Montefiore Doctor & Einstein Medical Students Donate Feminine Hygiene Products to Ukrainian Women
By SILE MOLONEY
Bearing witness to the plight of the Ukrainian people amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, supporters around the world are stepping up to help in all kinds of ways, including Montefiore’s anesthetist Dr Tracey Straker and three doctors from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. students, Cory Ransom, Breckin Horton and Diana Dominguez-Garcia.
In collaboration with the AFYA Foundation, the Montefiore Einstein Women’s Group helps meet the needs of Ukrainian women by preparing personal care kits to be shipped to Ukraine, which include the necessary feminine hygiene products. On Thursday, March 31, the group delivered the donation of personal care kits to the Einstein College campus.
Dr. Straker, a Westchester resident and member of the Westchester Bronx Society for Black Physicians (WBSBP), working with the Einstein Student National Medical Association and supported by Montefiore Health System, previously launched a campaign to raise funds and create kits of personal care. to address the lack of access to feminine hygiene products locally.
Straker previously wrote in the context of the initiative, “As a doctor working in the Bronx and as a member of the Westchester Bronx Society for Black Physicians, I join many in feeling compelled to give back to our community. ” She added, “With support from Montefiore Health System, we have started a project to bring feminine hygiene products to women in shelters and medical student-run clinics across the Bronx. WBSBP has partnered with the Einstein Student National Medical Association to carry out this initiative.
The Afya Foundation was proud to provide 5 Luggage Bags for Life containing wound care supplies, skin staplers, breathing tubes, antibiotic tubes and more for the infectious disease doctor. @rajeev_fernandoand the missionary journey of orthopedic surgeon Howard Katz to #Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/xh1QonnTlH
— Afya Foundation (@AfyaFoundation) March 30, 2022
Straker concluded: “One in four women have struggled to buy menstrual products in the past year due to a lack of income. One in five girls misses school due to a lack of menstrual products. This alliance works together to address menstrual poverty, educate about safe feminine hygiene practices, empower self-care, and instill dignity. In honor of Black History Month in February, we are collecting donations for this initiative. In March, we will distribute donations to celebrate Women’s Health Month. Thank you.”
However, due to the disastrous events unfolding in Ukraine, Straker and the students later decided to make a donation, worth over $17,000, to Ukrainian women in need. The group works with the Westchester-based Afya Foundation, which connects those who have medical supplies to those who need them, “bringing hope and healing around the world”.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine in February, the Afya Foundation has shipped more than 325 pallets of medical supplies, weighing nearly 160,000 pounds, with a total value of nearly $1.8 million, according to Straker.
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— Montefiore-Einstein Anesthesiology (@MonteEinstAnest) March 24, 2022
The doctor later added, “As we close Women’s History Month, I have made the decision to donate the majority of feminine hygiene kits to Ukrainian refugees. In collaboration with the Afya Foundation, these kits will be airlifted to reputable partners in and near Ukraine to deliver the supplies to those who need them most. This is a well-documented need as these refugees are fleeing violence. This aligns with my vision that health care shifts the boundaries of our communities; it’s care where it’s needed most. Thank you for your support.”