In the first 200 days of war ~826 medical facilities were damaged, ~127 of which were rendered beyond repair. That’s an estimated $50 billion in damages.
This is deliberate targeting by the Russian army.
Cancer patients in Ukraine are particularly vulnerable. The war will delay diagnosis, prevent access to treatment and potentially expose ordinary mums and dads and children to carcinogenic substances.
A team of oncology health specialists in Australia and USA have formed Help Ukraine Group (HUG), connecting with cancer care providers in Ukraine, identifying the most urgent needs and finding practical solutions.
While hospitals are in ruins, there is the opportunity for Ukrainian health professionals to upskill, enabling the rebuilding of Ukraine in line with international standards.
This site lets you donate to fund observership/scholarship programs in Australia for female doctors in a range of specialties (radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, oncology surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and medical physicists).
We have already secured 2 positions for medical physicists with the ICON Group in Brisbane and Sydney.
Our aim is to fund at least another 2 positions in each of the professions named.
We call on professional societies/vendors to help fund educational opportunities for Ukrainian oncology practitioners to prevent “killing twice effect”, that is if you don’t die from the war directly, you may from the lack of medical care.
The budget ~$25,000 per person for 6 weeks.
A donation to support scholarships for visiting Cancer Specialists can be made via the Ukraine Crisis Appeal. Please ensure you make note of the project name “Oncology Scholarship” in the requests box on the donation page. All donations are tax-deductible in Australia.