Emergency in Ukraine: External Situation Report n°12, published on 19 May 2022 – Ukraine

  • Attacks on health care (including those on health facilities, transportation, staff, patients, supplies and warehouses) continue, with 24 new attacks reported from May 12-18. In total, between February 23 and May 18, 235 attacks were reported, resulting in 59 injuries and 75 deaths. These attacks deprive people of the care they urgently need, endanger health care providers and undermine health systems.

  • The delivery of care to cancer patients continues in Ukraine, despite disruptions to health services. According to preliminary results of a rapid cancer control capacity assessment conducted in 32 cancer institutions in Ukraine, 88% of institutions reported reduced capacity to provide services to patients.

  • Five online trainings were held for health workers in Ukraine on routine immunization, including against measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella and tetanus.

  • Efforts are underway to deliver medical supplies from WHO’s supply and logistics base in Lviv, amid fuel shortages and access limitations that complicate the delivery of supplies to areas. most affected by the conflict. WHO has pre-positioned stocks of emergency medical kits in Odessa and Poltava to support delivery efforts in these oblasts.

  • Two needs assessments were conducted to better understand the healthcare needs of Ukrainians.

    - In one assessment conducted between 18 and 22 April, six Health Cluster Partners conducted 379 interviews across 11 oblasts to assess health needs at household and community/shelter levels. Analyses of these interviews are ongoing.

    • In another assessment conducted between April 11 and May 16, a crowdsourcing platform was used to assess household health needs. Of the 1,700 respondents who completed the online survey, one in three said at least one member of their household had sought health care since February 24. Of these, a third (10% of total respondents) have encountered serious problems accessing healthcare. Security and availability were the two main obstacles.
  • Shirlene J. Manley