International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team Continues to Monitor Humanitarian Needs in Ukraine
March 31, 2014 – Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team continues to monitor humanitarian needs in Ukraine, looking at emergency preparedness, as well as potential health needs arising from the risk of additional conflict in the country. Coordinating with partners on the ground, the team has completed assessments in Crimea, Dnepropetrovsk and Kharkov.
Protests that began peacefully in late November 2013 have turned deadly, with at least 88 reported killed in recent weeks. In addition, over 2,500 people, including protesters and police officers, have been injured.
International Medical Corps previously worked in Ukraine from 1999-2000, delivering essential medicines to health care facilities and training more than 500 local doctors and medical staff. The organization has also worked since 2000 throughout the region, implementing programs that aim to improve health and economic well-being in Russian Federation and responding to ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan. As a preeminent First Responder during conflict in Syria, Libya, South Sudan and Darfur, among others, International Medical Corps is well-placed to provide a comprehensive health and humanitarian response in Ukraine.
Since its inception 30 years ago, International Medical Corps’ mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster, and disease, by delivering vital health care services and sustainable development projects that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning hardest-hit populations to self-reliance.