Initiatives aimed to support the victims of the conflict in the east of Ukraine

In 2014-2015:
• Three military hospitals in Lviv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk received the necessary equipment:
– Laparoscopic equipment for the Military and Medical Clinical Centre of the Western region (the city of Lviv). Laparoscopic surgery is one of the latest medical breakthroughs. This method of surgery allows operating on internal organs through small incisions with the help of a laparoscope and laparoscopic instruments, thus making a surgery less invasive and traumatic. The use of a laparoscope allows reducing the number of post-surgery complications and the rehabilitation period.
– Equipment for sterilization of medical instruments, disinfection of premises, and treatment of medical instruments to reduce the spread of infections; operating tables, operating lights, necessary furniture for Dnepropetrovsk military hospital.
– Supplies for endoscopic equipment and X-ray protection gears for doctors and patients for Kyiv military hospital.

• Five rehabilitation centers in Kyiv and Zhytomyr oblasts received the necessary equipment for further rehabilitation of soldiers, their families and internally displaced persons, in particular tables, massage chairs, and sport rehabilitation equipment.
• The Project purchased rehabilitation equipment and personal hygiene products for the National Assembly of Persons with Disabilities of Ukraine which is the largest national organization helping people with disabilities. The purchased items included wheelchairs, walkers, canes and tonometers for blind, crutches and other necessary means for taking care of lying patients and helping people with disabilities who left the territory of anti-terrorist operation. These items were distributed in the areas densely populated by IDPs, particularly in Odesa oblast, and throughout Ukraine on request.

• In Kyiv oblast:
The International Charity Fund “Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health” (UFPH) and the office of the HealthRight International in cooperation with the East Europe Foundation advised social workers, psychologists, teachers and volunteers who are directly helping internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the city of Kyiv and Kyiv oblast, on the issues related to psychological and social support and relevant adaptation of children and their parents. The project helped develop a program for public and private sectors professionals on how to provide psychological and social support to children and their parents from among internally displaced persons from Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
The Ukrainian Association of Professionals for Overcoming Consequences of Traumatic Events and the East Europe Foundation also worked with children and their parents, providing psychological counseling, helped overcome fears, reduce anxiety, and adapt to the new environment. The psychologists tried to reach children through art therapy. The expert counselling covered children and their parents living in Kyiv in densely populated IDPs districts on Krasnotkatska and Chervonohvardiiska streets, as well as Dzherelo health resort in Pushchia Vodytsia, Velyka Dymerka, the Humanitarian Aid Center on Frolivska street in the city of Kyiv.

• In Zhytomyr oblast:
Five districts densely populated with IDPs were selected for the project implementation. According to recent data, as of early February 2015, the total number of IDPs in Zhytomyr oblast makes 6622 individuals, including 1 805 children, 2 115 pensioners and people with disabilities, 874 males, 1 828 females. Under the project framework, specially trained professional psychologists conducted individual and group meetings with IDPs to provide continuous psychological support. About 500 people of different age groups received psychological counselling and started restoring their mental health. The project conducted five training seminars “Tolerance and prevention of cross-cultural conflicts” and a training “Life in the new place – benefits and challenges”. Children participated in art therapy training. The participants learned how to recognize and avoid hate speech, found out about problems of national communities, and the situation with human rights in the region. In addition, participants got acquainted with the modern employment techniques and possibilities for self-employment in Zhytomyr oblast.