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Olena Zelenska Foundation and the Ministry of Health hand over 50 evacuation ambulances from the UAE government to the medical workers

30 January 2024
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Olena Zelenska Foundation and the Ministry of Health handed over 50 evacuation ambulances from the government of the United Arab Emirates to the medical workers.

27 of these vehicles have arrived in Ukraine. The first batch of 23 special vehicles arrived in our country at the end of 2023. Thus, humanitarian aid from the UAE in the form of ambulances has reached a total of 50 units.

The President’s wife expressed her gratitude to the Embassy of Ukraine in the UAE for its assistance in the implementation of the project.

“At least half a thousand ambulances have been destroyed or stolen by the enemy. This is not just a material loss; it is a risk of not being able to reach those who need help. That is why this event is special. There is nothing more important to us than saving lives. We are grateful to everyone who helps us with this,” Olena Zelenska said.

All vehicles are distributed to the regions most in need of special vehicles for medical evacuation and assistance.

“The 27 evacuation ambulances will help medics continue to work and save lives even in extremely difficult conditions. This is a significant strengthening of our healthcare system,” emphasized Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Liashko.

The donated ambulances are equipped with everything necessary for emergency medical care and the fastest possible evacuation of patients, even in off-road conditions.

“These are actually B-type ambulances that can operate in extremely difficult off-road conditions and destroyed infrastructure. Such vehicles have proven their effectiveness and feasibility in the work of disaster medicine teams in the de-occupied and frontline areas,” said Vitaliy Kryliuk, head of the Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Center for Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

Olena Zelenska Foundation continues to engage international partners to support Ukraine’s medical infrastructure, which is constantly under the enemy’s sights.

“The Foundation is actively involved in the restoration of medical infrastructure, which is being destroyed by the enemy every day. Providing medics with special vehicles is one of our priorities today. Unfortunately, this need remains constant during the war. We are extremely grateful to the UAE government for its prompt response and support of the Ukrainian healthcare system,” said Nina Horbachova, director of the Foundation.