Ukraine: ISHR IAC Opens Office in Kiev and Steps up Humanitarian Aid

In the midst of the turmoil of war in Ukraine, the ISHR’s Information and Analysis Center (IAC) team in Ukraine has grown remarkably strong. In August, it moved into new offices in Kiev, from where it can continue its intensive work in the fields of humanitarian aid and human rights protection at an even more professional level.

In recent months, the IAC’s humanitarian aid activities have already expanded massively. Implementation contracts have been signed with various partner organizations, including Save the Children and Water Mission. On 11 May 2022 the IAC received almost 3,000 family hygiene kits from Water Mission for humanitarian work in Ukraine. In May ISHR had reported on the ISHR Ukraine team’s constantly expanding humanitarian aid including supplying 8000 people in need with water. Part of the IAC’s infrastructure in Kiev is a large warehouse, which has already been very helpful in the humanitarian aid activities.

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the ISHR team in Ukraine provided targeted help in the war zone in areas that other organizations weren’t able to reach. As part of the UN water sanitation program, the ISHR team in Ukraine was able to install a water filter in a rural school in Hornostaipil and provide food to three institutions for elderly care. The village of Hornostaipil is located in the Kyiv region, not far from the Belarusian border, near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, where the nuclear disaster occurred in 1986. Because of this location, there is almost no humanitarian aid distributed there. The school, like the psychoneurological social center that the ISHR Ukraine team had helped earlier, had big problems with water supply and water quality. In the local school, 273 children and 44 teachers now use the filter system. The aim is to provide drinking water to the local population and the refugees in areas affected by the hostilities. Such measures will contribute to preventing a critical deterioration in the sanitary and hygienic living standard of the population and a possible related deterioration in health condition. On 15 July 2022, the ISHR team in Ukraine also visited an institution for elderly care and disabled people in Hornostaipil village, as well as a neuropsychiatric institution in the neighboring village of Sukachi. 226 people were provided with food for the nearest future.

Furthermore, on 5 July 2022, the ISHR team in Ukraine was able to provide the primary health care center No. 9 in Zaporizhzhia with nine NCD (noncommunicable disease) kits containing medicines and medical equipment for the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and hypertension for about 180 patients. On 2 August 2022, 18 large boxes of medicines and medical equipment – enough to treat almost 400 patients – were delivered to Ambulance Station No. 3 in Vilniansk (a small town situated about 50 kilometers from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant) and to the primary health care center in the village of Petro-Mikhailivka near Vilniansk.

Thanks to many years of good cooperation, the ISHR team in the war zone was able to set up a broad and well-functioning distribution network immediately after the start of the war, which has now also resulted in a partnership with the United Nations and thus enables the ISHR team in Ukraine to provide humanitarian aid to many thousands of people in need in Ukraine.