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Protecting the right on access to medical care for internally displaced persons in Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv Regions

29.04.15 | KHiSR

Last months due to aggression of Russia, Ukraine is almost every day meeting new challenges and problems which are remained without respond or reaction is extremely slow because of lack of experience and scales of the problem. Since March 2014 regions of the East of Ukraine started actively to accept IDPS form temporary occupied territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. According to data of State Service for Emergency Situations of Ukraine, on March 31, 2015 the number of internally displaced persons made 810 000, among them in Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv Regions accepted over 240 000 persons. People were forced to leave, abandoning homes, leaving belongings and clothes and loosing for unidentifi ed period the opportunity to solve their everyday problems. One of the main problems which are challenging moved people from Donbas, is the access to medical care and necessary medicines. This is especially on high agenda for the most vulnerable categories of IDPs such as: pregnant women, children, aged people, wounded and traumatized persons, disabled, mentally ill, people living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, TB, diabetes etc. That’s why Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches under fi nancial support of the Public Health Program Initiative of the International Renaissance Foundation conducted sociological survey, directed on studying of the situation with arranging access to medical care for internally displaced persons.

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