Last week, Israeli Bandages valued at US $650,000, were delivered to the frontlines in Ukraine. Procured through funds collected via the #UniteWithUkraine campaign, it is the largest non-governmental delivery of such supplies to the defenders of Ukraine since the start of Russia's unprovoked invasion of the country.
The "Israeli Bandage" is a three-in-one first-aid device that serves as an initial bandage, pressure applicator, and secondary bandage. Designed specifically to be easily self-wrapped to stop bleeding from hemorrhagic wounds caused by traumatic injuries in pre-hospital emergency situations. On the battlefield, a simple item like an Israeli Bandage can mean the difference between life and death.
The delivery is the first since the formation of Unite With Ukraine's 'Strategic Advisory Council' (SAC) on 24 June. In addition to providing strategic military advice, the SAC provides advice on procurement, including identifying suppliers and ensuring the efficacy and authenticity of selected equipment and tactical gear.
Commenting on the delivery of bandages, Chair of the SAC, General Rick Hillier, Canada’s former Chief of Defence Staff, commended donors who made a delivery of this scale possible at such a critical stage in the war: “In war, if you are shot or hit with shrapnel, having a quality bandage is literally the difference between living long enough to get medical help or bleeding out on the spot and dying. These bandages could be the difference between life and death for one of Ukraine’s brave civilian defenders. I implore people to give generously to the Unite With Ukraine campaign so that we can continue to purchase these essential non-lethal items that help the civilian defenders of Ukraine survive”.
Since February, the Ukrainian World Congress, through it’s Unite With Ukraine campaign has raised over US$ 24 million to procure and deliver vital protective equipment to the defenders of Ukraine, fighting on the frontlines. With a donation of US$ 2,500, Unite With Ukraine will outfit a Ukrainian defender with a helmet, bullet proof vest, and individual first aid kit.
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The Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) is composed of prominent and senior retired Generals from countries that are supportive in the fight for Ukraine’s freedom, against tyranny and Russian aggression. The SAC is chaired by Canadian General Rick Hillier, a former Chief of the Defense Staff and senior commander of forces in several theatres.
#UniteWithUkraine enables anyone, anywhere to provide support for the Ukrainian people as they fight for freedom, human rights and democracy.
Funds raised are being used to supply an evolving range of needs to the brave men and women on the front line, including: individual first aid kits; bullet-proof vests and helmets; night-vision goggles; and communication equipment and fuel, among other things.
Established in 1967, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is the global voice for the Ukrainian people worldwide. As an international NGO, we represent the interests of more than 20 million Ukrainians in the diaspora, unite Ukrainian communities and organizations in 60+ countries, and work to support a democratic, prosperous, European Ukraine.
The UWC is recognized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization with special consultative status and has a participatory status as an international non-governmental organization with the Council of Europe.
The UWC is part of the global Ukrainian family. We are working with trusted partners on procurement and logistics for this initiative. Our many long-standing relationships with organizations in Ukraine put us in a unique position to quickly and efficiently provide the defenders of Ukraine with the help that they need.
The UWC is an organization that has volunteerism at its core. Our passion for our work drives our desire to maximize the impact of every donation made. We will update our donors on the impact of their donations as the Unite with Ukraine campaign progresses.
The UWC is also leading global coordination and logistics for the Ukrainian community, and other NGO support efforts.
For more information about the Ukrainian World Congress, visit: www.ukrainianworldcongress.org.