Follow our work in helping people affected by the Ukraine crisis
The Finnish Red Cross is helping those affected by the crisis in Ukraine
We will be updating this page with the latest information about our aid work.
How can I help?
- You can help by donating to the Disaster Relief Fund.
- If you want to train to become a Red Cross volunteer, register in our volunteer reserve.
The Red Cross mobile health unit tours Finnish municipalities
(10 May 2022)
Our mobile health unit is now operational. Health care professionals tour municipalities performing and helping in the arrangement of initial health checks to the clients of Red Cross reception centres. The purpose of the mobile health unit is to ease the workload of reception centres.
The health unit currently employs a varied group of aid workers: a nurse, public health nurse and midwife tour the reception centres.
The majority of the health unit’s customers are women and children who have fled Ukraine. In addition to assessing their physical health, the importance of being present is highlighted in the work.
“We hope that by meeting people and listening to their experiences we can lighten their burden even slightly,” explains mobile health unit nurse Sari Bergström.
In operation since late April, the health unit’s first destination was Lahti. This week, our aid workers have visited Pori, Juva and Mikkeli. The purpose of the mobile health unit is to support domestic aid work throughout this year.
How are the funds donated to the Ukraine collection used?
(28 April 2022)
The aid of the Finnish Red Cross is a part of the International Red Cross’s work to support the aid operations of the Red Cross organisations of Ukraine and its neighbouring countries. Furthermore, donations made to the Disaster Relief Fund are used to aid people fleeing Ukraine in Finland.
The donated funds:
- offer financial support to the international aid operation of the Red Cross
- send aid workers to Ukraine and its neighbouring areas
- send material aid to Ukraine and its neighbouring areas
- help refugees arriving in Finland
In addition to financial aid, the Finnish Red Cross has sent accommodation and medical supplies and an entire health clinic to Ukraine.
The collected funds have also allowed us to send aid workers to the area. These include professionals in logistics, health care, psychosocial support, communications and organisational development, as well as specialists who assess the changing humanitarian situation and need for aid.
Our disaster preparedness unit focusing on logistics organises the transport, storage and distribution of material aid from the International Red Cross to Ukraine.
The Finnish Immigration Service is always responsible for funding statutory reception operations, but donations made to the Disaster Relief Fund are also used to support people arriving in Finland.
We offer them e.g. clothes, hygiene supplies, food and drink and other basic necessities as required. Donations have also been used in arranging psychosocial support.
Browse this page for further information about the aid work carried out with the help of donated funds. We are constantly updating this page. You can also read more about the use of donated funds here.
The Finnish Red Cross is sending a health clinic to Ukraine
(26 April 2022)
The Finnish Red Cross is delivering a health clinic to Ukraine to support the aid operation of the International Red Cross. The health clinic is funded by the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Delivered to Uzhhorod in Western Ukraine, the clinic will offer basic health care to customers during the day, i.e. it is equipped like a day health centre.
“More than 7 million people have been forced to leave their homes inside Ukraine. These internal refugees have overloaded the basic health care of Western Ukraine. The clinic delivered from Finland can support the local health care,” says Marko Korhonen, Head of International Disaster Management at the Finnish Red Cross.
Specialists from Finland will accompany the clinic to get it up and running quickly and correctly.
“The Finnish team accompanying the clinic will instruct and advise on the implementation of the health centre. Our specialists will remain in Ukraine for the first months,” Korhonen explains.
The actual health centre staff will be employed locally in Ukraine.
The Finnish Red Cross has previously donated a total of 3.5 million euros from its Disaster Relief Fund to aid work by the International Red Cross in Ukraine and the neighbouring countries.
The support consists of both financial and material aid. The sum does not contain the costs of sending aid workers, which are also funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.
How does the Red Cross aid refugees arriving in Finland?
(25 April 2002)
One of our main missions is to help vulnerable people, such as refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. We help people in need regardless of their legal or social status.
In helping refugees, the most important thing is to meet their basic needs first: offer them food, water, warm clothes and a roof over their heads. We are also offering services related to reception operations to thousands of people staying in private accommodation.
Material aid from the International Red Cross
(18 April 2002)
The International Federation of Red Cross Societies has delivered e.g. the following to people fleeing the Ukraine conflict:
- 131,784 hygiene packs
- 49,500 sleeping pads
- 36,950 blankets
- 32,535 kitchen sets
- health services and first aid to 160,000 people
Material aid is also delivered through the International Committee of the Red Cross.
At least 33,000 Red Cross volunteers are working hard in the aid operation together with our employees.
Medical aid to Ukraine
(12 April 2002)
The Finnish Red Cross is supporting the medical procurements of the International Red Cross in Ukraine with half a million euros.
The need for humanitarian aid in Ukraine is immense. People are in desperate need of health services, medicine, clean water and shelter.
The Kalkku logistics centre of the Finnish Red Cross, located in Tampere, has supplied the Ukrainian Red Cross with a semitrailer packed with sorely needed medical supplies, such as patient monitors, pulse oximeters and bandages.
In addition to the medical supply delivery, the Finnish Red Cross is supporting the medical procurements of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for those suffering from the Ukrainian conflict with half a million euros.
“In this constantly changing situation, monetary support facilitates the procurement of the exact medicines that are needed at the given time. The International Committee of the Red Cross is procuring and delivering the medicines to Ukraine via established channels,” explains Head of International Disaster Management at the Finnish Red Cross Marko Korhonen.
So far, the Finnish Red Cross has sent more than 20 aid workers to Ukraine and its neighbouring countries to support the international aid operation of the Red Cross. Sirpa Miettinen is about to head to Ukraine for health care duties, as the latest addition.
“I’m heading out to Ukraine to support the health care programmes of the Ukrainian Red Cross in the Lviv and Zakarpattia areas in Western Ukraine. The Austrian Red Cross has been supporting the areas for a long time, but now the needs in basic health care have intensified due to internal refugees. Many of them are living in temporary shelters,” Miettinen says.
In Western Ukraine, the Red Cross is providing aid such as mobile clinics, home care and psychosocial support.
Aid will be provided for years to come.
The aid workers of the Finnish Red Cross are sent on their missions with donations made to the Disaster Relief Fund.
On site, help is delivered by the International Red Cross and the local Red Cross. The aid work in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries will require a long-term approach.
“The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is deep, and aid will be provided for years to come. The best way to help is still to make a donation to the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund,” Korhonen points out.
The Finnish Red Cross has previously allocated a total of 3 million euros from its Disaster Relief Fund to aid work by the International Red Cross in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries.
Red Cross aid has reached more than a million people
(30 March 2022)
The Red Cross has aided more than a million people affected by the Ukraine crisis – both in and outside Ukraine. This is a large number, but still not good enough. The need for aid is immense.
The Red Cross is constantly able to deliver more and more aid to the area. We have built logistics chains, and the number of helpers is being increased, both in Ukraine and its surrounding areas.
Currently, the Red Cross has 10,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 employees in Ukraine. Furthermore, several times as many Red Cross employees and trained volunteers are working on the crisis outside Ukraine, also in Finland.
Aid is provided e.g. in the following forms:
- hygiene supplies
- medical supplies
- first aid and first aid training
- psychosocial support
Funds donated to the Red Cross emergency aid collection are used to help people affected by the Ukraine crisis. As the aid work will continue for a long time to come, so will our emergency aid collection. Our warmest thanks to all donors!
Misconceptions and false information circulating
(30 March 2022)
In recent days, in social media and some foreign media in particular, misconceptions and false information have been circulated about the operation of the International Red Cross in Ukraine and its neighbouring areas.
We understand that the claims made in various contexts about the operation of the Red Cross raise questions. However, the claims are based on incorrect information and misconceptions.
In a situation such as this, it is extremely important to convey correct information about how the Red Cross operates and why.
How does the Red Cross aid persons arriving in Finland?
(25 March 2022)
The Finnish Red Cross helps people in need and supports the authorities when accidents and disturbances occur. Our volunteers are ready to help all over Finland.
In Finland, we help people fleeing the Ukraine conflict e.g. by offering food, drink, hygiene supplies, psychosocial support and guidance in a variety of everyday matters. We also support the authorities in receiving people coming from Ukraine to Finland e.g. at the ports of Helsinki and Turku, Helsinki Airport and police stations.
We are ready to increase placements in our active reception centres at the request of the Finnish Immigration Service and to open new units as required. Across Finland, we have already responded to requests by establishing new reception centres, temporary accommodation units and service units for people in private accommodation.
We have produced psychosocial support materials in Ukrainian and Russian and acknowledge the need for psychosocial support in our reception operations. We also provide psychosocial support through our friend activities, the Sekasin chat service and at our Youth Shelters.
We have set up a national information point for parties that offer help, bringing together information on the help available and distributing it forward for the purposes of aid coordination. We gather information so that the aid can be organised efficiently through established operators.
In Finland, our emergency aid collection is also collecting money for the Disaster Relief Fund to help people affected by the conflict.
We communicate actively on Ukraine’s humanitarian situation, need for aid and psychosocial support on the redcross.fi website and through social and other media. We strengthen awareness of the principles of humanitarian law and protection of the vulnerable.
People are very eager to help, and many new volunteers have signed up with the Red Cross. We arrange volunteer training and offer opportunities for helping as services are opened up in different regions and locations. Register in our volunteer reserve here. Welcome!
The Red Cross helps in the reception of people arriving in Finland from Ukraine
(17 March 2022)
Red Cross employees and trained volunteers are present at Helsinki’s West Harbour providing food, drink, hygiene supplies and psychosocial support for people arriving in Finland from Ukraine.
People arriving in the country are also given advice on the primary practical arrangements after leaving the harbour.
“We have extensive experience in reception preparedness and collaboration with the authorities,” says Erja Reinikainen, Head of the Finnish Red Cross Immigration Work Unit.
In addition to the Finnish Immigration Service, we cooperate with other authorities working at the Port of Helsinki, such as the police, the Finnish Border Guard, Finnish Customs and the social and immigration services of the City of Helsinki.
As a preparedness organisation, the Finnish Red Cross is prepared for extensive immigration and its impacts.
“Our trained volunteers offer primary support for people arriving in the country. It can mean offering food or helping people find instructions in Ukrainian, but first and foremost, it is about warm presence,” Reinikainen says.
The Red Cross also supports the authorities in receiving immigrants at Helsinki Airport.
If you want to train to become a Red Cross volunteer, register in our volunteer reserve.
Finnish Red Cross aid transport arrived in Ukraine
(16 March 2022)
The Finnish Red Cross aid transport consisting of eleven trucks has arrived in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. The Finnish Red Cross aid worker Ari Mäntyvaara led the convoy and Jari Kymäläinen drove the first truck. The 200-tonne cargo included e.g. the following:
- 3,600 blankets
- 1,200 buckets
- 1,200 hygiene products
- 1,170 water canisters
- 1,200 kitchen sets
- 1,200 tarpaulins
- Medical supplies for treating 1,900 wounded.
The International Red Cross increasing its aid in Ukraine
(10 March 2022)
The need for humanitarian aid caused by the Ukraine crisis is growing by the day. Hundreds of thousands of people live within the country without clean water, food, heating, electricity and health services.
The International Red Cross has been able to increase its staff in Ukraine to meet the growing humanitarian needs. Logistics centres are being established in neighbouring countries to facilitate sending aid supplies to Ukraine.
Despite the difficult situation, aid has reached its destination thanks to employees and volunteers alike. The Red Cross delivers medical materials, food, water and hygiene supplies to Ukraine. People also receive psychosocial support and first aid training.
The International Red Cross also aids those who have fled outside Ukraine. Here are some examples of the aid offered by national Red Cross organisations in different countries:
- The Ukrainian Red Cross has e.g. distributed more than 90,000 food and hygiene packages, helped in evacuations, provided first aid training and assisted the rescue authorities as houses have been destroyed. More than 3,000 new volunteers have joined the Ukrainian Red Cross.
- The Polish Red Cross has offered material aid to people fleeing the conflict, arranged accommodation, helped find missing people and sent a hospital unit to Ukraine, among other things. Furthermore, 20 rescue units of the Polish Red Cross have offered psychosocial and medical assistance through their 450 trained volunteers.
- The Russian Red Cross has e.g. delivered 187 tonnes of material aid, such as clothes, hygiene supplies and children’s supplies, to people fleeing into Russia from eastern Ukraine.
- The Hungarian Red Cross has offered e.g. food, drink and psychosocial support to people fleeing the conflict. Furthermore, it has sent 25 tonnes of material aid to Ukraine.
- The Moldova Red Cross has helped people fleeing Ukraine in reception centres and at the border, e.g. by distributing food, drink and other basic supplies.
- The Romanian Red Cross has e.g. distributed SIM cards and basic supplies to people in need of aid. It has also equipped reception centres and an aid convoy of 18 trucks to Ukraine.
- The Slovak Red Cross has provided those in need with first aid, accommodation, basic supplies and coronavirus testing, among other things.
- The Lithuanian Red Cross has equipped 37 trucks and 8 buses to Ukraine with aid supplies and helped people arriving in Lithuania.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross has provided e.g. food, water and accommodation in Ukraine. The Committee has 600 aid workers in the country.
Professional aid workers to help in an immense aid operation
(8 March 2022)
Our aid workers Ari Mäntyvaara, Jari Kymäläinen, Gediminas Almantas and Niko Nurminen are going to Ukraine to support the aid operation of the International Red Cross.
Mäntyvaara is a part of a team whose task is to start the Red Cross aid operation in new regions in Ukraine and implement the delivery chain of aid material. Kymäläinen is involved in transporting aid supplies across the border.
I am feeling confident at the start of the journey. The International Committee of the Red Cross is a good and strong organisation that is great to work with.
Nurminen and other Red Cross crisis workers have the task of creating safety, arranging safe spaces where people’s basic needs are met and training volunteers and local employees to support people fleeing the Ukraine conflict.
Almantas will support and develop the Red Cross organisations and local volunteers in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries to operate in the current crisis situation. The work involves a great deal of daily coordination with the various local Red Cross organisations as the situation is constantly evolving.
More aid workers to Ukraine and neighbouring areas
(6 March 2022)
The Finnish Red Cross will send a disaster preparedness unit to support the international aid mission of the Red Cross. The task of the unit is to ensure that aid supplies are delivered to those most in need in Ukraine.
The unit consists of seven logistics and disaster relief professionals. The unit organises the transport, storage and distribution of material aid from the International Red Cross to Ukraine.
“Delivering aid from Ukraine's borders inside the country is currently very challenging due to acts of violence and the constantly changing security situation. The logistics unit's task is to plan and implement a transport link onwards from Lublin in Poland, so that aid supplies can be safely delivered to Ukraine and distributed to the most vulnerable,” says Marko Korhonen, Head of International Disaster Management at the Finnish Red Cross.
The disaster preparedness unit works in cooperation with local authorities and on-site Red Cross workers. Two of the members of the unit come from the Swiss Red Cross.
The International Red Cross will send disaster preparedness units to support the local Red Cross or Red Crescent when aid is needed quickly due to war or natural disaster, for example, and the local people do not have sufficient resources.
Disaster preparedness units are entities that are assembled globally in accordance with common standards. The units include trained personnel, equipment and other material.
The activities of the logistics unit are funded through donations to the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Finland to also send aid workers to assess the need for help
Two aid workers from the Finnish Red Cross will also travel to Ukraine as part of the International Red Cross assessment team.
The task of the team is to assess the rapidly changing need for help and the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. The Finnish aid workers in the assessment team will be sent to Ukraine with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Both units will be deployed to Poland and Ukraine in the coming days.
The Finnish Red Cross has previously allocated a total of 1.1 million euros from its Disaster Relief Fund to aid work by the International Red Cross in Ukraine and the neighbouring countries. Some of the aid is material aid, which was sent from the Finnish Red Cross Logistics Centre in Tampere on Friday 4 March 2022.
Million euros’ worth of additional aid
(2 March 2022)
With the help of our donors, we are granting one million euros to aid people affected by the conflict in Ukraine. This grant supports the emergency appeal of the International Red Cross aiming to strengthen the preparedness of the Red Cross organisations in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries for delivering humanitarian aid.
The need for humanitarian aid is immense. Around 18 million people are suffering from the impacts of the conflict. People are in desperate need of health services, medicine, clean water and shelter.
Around one million people fleeing the conflict have so far arrived in countries surrounding Ukraine. The local Red Cross organisations are e.g. distributing food and water as well as offering health services and psychosocial support for these people.
“Our current aim is to secure the basic needs of these people. The need for aid is immense and it will continue for a long time to come,” emphasises Head of International Disaster Management at the Finnish Red Cross Marko Korhonen.
The donated funds are channelled directly into the aid operations of the International Red Cross. Of the million euros granted, 450,000 euros consist of material aid sent from the Finnish Red Cross Logistics Centre in Kalkku, Tampere. Accommodation supplies sent from the centre include:
- 1,000 family-sized tents
- 4,950 blankets
- 1,520 mattresses
On site, help is delivered by the local Red Cross and the International Red Cross. They were operating in and near Ukraine long before the escalation of the conflict. Volunteers and international and local aid workers will distribute the supplies in Ukraine or its neighbouring countries according to the security situation and the need for aid.
International Red Cross asking people to avoid individual donations of goods
(3 February 2022)
Over the past few days, many people have offered material aid to the Red Cross. However, the International Red Cross and the Ukrainian Red Cross have asked people to donate money to the coordinated aid operation, rather than individual donations of goods, food and clothing.
The Red Cross acquires and distributes material aid on a centralised basis, since it is more efficient than sending smaller individual loads. It also allows us to ensure that the goods are of good quality and correspond to the need in question. In contrast, unplanned private aid deliveries can even cause harm.
The best way to help is to make a donation to the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Earlier last week, with the support of its donors, the Finnish Red Cross granted 100,000 euros from the Disaster Relief Fund to the aid operation of the International Cross to help victims of the Ukraine crisis.
Aid operations underway
(2 March 2022)
The Ukrainian Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross have operated in Ukraine throughout the conflict that started in 2014.
After the conflict escalated on 24 February 2022, the Red Cross has e.g. distributed tens of thousands of food and hygiene packages to civilians in Ukraine, improved water supply, arranged first aid training and evacuated people.
In Ukraine’s neighbouring countries of Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Russia, Croatia and Hungary, the local Red Cross organisations have also helped people fleeing the conflict by arranging emergency accommodation and providing them with clothes, food, drink, other basic supplies and health care.
Furthermore, the International Red Cross coordinates material aid and the work of aid professionals. This aid arrives in Ukraine and the surrounding countries from other Red Cross organisations, also from Finland.
Aid workers sent out
(28 February 2022)
The first Finnish Red Cross aid workers are about to leave for the areas surrounding the conflict in Ukraine to support the International Red Cross aid operation. The aid workers are being deployed with funds from the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
“When relief supplies, such as food, water and blankets, start arriving, someone has to make sure that they are properly stored and distributed to those most in need – whether they are refugees in neighbouring countries or those who have stayed in Ukraine,” says Marko Korhonen, Head of International Disaster Management at the Finnish Red Cross.
Logistics aid workers Juha Niininen and Toni Laitinen will be working outside Ukraine to ensure that material aid is stored, transported and delivered to those in need. Hilkka Hyrkkö, for her part, helps communicate about the Red Cross aid work.
Help from the Disaster Relief Fund and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
(25 February 2022)
The Finnish Red Cross granted 100,000 euros from the Disaster Relief Fund to support the victims of the Ukraine conflict.
The funds are directed to the International Red Cross delivering aid to people in need on both sides of the contact line.
“We are also preparing to send material support through the International Red Cross to help those who have fled to Ukraine’s neighbouring countries,” Korhonen says.
Support will be needed for a long time to come.
The aid is used to secure the basic needs of people. The Red Cross supplies water, food, shelter and health services. It also helps in finding missing people.
The war that has lasted nearly eight years has made life significantly more difficult for people living in the contact line. The escalation of the conflict is making the situation even worse.
“The conflict has damaged civilian infrastructure and undermined people’s sense of safety. Right now, water supply is a particular worry, since the fighting has damaged waterworks and distribution systems. The need for aid will continue for a long time to come,” says Marko Korhonen, Head of International Disaster Management at the Finnish Red Cross.
The International Red Cross has operated in the conflict area throughout the conflict that has lasted nearly eight years. The Finnish Red Cross has also delivered aid to Ukraine for many years.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland allocates three million euros for the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine. Earlier in February, the Ministry granted a million euros of funding to the International Red Cross in Ukraine through the Finnish Red Cross.
The Red Cross ready to help in Finland
(25 February 2022)
The Finnish Red Cross is also prepared to offer aid in Finland and keeps a close eye on the situation. We always help those in need and support the authorities in case of accidents and disturbances.
“Our volunteers are ready to help throughout Finland. We support the mental well-being and crisis resilience of citizens. We distribute situational information and psychosocial support instructions. The Red Cross is also prepared to receive and help people fleeing conflicts as necessary. We support the authorities in the reception of people seeking protection, at very short notice if necessary,” says Aki Pihlaja, Head of the National Preparedness Unit.
Donate to the Disaster Relief Fund
- Donate through our website
- Text the word SPR15 to the number 16499 (€15)
- via MobilePay to the number 11646
- Account: OP FI52 5000 0120 4156 73, OKOYFIHH. Recipient: Finnish Red Cross Reference number: 6020.
- The Finnish Red Cross does not deliver clothing and goods donations to Ukraine. Read more here. If you wish to donate clothes or goods to the Finnish Red Cross’s Kontti second-hand department stores, the donations will be processed as normal. One third of Kontti’s profit is directed to the Disaster Relief Fund and two thirds are directed to aid work in Finland.
- If you wish to donate goods or clothes to help Ukrainian refugees, please contact your local Red Cross branch or district office. The need for goods and clothes varies by location.