Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine nearly one-third of Ukrainians have been forced from their homes. This is the largest human displacement crisis in the world today. Within Ukraine, over 6.2 million people remain displaced by the war, and 15.7 million in need of humanitarian assistance (as of October 2022).
Access to health care is severely impacted due to security concerns, restricted mobility, broken supply chains and mass displacement. Reaching some of the hardest-hit areas in the east, where health systems have been severely disrupted, remains a challenge.
Fuel shortages and access problems continue to pose challenges to the delivery and distribution of medical supplies, at a time when catchment populations have surged due to displacement. The risk of disease outbreaks, such as cholera, measles, diphtheria or COVID-19, has grown due to the lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene, crowded conditions in bomb shelters and collective centres. The need for continued support to healthcare systems remains paramount to reduce death and suffering within this vulnerable population.
- Supporting the procurement, import, warehousing and onward distribution of priority medical commodities to health facilities.