SHIPMENT FEEDBACK

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.


FURTHER PHOTOS OF IMPACT

Reference No. : S4642A

Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

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WHO IS THIS SHIPMENT HELPING?

The Ukraine is one of Europe’s poorest nations 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.

Crossroads has partnered with an organisation in the Ukraine with projects in health, education and care for people with special needs, particularly those in villages that may otherwise miss out on essential services. Our first shipment included goods like computers for health clinics, school furniture for village schools that had not been upgraded in 40 years, and heaters for health centres whose patients had been struggling through extremely cold winters without adequate heating. A second shipment was filled with high quality hospital beds that are now in use in rural areas where beds were previously extremely basic and badly in need of replacement.=

This third shipment is, once again, helping invest in a rural region, with goods to equip health care and education. “This region is very poor, and still needs long-term cooperation in receiving aid for medical institutions, and schools,” they wrote. They asked for goods including electrical appliances and heaters for midwifery centres, computers and flooring for village schools, and health supplies for rural health posts.

Thank you for helping us improve services and care for those in need in Ukraine.


Hospital beds: before and after

Health posts in rural Ukraine are essential to the villages they serve. Without them, residents would need to travel up to 70km to the nearest hospital for treatment. Sadly, though, many of the hardworking health workers in these rural posts battle to do their job using very outdated equipment, and with inadequate supplies. We have been privileged to invest in some of these clinics with high quality donated goods, like the hospital beds pictured below, which have upgraded old, basic beds like the one pictured above. “The goods from the previous shipment were perfect and made a great impact on quality of life and services,” wrote our partners. We are excited to be preparing another shipment that will be another boost to their health and education projects.


Donated computers from a previous Crossroads shipment to these partners helped this Ukranian hospital digitise their patient records.

Now they’re able to better serve their community of 25 villages. This next shipment will include furniture, office equipment and more goods that help staff battling to serve their clients with inadequate resources.


Winters can be bitterly cold in the Ukraine, making it especially difficult to operate healthcare services without proper heating and equipment.

School furniture from Crossroads’ last shipment to the Ukraine equipped this small village school. Our partners wrote that most equipment in schools in this region is more than 40 years old, and badly in need of replacement. Our upcoming shipment will include more goods for village schools.


Reference No : S4642C

Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

Ukraine snapshot

Capital: Kiev
Population: 42.3 million

Major languages: Ukrainian (official), Russian

Ukraine has been in a near-permanent state of transition since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The western part of the country seeks closer ties with Europe while the east prefers to retain its ties to Russia. The result is constant upheaval resulting in economic turmoil and occasional unrest.

Unemployment is on the rise and the dependence on the global steel market for exports makes for an uncertain future.  Life is a struggle for many, especially those in rural areas.

SOURCE: BBC-Country profile/WB

 

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