UKRAINE EMERGENCY APPEAL
Support injured and disabled people affected by the conflict in Ukraine
THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE IS TRULY HEARTBREAKING.
Since late February, intense heavy bombing has been devastating towns and cities in Ukraine, resulting in at least 11,862 civilian casualties - 5,110 killed and 6,752 injured. Tragically, at least 346 children have been killed and 547 injured.
The actual figures are likely to be much higher and, as the violence continues, the numbers of innocent people killed and injured continues to rise.
It is estimated that over 24 million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
8 million people are estimated to be displaced within Ukraine, many seeking shelter in crowded and often ill-adapted public buildings, including schools and metro stations. And over 6 million people have fled across the border into neighbouring countries.
A man and his mother walking through their residential area following a missile strike, Kyiv, Ukraine, 22nd March 2022. © Till Mayer / HI
HI's EMERGENCY TEAM IS TAKING ACTION
Humanity & Inclusion now has 73 staff on the ground working tirelessly to respond to the urgent needs. Our teams are present in regions across Ukraine including Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Dnipro and Kharkiv, and across the border in Moldova.
Our priority is to help the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict, including injured people, people with disabilities, older people and those with chronic illnesses.
Our activities include:
- Emergency rehabilitation services in hospitals, health centres, collective shelters, orphanages. Our teams have already conducted almost 500 rehabilitation sessions and trained over 50 hospital staff in rehabilitation specialisms such as burns and post-amputation care.
- Mental health and psychological support services for injured and traumatised people. Our teams have already delivered 30 group sessions and 52 individual sessions. We have a mobile team supporting 7 centres hosting displaced people and we are supporting a 24-hour mental health hotline in collaboration with local partners.
- Distribution of basic needs items including hygiene kits and bedding to displaced families living in collective shelters. We have also distributed hundreds of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes and toilet chairs to ensure the needs of disabled and older people are met.
- Humanitarian logistics services to facilitate the storage and delivery of humanitarian goods. Our focus is on temperature-controlled storage for medical supplies, as well as last-mile transportation to hard-to access zones. We have already ensured the successful delivery of almost 40 shipments to areas under hostilities or close to the frontline. Our logistics platform is supporting 7-10 shipments of vital goods per week to help other humanitarian organisations meet the essential needs of conflict-affected populations.
- Educating families about the risks from explosive ordnance As well as bombing and shelling attacks, displaced families returning home face the hidden danger of explosive ordnance left behind from warfare. HI experts are preparing risk education sessions to ensure families can protect themselves by identifying hazards and adopting safe behaviours.
We have to act quickly in the face of such a huge crisis, but we can’t do it without vital emergency funds.
Galaina Mama Gala, 87 years old, crosses the border from Ukraine to Poland. Her friend drove her to the border overnight, where they waited on the checkpoint for 4-6 hours in sub zero temperatures. She has limited mobility and has to use a wheelchair and crutches to move. © Tom Nicholson/HI
Cities across Ukraine have been the target of devastating weapons strikes. Main cities like Kharkiv and the capital, Kyiv, have been subjected to incessant bombing and shelling, causing over 8,400 civilian casualties.
Hospitals have seen increased war-wounded patients with severe burns and blast injuries requiring amputation.
Most of the civilian casualties recorded have been caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, such as shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes.
As well as direct physical harm, the bombing has caused devastating damage to vital civilian infrastructure, with over 200 attacks impacting healthcare facilities. 1,500 schools and educational institutions have been damaged, affecting 3.6 million children.
People in besieged cities like Mariupol are trapped in a catastrophic situation, without sufficient medical care, food or water. Some have died of dehydration. Due to a serious lack of secure access, families are unable to evacuate and organisations face severe difficulty delivering vital humanitarian aid to these areas.
Humanity & Inclusion calls for an immediate end to the hostilities, and for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure from the effects of war. The use of explosive weapons in populated areas must stop. Civilians in Ukraine must have access to humanitarian aid, and their movements must be protected when they flee the conflict.
“Consequences of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas are tragically predictable. Most of the people killed or injured are civilians. Widespread bombing causes complex injuries and psychological trauma. Populations are displaced and vital infrastructure like schools, hospitals, bridges, electricity supply, and clean water supply are destroyed. Contamination by explosive remnants is left behind, and can threaten the population for decades. There is only one solution: To stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.”
George Graham, Chief Executive of Humanity & Inclusion UK.
people in need of humanitarian assistance
including 9.7 million children
people facing emergency level of food insecurity
people needing emergency health services in 2021
people displaced by conflict in 2021
"PLEASE DON'T FORGET AFGHANISTAN IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME"
Mohammad Rasool, Base coordinator for HI in Afghanistan.
Mohammad Rasool manages HI's programme in Kandahar and Nimroz provinces where our teams are providing rehabilitation and psychosocial support. In this interview, Mohammad describes the situation on the ground at the moment.
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Other ways to donate:
- By telephone Call our Supporter Care team on 0330 555 0156 to donate by credit or debit card.
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Humanity & Inclusion rehabilitation specialists are working in Ukrainian hospitals to support burn and amputation patients in the ongoing conflict.