Ukraine Update: The Humanitarian Impact
56 days on from the day of the Putin-led invasion of Ukraine, here are some of the key updates that you need to know. TW: Distressing news.
11.5 million people are estimated to have been displaced from their homes since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
As of the 19th April:
4.9 million people have fled the country
An estimated 7.1 million people are internally displaced inside of Ukraine.
So far, we have partnered with 46 organisations responding to the crisis, and are currently assessing 36 more. As of 4pm today, together we have raised $10,102,011.
We have already committed $9,872,186 to date, to support people in and fleeing Ukraine; with additional budget lines for longer term support of newly onboarded partners, safeguarding, and emergency response inside Ukraine.
More than 34,000 people have donated to the campaign.
The human impact of this invasion is huge. We have to remember that where you are born is down to luck. We must continue to respond with love during these devastating times. Nobody wants war. Everybody deserves the right to live in safety.
The figures shown in the examples below are an example of the type of support we have been able to offer through your kind donations.
THE FOOD SECURITY SITUATION IN UKRAINE IS WORSENING
Mariupol, Kharkiv and other cities in Ukraine are surrounded. They continue to experience heavy shelling; leaving people isolated and facing severe shortages of food, water and energy supplies.
45% of people are worried about getting enough food.
1 in 5 people are thought to be reducing the size and number of meals, eating poor quality food, and sacrificing meals so that children and other loved ones can eat.
We have committed $396,000 to fund the distribution of food supplies.
MEDICAL SUPPLIES ARE RUNNING LOW
Hospitals are struggling to provide care to the people who need it, and hospitals in most targeted areas are reliant on regional hospitals.
Needs in healthcare are primary health-care medicines and medical supplies like; insulin antibiotics, pain medicines, medicines for cancer patients, blood and blood substitutes, IV fluids, personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as other items like flashlights, walkie-talkies, blankets, baby cots and water bottles.
We have granted $465,800 to various organisations to purchase medical supplies.
THERE ARE 2.7 MILLION PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES REGISTERED IN UKRAINE, MANY OF WHOM HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FLEE
This is due to the need for specialist evacuation services – around 80,000 of which are children.
Many of these children live in care homes and institutions, and face the risk of being abandoned as carers flee in desperate situations.
We have partnered with and granted to teams who provide specialised medical care and support to children with disabilities in and fleeing Ukraine as well as those who have already fled.
SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS HAVE BEEN RAISED ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING WITHIN THE INVASION
Due to declining economic circumstances, the weakening of the rule of law, reduced support services and being in unfamiliar territories after leaving your home and community, trafficking risks have risen.
We have committed $122,301 towards direct anti-trafficking related work.
To enable us to continue supporting organisations doing this vital work, donate to our Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser today. No amount is too small.