Eastern Ukraine has been the scene of an armed conflict that has gone largely unnoticed by the wider world. The conflict in Ukraine is now in its fourth year and continues to claim lives and trigger widespread humanitarian needs. Some 3.8 million people in Ukraine are currently in need of humanitarian assistance – an increase of 700,000 people compared to 2016.
The humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine remains heavily underfunded. More than 70 per cent of the 3.8 million people in humanitarian need either live with disabilities, are chronically ill or live in elderly families or families who are missing one man or more men. Access to services for civilians is extremely limited. The ability of aid organisations to provide humanitarian assistance is limited by both security issues and access constraints.
The three member organisations participating in the Ukraine Joint Response operate in eastern Ukraine to address the needs of displaced populations. The collaboration has so far achieved the following results: