War in Ukraine: an update of our emergency aid at the end of July

Doctors Without Borders continues to assist the victims of the war in Ukraine today. Currently, about 570 Ukrainian and 133 international employees work in the country. And more are added every day.

Doctors, nurses, psychologists, but also logistics and administrative staff continue to work hard to help as many people as possible. Doctors Without Borders provides assistance in Dnipro, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Poltava, Pokrovsk, Kryvyi Rih, Uzhhorod, Kropyvnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhzhia and Zhytomyr.

The arrival of our very first medical train in Lviv, March 2022 © MSF

Our medical trains: more than 1,000 people evacuated

Our 2 medical evacuation trains continue on. Our trains allow us to evacuate patients and other vulnerable people from front lines in the east to safer places in the west of Ukraine. In this way we also relieve the hospitals on the front line: they can continue to admit new trauma patients.

From the end of March to the end of July we have a total of 1,053 patients can be evacuatedvia 37 different evacuation trips.

Donetsk: support for hospitals on the frontline

The war in Ukraine is still raging in Donetsk Oblast. We work closely with hospitals and primary health centers close to the front lines to ensure they have enough of the right supplies and training to continue treating patients, even if fierce fighting cuts them off the supply lines.

  • We also equip some hospitals with special infrastructure kits such as solar panels, generators and water reserves so that they can continue to operate if their power or water supply fails.
  • Our teams support certain hospitals to reorganize and strengthen their emergency rooms in the event of a massive influx of injured people.
  • We also run referrals from these hospitals with ambulances departing from the cities of Dnipro and Pokrovsk. This one ambulance service has been running at full capacity in recent weeks as the fighting intensifies. In total, our ambulances have already evacuated 307 patients to hospitals outside Donetsk.

Kharkiv: Mobile clinics amid shelling

The city of Kharkiv continues to be shelled daily. In Kharkiv, we are currently supporting the displaced people of the city in several places through mobile clinics. Despite that insecurity, our teams were able to run 17 mobile clinics inside and outside the city between July 11 and July 24.

Cliniques mobiles MSF dans le métro de Kharkiv Elena, 35 ans, et son fils Kirill, 6 ans, sont examinés par Kelly et Kirill, à Kharkiv, and Ukraine, le 11 avril 2022
Elena and her son Kirill on a consultation in one of our mobile clinics, here in the Kharkiv metro ©Adrienne Surprenant

Dnipro: mobile clinics for the elderly, children and disabled people from Donetsk and Luhansk

In the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, the war remains very intense. Many people who have fled the two oblasts end up in the city of Dnipro – more to the west – where they are taken care of in more than 40 shelters.

Our teams see and treat very vulnerable people such as the elderly, children and the disabled. With mobile clinics we mainly assist people with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, heart disease and epilepsy.

Kyiv increasingly safer: we can end our emergency aid

In Kyiv itself we decided at the end of July to end our activities. The humanitarian situation and acute needs have recovered significantly.

In Hostomel and other suburbs of Kyiv, we continue to support basic health care, along with Ukrainian doctors and nurses. We are further developing our mental health care.

We are expanding our projects in other places in Ukraine

These are the main ones:

  • Kropyvnytskyic: An MSF team is making medical donations, training health workers and distributing relief supplies in shelters. We also support a maternity hospital there.
  • Vinnytsia: through mobile clinics we provide medical consultations to internally displaced persons who have found shelter in shelters. We mainly provide long-term care for people with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy. We refer seriously ill patients to hospitals in the region or evacuate them with one of our trains.
  • In the wider region Kryvyi Riha MSF has started running mobile clinics for basic health care.
  • In bashtanka (just north of Mykolaiv) we started training on mental health.
  • In Zhytomyr MSF teams continue to distribute food parcels and hygiene kits and provide psychological support to all tuberculosis patients. We help them to continue to take their medication correctly and to complete the treatment.
  • In Zaporizhzhya we provide support to more than 30 IDP shelters through mobile clinics. Here, too, we mainly assist people with chronic illnesses.

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