The Ukraine is one of Europe’s poorer nations, with 60% living below the poverty line, and has particularly struggled in recent years with a recession and conflict. When it comes to funding and upgrading hospitals and schools in Ukraine, the smaller towns and villages are often left behind.

Since 2013, Crossroads’ partners have been working with hospitals, schools, clinics and institutions in the Ukraine, particularly in rural areas that may be missing out on services and resources. We shipped to these partners in recent years, and were greatly encouraged by the photos and stories of how the goods have helped their work with schools and medical facilities.

When Crossroads received an offer from a Hong Kong hospital of a huge quantity of electric hospital beds, we asked our Ukraine partners if they could be useful in their work. They gratefully accepted the offer and we prepared a shipjment of hospital beds, mattresses and medical supplies that they have distributed to rural health clinics, many of which have not had updated facilities in decades.


“It is impossible to buy such good functional hospital beds in Ukraine. The money saved is approximately US$130,000; a huge amount for Ukraine.” – NGO Director

(Above) Clinics and hospitals which received beds from the shipment are now able to offer a higher level of comfort and care for their patients.

(Above) Doctors in this maternity ward were thrilled with the new, high quality beds.

(Above) Doctors and medical staff receive gloves and medical supplies at their clinic.


The goods that were sent in this shipment were predominantly for distribution to healthcare clinics and hospitals in Cherkasy, providing a vital update to the equipment and facilities in use before their arrival.

  • Modern hospital beds, replacing the 40 year old beds previously in use in a rural maternity ward
  • Gloves and medical supplies, providing the central Monastyrische Hospital with basic goods that patients had previously been required to pay for themselves
  • Mattresses, fitting the beds of the district hospital which serves over 2000 patients from the 25 surrounding villages every year


This shipment has already had a wide reaching impact for many patients. With the continued support of our partners, and the hard work of the medical staff in Cherkasy, the goods that were sent will continue to improve the lives of local people for many years to come.


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A33Albania is the 4th poorest country in Europe. The Dibra region is among the poorest regions of Albania. People living in Dibra, Northern Albania, are the ones left behind. Here, unemployment is high, people are migrating in search of jobs and healthcare is scarce. “Pediatricians say it is difficult for them to provide the right diagnosis because they can’t do the right examination. They said that they only have stethoscope and their knowledge and that’s all.”

 “Even in the main hospital you can’t find equipment,” wrote Crossroads’ partners.

Crossroads’ is shipping to an NGO partner in this region who has been working on improving health care here since 1993. It’s a huge task in a region where doctors struggle to diagnose and treat patients, because they lack instruments and equipment.

Potential impact:

  • This medical equipment will allow the doctors and other medical staff at the local hospital to provide much better care for the people of this area.
  • This will make a great difference in the lives of the many who must go without medical care, or who are misdiagnosed due to a lack of medical equipment.

Shipment includes:

  • Medical devices, mainly for standard hospital use.

Economic needs in Dibra

A31Dibra is one of the poorest areas in the Albania. Incomes are so low for families that most of them are only surviving. Emigration is sometimes a solution, but this creates its own difficulties for the family or even for the community. Agriculture is one of the remaining sources of income, but farmers often can’t sell their produce (because of the geographical location, road infrastructure, etc). Many families receive social assistance, but say the amount must stretch so far that even a sack of flour is too much to afford.

Crossroads’ shipment will help traveling doctors treat people in places with no clinics, or with hospitals struggling with broken, decades-old equipment.

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Albania Snapshot

Population: 3 million
Capital: Tirana

Population living of less than US$2 per day: around 25%

Almost half of the poor people in Albania are under 21 years of age

in the north-eastern districts of Kukes and Dibra, 80 per cent of families’ income comes from social protection schemes, economic assistance and disability payments.

Because of undeveloped infrastructure, many small-scale farmers lack access to market outlets for their produce, particularly in mountainous areas like Dibra.