11 March 2022

Donate to the Ukraine Medical Help Fund

The Ukraine Medical Help Fund is a joint initiative by CPME, EFMA and WMA following an urgent request by the Ukrainian Medical Association.

Following an urgent appeal by the Ukrainian Medical Association, the Ukraine Medical Help Fund has been established by CPME, EFMA and WMA to enable the global medical community to unite efforts to support our Ukrainian colleagues and the national medical associations in neighbouring countries who are stepping up to support the deepening humanitarian crisis.

The intense military escalation has resulted in loss of life, injuries, and the displacement of over one million refugees to neighbouring countries, with more expected. Hospitals and medical facilities have suffered severe damage and there is a shortage of all medical supplies and tremendous logistical challenges in sending aid.

We appeal to you to consider donating to the Ukraine Medical Help Fund to allow the medical community to coordinate and provide vital medical support to the humanitarian crisis. 

The World Medical Association has set up a bank account to serve these common efforts and we appeal for your donations to the following account:

Domiciliation: ANNEMASSE ENTERPRISES (04335)
International Banking Account Number IBAN: FR76 30003 04335 00050005353 78
Bank Identification Code BIC: SOGEFRPP

Account Owner:
13A Chemin du Levant

Update on ongoing activities: February 2023

Further help for the besieged people of Ukraine has been delivered in recent weeks by the Ukraine Medical Help Fund.

The third major delivery of trauma care medicines and medicinal products was delivered in early February 2023, in addition to two previous large deliveries last year.

A shipment of warming tents, generators and fan heaters has also been set up in the cities of Kiev, Mykolaiv and Kherson to help people in high-rise buildings who are without electricity, heating, water and warm food.  The Fund, coordinated by the World Medical Association (WMA), CPME and the European Forum of Medical Associations, donated €100,000 to fund the shipment, which cost a total of €150,000. This comes with the assistance of a joint fundraising campaign “Warmth for Ukraine” by Hope for Ukraine e.V. Dresden and the Saxon State Medical Association with support from the Bavarian Medical Association.

The Fund has now successfully delivered material aid to Ukraine, including:

  • Three major shipments of medicines and medical devices, mainly for trauma care;

  • Birthing beds for a neonatal care centre in Mykolaiv;

  • Intensive care materials for hospitals in the Cherkasy Region;

  • Neurosurgical equipment for the neurosurgery department at the National Military Medical Clinical Centre Kiev;

  • Large shipment of tourniquets for Odessa;

  • Warming tents, generators and fan heaters to the cities of Kiev, Mykolaiv and Kherson.

The support has made possible by more than €2.7 million in donations. Most notably we are grateful for the financial support from the Japan Medical Association, which, although far away from the warzone, provided the largest part of the donations. Not to forget other big contributions of member associations and smaller, but nevertheless important contributions from individuals and companies.

How the Fund is used

The fund will be used to facilitate supply chains of medical supplies and other humanitarian goods to colleagues in Ukraine and neighbouring countries under the following rules:

  1. The primary purpose is to transport and distribute medical goods (medicines, medical products, special diets and other healthcare tools) to Ukraine. We are cooperating with the Ukrainian Medical Association and our member and partner organizations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, including the Polish Chamber of Doctors and Dentists, the Slovakian Medical Association and the Slovak Medical Chamber.

  2. Part of the funds may be used for medical assistance for refugees, should the healthcare systems of the recipient countries become overwhelmed. The neighbouring countries are doing their best to serve and shelter the refugees, however the volume of refugees is growing daily.

  3. Should we come to a point where we find that a partner organization e.g. the ICRC or another charity doing work on the Ukrainian territory can do better to reach our colleagues and their patients in Ukraine, we may divert funds to those organizations. We may also consider portals of the Ukrainian government as long as we get assurance that funds will be used for medical and humanitarian purposes.

  4. The organizations building this coalition (CPME, EFMA and WMA) will provide their work as benefit in kind and will not charge for their services.

How the Fund is managed

The Ukraine Medical Help Fund has been set up by an ad-hoc coalition of 

  • the European Forum of Medical Associations (EFMA), 

  • the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), and the

  • World Medical Association (WMA), which holds the account for donations.

The Fund is governed by:

  • The Taskforce Ukraine, which is composed of representatives of the medical associations (int/national) involved in the execution of the project, i.e. the WMA, EFMA, CPME, the Polish Chamber of Doctors and Dentists, the Slovakian Medical Association, the Slovak Medical Chamber, the Romanian College of Physicians, the Hungarian Medical Chamber and the French Medical Council. More organisations are invited to join or have already indicated to do so. The Taskforce will recommend the use of funds to the Steering Committee.

  • The Steering Committee, consisting of the Secretary Generals of EFMA, CPME, and WMA and is chaired by WMA Past President Prof. Dr Leonid Eidelman. 


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