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Red Cross Responds as the Crisis in Ukraine Unfolds

03/09/2022 1:41 PM | Anonymous

International Red Cross teams are on the ground in Ukraine delivering urgent assistance. For the past eight years, international Red Cross teams have provided food, fuel for heating, medical supplies and support for housing to those living close to or on the line of contact (the eastern border of Ukraine with Russia). As conflict spreads, Red Cross teams are increasing their support across the country and providing first aid and medical supplies to those in need in the region.

Over the past week in Ukraine, Red Cross teams have:

  • Distributed more than 90,000 food and hygiene parcels on the move across Ukraine, including Maripol.
  • Provided first aid training to more than 12,000 people in metro stations and bomb shelters.
  • Delivered more than 32 tons of food, blankets, medicine, medical supplies, trauma kits and household items.
  • Assisted with the evacuation of people with disabilities.
  • Distributed critical care items to over 7,000 people seeking safety from shelling in bomb shelters.

In the coming weeks, Red Cross volunteers will increase their work reuniting separated families, providing and other household items, and increasing awareness about areas contaminated by unexploded ordnance.  The current needs are tremendous, critical among them include water delivery, support to health facilities and medical care for families wounded.

In Neighboring Countries:  Help to those fleeing their Homes

People impacted by the conflict are heartbroken, as they are forced to flee from their homes.  Red Cross and Red Crescent teams in the region are rolling up their sleeves to assist with the dire humanitarian crisis as it unfolds. In Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, Croatia, Lithuania and Russia, Red Cross volunteers are supporting displaced people.

Teams are:

  • Distributing food, water, clothing, bedding, hygiene sets, blankets and even handing our SIM cards so families can stay connected amid the turmoil.
  • Supplying baby products and services for children.
  • Pitching tents and preparing shelters for refugees who need a comforting place to sleep and feel safe.
  • Providing much-needed mental health and emotional support.

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