Mobilising to provide emergency health supplies in Ukraine

01 March 2022

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is deeply concerned by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and is closely monitoring the situation to ensure that emergency relief is provided to people living with diabetes in the country and others that have been forced to take refuge in neighbouring countries.

According to the latest IDF estimates, over 2.3 million adults are living with diabetes in Ukraine and 15,000 children and adolescents are affected by type 1 diabetes.

Since the start of the crisis, IDF Transnational Member Direct Relief has mobilised its resources to support medical needs in the country as they become known. Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided more than 48 tons of medical aid to the crisis, with more on the way. This includes diabetes and hypertension medications and diabetes supplies.

IDF will continue to monitor the crisis and collaborate with Direct Relief to fulfill medical needs as it unfolds. If you would like to support the efforts of Direct Relief, financial donations can be made here. (Click on “Direct my donation to” and select “Ukraine crisis”).

The IDF Europe Region is calling on all its members to join the Connect Solidarity network to support Ukrainian refugees living with diabetes across Europe. In its first phase, the initiative aims to support IDF Europe Members that wish to help associations in countries neighbouring Ukraine with support, medicines, supplies, etc.  For more information, visit

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