For seven years, the conflict in Ukraine has threatened the lives, physical and psychological well-being of millions of civilians. Collateral damage to critical infrastructure and systems, including hospitals, roads, schools and water infrastructure, has affected services and is now compounded by a socio-economic downturn aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview 2020, 3.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance among them 0.6 million are located within 5km along the contact line.
Description of the mission
Since February 2015, Première Urgence Internationale has been implementing projects in Ukraine aimed to provide emergency health care as well as to strengthen access to quality health/mental healthcare services and infrastructures. The organisation has been focusing on responding to the needs of people crossing the line of contact through exit-entry checkpoints and the populations living close to the line of contact. In addition, in line with the COVID-19 pandemic, Première Urgence Internationale is supporting national preparedness and response plan.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In Eastern Ukraine Première Urgence Internationale provides assistance in the fields of health, mental health, water, sanitation and hygiene. Among other things, we provide first medical care as well as access to safe drinking and non-drinking water at 4 exit-entry checkpoints along the line of contact; free medicines to vulnerable populations; capacity building of health providers on health and mental health topics; we work on the rehabilitation of health facilities and water systems. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Première Urgence Internationale provides support to contact tracing system; personal protective equipment sets to health facilities.
To support the health facilities in Ukraine during the COVID-19 pandemic
Bárbara Scoralick Villela has worked as health coordinator for Ukraine mission of Première Urgence Internationale during the COVID-19 pandemic. She tells us about her experience in the field.
In Ukraine, 7 years of silent war
For almost seven years, a war has been fought in silence at the gates of Europe. In the east of the country, particularly in Donbas province, hostilities continue daily. Infrastructure is damaged, and health services destroyed. To support civilians, Première Urgence Internationale intervenes in several villages and provides material support.