International Medical Corps Situation Update: Report #7

Mar 24, 2022
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It has been one month since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a "special military operation" in Ukraine, leading to Europe's largest refugee crisis since World War II. In the four weeks since the crisis began, at least 2,571 civilian casualties have been reported in the country, including 977 killed. The UN believes these numbers to be much higher, as casualties in some areas remain un- or undercounted.

Conflict-related trauma and injuries, maternal and newborn health, and food security and nutrition are being prioritized as public health areas of concern. Environmental health risks (including risk of hypothermia) due to extreme weather conditions, and concerns about radiation exposure (given the number of active and decommissioned nuclear power plants in Ukraine) have added to the complexity of this emergency. As the majority of Ukrainians evacuating are women and girls, protection programs remain essential. And amid the COVID pandemic, the overcrowding of evacuation centers, lack of safe water and suboptimal vaccination coverage in affected areas of Ukraine have posed an increased risk of emergence and spread of infectious diseases.

Since the invasion, more than 3.6 million people have fled Ukraine. As of March 24, at least 2,144,244 people had crossed the border from Ukraine into Poland, 555,021 had entered Romania, 371,104 had entered Moldova, 317,104 had entered Hungary, 256,838 had entered Slovakia, 271,254 had fled to Russia and 4,938 had fled to Belarus.