Aid Needed for Birthing Center in Ukraine

Aid Needed for Birthing Center in Ukraine

From Inna Markiv

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Update #6

2 months ago

Huge thanks to all who supported the very end of our project/aid for Ukraine! I would like to proudly inform you that we were able to collect an additional $1,000.00. Today, we received a $1,000.00 match from an anonymous dedicated benefactor on our last fundraiser day. Later on, I will update you all about our upcoming shipments.

P.S. Unfortunately, some of our medical supplies and medications are on backorder, but we hope they will all arrive soon so that we can complete our final shipments to Ukraine.

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My dearest friends and colleagues, 

Many of you know that I survived breast cancer stage IV years ago. I always knew that God granted me life to continue helping people suffering from medical illnesses as a medical provider, but I never realized that I would have to face a mission to support people affected by war. 

I immigrated to the United States from Ukraine shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. As many of you know, my home country is currently being destroyed by Russian forces. It is heartbreaking for me to see the devastating images of the deadly attacks demonstrated worldwide. I sincerely appreciate all of you for your continued support and understanding regarding the current circumstances we face. Our government in the United States is helping tremendously in helping defend Ukraine. 

Since the attacks, I have received numerous messages and phone calls from my relatives and friends in Ukraine begging for help. One specific phone call from a close friend touched my heart deeply. My friend is one of the medical doctors at a perinatal/birthing center in my hometown of Ternopil, located in Western Ukraine. This birthing center has recently become a temporary shelter for the thousands of fleeing refugees from Eastern Ukraine. Ternopil’s birthing center is overwhelmed with significantly more births, and the hospital is running out of supplies. The shortage and difficulty of obtaining medical supplies occurred shortly after the bombing of the largest city in Ukraine, Kharkiv, which acted as a manufacturing place for all the medical supplies for many of the hospitals in Ukraine. 

Babies continue to be born in Ukraine as attacks from Russian continue to escalate in Ukraine. The Ternopil birthing center desperately needs our help. I am writing to ask you to reflect on this and consider the value and necessity of our need to help these newborns and their families. Many of you may have already contributed to other Ukraine relief and aid funds and organizations, but even a small amount will make a difference for these families. 

Any of your financial support will be greatly appreciated and extremely valued and will be put towards purchasing:

-dressing materials (e.g., cotton wool, gauze)

-set of clothes and coatings of operating for cesarean section

-sterilization containers

-bed linens

-vacuum extractori (kiwi)

-infusomats

-lines for infusomat

-intravenous catheters 18G

-intravenous infusion sets

-drugs (e.g., methylergometrine, betamethasone, saline, misoprostol, tranexamic acid, ampicillin for injection, carbetocin)

-syringes 2, 5, 10, 50

-uture material absorbable: catgut size 4, 5; vicryl (polyglactin 910) - 0 (metric 3,5) 90cm needle 1/2c 48mm

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I am sincerely grateful for your support. Please share with your family, friends, and colleagues!

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Inna Markiv posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #6

Huge thanks to all who supported the very end of our project/aid for Ukraine! I would like to proudly inform you that we were able to collect an additional $1,000.00. Today, we received a $1,000.00 match from an anonymous dedicated benefactor on our last fundraiser day. Later on, I will update you all about our upcoming shipments.

P.S. Unfortunately, some of our medical supplies and medications are on backorder, but we hope they will all arrive soon so that we can complete our final shipments to Ukraine.

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Inna Markiv posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #5

***Special announcement***

A great opportunity arose towards the end of our fundraising! One of our anonymous supporters is willing to step up and match all donations in the next 3 weeks up to $1000! We are planning to complete the next shipment with medications. The extra cash will be so helpful in purchasing this more expensive request. We will not be able to finish this project without each of you! Every small amount will make the difference!

I wish we all come together in person because Together, We Are Strong/Razom, My Syla! God bless Ukraine and God bless America!

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Inna Markiv posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #4

I want to share with you all that our 14 boxes (total of 448 lbs) filled with medical supplies, including suture material, infusion sets, IV catheters, syringes, Kiwi vacuums, protective lab coats, gloves, and other surgical materials, are already on the way to Ukraine! Despite all the difficulties, we were able to order and send necessary medical supplies and surplus them with some donations of near expired medical supplies provided by two hospitals in the Bay Area and an OB/GYN clinic in Roseville! Huge appreciation and thanks to all of our supporters!

Our order payment total was $7688.00
Shipment was $549.00

Every day of the war in Ukraine brings more tragedies to Ukraine but allows yet unknown unity and understanding of the whole world. It also teaches all of us and makes us adapt to priorities and needs in specific situations. Sirens go on and off almost every day and night, and they may last from a few minutes to hours. On this page, I've posted recent photos and a video from Ternopil’s birthing center during these sirens. You may notice that the women are smiling and giggling in the video. These positive responses help them cope with their experiences and symbolize hope and strength!

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Inna Markiv posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #3

Our first phase of medical supplies shipped out today!!!

I want to thank everyone for the support coming from you in so many different ways: donations, prayers, connections, Facebook posts, and the comfort of believing that everything is possible when we are together. A small project of helping the birthing center in Ternopil will make a massive difference in many families' lives because of you!

Big thanks to our young volunteers who lent a helping hand in packing all of the fourteen boxes!

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Inna Markiv posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #2

We have hit 50% of our goal! Big thanks to all of you!
I plan to complete the first phase of the medical supply shipment next week.

I cannot thank you all enough for your continued support.

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!

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Inna Markiv posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #1

I want to express my sincerest gratitude for everyone's donations so far! I appreciate all the continued love and support.

A friend of mine had recently visited the Ternopil birthing center and kindly sent me some pictures and videos. I have added those pictures and videos to this page to share with you all!

I will keep you all posted with live updates from the birthing center in Ternopil.

Thank you all again! Glory to Ukraine!

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