Coordinated aid to Ukraine

THREE large logistics centres are to open tomorrow (Monday) to coordinate the transport of humanitarian material to Ukraine from the Comunitat Valenciana.

The regional government announced today (Sunday) that the Feria in Valencia, Ciudad de la Luz in Alicante and the Cocherón in Castellón, would become logistics centres to store and send aid to help refugees fleeing from Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion.

Archive photo of sanitary products stored in Feria Valencia GVA

Zulima Pérez, general director for social dialogue, is heading the logistical coordination and explained how the government plans to channel aid to Ukraine. She said there would be two ways, firstly working with the Valencian Business Confederation (CEV) whereby businesses will take material directly to the different logistics centres.

Secondly, in the case of individuals, the collection of material is being organised through the Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FVMP) along with local councils across the region.

Pérez explained: “Individuals can make donations in collection points set up by their local councils and then the government will coordinate with councils to take material collected to the large logistics centres so that all the material can go together in a convoy to Poland where it will be distributed in Ukraine. We’re in contact with the governments in Poland and Ukraine who will help us with the logistics.”

She concluded: “I think it is an important moment for us all to work hand in hand to make this aid, which is so important, reach the Ukrainian people.”

Zulima Pérez explains how humanitarian aid to Ukraine will be organised and transported

What is needed?

Pérez explained that the population needs first aid medical supplies such as bandages, cotton wool, iodine, analgesic ointments, antibiotics, hydrogen peroxide, medicines for the stomach, medicines to treat burns, patches to stop bleeding, bandage tourniquets, first aid kits and orthopaedic items such as wheelchairs, walkers and crutches.

They also need textile material such as clothing and footwear (for both adults and children), blankets, towels, bedding and thermal underwear, as well as hygiene materials such as wet wipes, sanitary towels and tampons and hygiene kits including razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap, as well as detergents and personal hygiene products.

Useful shelter items include foam mats, tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tent heaters, heaters, batteries, power banks, generators and torches.

In addition, non-perishable foodstuffs such as canned food, dried fruit and nuts, plain chocolate, energy bars, biscuits, tea and coffee, baby food and powdered baby milk, drinking water, as well as disposable tableware (plates, spoons, knives and glasses) can be donated.

Also needed are mobile phones (both new and used in good condition), walkie-talkies, radio transmitters, radios (can be used), laptops and tablets (with as long a battery life as possible), 10 and 20 litre liquid containers and sturdy backpacks.

As far as possible, material brought to the collection points should be contained in boxes with an outer sticker indicating the contents (description and quantity) in both English and Spanish, and any special handling characteristics should be labelled.

Small packages

In addition, distribution will be carried out in individual portions or doses, so food should not be in too large packaging, for example, 50 packets of 1 kilo instead of one bag of 50 kilos.

Meanwhile, hygiene materials should, as far as possible, be in individual bags to facilitate delivery and distribution. An example kit might include the following items: 30 ml bottle of hand sanitiser gel; 50 ml shower gel; 50 ml shampoo; 30 ml unisex deodorant (roll-on is better); 20 ml toothpaste; toothbrush; one or two packets of tissues; disposable razors; two packets of sanitary towels; and one packet of wet wipes.

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