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Ukraine

4.4 million

people are affected by the crisis, 3.8 million of whom need humanitarian aid

¾

of people affected are particularly vulnerable due to their age or health

215,000

people in the province of Luhansk are displaced, which is one-third of the population

The situation

Since the beginning of the political and military crisis in the Ukraine in 2013, the humanitarian situation in the east of the country has been particularly alarming. The fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian forces have led to the secession of Crimea and the occupation of part of the Donbass region by the separatists. Shortages of all kinds mean that civilian populations live in extreme instability. In the two conflict-torn Donbass provinces, Donesk and Luhansk, 85% of the 5.2 million people are affected by the crisis. Despite repeated cease-fire attempts, the Ukrainian crisis has deteriorated into violent conflict.

 

In January 2016, the number of interior displaced persons (IDPs) in the Luhansk government-controlled region rose to 215,000, which is one-third of the population. In the non government-controlled areas of the two Donbass regions, 2.7 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, and another 1 million civilians are on the front lines disputed by both sides. The vast majority of them (about three-quarters) are particularly vulnerable people—elderly, disabled or chronically ill—who need specialized care.

Our action

Healing in the Heart of the Conflict

A Doctors of the World team has been working in the Luhansk region since June 2015 to provide access to primary health, sexual and reproductive health and mental health services for vulnerable populations in war-torn regions. Two mobile clinics are deployed to operate in the government-controlled area to support existing health centres and manage the influx of patients. Some health facilities are supplied with medicine and equipment, while others that have been damaged are being restored. Doctors of the World also provides training to medical teams and local health partners to enhance the quality of care they provide.

 

In 2017-2018, Doctors of the World will continue its operations in Ukraine, reaching more than 40,000 vulnerable people by providing primary healthcare, including sexual and reproductive health, and psychosocial care.

Our Impact

In 2016, we performed:
  • 6,075
    MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS
  • 31
    CONSULTATIONS RELATING TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
  • 559
    CONSULTATIONS IN MENTAL, SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH

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