Good Samaritan Children’s Charities

Medical Supplies and Equipment

Hospitals throughout Ukraine were desperate for the most basic supplies that we take for granted without ever thinking about it. What if you went to hospital and had to bring your own bedding? Or a relative does not bring you food, you may not eat. Need medicine? Better have a relative or friend go to the pharmacy and buy it for you, and pray that it is not counterfeit. Managed care? YOU”RE the manager! That describes what may be the worst case scenario but it is certainly not uncommon. The medical field was one of the most lucrative corruption schemes of the previous regime. All equipment and medicines were routed through the Ministry of Health. An estimated 40% of medicines were counterfeit. Directors of hospitals had iron-clad control of purchasing and disbursements. Suppliers “paid to play.”


The doctors and nurses did their best to operate in this corrupt system.  New laws and regulations are being passed ro restore confidence to the medical system but it is a slow process. One of the breakthroughs was the establishment of Boards of Trustees to supersede hospital directors. The results are apparent at the Children’s Hospital, Lviv, and the new Inovo Diagnostic Center opened November, 2014. Board members Alexander Maksimchuk and Andrei Ionov spearheaded the efforts, with help from Ukraine 3000, to build a state of the art diagnostic center with the latest technology. Great things are possible!


However, with the war, budgets were cut to 20%, inflation and devaluation have purchasing power to as little as 7%. The letter below from Dr. Sergiy Siromakha, MD, PhD, Administrative Director of the National Institute of  Cardiovascular Surgery, describes the situation as I also heard from neonatalists and neurosurgeons in Lviv, and orthopedic surgeons and private practitioners in Mukacheve.



Our goal was to ship containers full of common necessary items - gloves, sutures, syringes, caps, gowns, bedding, small instruments - directly to the hospitals and people we know and trust for the direct benefit of them and their patients. With the help of MedWish Intenational, Cleveland, Ohio, we were able to ship a 20’ container to Amozov National Cardiovascular Surgical Institute in Kyiv in 2017.

Toured Amazov National Cardiac Surgery Center, Kyiv, with the Head Doctor of the Clinic, Sergiy Siromakha. The building is older but in good repair. One half of the operating theaters have been recently refurbished and new patient monitors purchased with funds donated in the past year. Patients are in wards of up to 20 in the case of bypass recipients. They still struggle to find many of the daily necessities and special supplies: there were at least 5 patients waiting surgery for dissecting aortic aneurisms but the grafts—$10,000usd each—have not yet been purchased by the Ministry of Health. No one knows when or if they will be available. (2019 - most of these shortages have been remedied but up to date equipment is always prized. Also advanced training or observation in foreign clinics and hospitals.)


March, 2016

In Mukachevo we were able to deliver a six month’s supply of sutures to Yuriy Demyan, Head of Orthopedic Surgery at Children’s Hospital. The retail cost of these would be about $2000 but were bought through government surplus sales for about $600. They likewise struggle to find common supplies. Demyan lacks only an arthroscopic shaver to complete his arthroscopic setup. We have located some rebuilt models for less than $3000usd and hope to raise that in the very near future. Demyan did extensive surgeries on one of the younger girls from the home who was struck by a car and suffered severe injuries to her foot and leg. She is in an external fixation frame and healing well.


I returned to Ukraine May 03 to May 19 re-visiting hospitals and the Good Samaritan Children’s Home of Nagydobrony. Met twice with Amozov National Cardiac Surgery Center, Kyiv, Head Doctor of the Clinic, Sergiy Siromakha. Dr. Siromakha had brought, Cleveland, OH, to our attention in March. We submitted an application for GSCC to be a recipient of donated supplies and equipment and were approved by MedWish. I traveled to Cleveland in April and met with Britta Shaffer, Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, to become acquainted with their facility and services and begin to plan how to best serve Ukrainian hospitals. I acquired about 20 pounds of instruments, sutures, syringes and other supplies to use as samples during this trip. The samples were a great hit with both Dr. Siromakha and Dr. Yuriy Demyan, Head of Orthopedics, Mukachevo Regional Children’s Hospital. Dr. Siromakha used the instruments just last week in open heart surgery to repair a congenital defect in a newborn weighing less than 5 pounds. We are working together to refine and match his “wish list” with supplies available through MedWish. More on that later...

        Dr. Siromakha and his Head Surgical Nurse with sutures donated by GSCC through, Cleveland, OH

May, 2016

MedWish and Good Samaritan Children’s Charities’

Hospital Relief Project 2016


MedWish receives major contributions of supplies from large hospitals, clinics, and medical suppliers. They make these supplies available at very low cost to approved humanitarian organizations. GSCC was approved in April and I carried a suitcase full of instruments and supplies to Ukraine in May. We work with hospitals I know and have a personal relationship with to make sure that everything that goes there is used to the benefit of the patients at no cost to them.

IMG_7066IMG_7062IMG_7059Text Box: Simple supplies such as sutures, instruments, caps, gowns, gloves, drapes, IV tubing, chest drains and myriad other disposables are all in short supply. The budget for Ukrainian hospitals is only about 10% of what it should be since the Russian invasion has sapped government resources and stricken the economy. Highly dedicated and qualified surgeons and other medical personnel have the training and motivation to provide excellent care with the proper equipment and supplies. Even the simplest donated item frees up cash for other hard to find items. All MedWish supplies are checked for sterility and have at least one year expiration left. 

The Math:
Cost of Container: 	 	$1600
Fee to MedWish:   	 	$5000
Freight to Ukraine:  	 	$5000
Incidentals/Unknowns:	$2400
Total Cost:	          	        $14,000
Text Box: A 20 foot container holds 10 pallets. The value of medical goods could exceed $100,000. Many charities only distribute a fraction of your dollar. We will multiply it six, seven, even ten-fold.
Letter from Dr. Sergiy SiromaknaText Box: MEDWISH

Supporting Good Samaritan

Children’s Home of Nagydobrony, Transcarpathia, and

Octhiy Dim (Father’s House)

Children’s Home, Kyiv,Ukraine and

Allied Hospitals and Doctors since 2009