applications to UICC grants. HUG has also petitioned vendors for donation of software and hardware to streamline the workflow for Ukrainian clinics and relieve the issues due to the influx of patients fleeing the war zones. HUG has delivered aid to more than 20 cancer centers through UICC grants and vendor support:

  • Limbus AI and Radformation have kindly donated their auto-contouring, auto-planning and plan check software to all Ukrainian centers during the war
  • Orfit, CIVCO, and QFIX all donated to various cancer centers in Ukraine
  • Varian donated the treatment planning station
  • RaySearch Laboratories donated 10 treatment planning stations to 5 radiation oncology departments in Ukraine and 1 medical physics training program at Taras Shevchenko National University for education of medical physicists
  • MIM donated cloud repository for DICOM images and RT files for TeleHelp Ukraine app for Ukrainian cancer patients

HUG continues providing needed medical supplies to Ukraine. Please donate to support the cause.