Facts and figures

Affected populations

  • The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine estimates that from the start of hostilities in 2014 to the end of 2016, almost 23 000 people were injured and 9700 were killed.
  • About 5 million people are affected by the conflict, and 1.6 million are internally displaced.
  • Almost 30% of those affected are elderly, and more than 70% are women.
  • 32% of internally displaced people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; 74% of them are in need of mental health care that is unavailable to them.

Disruption of health facilities

  • Since the start of the conflict, at least 160 health facilities have been shelled on both sides of the contact line; some 130 facilities remain either partially or fully nonoperational, seriously limiting access to critical health care.
  • Over 440 health facilities in the conflict areas report insufficient stocks of medicines, including surgical supplies, insulin and other treatment resources.

Health issues

  • The conflict continues to affect civilians directly through injuries and trauma. There is a lack of primary health-care services close to the contact line and a lack of psychosocial support outside of psychiatric facilities. Better management of chronic diseases is also needed.
  • In total, 3.8 million people in eastern Ukraine are in need of health-care services due to lack of, or restricted access to, quality health services.
  • In 2016 alone, WHO delivered over 170 tonnes of medical supplies to benefit more than 350 000 people. This included medicines for chronic diseases, life-saving support for 50 000 diabetic patients, some 14 000 rapid blood tests and supplies for 1800 complex life-saving surgical operations.
  • Mobile clinics carried out over 200 000 patient consultations in 2015–2016.
  • Low vaccination rates across the country and a lack of vaccines result in suboptimal immunization coverage, thus increasing the risk of individual cases and outbreaks.

Funding issues

The funding requested by WHO for 2017 in the Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan (about 21% of total funding for the health sector) addresses only the most critical health interventions. Yet, as of August 2017, one third of this amount was still unfunded. In 2016, only 15% of the funding needs of the overall health sector were met.

Last updated August 2017