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Our philanthropic efforts in response to the Ukrainian conflict

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Our philanthropic efforts in response to the Ukrainian conflict

AmerisourceBergen and Alliance Healthcare - March 18, 2022

 

As we continue to follow the tragic developments in Ukraine, our hearts and our thoughts remain with the local people. Their courage and resilience in the face of these terrible circumstances is an inspiration, and their heroic everyday actions remind us of the importance of doing all we can to help. At AmerisourceBergen, we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures and we are honoured to be able to offer the following philanthropic support.

 

Across all businesses within AmerisourceBergen, our team members are working with governments, associations and partners across Europe to understand and respond to the needs identified by Ukrainian authorities and humanitarian organisations, such as the World Health Organisation.

The safety and wellbeing of our Word Courier colleagues in Ukraine is a priority and all necessary support is being provided. The company’s Associate Assistance Fund, which gives aid to team members facing financial hardship due to an event outside their control, has provided financial assistance to several team members in the Eastern Europe region that have been directly impacted by the conflict.  This support will continue and they remain in our thoughts in the days and weeks ahead.  

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In alignment with AmerisourceBergen Foundation’s mission  a total of $500K to support the humanitarian response in and around Ukraine has been granted.  Recipient organizations include the following:

 

  • > Americares
  • > Direct Relief
  • > International Committee of the Red Cross
  • > International Medical Corps
  • > International Rescue Committee
  • > Project HOPE
  • > International Health Partners
  • > Greater Good

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is also matching employee donations on a 2:1 basis to Direct Relief, International Committee of the Red Cross, the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund at GlobalGiving and Americares.  As of March 18th, team members from 28 countries have donated more than $60K. This will be matched by the Foundation for an additional $120K+, for a total of just under $185k going to support the work being done to address the humanitarian crisis in and around Ukraine. 

 

Partnering with Americares and Direct Relief, AmerisourceBergen has to date provided product donations valued at nearly $200k and this continues to grow.   Items such as antibiotics, first aid supplies, glove and general healthcare and hygiene products along with animal health products will support the efforts on-the-ground.   

 

To date Alliance Healthcare has donated approximately $92K in corporate cash donations.  Other support from our country businesses include:

 

  • > Romania is on the front line in helping with the unfolding humanitarian crisis and has initiated multiple projects with Save the Children including providing support for mother and children refugees and a donation of infant formula and baby food along with giving 15,000 euros to hospitals in Ukraine on Romanian border and a further 15,000 euros to assist Ukrainian refugees in Romania.
  • > Alloga in the Czech Republic is working with the Ministry of Health and providing vital logistical expertise transporting medical products to the Ukraine.

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  • In Lithuania, the team have already worked with the Government to supply vital medicines to Ukraine; and after collaboration with the Lithuanian Ministry of Health and a third party organisation, it is now supplying vital medicines directly to the Lviv Children’s hospital in Ukraine.
  • > Norway is making a significant financial donation of over 450,000 NOK ($50,000) to the Red Cross.
  • > In Turkey as part of the company’s membership of the American Chamber of Commerce, our team is investigating how it can support with both humanitarian and medical requirements.  
  • > Alloga UK has partnered with International Health Partners (IHP) for a number of years whereby they receive a number of medicines on their behalf (charity donations from pharma manufacturers) and assemble them into essential medicines kits following IHP's instructions. To support efforts in the Ukraine and in addition the ABF donation mentioned above, Alloga colleagues are picking and packing kits in their own time and the business is covering the costs of sending existing and newly assembled kits on behalf of IHP to the country.
  • > Across all other markets, our colleagues, Alphega member pharmacies and partners are collaborating to plan additional support including further product donations and fundraising.  

A perspective from Steve Collis, CEO of AmerisourceBergen can be found at: (8) Finding Solace in Insecurity – Reflecting on the Invasion of Ukraine | LinkedIn.

*All figures accurate as of time of publishing.