Aid distribution begins in Ukraine
In Chernivtsi, a city in western Ukraine, HI is assisting host institutions for older people and people with disabilities displaced by the conflict.
First deliveries of aid to a retirement home in Chernivtsi. | © HI
Meeting the specific needs of older people and people with disabilities
HI has begun providing support to institutions in Chernivtsi, a city in the west of Ukraine, including a care facility where people with disabilities and older people forced from their homes by fighting and bombing have been given shelter. HI has supplied the home with walking frames and sticks, and incontinence pads and bedpans for the bedridden. This equipment will help these displaced people stay mobile and self-reliant.
HI is working closely with Ukrainian disabled people’s organisations to identify and meet the most pressing needs. People with disabilities and vulnerable individuals are often abandoned during conflicts and their specific requirements are not always taken into account by emergency relief.
Millions of people need humanitarian relief
Ten million people have already been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine - 23% of the population. Some 6.5 million people have been internally displaced and 3.4 million have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. HI’s teams are also active in Moldova to where more than 300,000 people have fled the conflict.
The UN estimates that more than 12 million people currently need humanitarian relief in Ukraine. HI’s experts in the west of the country are continuing to assess priorities and plan to provide emergency response very shortly. To meet the multiple and complex needs of people affected by the conflict, HI is planning to provide physical rehabilitation care and psychosocial assistance and to distribute essential items and hygiene kits along with cash transfers.
Heavy bombing and the lack of safe corridors has prevented the transport of aid to affected areas in the east of the country. HI is ready to use any opening to supply relief to these people in desperate need of assistance.