What is happening in Ukraine?

On 24 February 2022, Russia announced a military incursion in Ukraine and since then, the situation has deteriorated rapidly with intensifying hostilities across the country and civilian casualties. The conflict has led to the mass displacement of millions of Ukrainians attempting to flee the immediate danger, with many seeking refuge in other regions of the country or attempting to cross into neighbouring nations for safety.

The healthcare situation is deteriorating daily. The World Health Organization has verified 71 attacks on healthcare facilities since the start of the conflict. More than 300 facilities are in areas experiencing active hostilities and approximately 600 facilities are located within 10 kilometres of ongoing conflict, leaving the health system vulnerable to infrastructural damages and severe disruptions of critical services. Interruptions to the supply of medicines is widespread and in some areas, such as the city of Mariupol in the south, have suffered critical shortages of medical supplies.

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How is IHP responding?

We are responding to the escalating conflict in Ukraine with multiple shipments of Essential Health Packs (EHP) to our in-country partners Project HOPE, International Medical Corps and Medical Teams International. These packs will provide over 70,000 treatments to support healthcare systems facing enormous pressures. Further shipments are expected to follow as we continue to respond to the growing needs.  

 

 Image shows first shipment of EHPs arriving in Ukraine

 

What are the greatest needs in Ukraine?

There was already a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine before Russia’s military invasion. Since then, the situation has deteriorated rapidly with intensifying hostilities across the country, civilian casualties, mass displacement and major impacts on civilian infrastructure.

 “Primary healthcare almost doesn’t exist in the country right now, and every day I receive medical needs lists from hospitals around the country which are rapidly running out of supplies,” said Chris Skopec, Executive Vice President, Global Health at Project HOPE.

The situation is extremely complex and finding viable and safe transport routes into the country has posed the biggest challenge for the IHP logistics team. IHP is continuing to work closely with carriers and partners to navigate the developing situation and ensure the safe delivery of these medicines.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Health now estimates that 18 million people have been affected by the conflict, 12 million of whom are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The number of people displaced by the fighting continues to rise, as well as the number of casualties.

UNOCHA have stated: “The most pressing humanitarian needs are emergency medical services, critical medicines, health supplies and equipment, safe water for drinking and hygiene, and shelter and protection for those displaced from their homes.”

As the crisis continues, there’s an increased need for Ukrainians suffering from critical health issues such as cancer diabetes, tuberculosis, complications due to COVID-19 and mental health issues.

There is particular concern for vulnerable groups such as children and older persons. Before the conflict erupted, 1.52 million people were already in need of humanitarian health care, with older persons accounting for 31% of this population. This need will reach critical levels due to the reports of damage being caused to hospitals from bombings across Ukraine.

  

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