Ukraine IDP Response
28 August, 2015 - The situation in Ukraine is dire and the conflict in the country continues, with death tolls exceeding 6800 as of August 2015. The threat to civilian life is at an all-time high, causing over 1.45 million people to become internally displaced in an attempt to escape the violence. Over 5 million have been severely impacted by the crisis. Despite ceasefires, parts of Donetsk and Luhansk suffer shelling on a daily basis. Government services were withdrawn from areas controlled by armed groups in early December 2014, severely threatening the wellbeing of civilians. UNOCHA Situation Reports have identified not only severe needs in conflict-affected areas, but also a continually worsening situation and a severe lack of humanitarian response. Hospitals and clinics are closed or only partially operational due to a lack of supplies and personnel. Even if medical treatments were available, many IDPs are unable to afford them, exacerbating the health risks that threaten families.
Globalmedic is continuing distribution of Hygiene Kits and Non-Food Item Kits to families who have fled their homes in an attempt to escape ongoing violence. In addition, the team is delivering essential medical supplies to hospitals in critical need. To date, the Globalmedic team has delivered 1,175 food packages and 1,175 hygiene kits packed with essential hygiene supplies to support the immediate needs of families. The aid will help families and protect their health as they brave the crisis.