In response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a new diabetes campaign is appealing for support as it aims to deliver £8 million worth of vital diabetes supplies to the country.
United with Ukraine is asking the diabetes community to donate any unused glucose meters and blood testing strips after an announcement from the Ukrainian Health Minister revealed that there is an urgent need for these supplies.
People in Ukraine with type 1 diabetes are now at risk of running out of vital medication and equipment as they are unable get a hold of anymore, therefore putting their health is at risk.
Founder of Type One Style, Charlie Cawsey, established United with Ukraine to help combat this diabetes emergency.
Charlie explained: “Once the war broke out in Ukraine, I knew had to help people with diabetes who are facing their own deadly crisis.
“It is an honour to provide Ukrainians with essential supplies as without our help their health would rapidly deteriorate, and their life would be at risk.”
He continued: “We are now on a mission to raise £8 million worth of funds to purchase glucose meters and test strips as the country is in desperate need for these supplies.
“Since the start of the campaign, GlucoRX have supported our efforts by donating lots of glucometers and strips which are already inside Ukrainian hospitals”
A total of £250,000 worth of necessities have already been delivered to the Ukraine through this campaign. Supplies include sweets, test strips, continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps, tourniquets, first aid kits, and portable defibrillators.
United with Ukraine have also sent children’s aid to numerous eastern Poland refugee centres. 250 shoe boxes have been supplied, packed with socks, scarves, gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste and a variety of sweet treats, such as high-calorie protein bars.
The team behind the campaign put together another £50,000 worth of aid which was sent out last Friday, May 18. The items in the delivery were provided by the community because there has been no corporate support or funding towards the campaign, other than sporadic supply donations from the organisation’s outreach.
Charlie said: “The aim of our operation is to distribute high-impact, targeted medical aid. Every single recipient receives a box that is actually immediately useful, and we can reach recipients inside Ukraine that no other channels can because we have built our own distribution channel.”
Delivery addresses have been provided to the charity by the Ukrainian embassy. They include special warehouses in the East of Poland and various Nova Poshta collection points in Ukraine.
Hundreds of volunteers throughout Ukraine coordinate with staff at the Nova Poshta collection points to distribute the supplies to people across the country.
To donate any supplies to Ukraine, click here.