Abigail Klein Leichman
July 20, 2022

The Israel-based organization SmartAID uses technology to bring humanitarian aid to locations across the world.

One of its recent campaigns in Ukraine is dubbed “Light Up Health.”

This unique initiative supports healthcare facilities in the war-torn country by providing them with solar generators, emergency generators, LED spotlights for surgeons, large battery chargers, power banks to access the Internet, and solar lights for nurses and patients so they are not left in the dark when there is no electricity.

A Ukrainian nurse can see at night even during power outages. Photo courtesy of SmartAID

“This initiative helps ensure that surgeries can continue, that medical equipment can be powered, that children and patients have access to light at night, and that IT servers continue to function at dozens of healthcare facilities across Ukraine,” said SmartAID Founding Director Shahar Zahavi.

He noted that since the outbreak of war in Ukraine last February, many healthcare facilities have been attacked and are now overloaded with injured civilians.

“Damage to hospitals and the power grid results in regular power outages that impact the physical and mental health of patients and their caregivers and other health facilities are overwhelmed with influx of patients fleeing the war zone,” Zahavi said.

Among the facilities benefiting from the initiative are Kyiv Ochmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv, EmergeNYC Care Unit in Mykolaiv, and Uman General Hospital.

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