The number of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Ukraine has quadrupled in just two weeks, with 12 million people now in need of lifesaving support. Our recent assessments in Ukraine indicate severe and worsening shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies as infrastructure and supply routes are destroyed by Russian forces. Polish officials have told our team that 9 out of every 10 refugees crossing into Poland now have no contacts in the country, and three-fourths of them are from Eastern Ukraine.
Project HOPE is expanding our team in Lviv to increase our support inside the country, in addition to our teams on the ground in Moldova, Poland, and Romania. Our second shipment of medical supplies to Ukraine is expected to arrive at a children's hospital in Lviv this week.
In Moldova, we are supporting a mobile medical team to serve refugees crossing the border at the request of the WHO and the Moldovan Ministry of Health. We're also procuring and delivering key non-food items like blankets, bedding, and towels for refugees.
In Romania, Project HOPE is supporting local NGOs to provide mental health support to refugees, as well as hygiene and shelter needs. We're also sourcing hygiene kits, medical supplies, and medicines for refugees as well as those inside Ukraine.