The delicate care of chronically ill Ukrainians


DECRYPTION – According to the International Organization for Migration, a third of displaced households have a chronically ill person and nearly 20% a disabled person.

Michael Ryan has seen others. A trauma surgeon, injured in Iraq, who became an epidemiologist at the World Health Organization (WHO) to manage the response to epidemics there (including Ebola, then Covid), he now heads the health emergencies program. And yet: “I have never encountered a crisis so complicated and which worsened so quickly” than the health debacle linked to the war in Ukraine, he repeated on Wednesday during a press conference. Some 12 million people live in a dangerous zone which they cannot leave. In one month, nearly 6.5 million people have also been displaced inside the country and 4 million outside Ukraine. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a third of displaced households have a chronically ill person and nearly 20% a disabled person.

In the country, the population struggles to have access to the care and medicines they need: 64 attacks on health facilities have been recorded…

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