Crisis in Ukraine

Multiple Medical Facilities Receiving Patients

Ukraine Response

Samaritan's Purse is operating multiple medical facilities in various parts of Ukraine and providing food and non-food relief items through church partners in both Ukraine and Moldova.

  • Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham traveled to Ukraine to see our teams at work in March and also recorded a special Easter message from Lviv in April.
  • Staff members at our Emergency Field Hospital and multiple outpatient clinics have treated thousands of patients so far.
  • Multiple Samaritan's Purse airlifts, primarily by our DC-8 cargo jet, have carried relief items and medical supplies for use or distribution by our teams on the ground. These flights are also helping to resupply Ukrainian hospitals.
  • More than 5 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries. Millions more are internally displaced due to the conflict.

“God calls us to go into crisis areas to help those who are most vulnerable,” said Franklin Graham. “As the conflict escalates in Ukraine, our international disaster response teams with doctors, nurses, and other specialists are equipped and ready to help people in Jesus' Name. We want them to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”

Samaritan's Purse is providing medical relief to displaced Ukrainians, serving them at multiple medical facilities in various parts of the country.

Comforting a grief-stricken man at our Emergency Field Hospital.
Comforting a grief-stricken man at our Emergency Field Hospital.

Our Emergency Field Hospital on the outskirts of Lviv, in western Ukraine continues to provide care. The hospital opened on March 14.

We are also operating multiple outpatient clinics in various parts of the country. Some of these are mobile units. Locations include Lviv, central Ukraine, and southwestern Ukraine.

Caring for a sick child at the train station clinic.
Caring for a sick child at the train station clinic.

Meeting Urgent Needs, Working Alongside Church Partners

The world is shocked and horrified by the images of death and destruction coming out of Ukraine, a catastrophe we have not witnessed in Europe since the Second World War.

“Ukrainian families are hurting and in desperate need of prayer and support as millions flee for their lives,” said Franklin Graham. “We want to meet the needs of these families in their darkest moments while pointing them to the light and hope of Jesus Christ.”

In addition to our medical work, Samaritan's Purse is providing hundreds of tons of food, as well as water, hygiene kits, blankets, winter clothing, and other important items to refugee families. We are working alongside local churches to get this urgent relief to those in greatest need.

Thousands of backpacks are headed to children in Ukraine
Thousands of backpacks are headed to children in Ukraine

We've also sent thousands of children's backpacks to Ukraine aboard our DC-8 aircraft. Included inside are a soft bear that says "God Loves You" in their language on the front, plus crayons, a sketch pad, a knit hat, a ball, and a booklet in Ukrainian that tells them God loves them.

Samaritan's Purse has a partner network of more than 3,000 churches in Ukraine and neighboring Moldova. As conflict erupted, we were in the process of distributing 600,000 Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes in Ukraine.

Please join me in praying for the people of Ukraine and for this conflict to end quickly.” Franklin Graham

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