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Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System are making a coordinated donation of medical supplies worth more than $4 million to support the people of Ukraine in the aftermath of Russia's military invasion.
The donation will help ensure doctors, nurses, medics, and other clinicians can continue to deliver emergency medical care to both civilian and military personnel impacted by the ongoing violence.
Donated supplies include airway aspirators, medical air compressors, beds, oxygen concentrators, positive pressure ventilators, face masks and shields, respirator kits, gowns, gloves, and syringes. These essential supplies will help emergency providers address some of the most urgent medical needs that have arisen from the violent attacks against military and civilian targets in Ukraine. JHM and UMMS have partnered with Project C.U.R.E. to coordinate the logistics and the delivery of donated medical supplies within Ukraine. UMMS worked with Project C.U.R.E. last May when it donated more than $4.6 million in medical supplies to countries in Southeast Asia for COVID-19 relief.
"To have worked for the last two years to protect and preserve lives during a global pandemic only to watch this descent into a war that is costing innocent people their lives is heartbreaking," said Kevin W. Sowers, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "At the core of who we are is a group of people who seek to honor and safeguard each human life. These medical supplies are not meant just to preserve and protect physical bodies but also serve to honor the human spirit of all Ukrainians who are fighting so valiantly to protect their loved ones and their country."
"Right now, medical supplies most urgently needed are items that will allow medics and other caregivers to address a growing numbers of battlefield injuries among both military and civilian casualties, including children and other innocent bystanders. We are doing everything we can to respond to that need and plan to send additional supplies in the future," said Mohan Suntha, president and CEO of UMMS. "The people of Ukraine have demonstrated incredible bravery in the face of this terrible, unprovoked violence and they deserve the support from organizations like ours that are committed to the health and safety of all people."
Additionally, starting last Friday night and continuing until further notice, the Johns Hopkins Hospital dome on Orleans Street and buildings on each UMMS campus will be lit in blue and yellow colors to honor Ukraine and the resolve of the Ukrainian people.