Right now, Humanity & Inclusion teams—including emergency response, rehabilitation and logistics specialists—are in Ukraine and surrounding countries responding to the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
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Humanity & Inclusion in Ukraine
Since the start of a new large-scale conflict in Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, intensive bombing of the country’s major cities has resulted in multiple civilian casualties. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing violence inside the country or taking refuge in neighboring countries.
Humanity & Inclusion's emergency response is underway. Teams in Ukraine & Moldova include experts in rehabilitation, logistics, mental health and psychosocial support, basic needs, and the inclusion of persons with disabilities and older people.
In addition to providing specialized rehabilitation services, psychosocial support and cash distribution, among other initiatives, Humanity & Inclusion is distributing assistive mobility devices such as wheelchairs, canes and walkers. A mobile mental health team is visiting centers housing displaced people. Humanity & Inclusion is working alongside fellow actors responding to the emergency to help implement inclusive humanitarian aid and ensure that populations experiencing the most vulnerability can access vital resources. In Lviv, our rehabilitation specialists are caring burn victims and patients requiring amputations, as well as training physical therapists on treating conflict-related injuries. In eastern Ukraine, where the needs are greatest, our teams are distributing mobility devices and hygiene supplies.
Humanity & Inclusion previously worked in Ukraine from 2015 through 2017, offering rehabilitation care and promoting access to care for those constrained by conflict.
Prior conflict between government forces and independence movements starting in 2014 in Ukraine resulted in chronic insecurity in several of the country’s regions. The conflict was triggered by mass demonstrations in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities in late 2013, leading to the fall of President Yanukovych in February 2014. Fighting made it difficult for people with disabilities and others to access critical services. Parts of the country are heavily contaminated by landmines.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion had operations in Ukraine from 2015 through 2017, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities.
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Humanity & Inclusion provided at-home rehabilitation care to limit the onset of complications from injuries or the functional limitations of older people or people with reduced mobility who had a difficult time accessing care services as a result of the conflict. We also built the capacities of health facilities and care staff and supplies rehabilitation equipment and mobility aids.
The organization worked with other agencies to make sure that people with disabilities and individuals living in situations of extreme hardship could access emergency health services.
Mine risk education
Between October 2015 and February 2016, with the support of UNICEF, Humanity & Inclusion provided risk education on mines and explosive remnants of war to children and teenagers living along the contact line between government forces and independence movements.