The Deputy Minister for European Integration of the Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oleksii Illiashenko and the Head of mission of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Ukraine Grigor Simonyan, discussed medical humanitarian activities of MSF during the meeting at the Ministry for Veterans Affairs
Oleksii Illiashenko noted the importance of provision of medical assistance to the civilians adversely affected by the Russian-Ukrainian war, especially by the armed aggression and temporary occupation in Ukraine.
“The Government of Ukraine is taking every possible action to make life easier for its citizens who are forced to remain in occupation, as well as for their reintegration, returning to the social and information space of Ukraine. This includes preferential services in Ukrainian medical institutions near the contact line, the organization of normal conditions for EECP, preferential training, including change in professions, projects are developed and implemented to provide housing in Government controlled area of Ukraine and the like. However, through the temporary occupation of the Ukrainian territories, we need the support of international humanitarian organizations to provide assistance to Ukrainians that do not have the opportunity to obtain it in the Government controlled territory of Ukraine. First of all, it is important in the field of medical care,” said Oleksii Illiashenko.
Grigor Simonyan outlined the cooperation of MSF with the Government of Ukraine. In particular, he reported, that from 2015 to 2019, MSF provided primary healthcare through mobile clinics in rural and conflict-affected areas and to the persons affected by the conflict. Mobile clinic consisted of a doctor, a nurse and a psychologist, who travelled to 28 locations in or close to the conflict zone to provide medical care and psychological support to those most in need. He also noted that starting from 2020, MSF will collaborate with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine in launching a project aiming to provide primary health care and mental health services for those people living along the contact line, as well as improving care for people with advanced HIV in Sievierodonetsk.
“For MSF it is very important to deliver medical assistance on both sides of the contact line, therefore we are discussing possibility of supporting Donetsk AIDS Centre in treatment of patients with hepatitis C,” said Grigor Simonyan, MSF’s head of mission in Ukraine.
The Parties discussed the main areas of cooperation in 2020 during the meeting and assured of comprehensive mutual support and assistance.
• Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, private and non-profit organisation. It provides medical aid in over 70 countries worldwide. Médecins Sans Frontières was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors and journalists. It received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its members' continued efforts to provide medical care in acute crises, as well as raising international awareness of potential humanitarian disasters.
• 82% of its financial resources in 2018 were allocated to fulfilling its social mission of providing case to those in need. In 2018, more than 6.3 million individual donors and private foundations worldwide provided 95% of the 1.5 billion euros raised by MSF.
• For its activities in Ukraine, as of now, MSF relies only on private donations. MSF`s actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality.