What is Project Vinnytsia?

Located in central Ukraine, Vinnytsia is now home to 72,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing areas that have experienced more extensive bombing from the Russian invasion.

As the war continues, there are profound concerns about the possibility of chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare as well as contamination from industrial chemicals should any of the agricultural factories in the Vinnytsia region be bombed.

The Laboratory of Sanitary and Hygienic and Physical Research works to ensure the quality and safety of air, water, soil, and food in the Vinnytsia, Ukraine region in normal times. Due to the war, there is an urgent need for accurate and timely analysis of water, air, soil, food, radiation, biological weapon residue, and contaminants released by warfare. This testing is currently conducted by two obsolete gas chromatographs that were purchased in 1999-2000. The purchase of a modern 8890 Gas Chromatograph will allow for timely, accurate, and efficient measurements during this crisis and beyond. A secondary need is for modern PC desktop computers and software, as most of their computers are similarly outdated.

Project Leads:

Richmond, Virginia:
Heather Ashton, Assistant Coordinator, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at VCU
Leslie Lytle, Executive Director, Nurture

Project Vinnytsia came about through Heather and Leslie’s personal connections to Oleg Lukyanovych, Head of Health Communication and Advocacy at the Vinnytsia Regional Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Dr. Lukyanovych lived in Richmond from 2019 – 2020 as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University.

More About the 8890 Gas Chromatograph

The 8890 Gas Chromatograph (GC) System delivers fast and accurate results with flexible configuration capabilities to address specific analysis demands. When accurate results are critical and instrument uptime is a must, this intelligent, high-performance GC consistently exceeds expectations.

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