Ukraine Appeal

Millions of people have fled their homes and travelled long distances without food, water, or access to healthcare. We’re on the ground providing direct medical care, training and support for the people of Ukraine right now.

Please donate below (or click here for information on fundraisers and phone or postal donations) to provide emergency healthcare to those most vulnerable, now: 

In the unlikely event that we raise more money than we can efficiently spend on our humanitarian activities in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, all surplus donations will be directed to our Emergency Response Fund for responding to international disasters, crises and health emergencies. In emergencies, circumstances can change unexpectedly making it impractical or impossible to carry out the purpose of the appeal.  In these circumstances, money raised will be directed to our Emergency Response Fund.

Reporting from the ground: Valentina’s story

Shared by UK-Med Member Freda:

“I was visiting some of the schools in Drohobych which have become temporary hostels for internally displaced people. Almost half of the schools in the city have been turned into accommodation, collection points for donations and registration hubs for the 15,000 or so new-comers.

About 10,000 are being housed in private homes while the remainder in the schools. Volunteers from the community are managing these establishments, cooking, providing clothing, bedding and anything else which can go some way to making life comfortable.

Valentina, (not her name) was in bed.  An 80-year-old woman forced to leave Dnipro to travel for three days towards the west and safety. Her husband had died, having been hit by debris from the bombing. The separation of death and now geography ultimately too painful to describe.

Her tears infectious. Her gratitude unbearable. The shear disbelief and ultimate incongruity in her eyes.

She held my hand tightly.  I have no way of understanding her pain.”

The work we’re doing in Ukraine

The health needs across Ukraine are critical. One woman, Maryia*, who was one of our first visitors to the clinics, told us how she survived on snow as she fled her home in the freezing winter.

We’ve set up health clinics where our team are providing care and support for the many women, children, and men in need. We’re seeing the psychological toll on the people here, and this is something which we’re looking to help with too. Hear more from Becky reporting on the clinic’s first day here.

Local doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other health staff have shared with us their feelings of exhaustion, disbelief, and helplessness at the scenes they are seeing. We’re also providing support and training for the national healthcare staff who are responding to situations far beyond anything they’ve dealt with before.

Throughout the east and west of the country, our team is providing training, assessments and working with local healthcare staff to make sure communities across the country have access to the healthcare they need. 

What your donation can go towards

Doctors, nurses and other health staff

Your donation can ensure our health clinics provide direct care and support for vulnerable people.

We’re running health clinics where we have direct care available for the thousands of children, women and men – especially the elderly – who have found refuge here.

Because our Register of almost 1000 health professionals are so specialist and diverse, we can uniquely provide any type of support; from primary healthcare, to trauma surgery.

Health kits, medicines and PPE (personal protective equipment)

A Primary Health Care Kit (imagine a ‘walking Pharmacy’) has everything needed to provide care for 10,000 people over three months.

This is crucial as our medics care for people with a huge range of needs; asthmatic children without their inhalers, expectant and new mothers needing neonatal and maternal care, and people with burns, infections, cuts and other injuries from the conflict.

Training and support for local staff

We’re providing training and support for the national health staff across the country who have stayed to care for their people.

We’ve heard of the difficult cases staff here have dealt with in recent weeks and have been helping them prepare for challenging cases to come. We’re ready to deliver a range of specialist training – from mass casualty, to CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear) training.

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Other ways to donate

How to make a donation by phone or post

Donations over the phone

Call us on 0161 521 6859

Donations by post

Fundraising Team
Ellen Wilkinson Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Fundraisers, events and business donations

If you’d like to hold a fundraiser – whether that’s yourself, through your school, community group, workplace, or with friends – we’d love to hear from you!

Please get in touch with Ellie at fundraising@uk-med.org or call 0161 521 6859 to let us know what you’re doing and how we can help.

Donations of blankets, clothes, etc.

Unfortunately, that’s not something we can accept at the moment.

Giving money is the best thing you can do. Donations of money enable UK-Med to respond quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.  

Please read our policy on unsolicited donations to find out more.

Read the updates from our work in Ukraine and around the world

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Who we are

Born of the NHS, UK-Med is a frontline medical aid charity that is ready to help across the world. Our vision is a world where everyone has the healthcare they need when crises or disasters hit.

In 1988, a team of Manchester clinicians led by UK-Med’s founder Doctor Tony Redmond OBE went to Armenia in aid of those who had been hit by a devastating earthquake.

That was our first emergency medical response, and thirty years later, we are still answering calls for help. Our register has hundreds of NHS medics who are rigorously trained for emergencies. Along with our global network of health professionals, we’re on-call to get to disaster zones at 24 hours’ notice.

With crises becoming more frequent and severe, we help communities get ready for future emergencies and we make sure that what we learn is shared, so people across the world can get the best care.