While the conflict in Eastern Ukraine is entering its seventh year, Covid-19 continues to spread throughout the country, with heavy health, social and economic impacts that add further strain for the conflict-affected populations.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases and the death toll keep rising. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ukraine already reported 845,343 confirmed cases (update as of December, 9th), and the average number of new cases has increased by 422% since September 2020.
Women, children and the elderly are among the most vulnerable to the health and economic effects of Covid-19. People’s coping capacities are exhausted by years of conflict, and the local authorities are unable to prepare for and respond effectively to this outbreak.
3.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the 2021 Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan. The elderly account for almost one third (32 %) of people in need in Eastern Ukraine – the highest proportion among humanitarian crises worldwide.
Against this background, it is vital to engage in massive risk communication efforts, and support people, families, communities and local authorities to implement infection prevention and control measures against the outbreak and spread of the virus.
ACTED, as the lead of the 3P Consortium (ACTED, the REACH Initiative, the Danish and Ukrainian Red Cross Societies, and Right to Protection), is committed to support the most vulnerable in Eastern Ukraine, by preventing the spread of the pandemic and increase response capacities of local actors in the conflict-affected areas, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Among others, the 3P Consortium implements key information campaigns to make sure that the most vulnerable have access to the necessary information to make choices and take actions that protect them, their families and their communities. The partners have created four videos to explain about crucial prevention measures: