At the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine in violation of international law, the University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) launched the special aid project "UKSH helps Ukraine" on 1.3.22, which is unique for hospitals throughout Germany. A UKSH task force coordinates the donations and the UKSH's own aid transports and ensures that all donations arrive in a targeted manner where they are needed.
Together with the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation, two children's hospitals in the regions of Schytomyr, Winnyzaja and a perinatal center from Czernowitz are supported with high-quality medical technology and medical goods. All three regions are experiencing an increased influx of refugees, especially children. It is precisely the children who are being specifically helped in this joint aid campaign.
Medical care in Ukraine is supported in a targeted and needs-oriented manner with high-quality relief supplies. Eleven aid transports (as of January 2023) with medicines, medical technology and consumables have reached Ukraine from Schleswig-Holstein since the campaign began. On site, the relief supplies are distributed to hospitals throughout the country according to need. This support in medical equipment - thanks to the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation and UKSH - specifically helps the children and the women, some of whom suffer from severe injuries. These include a special aid center for children with trauma, especially eye injuries (Clinical Children's Hospital in the Schytomyr region), the Children's Surgical Clinic of the Medical University of Winnyzaya, especially for children with severe spleen/kidney as well as liver injuries, and the Perinatal Center Czernowitz.
Medical care for two children's hospitals and a perinatal center in Ukraine.
- As a special assistance center for children with trauma, the clinical children's hospital in the Schytomyr region will receive comprehensive and high-quality surgical equipment as well as medications and consumables. This includes, among other things, an anesthesia/respiration station, operating lights, an operating table, and monitors.
- Pediatric surgical clinic of Winnytsaya Medical University will be able to better treat children, especially those with severe spleen/kidney, liver injuries, in its priority care service with inpatient and outpatient surgical rehabilitation and palliative care for children from birth to 18 years of age thanks to a new surgical laser, three sphinctometers, a large and small set of pediatric surgical instruments and optical dermatoscopes.
- In connection with the war, the number of patients in the Perinatal Center has increased significantly. Thus, in the last 3 months (as of December 2022), there were more than 300 cases of "forcibly displaced patients" who received assistance at the Czernowitz Perinatal Center. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as the main clinical base of the Czernowitz Regional Perinatal Center, provides specialized level III assistance, especially for pregnant women, giving birth women, newborns and for gynecological patients. Thanks to a new modern ultrasound diagnostic system and additional medical equipment, the care can be significantly improved.
All activities are coordinated and implemented in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the local government and clinics in Ukraine as well as medical professionals on site. We expect that these comprehensive medical aid supplies (medical technology, medical and clinical equipment, medicines, consumables, etc., up to and including power generators) worth around 4.75 million euros to date (as of January 2023) will sustainably strengthen healthcare in Ukraine.
Particularly innovative about the project is the targeted and needs-oriented medical support to now more than 20 clinics in Ukraine, which works very well thanks to the close cooperation and coordination with the nationwide and local institutions. The UKSH aid transports start from Germany (UKSH in Schleswig-Holstein) and travel directly to the facilities/clinics in Ukraine. The aid arrives 100%, since the donation organization expenses are borne by UKSH.