Bringing our Mission to Life

A note from Annette Brüls, Chief Executive Officer at Medela
Child signalling love and Ukraine flag colours painted on her hands in support of Ukraine

Bringing our Mission to Life

At Medela, we are committed to nurturing health for generations. That commitment is something our employees around the world take action on every day. Like many global companies, the Russian invasion of Ukraine had an impact on our employees and their families. Whether in a neighboring country to Ukraine or on the other side of the world, the Medela Family of employees wanted to help. From donating critical products to distributing goods to the refugees and active NGO partnerships, the Medela employees rallied to provide relief to the Ukrainian people and hospitals:

In-kind product donations for those on the ground

To get the urgently needed medical devices into the crisis area, Medela organized 2 large shipments of 910 kg on 8 pallets to a variety of perinatal centers and hospitals in Kiev and the Mechnikov Hospital in Dnipro, including wound care devices and dressings, suction pumps, vacuum-assisted delivery equipment and breastfeeding supplies with bottles, breast pumps, nursing pads or special needs feeder. Medela further partnered with a number of philanthropic organizations to donate about 2,000 negative pressure wound dressings to military hospitals in Kiev. Overall, all donations together have a commercial value of CHF 120,000.

In parallel, Medela has been supporting humanitarian organizations to ship wound care systems to the crisis area since the beginning of the war, with some 30 medical equipment deliveries to date.

Financial aid given where it’s needed most

According to UNICEF, nearly two-thirds of Ukraine’s children were displaced, whether inside the country or across borders seeking refuge.

Medela contributed financial aid to UNICEF's emergency relief efforts, providing aid to where it is most needed: Supporting the establishment of Blue Dot hubs along refugee routes through blood drives, equipment sales and matching donations from colleagues around the world, raising more than 82,000 CHF. These hubs offer vital emergency aid in Ukraine and beyond in border areas, supplying children and their families with clean water, health and hygiene kits in the crisis area along the escape routes.

Thanks to these efforts and the activities of our teams around the world, Medela has been able to provide approximately 250,000 CHF to support Ukrainian families in need through Medela Cares, our global corporate social responsibility program.

I am proud to be part of the Medela family and experience every day anew our passion to improve outcomes globally and nurture health for generations.

Our hearts are with the all the people affected by this war.

Annette Brüls
CEO