Who are we?
Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH) is a non-governmental organization of civilian healthcare professionals providing medical care on the frontline of the war in Ukraine.
PFVMH was founded in 2014 to provide medical aid in the Joint Forces Operation Zone (JFO) – formerly Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone – within the occupied territory in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, completing our first mission in late 2014.
We work in partnership with the Ukrainian state, ensuring that we uniquely combine the enthusiasm and flexibility of a volunteer movement with the focused and strategic approach offered by state agencies.
Since our founding, hundreds of our volunteers working in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts have been recognized and decorated for their commitment and bravery by the Ukrainian government.
We’re now facing a new, much bigger challenge – the brutal and illegal Russian invasion of our country.
From day one of the invasion, our volunteers have been first on the scene in combat zones across the country, risking their lives to treat injured civilians and combatants, and carrying out evacuations.
But we’re a volunteer organization, and we need your support now more than ever.
How can you support us?
We urgently need your donations. These will help us to buy medical equipment, vehicles, protective equipment, and everything we need to maintain the day-to-day running of the hospital.
Your donations will save lives – please consider donating here.
We also desperately need equipment on the ground. More details on what we need can be found here.
Our legal foundation
Our legal foundation was formalized on Feb. 5, 2016, when the PFVMH Charitable Foundation signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the following branches of government, committing us to mutual coordination:
- The Health Ministry of Ukraine
- The Defense Ministry of Ukraine
- The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
- with support from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
The presence of our doctors and auxiliary personnel in the Joint Forces Operation Zone was guided by the Order of the Health Minister of Ukraine no. 814 (Apr. 27, 2018), which confirmed PFVMH as the only medical organization in the Joint Forces Operation Zone acting in full compliance with Ukrainian legislation.
Our day-to-day management is carried out by a team of six, led by PFVMH’s President.
A Board of Trustees oversees our activities, protecting our volunteer medics’ rights and representing our organization’s interests in the medical and political communities.
Our work in the Joint Forces Operation Zone
During operations in the JFO, we provided timely and skilled medical care to over 56,000 patients. The hospital was stationed at 49 locations in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, serving cities and villages, as well as serving in the field and at checkpoints along the line of contact.
From 2014-18, many of our nearly 500 volunteers who served in the JFO were decorated for their courage and commitment:
- hundreds were granted the status of war participant
- 89 were awarded the status of participant in combat operations
- 87 were decorated with state awards
- 168 were decorated with the medal For Assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine
- 26 were awarded the Defense Ministry’s Badge of Honor
- 14 received the badge For Meritorious Service to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, awarded by the Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
- 5 were awarded the badge of Defender of Ukraine from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
In the fall of 2015, PFVMH extended its activities to peaceful regions of Ukraine, including carrying out an unprecedented cardio screening program in the Khmelnytsky region, screening 22,433 persons in 565 localities.