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10 Million Dollars to Help Patients from Ukraine

10 million dollars for the purchase of medicines for forced migrants from Ukraine residing in Poland has been allocated by Direct Relief, one of the largest American humanitarian organizations. This record-breaking cash aid in the history of this institution will make it possible to launch - together with the Polish company epruf s.a. - a unique aid programme on a global scale. In recognition of this assistance, the program will be held under the honorary patronage of Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba - said during today's (15.04.) press conference Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland, Andriy Deshchytsya.

10 Million Dollars to Help Patients from Ukraine 10 Million Dollars to Help Patients from Ukraine 10 Million Dollars to Help Patients from Ukraine 10 Million Dollars to Help Patients from Ukraine 10 Million Dollars to Help Patients from Ukraine 10 Million Dollars to Help Patients from Ukraine

As the Ambassador of Ukraine emphasized during the meeting with journalists, the help that the Ukrainian citizens received in Poland - in many fields - cannot be overestimated. He pointed out: in addition to social or educational assistance, support for the purchase of medicines is also crucial, to which the program implemented in cooperation with Pelion and Direct Relief is an answer. I thank for the initiative, which was created at an express pace and I hope for further development of the programme and its expansion to other countries.”

- You show that Ukraine is not alone, that Ukraine is not just a Polish issue," said Mark Brzezinski, U.S. Ambassador to Poland, addressing representatives of Pelion and Direct Relief. This is a great international example of cooperation and a lesson of help for the whole world - he added, calling on others to actively support the citizens of Ukraine.

epruf will begin accepting applications in the first days after Easter for assistance and sending out electronic codes to finance the purchase of medicines. The programme in the phase just launched assumes the issuance of 100 thousand electronic codes, each worth PLN 500, to be used in 2022 for purchases in all pharmacies in Poland.

To join the programme, one needs to fill in the registration form at After verification, the participant will receive at the e-mail address given in the registration form a message containing an individual Programme Participant Code (in the form of a bar code), enabling him to receive a subsidy for the purchase of medicines and to log in to the dedicated web application. The Programme Participant Code can be displayed in the web application on the screen of your smartphone or printed out and presented to the pharmacist in the pharmacy when purchasing medicines. This cashless form of payment for medicines operates in 8,000 pharmacies in Poland. The participant can also purchase medicines in any pharmacy and apply for reimbursement.

Co-financing covers a wide range of medicines, both prescription and OTC from various categories, including anti-diabetic, used to treat respiratory diseases or to support the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

Direct Relief and Pelion will work together to expand the initiative to cover 400,000 refugees, including 100,000 elderly people and 300,000 women and children. This expansion, requiring an additional $90 million in funding, would address support for nearly half of the more than 880,000 Ukrainian citizens who, as of April 12, 2022 - have applied in the issuance of a PESEL number.

Direct Relief expresses its deep appreciation and gratitude to Pelion for developing this highly effective channel for direct assistance to Ukrainian citizens forced to flee their homes, through which they can obtain vital medicines, says Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe. - The initial funding of $10 million comes from contributions by thousands of people deeply concerned about the situation of Ukrainians whose lives have been threatened. We are turning this incredible generosity into a meaningful, practical way to help the people of Ukraine by allowing the funds received by Direct Relief to be distributed purposefully, he adds.

- This is a special day for us and a great privilege. In partnership with Direct Relief, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the U.S., we are launching a unique program to help purchase medication for Ukrainian patients, which will be available at any pharmacy in Poland. The $10 million donated today is extremely significant and real help, which will first reach up to 100,000 people in need, mainly mothers with children and the elderly. The drug subsidy programme developed by our company is fully tested and guarantees complete transparency," emphasises Jacek Szwajcowski, President of the Management Board of Pelion S.A., to which epruf s.a. belongs.

Thanks to the additional support of Pelion in the amount of 1 million US dollars, the offer of help for Ukrainian patients has been extended by telemedicine in Ukrainian language provided by doctors of Dimedic clinics available 7 days a week. Online medical consultations can be registered through the clinic's dedicated website Forced migrants can get a consultation with a doctor within 2 hours, including prescription renewal, emergency care, referral for specialist treatment, among others.

- I hope that the cooperation initiated today will have a long-term character and will encourage other donors to join in. The scale of needs is enormous," added Jacek Szwajcowski.

Information about the action was also published by Direct Relief on its website:

epruf, owned by Pelion, is a Polish fintech company which has been operating in Poland for 13 years. It specialises in smart cards and mobile solutions that enable cashless settlement of transactions and insurance benefits. During the 13 years of its operations, it has issued over 5 million cards and processed over 33 million transactions. Read more at:

Dimedic, also a part of Pelion, is one of the largest telemedicine companies operating for 7 years in Poland and Lithuania. It offers consultations with a doctor within 60 minutes, providing medical care 7 days a week. Nearly 200,000 Poles remain under the care of Dimedic doctors. Find out more at:

Pelion S.A. is the largest healthcare company that has been present in Poland for 32 years and is developing its business in Sweden and Lithuania. Pelion's services cover all sectors of the market - retail, wholesale and sales to hospitals and are directed to individual patients, pharmacies, hospitals and manufacturers. Pelion manages the fifth largest pharmacy chain in Europe. The company's mission is to care for the quality and length of life. Read more at:

The humanitarian organisation Direct Relief operates in 50 US states and over 80 countries. Its mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies - regardless of politics, religion or financial ability. It is one of the few NGOs recognised by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health as an 'international partner', alongside institutions such as the World Health Organisation, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In response to needs raised by the Ukrainian side, Direct Relief has already delivered more than 206 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies, used to treat a variety of conditions (including cancer, diabetes), injuries and Covid-19 therapy. The organisation has also responded to an appeal for resources to respond to chemical attacks. Read more at: 

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