UK donates 3.7 million medical items to Ukraine – Ukraine

More than 3.7 million medical supplies have been donated to Ukraine by the UK to help respond to the Russian invasion.

  • UK at the forefront of humanitarian response with 3.7 million medical donations to Ukraine
  • More than 1.5 million doses of medicine, including painkillers, on a flight to the region from the UK yesterday morning (Monday March 21)
  • UK pledges to continue supporting Ukrainian friends

More than 3.7 million medical supplies have been donated to Ukraine by the UK to help the country cope with the emergency caused by the Russian invasion and to help save tens of thousands of lives.

Items including life-saving medicines, wound dressings and critical care equipment donated by the NHS from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were airlifted to the area at over the past three weeks, departing from Stansted and Heathrow airports and RAF Brize Norton.

The latest flight – the 11th to date – departed from Heathrow yesterday morning (Monday March 21) carrying more than 100,000 boxes of medicine, including powerful painkillers to treat the severe pain of those injured by the Russian attacks.

Yesterday’s shipment delivers around 120,000 boxes – more than 1.5 million doses – of life-saving medicines urgently needed by Ukraine. These will help treat severe pain caused by serious injuries, as well as aid in intensive care procedures.

The UK government has worked closely with Ukrainian officials to provide targeted support to ensure medical items reach those who need them most.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

It is appalling to watch the atrocities committed by Putin as he continues his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The UK has acted quickly to provide vital humanitarian aid to Ukraine and will continue to do all it can. Yesterday’s shipment contains life-saving medicines including strong painkillers to treat severe pain and sedatives for intensive care procedures.

I am extremely grateful for the donations made by the NHS of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as we provide further support to our Ukrainian friends.

The milestone of 3.7 million medical items donated to Ukraine is part of the government’s broader humanitarian response to this emergency. The UK government has airlifted 21 children with cancer to the UK, who are now receiving life-saving treatment from the NHS.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:

Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has displaced millions of people and caused untold suffering.

The UK plays a leading role in providing humanitarian aid, ranging from medicine to shelter and expertise on the ground. We are working with the Ukrainian government to ensure that we help those who need it most.

Some of the important items sent to Ukraine to date include:

  • Nearly 3,000 adult resuscitators
  • Approximately 160,000 wound care packs
  • More than 300,000 sterile needles
  • More than 32,000 packs of dressings
  • 1,600 pieces of equipment for ventilators
  • More than 54,000 cannulas
  • 220,000 boxes of medicine – about 2.3 million doses – including antibiotics and painkillers
  • 72,000 glove packs
  • 28,000 FFP3 masks

On Thursday March 17, the government announced that Ukrainians fleeing their home country will be guaranteed free access to NHS healthcare, including hospital services, GP and nurse consultations, emergency care and injury treatment units.

Over 10,200 visas have been granted through the Ukraine Family Scheme and, for those with a valid Ukrainian passport, the government has removed the need to attend an in-person appointment to complete biometric checks before to travel to the UK.

Since Monday, March 14, people in the UK have been able to register an interest in sponsoring a nominated Ukrainian under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, with over 150,000 people registering.

The government has provided £400 million in humanitarian and economic aid to Ukraine and neighboring countries since the start of the Russian invasion, as well as anti-tank and anti-aircraft defensive weapons.


  • The 3.7 million figure is made up of each individual item and individual dose of medicine.

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