Ukraine Relief Fund

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Ukraine Relief Fund

In light of the great hardship and major problems facing the people in the war zones of Ukraine, EKFS has made a funding budget available for emergency medical relief since the spring of 2022. Almost 4.5 million euros have been granted since the start of the conflict.

In accordance with the purpose of the foundation, the money is used exclusively for medical projects in Ukraine or in directly neighboring countries. The funds are awarded on application, whereby a simplified application procedure is used. The resources envisaged for medical aid are available to non-profit organizations in Germany which have their own contacts and structures in Ukraine or neighboring countries.
EKFS continues to accept project applications. If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact Dr. Judith von Heusinger in advance for further information on how to apply. You will find the necessary templates for an application at the bottom of the website under “Downloads”.


Portrait Dr. Judith von Heusinger
Dr. Judith von Heusinger
Medical Development Cooperation

These funding supports to provide emergency aid for Ukraine are underway:

Apotheker ohne Grenzen Deutschland e.V.. -Support for the supply of medicines to the civilian population in Lviv

The drug deliveries support the supply of essential medicines to the hospital. In this way, gaps in the supply of e.g. antibiotics and anesthetics will be closed. Above all, children up to 18 years of age with complications after severe wounds, such as splinter wounds, gunshot wounds or traumatic amputations are treated.

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Arbeitskreis Nord-Ost (AKNO) - MedAid

Access to basic health care for refugees and strengthening the rights of refugees in Bulgaria.

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CADUS e.V. – Medical evacuations and training courses in Ukraine

The project staff evacuates patients from endangered regions to safe hospitals within Ukraine or to neighboring countries. In addition, volunteers from local NGOs who are also actively involved with medical evacuations (MedEvac) near the front are trained in administering first aid, and local healthcare service providers and medics receive training in emergency medicine in certified courses along with schooling for work in the MICU Bus (mobile intensive care unit).

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CARE Deutschland e.V. - Ensuring access to lifesaving health care in Eastern Ukraine

The aim of the project is to ensure medical care for the population in the immediate vicinity of the front line in Donetsk Oblast.

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Deutsches Medikamenten-Hilfswerk action medeor e.V. – Improvement of surgical treatment

Kyiv Regional Clinical Hospital, Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics in Kyiv, Kirovohrad Regional Clinical Hospital in Kropyvnytskyi, Zaporizhzhia Military Hospital and the Mykolaiv Regional Clinical Hospital

It emerged from a polling conducted by action medeor e.V. at the hospitals taken into consideration in this project that, to a certain extent, the number of persons to be treated per month had tripled, and that up to 90 percent more operations are necessary. Within the scope of the project the five partner hospitals are supposed to receive medical technology equipment for existing operating rooms and the development of additional operating rooms. The need is particularly present in terms of anesthesia equipment, suction machines, ultrasonic apparatus, electric operating tables and surgical lighting fixtures.

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Deutsches Medikamenten-Hilfswerk action medeor e.V. – Mobile X-ray units for Ukraine

The German medical aid organization action medeor is making five mobile X-ray units available to four Ukrainian hospitals with the support of EKFS. Since the outbreak of war the clinics in Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Ternopil and Lviv have had to treat significantly more patients – X-rays belong to the fundamental diagnostic tools applied here. In the embattled areas around Kyiv and Mykolaiv the equipment is used above all to treat the injured and wounded. In the West Ukrainian cities of Ternopil and Lviv they are needed because the numbers of patients have more than doubled due to the many refugees. The Ternopil University Hospital has been readily supplied with medicines and expendable medical items by action medeor ever since the emergencies in the first days of war.

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German Doctors e.V. – Reconstruction of the feldsher-midwife station

The project is devoted to reconstructing the feldsher-midwife station in Kolychivka. This access point for pregnant women and small children from Kolychivka and the adjoining towns was completely destroyed due to the Russian war of aggression. German Doctors e.V. and its project partner New Way will be accompanying construction activities from the very start and hand over the facility to the local government authorities following completion.

HOPE e.V. – Medical devices, equipment and medication for the Mukachevo Central District Hospital in Transcarpathia

The project aims to equip the central district hospital of Mukachevo in order to increase the number of patients and quality of treatment. The war and the influx of refugees have raised the demands placed on the hospital; this takes up even more of the limited resources than was already the case. Medical equipment is needed to be able to set up another operating room at the hospital. The supply of medicines is supposed to be improved as well.

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Jugend Eine Welt – Medical equipment for the Odessa Children’s Hospital (City Children’s Hospital No. 2)

Since the beginning of the war, large numbers of children from the widest variety of regions in the country are being treated at the city’s children’s hospital in the Ukrainian seaport of Odessa. There is a shortage of medicines and medical products. Particularly the intensive care unit is swamped with work due to the enormous influx at the hospital. Technical equipment such as incubators are urgently needed but currently not able to be ordered in Ukraine. The funding from EKFS is intended to enable medical equipment to be acquired – among others, a 12-channel ECG for newborn babies and incubators.

Moldova-Institut Leipzig e. V - Training of Ukrainian doctors. Care and therapy for war wounded.

The aim of the project is to transfer knowledge and expertise in the treatment of severely burned patients through interprofessional teams (surgery, anaesthesia, intensive care, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, etc.), to familiarize Ukrainian doctors with modern therapies and to give doctors the opportunity to work in Germany in order to facilitate the exchange of experience and in-depth training.

Evacuation of the wounded and injured in our MICU Bus (mobile intensive care unit) from Donetsk Oblast back to Dnipro.
Die Behandlung schwer krebskranker Kinder am Universitätsklinikum Essen ist eine der Maßnahmen, die die Stiftung Universitätsmedizin Essen im Rahmen ihrer medizinischen Nothilfe für die Ukraine unterstützt.
Fünf tragbare Röntgengeräte für vier ukrainische Krankenhäuser
ora Kinderhilfe international e.V. – Mobile X-ray unit for the Amosov National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Surgery in Kiev

The Amosov National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Surgery in Kiev is one of the most important healthcare institutions in Ukraine. Patients from all over the country are brought here and treated by specialists. The aim is  to increase the capacity of X-ray diagnostics. An additional mobile X-ray unit will allow 50-60 more children to be examined and treated daily. 

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Stiftung Universitätsmedizin Essen – Support for the treatment of children with cancer and medical aid transports

A German foundation whose auspices include a university hospital and a number of relief programs, Stiftung Universitätsmedizin Essen provides emergency medical aid for Ukraine in two ways. Since the outbreak of fighting it has financed aid transports carrying medical goods. These relief deliveries are oriented to acute need thanks to the closely knit exchange with Ukrainian physicians. The items needed include, among others, medications, bandaging and operating-room materials, as well as medical equipment.
As a result of the war and despite relief deliveries, in many places Ukrainian hospitals are no longer able to ensure therapy for children severely suffering from cancer. The young patients are therefore relocated, inter alia to Germany. Essen University Hospital utilizes its high degree of expertise in pediatric oncology and other specialized departments to set their treatment forth and attends to accommodations for relatives.

Stiftung Universitätsmedizin Essen – Establishment of therapeutic offers for siblings

32 children from Ukraine with cancer are currently being treated at Essen University Hospital. Supplementary to medical treatment, these sick children are being integrated into therapeutic offers at the clinic such as art and movement therapy. The children suffering from cancer are accompanied by their refugee mothers and siblings. Up until now no therapeutic measures exist for the healthy siblings to enable them to cope with the family member’s illness and wartime events. An offer towards dealing with the anxieties, worries, traumas or helplessness accompanied by therapy is intended to be integrated into the care and stewardship system at the hospital.

TraumaAid e.V. – TPSS+® training for psychologists working in applied psychology as well as for other psychosocial occupational groups in Ukraine

Though specialized trauma therapists do exist in Ukraine, when measured in terms of need ─ which has risen dramatically since the war began ─ there are too few and the population does not have sufficient access to these few specialized therapists. The project aims at creating a broader base of trained, trauma-sensitive professionals. The goal is to empower psychologists working in applied psychology and other psychosocial occupational groups so that they are able to handle the affected client groups on a trauma-sensitive basis.

Saarland University Hospital & University clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy Oldenburg

Improvement of emotion regulation in children with migrant background from Ukraine through participation in PASST group training.

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University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) – Medical equipment for the Zhytomyr Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital, the Pediatric Surgery Clinic at the Medical University of Vinnytsia, and the Regional Perinatal Center in Chernivtsi

Two Ukrainian children’s hospitals from the regions of Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia and a perinatal center in Chernivtsi are being supported with medical equipment within the scope of the project “UKSH helps Ukraine”. All three regions report an increased influx of refugees, especially children. At the Zhytomyr Regional Children’s Hospital there is an urgent need for extensive operating room equipment: among others, a respiratory ventilation station is needed. The Pediatric Surgery Clinic at the Medical University of Vinnytsia reported the need for a surgical laser, and the Perinatal Center needs ultrasonic diagnostic systems.

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Women for Women International DE gGmbH - Holistic wellbeing support for women affected by war in Ukraine

The ultimate target of this project is to provide a key entry point for GBV survivors, enabling them to address experiences of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) as a first step to overcome their trauma. In a safe space, they will be enabled to access comprehensive support services including medical services, psychosocial support and accompaniment during the criminal investigations and trials of war crimes related to CRSV and SEA.

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Information for Project Outlines
Template on the Preparation of the Budget
by the applicant to the storing data
Requirements for the Funds Utilisation Statement
Information on the Preparation of a Final Report