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Adventist Health facilitates donation of medical supplies for Ukraine

Kim Strobel Human Interest, Volunteers, Inspiring Stories

Medical supplies and medications will be airlifted to Ukraine during the first week of April through a collaboration between Cardinal Health, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and Adventist Health.

Supplies donated by medical supply company Cardinal Health and made possible by private donors will be distributed to eight hospitals in Ukraine through supply channels maintained by ADRA. The Adventist Health Supply Chain and Global Mission departments managed the logistics of the donations.

“In March, we received an urgent request from the Ministry of Health in Ukraine through ADRA for needed supplies,” said John Schroer, Global Mission System Lead for Adventist Health. “The request noted that surgeons in Ukraine are particularly in need of supplies to treat combat wounds and civilian injuries at local hospitals.”

While many supply chain channels into Ukraine have been cut off because of the war, logistics were in place through ADRA to route the supplies where they are most needed. The ADRA Ukraine team has remained in their country to coordinate this work as the fighting continues.

“The work of Justin Freed, Adventist Health Supply Chain executive, was key to this effort,” said Schroer. “Justin’s relationships with our industry partners are what made this happen. Our Supply Chain team is not only engaged in the work we are doing at home, but they do so with the utmost commitment to the Adventist Health mission.”

Schroer organized collection of supplies and the airlift process. Supplies were put on pallets and prepared for the flight at Adventist Health Simi Valley. On March 29, a group of associates from Simi Valley gathered to pray for the war in Ukraine and for safe delivery of the supplies.

“We’re so thankful for the leaders and associates at Adventist Health Simi Valley who were also instrumental in getting the supplies ready to send,” said Schroer. “This effort took the contributions of many individuals coming together as a team. It was rewarding to see the collaboration happen in many different areas.”

Through strategic partnerships with organizations such as ADRA and Cardinal Health, Adventist Health works to strengthen health systems, provide sustainable healthcare solutions and bring hope and healing to a hurting world.

Your financial contributions to the Adventist Health Global Mission Fund will go to support Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Romania. To contribute to this fund, visit adventisthealth.org/giving/global-mission-fund. For more information about the ADRA response to the refugee crisis in Ukraine, please contact John Schroer or Marcidale Amurao at GlobalMissions@ah.org.