Healthcare for vulnerable populations affected by the conflict in Ukraine
To contribute to safeguarding the lives and health of people severely affected by the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Within this overall goal the specific objective of the intervention is to improve the health and psychosocial wellbeing of people suffering from chronic diseases or conditions and living along both sides of the contact line through organizing and providing (mobile) health services around people's needs.
1) 1200 beneficiaries got access to mobile health- and homecare services, medication and psychosocial support and used the services offered to improve their health and psycho-social conditions.
2) 200 community members became qualified as community caregivers, offered assistance to people suffering from chronic diseases and conditions and received financial compensation (cash for work). 600 beneficiaries could better cope with daily routines and household management through the support of community caregivers.
The total number of beneficiaries is 1.400: A) 1.200 individuals (70% women / 30% men) who are people from vulnerable groups of the population in the buffer zone in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (beneficiaries living in the buffer zone of Government Controlled Areas (GCAs) and Non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCAs). These are elderly, disabled, single-mothers and children suffering from chronic diseases and conditions. B) Additionally 200 community members became qualified as community caregivers and received financial compensation (cash for work) for rendering assistance to people suffering from chronic diseases and conditions.
Implementing Partners are Caritas Ukraine (with branches in Kramatorsk, Mariupol and Zaporizhia) and “Myloserdya Luhansk” charitable foundation.
Qualified staff provides medical treatment, homecare services, medication and psycho-social consultations. Community members are trained to provide basic homecare assistance. They are connected with beneficiaries in need of these services, provide support and receive compensation payments ((cash for work).
The military conflict that started in May 2014 had led to the displacement of almost three million people. According to OCHA, more than 3.1 million people in Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts are in need of humanitarian assistance. The Humanitarian Needs Overview for 2017 defines many towns and villages along the contact line as areas of critical concern where humanitarian needs are further elevated.
Access to healthcare has been identified as one of the most urgent needs and funding is requested in this area. The target group was chosen after considering the data on humanitarian needs raised by the cluster and through Caritas Austria and Caritas Ukraine assessments which clearly identified the elderly, persons with reduced mobility and those with chronic diseases as one of the most vulnerable groups.