Airplane full of supplies organized by doctors Gennady Bratslavsky and Alex Golubenkoand Charita Shteynbergwill be distributed by American activist Amed Khan and Swedish businessman Lukas Lundin
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, June 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About Thursday, June 2a charter flight containing donated medical supplies with a retail value greater than $35 million left United States for Polandwhere supplies will then be distributed to hospitals across Ukraine. Organized by two Ukrainian doctors, Gennady Bratslavsky and Alex Golubenkochildhood best friends Kyiv who live and work in New York, the plane is loaded with life-saving drugs, including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, antifungals and other drugs. This generous donation was facilitated by Elena Novikovaprovided by Taro Pharmaceuticals, organized by Charita Shteynberg (founder of world of connectionsa liaison service for non-profit organizations that acquired much of the supplies from hospitals and non-profit organizations), and accepted under Dr. Bratslavsky’s medical license.
As soon as Dr. Bratslavsky and Dr. Golubenko saw their homeland under attack, they sprang into action, founding Free help Ukraine, an organization that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help purchase these drugs. In April, Dr Bratslavsky visited Ukrainewhere he and Charita Shteynberg personally supervised the delivery of an initial quantity of 140,000 pounds of different drugs, including those needed for oncology patients and those with cardiovascular disease. Additionally, Dr. Bratslavsky and Alex purchased gas masks, satellite phones, ambulances, and individual first aid kits for Ukrainian first responders and hospitals. Bratslavsky personally drove an ambulance full of supplies for 20 hours in Ukraine to ensure delivery. This current flight will be the culmination of this global initiative.
To manage logistical challenges, the American philanthropist and activist Amed Khan chartered the flight alongside his partner, Lukas Lundinand participate in field distribution Ukraine, where he has worked since the invasion three months ago, facilitating thousands of civilian evacuations. Mr. Khan also works closely with Sebastien Kopolovich and Anna Popruga, who provided enormous logistical support for this operation. Other organizations and individuals supporting the cause include blue rosea logistical organization facilitating donations, and the wife of Dr. Bratslavsky, artist Katia Bratslavsky who has personally donated over a quarter of a million dollars from his art sales to Help Free Ukraine.
“While we were grateful to have had the opportunity to reside and build our lives in United States in recent decades, Ukraine stay with us, and it has been heartbreaking to see our hometown face such a devastating attack,” Dr. Bratslavsky said. “Our hope is that these supplies will bring some relief to hospitals and people who need them most, and that we can carry out additional initiatives in the future with the help of donations. We are impressed by Mr. Khan’s generosity and commitment to humanity.”
“Over the past few months, I have seen how much the need for hospitals in Ukraine to receive the kinds of life-saving supplies that this flight will deliver,” said Amed Khan. “I am infinitely grateful to people like Dr Bratslavsky, Dr Golubenko and Charita Shteynberg of World of Connections, who have dedicated much of their time to helping advance this mission.”
Khan has a long history of working in battlefield areas, helping to evacuate more than 1,000 people from Afghanistan since last September and previously supported the efforts of refugees in Syria and Iraq. Dr. Bratslavsky is chairman of the department of urology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracusewhile Dr. Golubenko is the founder of Back to Health Physical Therapy at Brooklyn, New York.
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