Humanity & Inclusion has begun providing support to institutions in Chernivtsi, a city in the west of Ukraine, including a care facility where people with disabilities and older people are sheltering after fighting and bombings forced them from their homes.
Humanity & Inclusion has supplied the home with walking frames and canes, as well as incontinence pads and bedpans. This equipment will help these displaced people stay mobile and self-reliant.
Meeting the specific needs of older people and people with disabilities
“The home normally has 130 residents but has doubled its capacity to accommodate people with specific needs who have fled their homes in search of safety,” explains Virginie Duclos, Humanity & Inclusion’s emergency rehabilitation manager. “Humanity & Inclusion’s team has begun providing the home with essential equipment and mobility aids. We will stay in contact to continue providing them with support.”
Humanity & Inclusion is working closely with Ukrainian disabled people’s organizations to identify and meet the most pressing needs. People with disabilities and vulnerable individuals are often abandoned during conflicts and their specific requirements are not always taken into account by emergency relief.
Millions of people need humanitarian relief
Ten million people have already been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine - 23% of the population. Some 6.5 million people have been internally displaced and 3.4 million have taken refuge in neighboring countries. Humanity & Inclusion’s teams are also active in Moldova, to where more than 300,000 people have fled the conflict.
The UN estimates that more than 12 million people currently need humanitarian relief in Ukraine. Humanity & Inclusion’s experts in the west of the country are continuing to assess priorities. To meet the multiple and complex needs of people affected by the conflict, Humanity & Inclusion is planning to provide physical rehabilitation care and psychosocial assistance and to distribute essential items and hygiene kits along with cash transfers.
“Humanitarian relief is not reaching the people worst affected by the conflict in Ukraine,” says Fanny Mraz, Humanity & Inclusion’s Emergency Director. "Some people are already dying in besieged cities because they are unable to meet their basic needs, such as accessing food and water."
Heavy bombing and the lack of safe corridors have prevented the transport of aid into affected areas in the east of the country. Humanity & Inclusion is ready to use any opening to supply relief to these people, who are in desperate need of assistance.