On 24 February 2022, Russia announced a military incursion in Ukraine as Russian military vehicles crossed the border into Donetsk. The ensuing conflict has caused over 12,000 civilian deaths and injuries.
There have been over 7.5 million border crossings from Ukraine since the start of the conflict. Aside from the deaths caused directly by the fighting, and the challenges people face accessing the most basic things they need, Europe will now be met by a mass influx of refugees. There are currently at least five million Ukrainian refugees present across Europe.
The conflict has simultaneously destroyed the healthcare infrastructure of Ukraine and created an urgent need for medicine and health supplies. Hospitals, clinics and health workers have been attacked throughout the conflict. As of the 2nd of June, there have been 249 verified attacks on health facilities, killing at least 76 people and injuring 59. The hospitals which haven’t been destroyed are now overwhelmed by those seeking treatments for ailments, either caused or worsened by the current crisis.
“Supply chains have been severely disrupted. Many
distributors are not operational, some stockpiles are
inaccessible due to military operations, medicine supplies
are running low, and hospitals are struggling to provide
care to the sick and wounded”
– World Health Organisation -
IHP is delivering healthcare to affected populations inside Ukraine as well as to the thousands of refugees fleeing over the border into Moldova through shipments of Essential Health Packs (EHPs) to our in-country partners Project HOPE, International Medical Corps and Medical Teams International and our new partner ICMDA. IHP has delivered 161 EHPs across four shipments. These packs will provide over 100,000 treatments to support these healthcare systems facing enormous pressures. Further shipments are planned in the coming weeks. These packs have ensured that the most vulnerable have been able to access vital medical products.
Recently, our shipment of over 300,000 surgical sutures donated by Johnson and Johnson arrived with our partner Project HOPE at a hospital in Ukraine which will ensure lifesaving operations and procedures can continue to take place.
Within Ukraine, many are unable to satisfy their most basic needs. Water, food and medicines are in short supply. It remains difficult to deliver vital medicines and aid, given the lack of safe humanitarian passage in areas of active fighting. This problem is likely to get worse considering that areas which had previously been relatively safe, such as Donetsk, are currently undergoing intense shelling.
Whereas Ukraine was once a global breadbasket, feeding itself and other countries around the world, it is now in the midst of a humanitarian catastrophe. In 2021, Ukrainian grain was used to feed more than 400 million people worldwide. The current conflict in Ukraine means that this year millions of people around the world will not be able to access the food which they have come to depend on. The compromising of the livelihoods of millions within Ukraine as a result of the conflict is therefore just the beginning of a broader humanitarian crisis. The longer the conflict in Ukraine ensues, the worse the global food shortage, impacting the health of affected populations.
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International Health Partners is only able to accept medicines and supplies directly from approved medical companies that are in partnership with us. We must follow strict due diligence processes per the MHRA regulations and our licensed wholesaler certification. We therefore cannot receive donations of medicines and supplies from members of the public.