Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, nearly 3 million Ukrainians have fled the country and countless others have experienced internal displacement and need for medical care. In response to several inquires about how Iowa physicians can help, IMS has compiled a selection of vetted opportunities to engage, including an opportunity for physicians to volunteer their time remotely, providing direct care via telehealth, to those in need.
The Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law (CTeL), a federal telehealth policy group, has formed a national coalition of medical experts to provide virtual care services to the displaced and injured civilians of the war in Ukraine. Providers can volunteer to support virtual humanitarian health care efforts in Ukraine and the surrounding region in partnership with American and European organizations. The coalition aims to produce a dynamic database of health care providers that humanitarian organizations can utilize for virtual care support. In addition, legal and technology experts will guide volunteers on effective virtual care support. All medical experts are welcome to volunteer.
Providers and groups can fill out the Volunteer Now link at www.telehealth4ukraine.org to get started.
Additional Organizations Aiding Ukraine
The organization is at work in Ukraine and bordering countries, providing safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, transport to secure areas, counseling support, and more to the refugees that are 90% women and children. Learn more on their website.
- Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
As the war in Ukraine escalates, Doctors Without Borders/MSF is increasing its medical humanitarian assistance to the region. You can donate or explore opportunities to serve in the field. Learn more on their website.
All funds will help those in need, affected by armed conflict, blood collection, mobilization of volunteers and resources, and emergency activities. Learn more on their website.
This international organization aims to provide emergency assistance to families in Ukraine — providing aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement – in collaboration with the UN and local authorities and partners in Ukraine. Tax-deductible donations are currently being matched up to $1 million. Learn more on their website.
- UNICEF initiative "Protect Children in Ukraine"
Children are the least responsible for the war in Ukraine, but they suffer most from its consequences. Donations are 100% tax-deductible and will help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine's children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education, and protection. Learn more on their website.
For questions and additional information, please contact Kady Reese