Many of us have been anxiously watching the news from Ukraine and wondering what we can do to help. The Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) is part of the World Hospice and Palliative Social Workers (WHPCSW.net) community. We are coming together now to support our hospice and palliative care colleagues in Ukraine, who are facing a humanitarian emergency through a critical lack of necessary medical supplies for patients in hospices, palliative care settings, and hospitals. These vulnerable patients and their families, as well as healthcare staff, are unable to leave the country while Russia is attacking.
SWHPN is collecting donations of funds and ensuring they get distributed to bona fide organizations and NGOs on the ground in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania. The WHPCSW is actively helping connect people throughout our network. The head of the Ukrainian Association of Palliative and Hospice Care is asking for donations of needed medical supplies. Our contact in Ireland is planning to buy the supplies and get them to another contact at the Poland/Ukrainian border, and from there, we are working to secure transport to hospices throughout the country. You can help by donating here.
Please DO NOT purchase or send medical supplies at this time; we are solely collecting money to send to European partners to buy the supplies there, to make this as efficient as possible. Learn more on the SWHPN website.
SWHPN is a U.S. 501(c)3 organization, and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
About the author:
Jessica Strong is the Executive Director of the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network