Children’s medical supplies shore up Ukrainian community
Scores of Ukrainian families have fled their homes for the Ivano-Frankivska region, where UNICEF and partners are on hand to help
Since the start of the full-scale war in Ukraine, around 3,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), including 900 children, have fled their homes for the Rohatyn community in the Ivano-Frankivska region.
The needs have been huge. But now, thanks to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Association of Ukrainian Cities have provided financial assistance totalling UAH 1.5 million to the community, as part of the Child and Youth Friendly Municipality initiative.
The funds mean that the municipality can purchase medical equipment for children's examinations, services for children with disabilities, and a freezer for a community canteen that provides free meals.
The Inclusive Resource Center municipal institution of the Rohatyn City Council has also received rehabilitation equipment, which will allow the centre to provide quality and professional services for children with special needs.
"The main goal of the Inclusive Resource Center is a complex psychological and pedagogical assessment of a person's development, as well as providing them with correctional and developmental services,” says Director Maria Zhenchuk. “Thanks to the project, we now have the equipment that is very helpful for children with special educational needs.”
Olena Zamula and her seven-year-old son, who has learning disabilities, fled their home in Kharkiv in March 2022.
"When we came to Rohatyn and visited the local Inclusive Resource Center, we were surprised at how sincerely warmly we were greeted,” says Olena, happily. “I'm really grateful for the help provided for my child. In Rohatyn, we found warmth and support. I express my deepest gratitude to all people who opened their hearts for our family.”
The Rohatyn Primary Health Care Center has also been able to improve the quality of its medical services, thanks to the new diagnostic equipment received as part of the project. Viktor Denysiuk, the facility's director, says that the equipment includes a portable ultrasound machine, therapeutic ultrasound, a pediatric patient monitor, non-contact thermometers and syringe infusion pumps. All of these devices will help to improve diagnosis, examination and treatment, both for IDP children and local boys and girls.
This project was implemented with the financial support of the German Government through KfW Development Bank.