Citing the State Border Service, United Nations Office of Aid Coordination, OCHAreported that 30,000 people are crossing Ukraine every day.
“The situation for people living with #HIV in Ukraine are desperate. We are trying to provide medicine, food and other support to people who need it, but the work is dangerous and the volunteer drivers are putting their lives at risk.” – Dmytro Sherembey
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Reported recent returnees include women with children and older adults, compared with mostly men at the start of the escalation.
Relief Delivery Challenge
“This significant number suggests that migration back to Ukraine may continue to increase, potentially creating new challenges for humanitarian work as people will need support to reintegrate into the community. their community or find a suitable host community if returning to their home is no longer feasible,” OCHA said in a statement.
Of the 12 million people in need in Ukraine, humanitarians number 2.1 million of them and $1.1 billion by the United Nations momentarily attractive for Ukraine is now 64% funded.
War rages in the east and south
Fighting is concentrated in the eastern and southern regions – or regions – of Ukraine, causing damage and civilian casualties as well as fueling humanitarian needs. The OCHA also reported missile attacks in central and northern Ukraine, before citing Ukraine’s State Emergencies Service (SESU), which said 300,000 square kilometers – or almost half the area of Ukraine. – request demining.
Aid worker killed
In its latest emergency update, OCHA also reported that two humanitarian workers and five of their relatives were killed in the eastern Dontesk region.
They were taking shelter at the Caritas Mariupol office when the building was said to have been hit by a bullet from a tank, possibly on March 15, although the information was only recently available, as the city suffered a power cut. For many weeks.
Meanwhile, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that there are “immediate food insecurity issues” in nearly 3 out of 10 turrets – with 11% more turrets (partially due to combat) expected to fall short within two months.
Rural and isolated communities have been hardest hit by food insecurity speakas it claims to assist farmers in farming, saving livestock and producing food.
Emergency cash assistance is also planned for the most vulnerable families, including those headed by women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Meanwhile, OCHA also notes that Russia reports that more than 783,000 people – including nearly 150,000 children – have traveled from Ukraine to Russia since February 24.
The latest data from the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, indicating that more than 4.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began. Another seven million people are internally displaced.
UNAIDS warns of ‘death wave’
UN agency committed to ending AIDS said in a press release on Wednesday.
About 250,000 Ukrainians are living with HIV, and lack of access to ARV prevention and treatment services will mean a wave of deaths and risk of an AIDS epidemic in Ukraine. UNAIDS.
“Community-led networks, which are critical to sustaining life-saving services in need of urgent international support.”
More than 40 health facilities that provided pre-war HIV treatment, prevention and care services are now closed and have had varying degrees of service disruption at other locations.
World Health Organization (WHO) this week verified more than 100 attacks on medical facilities in Ukraine, while domestic supply routes have been disrupted.
An initial delivery of more than 18 million doses of life-saving antiretroviral drugs procured by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which arrived in Lviv last week, is currently being distributed with cooperation of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, and 100% Life, the largest organization of people living with HIV in Ukraine.
“If they could be delivered to those in need, the drugs would be enough to cover a six-month supply for all people living with HIV on first-line treatment,” UNAIDS said.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is also providing emergency funding to ensure continuity of HIV and TB lifesaving services.
UNAIDS says civil society organizations are making “a heroic effort” to deliver vital health supplies and HIV services to people living with and affected by HIV, including including vulnerable populations.
“They are reaching people in places of extraordinary challenge, despite enormous obstacles. However, the civil society organizations on which this care and delivery system depends need further international support to be able to continue their work”.