Compassionately caring for Ukrainians displaced by conflict.
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In 2022, while the world watched in horror at the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Medical Teams rushed to the aid of Ukrainians. We began compassionately caring for the courageous people of Ukraine, many of whom were forced by the violence to leave everything they knew and loved behind to stay safe.
Today, we have 4 offices and work in more than 20 villages across 3 regions in Ukraine. Alongside our partner 100% Life – Kryvyi Rih, we provide loving, life-saving medical care to Ukrainians affected by the conflict.
Our response has been led by the talented and determined people already working in Ukraine to improve the health of their neighbors.
From providing generators for health facilities to distributing free medicine in pharmacies, we’re caring for people who have shown extraordinary courage in the face of enormous challenges. Our mobile medical units can travel to remote areas and provide consultations, referrals, and medications. Providers and volunteers trained in psychological first aid offer a listening ear and look for signs of psychological distress in all their patients. In some cases, our providers refer patients who might need more specialized care.
Mental health counselors are on the ground in Ukraine holding group therapy sessions and meeting individually with people affected by the crisis. Our community health volunteers are trained to engage their neighbors, doing everything from holding support groups to sharing messages on health topics.
More than anything, we’ve borne witness to the tenacity of the Ukrainian people as they’ve come together and supported one another.
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The conflict in Ukraine has forced millions of people to make the difficult decision to leave home. Our work is to meet the needs of the 5 million people within Ukraine who need support.
Many of the people we serve have shared stories about their terrifying experiences during the conflict. One mother described hiding for months in her basement with her 3 children after her city was occupied. Another woman explained that she didn’t want to leave home, but after her husband joined the army and bombs started falling near her house, she felt she had no choice.
The need for mental health care and psychosocial support is extremely high. People are reeling from the shock of loss and experiencing long-term mental distress from the conflict.
In early 2022, Russian forces invaded eastern Ukraine. Since then, the two countries have been locked in brutal, ongoing conflict.
Millions of people have been affected by the violence. At least 5 million people have left Ukraine and moved to other countries in Europe. Another 5 million people have left conflict-affected regions of Ukraine and moved to safer regions within the country.
Travel is very difficult in and out of Ukraine. Some regions are safer than others, but no part of the country has been unaffected by the conflict. We are working closely with Ukrainians to meet the needs of their neighbors.
Our team in Ukraine consists of more than 24 team members serving in more than 20 villages across 3 regions in Ukraine. Most of our full-time staff are from Ukraine. About 50% of our team are local volunteers, largely from the communities we serve. Working alongside Ukrainians has helped us learn from and adapt our response to the real needs of these communities.
Note: The numbers and statistics reflected on this page were collected from October 2021 – September 2022.
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