On Monday, UkraineWorld published a story by Olha Tatokhina about the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH) – a “group of civilian volunteer medics and support staff who provide medical assistance at the front in Ukraine.”
“Unlike many other units, PFVMH volunteers are professional medics. 95% of the Hospital’s volunteers work for free. The unit’s leadership provides financial assistance only to those who have been unable to keep their main jobs because of their time at the front,” the story reads.
PFVMH President and Co-founder Gennadiy Druzenko calls the hospital’s volunteers “people with a high drive for service and self-realization […] who expect the most of themselves and the world.”
“Instead of a rigid hierarchy, we advocate coordination in our work, solidarity instead of subordination, and service instead of earning money. In a certain sense, we are the exact opposite of the Wagner Group,” Druzenko is quoted as saying.
The PFVMH volunteers are located three to five kilometers from the battlefield, working side by side with military medics to stabilize the wounded – both combatants and civilians – to hospitals alive. On average, they save the lives of about 1500 people every month, although the inflow of the wounded has nearly tripled recently up to 3,000 a month as compared to the fall of 2022.