Frequently Asked Questions
The escalating crisis in Ukraine has seen casualties and injuries rising and people forced to flee, severely reducing the capacity of health systems to cope with people wounded and others in need of urgent health care. Humanitarian health support is needed to tackle the shortfall in life-saving medicines and supplies including medical oxygen, intensive care unit beds, and to support the healthcare workforce.
The humanitarian situation has already seen large numbers of refugees crossing into neighboring countries including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. As the crisis evolves the numbers of refugees and displaced populations is expected to increase. A large-scale emergency response is crucial to support the needs of people in Ukraine and refugees in nearby countries.
Urgent funding is needed to support health services to treat those wounded, provide vital care for patients with COVID-19 and other pathologies such as cancer, HIV and tuberculosis, maternal to mental health issues. Migrants, older people and refugees are in a particularly vulnerable situation. Support will help expand the capacity of emergency medical teams to respond to the growing needs of the population in this evolving humanitarian health crisis.
WHO is working to ensure that the Ukrainian population has access to essential care for all health issues, including other pathologies preexisting the war: COVID-19 to cancer, HIV and tuberculosis, maternal care to mental health issues, especially for migrants, older people and refugees.
WHO has for decades worked closely with health authorities across Ukraine. Their deep knowledge of the capacities and needs of the country’s health system allows them to better support where needs are the greatest. On the first day of the conflict (the 24th of February 2022), WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus released US$3.5 million from WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) to purchase and deliver urgent medical supplies. The humanitarian health support is expected to rise following further needs assessments.
As an individual or a company, you can help provide vital needs to the Ukrainian population thanks to your contributions. Your donation can be made from anywhere in the world, with online tax benefits provided to contributors based in Switzerland, Luxembourg and other locations soon.
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Individual contributions can be made on the page WHO Health emergency appeal for Ukraine, powered by WHOF.
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The Emergency Appeal – powered by WHO Foundation – raises funds for WHO’s frontline response to deliver life-saving medicines and supplies. Your contribution will go directly to deliver urgent healthcare to people across Ukraine and refugees in neighboring countries affected by this crisis.
Visit WHO webpage for more information on the activities led by WHO’s frontline response.
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