Medical Supplies From Aachen on Their Way to Ukraine
The great response to the University’s and Uniklinik’s appeal for donations made it possible to launch an aid campaign in support of Ukrainian hospitals.
The first convoy of aid, funded by the “RWTH and Uniklinik RWTH Aachen help Ukraine” campaign, is already on its way to the Polish-Ukrainian border. Within a week, the campaign raised around 380,000 euros in donations. In the meantime, more than 750,000 euros have been donated to the campaign. The drugstore of RWTH Aachen University Hospital is using these funds to procure medical equipment and medication for Ukraine. In addition, some institutions and individuals donated additional medical products and drugs to support the campaign.
“This is a strong signal of solidarity with the people in Ukraine. We are very pleased with the amazing support we have received, and we want to say thank you to all our donors,” said RWTH Rector Ulrich Rüdiger. “This humanitarian catastrophe has touched many people here at Uniklinik. We would like to thank everyone involved in coordinating the aid response so quickly and efficiently – this is the result of effective teamwork,” adds Professor Thomas H. Ittel, Medical Director of Uniklinik RWTH Aachen.
In the past few days, the first two 40-ton trucks started from Aachen to the Polish-Ukrainian border. Today, more trucks will leave the city, loaded with medical equipment and medication. Professor Andrij Pich from the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry at RWTH and DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials accompanies the aid transport. He initiated the fundraising campaign in support of his home country, which received strong support from the University and Uniklink communities.
Pich was born and grew up in Lviv, Ukraine; in his family and circle of friends, there are a number of doctors who work in hospitals, especially in Lviv, but also in Kyiv. They gave him a firsthand account of the war-related shortage of bandages, antibiotics, anesthetics, and other medical supplies. The supplies from Aachen are expected to provide relief, supporting doctors on site with painkillers and narcotics for operations.
The donations received so far help to ensure basic medical care for the injured. But the need for further support increases dramatically with each day of war. Special equipment is needed for the treatment of war casualties, for example. For this reason, the campaign is still in need of financial support.
The donation account for the relief action is:
Account holder: RWTH Aachen
IBAN: DE52 3904 0013 0122 6059 00
Please indicate “Spende Ukraine” in the reference field.
Donations can also be made in cash at the RWTH Shop in the Main Building, Templergraben 55, during its opening hours. RWTH will then transfer the money to the donation account.
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