Médicos del Mundo (MdM) is an international humanitarian organisation, working in different regions and countries to make effective the Universal Right to Health. MdM is a non-profitable, non-governmental, non-political and non-confessional organisation operating under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. MdM has been operating in Ukraine since August 2015 and is currently implementing an emergency response and recovery programme in the Eastern part of Ukraine (Luhansk and Donetsk oblast, government and non-government-controlled areas – GCAs and NGCAs). The programme is implemented around three main components: direct delivery of services through multidisciplinary mobile units (including primary healthcare services (PHC), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), Mental Health and Psychosocial support services (MHPSS) and gender-based violence (GBV) response services); strengthening of local health system (with a specific focus on PHC, SRH, MHPSS and GBV) through capacity building of health and non-health staff, awareness raising and advocacy. In addition, MdM supports the health system in response to COVID-19 pandemics in Eastern Ukraine.
Operational details & security context
MdM in Ukraine is operating through 3 functional bases: the Kyiv base (Kyiv city) which is considered the coordination office; the Severodonetsk field base (Severodonetsk city) in Luhansk oblast and Bakhmut field base (Bakhmut city) in Donetsk oblast. MdM Mission in Ukraine is composed of 80 people including 75 people as local staff and 5 expatriates (12 staff based in Kyiv; 48 based in Severodonetsk and 20 based in Bakhmut).
The EU Aid Volunteer on gender shall report directly to the Community and Health System Resilience Advisor and shall have functional links with the Coordination Team.
EU Aid Volunteer on gender shall work also in collaboration with the Gender and Human Rights Unit of MdM-Spain based in Madrid.
Current armed conflict on the East of Ukrainian situation context:
Millions of people continue to suffer from the ongoing armed conflict in the East of Ukraine. Thus for 2022, DG ECHO identified very high humanitarian needs in Ukraine. The vulnerability of the population affected by the crisis in Ukraine is still very high. Ukraine's INFORM risk index ranks at 4.6/104, and Human Development Index at 0.779/15. Besides, Ukraine is prone to natural hazards, environmental and industrial risks, which might potentially lead to serious and dangerous humanitarian consequences. Entering the eighth year of conflict, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains extremely volatile, and is expected to remain so in 2022. Despite continued commitment of Government of Ukraine to an inclusive policy towards the population in eastern Ukraine, and the decrease of casualties as a result of the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement, the progress in the Trilateral Contact Group and Normandy format has remained limited until now. The prospects of finding peaceful political solutions are facing an impasse. Despite improvements, there are still deficiencies in terms of coordination, funding allocation, and comprehensive legislative framework, with an impact on the quality and opportunities for the humanitarian response.
The impact of COVID-19 in the conflict-affected areas seems relatively moderate compared to other parts of Ukraine. For the second year, almost all the entry/exit crossing points (EECPs) remain sealed off for civilians, negatively impacting access to pensions and social payments for hundreds of thousands of civilians residing in the Non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCA). International aid humanitarian cargoes have passed with sporadic difficulties and the movement of humanitarian workers is severely restricted.