In 2019, MSF teams were providing medical care in the village of Opytne in eastern Ukraine (Image for illustration).
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MSF mobilises response in Ukraine and nearby countries

On Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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As the conflict continues in Ukraine, MSF is dispatching teams to Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to assess the needs of people crossing borders and respond to humanitarian needs. Teams are also present in Belarus and Russia ready to provide humanitarian assistance.

In Ukraine, MSF teams have distributed war-wounded kits in Mariupol. We have also provided a telemedicine training for trauma care for 30 surgeons from eastern Ukraine.

Our emergency teams have arrived at the Polish-Ukrainian border and are currently trying to get essential staff and supplies into Ukraine and set up emergency response activities across both sides of the border.  Teams will also carry out assessments along Ukraine’s border with Russia and Belarus.

The Korczowa temporary accommodation site in south-eastern Poland. Photo taken by MSF staff during the needs assessment on 28 February 2022. View of the reception centre at the crossing point in the town of Hrebenne, Poland. Photo taken by MSF staff during the needs assessment on 28 February 2022.
Medyka border crossing, Poland. Photo taken by MSF staff during the needs assessment on 28 February 2022.

With active fighting ongoing, determining the true extent of medical needs in Ukraine remains challenging. MSF is preparing for a range of scenarios, which will allow us to step up our response.

Our teams at the Ukraine-Poland border checkpoints are seeing people cross over on foot, in cars and on buses, many tired and exhausted, and some with children as young as 25 days old.

Many of those crossing the Polish border told us they spent long hours in queues in freezing temperatures. Some were dehydrated and others suffered from hypothermia. We have donated basic shelter items to a reception shelter in Poland and are working to step up our response.

How to donate to the MSF Luxembourg Emergency fund

MSF Luxembourg is deeply concerned about the consequences of the conflict for the Ukrainian population and communities. While teams are assessing what safe and impartial access will be possible for humanitarian aid, MSF has already activated its Emergency Fund, which allows it to act as quickly as possible in such situations. 82% of the money raised goes directly to the field and MSF is audited annually by an independent, accredited body.

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