Contribution to the ICRC Ukraine Programme Appeal 2020
To improve overall living conditions of conflict affected people in the eastern part of Ukraine by addressing emergency and longer-term needs, providing relief, improving access to water and medical care and supporting livelihoods.
The ICRC aims to achieve following programme results, reaching 1,959,646 beneficiaries, 66 health centers and 31 hospitals:
- Food consumption of 137,580 people improved;
- Food production of 14,708 people secured/expanded;
- Incomes of 12,500 people maintained/increased through cash grants or cash and voucher assistance (CVA);
- Living conditions of 183,570 people improved through in-kind distributions;
- Access to safe water improved / secured for 1,583,364 people through public works;
- Water, heating and electrical facilities repaired / upgraded for 11,924 detainees;
- Living conditions of 16,000 detainees improved through in-kind distributions;
- Up to 66 health centers provided with drugs and other supplies, staff training, funding for various medical tests as well as supported in providing other medical services
- Up to 31 hospitals provided with surgical supplies and/or equipment and supported with medical trainings (such as first-aid), blood bags and reagents;
- Institutional WASH and shelter infrastructure improved for 30 health facilities that cover a total of 3,275 inpatient beds;
- Supported 12 physical rehabilitation projects;
With an Austrian contribution of EUR 500,000, the ICRC will be able to reach 16,500 individual beneficiaries and 6 health Centers wtih following results:
• Food Production: Enable around 4,000 vulnerable households (around 10,000 people) to produce their own food through material provision and CVA.
• Income Support: Up to 6,500 people have maintained or increased their income following trainings and in-kind distributions as well as CVA support;
• Health Centers: 6 health centers have increased their capacities to treat patients through provision of supplies, medicine and reagents for testing;
Activities will be implemented in Eastern Ukraine, Donetsk, Luhansk regions and adjacent areas in cooperation with the Ukraine Red Cross Society (URCS).
- Distribution of material aid or vouchers to 4,000 households (~10.000 people)
These include seeds, greenhouses to protect plants from weather, drip-irrigation equipment or cows and livestock. Alternatively, vouchers shall be given to people to procure the necessary items themselves. This shall help them to produce their own food.
- Cash grants and cash assistance to 6,500 people
These can be provided to individual households or cooperatives. Further support includes vocational training as well as material and logistical support. The concrete aim is to increase their capacity for income generation and support small business ventures.
- Provide 6 health centers (primary and/or satellite facilities) with support
This includes both materials such as drugs and supplies as well as training for staff, community workers and mental health specialists. Funding for blood-glucose tests for diabetics as well as financial support for producing informational materials promoting health are also considered.
In 2014, the ICRC expanded its presence in Ukraine to help protect and assist conflict-affected people in the eastern part of the country, where armed conflict persists to this day. Representatives from the Ukraine, the Russian Federation and OSZE still pursue discussions to resolve the fighting by diplomatic means. Meanwhile, people living on either side of the line of contact are still affected by the hostilities. Access and movement restrictions inhibit transit between the zones, making it difficult for over 1 million civilians to visit relatives, obtain official documents, collect their pensions or tend to other vital activities. While crossing the line of contact presents a challenge in itself, the ongoing fighting affects farming, access to markets and obtaining basic services in the region. As a result, the majority of people affected by conflict rely on humanitarian aid to cover their daily needs.
Additionally, people wounded in the hostilities and those depending on health-services to treat chronic illnesses, for instance, lack access to suitable care. Many health centers and hospitals have to content with shortages of supplies and damaged infrastructure, mainly owing to fighting and logistical challenges.