Health response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine has affected approximately 5 million people and led to the displacement of 1.6 million. Access to primary, secondary and emergency health-care services and medicines has been disrupted on both sides of the contact line. Of those affected, 3.8 million are currently in need of health services.

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World Humanitarian Day: WHO urges more health aid to address Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis

After 3 years of conflict, health-care resources in conflict-affected areas of Ukraine are severely stretched and humanitarian funding is plummeting. On World Humanitarian Day, WHO/Europe highlights urgent humanitarian health needs in eastern Ukraine, and recognizes the critical and often dangerous work of health professionals in delivering services to those most in need.

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On World Humanitarian Day, WHO maintains that health facilities and personnel are not a target for violence and demands that all parties in conflicts respect the safety and neutrality of health care.

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Eastern Ukraine: health professionals share their daily challenges in providing care

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is the number of health facilities that have been shelled since the start of the conflict in 2014

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