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Hundreds of internally displaced Ukrainians are to receive humanitarian assistance and healthcare support under a new project funded by Trócaire.
Launched by Trócaire partner Caritas Czech Republic, the project will run over the next six months and will provide basic immediate needs to 1,500 people, and access to medical and psychosocial care for more than 500 displaced Ukrainians in the western Drohobych region. A health centre in will also be provided with equipment for two ambulances.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already displaced more than 11 million people from their homes. Drohobych and its surroundings is hosting more than 40,000 of the displaced population.
However, the number of people who urgently need help is growing. A large percentage of those who escaped to the Drohobych region remain outside the official government aid, especially those who are located further from the centre of the region.
“All the indications are that people will have to stay away from where they come from for a prolonged period. If they are to survive this period in relative peace, in a mentally stable condition, and dignified conditions, then this situation needs to be addressed quickly. Some of the displaced are living privately, but the absorption capacity of ordinary accommodation is limited,” says Evžen Diviš, the regional manager of Caritas Czech Republic, who recently visited Drohobych.
Trócaire is working with Caritas Europa, which is made up of 49 member organisations across Europe, to coordinate support to Ukraine. We support Caritas in its call for humanitarian corridors to be guaranteed to allow people to leave safely, and to enable humanitarian supplies to enter the country.