32 000 people receive life-saving medicine and treatment in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine
Over 32 000 patients in the conflict-affected areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will benefit from the medical supplies for trauma care, surgery and blood transfusion delivered by WHO in February 2019. In addition, selected health-care facilities in the non-government controlled areas of Luhansk region received 11 oxygen concentrators, 18 infusion pumps, 8 neonatal infrared heaters and an artificial lung ventilator. The medical equipment was supplied in partnership with Médecins du Monde (MDM), with financial support from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
“Access to health-care services is one of the basic human rights, and yet its interruption is very common in the crisis-affected areas,” said Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative in Ukraine. “To address the gaps in service provision and prevention of diseases, WHO continues supporting health-care facilities in the conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine,” he added.
During the last year, WHO procured medicines, medical supplies and medical equipment for selected secondary and tertiary health-care facilities to serve the needs of over 500 000 people on both sides of the contact line.
On 31 January, relief and aid partners presented the new Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). The HRP lays out a roadmap for 43 United Nations, national and international organizations to implement collective humanitarian action to provide aid to civilians in 2019, across different sectors, such as food, shelter and household items; winterization support; and access to clean water, education and adequate health care. WHO has requested US$ 6.5 million for interventions in secondary and tertiary health-care facilities.
United Nations CERF
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 as the United Nations’ global emergency response fund, CERF enables humanitarian responders to deliver life-saving assistance whenever and wherever crises strike. In 2018, CERF allocated US$ 624 600 to implement 3 elements of the WHO response to the crisis in eastern Ukraine:
- delivering emergency life-saving health interventions
- training health-care workers in trauma care and mass casualty management
- enhancing disease surveillance.