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Published on 28 April 2022

Support for people with diabetes in Ukraine

We are committed to providing essential medicines to those in need, and this is even more urgent in times of crisis. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, it has been one of our priorities to secure continued access to diabetes management solutions that are needed to manage health and prevent long-term complications.

Last month Roche announced several donations of medicines and diagnostics products to Ukraine. These included antibiotics, specialized medicines for the treatment of influenza, rheumatoid arthritis, SMA and various cancers, and reagents and consumables for automatic testing of up to 120,000 blood donations. These shipments came as a result of great cross-functional collaboration within Roche and with its partners.
Apart from medicines, we also donated 31,000 units for diabetes management, including blood glucose monitoring systems and lancing devices. It was a challenge to get those products safely into the country. The situation changed day by day and we were in permanent contact with multiple organisations. Finally, with the help of our distributor in Ukraine, we found a way to get the products safely into the country. 
The distribution of this donation within the country is managed by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. 
 
Roche vehemently condemns the violent invasion of Ukraine and is doing everything necessary to safeguard and support our employees and their families whilst also ensuring global supplies of our products. Roche remains hopeful the war will reach a peaceful resolution as soon as possible.
 
More information available here.