Chronic illness without treatment, the “silent” victims of the conflict in Ukraine

But another plague could prove just as devastating, according to Drs. Margaret Harris, spokeswoman forWHO currently deployed in Ukraine. He and his team are working on site to not only meet health needs, but also to assess exactly what those needs are.

People with chronic illness are silent and hidden victims. »

A quote from Dr. Margaret Harris, WHO spokesperson deployed in Ukraine

According to him, one of the greatest needs for health services is the large number of people suffering from non -communicable diseases. So these are diseases like hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease, and we also have people with chronic infectious diseases like HIV and’s explanation, are diseases that require long -term care and treatment.

Dr. Margaret Harris is a WHO spokesperson.

Photo: Radio-Canada

Treatments that are quickly consumed when needed on a regular basis, he added. And one of the big challenges today is that people are moving, or finding that their normal health services have been delayed or destroyed.completed by Dr. Harris.

According to a general population survey (New window) conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), on May 3, 13.6 million people, more than 30% of the population of Ukraine, were forcibly relocated due to the war. This number includes eight million refugees and approximately 5.6 million refugees, of which approximately half are children, who have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries.

Canadian companies are working together to send help

It was while listening to the news, last March, that Michael Wright wanted to act. The report said Ukraine had enough insulin to supply its population in just three months, the CEO of NuGen said.

His company, based in Toronto, makes needle-free injectors that, combined with cartridges containing the drug, are reusable and allow up to 5,000 injections each.

Michael Wright at the videoconference.

Michael Wright is the CEO of NuGen Medical Devices.

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We got insulin at a low price, but we still had to buy it. »

A quote from Michael Wright, CEO, NuGen Medical Devices

To raise funds, NuGen turned to the company Kin Communication, based in Vancouver, to coordinate the initiative. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched and is trying to raise $ 250,000 immediately. In the longer term, he hopes to raise $ 5 million.

On May 20, with nearly $ 60,000 already collected, the first insulin orders were placed and taken to its manufacture site in Amsterdam. This is where the medicine is injected into injectors and syringes and the kits are prepared and assembled.

The organization will then collect them Soldiers in Ukraine resurrected (RSU), which will ensure their delivery to Ukraine, where the need is most urgent, thanks to the medical intervention drones of another Canadian company, Flies.

Drones to save lives

According to its president Iryna Vashchuk Discipio, USR is the first non-profit organization to operate medical intervention drones in Ukraine and the first members of its team (total approximately 40 people) were trained in piloting at the beginning of May.

A drone was lying on the lawn.

Draganfly’s drone, which carries medical products.

Photo: USR

Draganfly has already donated three drones USR, one to deliver medicine, and two to conduct search and rescue missions. Fifteen others were delivered and Flies hopes to make 200 by the end of the summer, thanks to the DroneAid campaign, which allows each contributor to choose a mission USR that he wants to fund.

The good thing about drones is that their cost is very small in exchange for what they carry said Cameron Chell, CEO of Flies.

If you are delivering products such as pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, or insulin to a particular area, and that drone is shot down or has a mechanical problem, the solution is to just send another drone he continued.

Cameron Chell via videoconference.

Cameron Chell is the CEO of Draganfly.

Photo: Radio-Canada

Compared to the loss of a vehicle, an ambulance and the team aboard, the loss of a drone is minimal, Mr. puts it. Chell in perspective.

This helps bring a lot of supplies to a particular area that may have a lot of damage or be under siege. »

A quote from Cameron Chell, CEO Draganfly

Draganfly’s medical intervention drone has a wingspan of approximately one meter and is capable of carrying up to 15 kg. It can be equipped with a temperature control box that is important for carrying certain products that must be stored at low temperatures, such as insulin. Finally, the device can travel within a radius of up to 20 km or make a round trip within a radius of 10 km.

This will help us deliver aid to areas in Ukraine that need it most.launched the president of USRespecially the cities, where many people cannot escape, and the enclosed areas.

Iryna Vashchuk Discipio in the back of a truck with a drone.

Iryna Vashchuk Discipio, president of Revived Soldiers Ukraine.

Photo: Courtesy: Resurrected Soldiers Ukraine

The only real people who remained were those who had no money to leave town. People with money, they are already in Europe, in the United States, etc. But these are the people who can’t move and escape, people who really rely on the help of organizations today. »

A quote from Iryna Vashchuk Discipio, President, Resurrected Soldier Ukraine

And for people with specific needs, such as the need for insulin, even if access is possible, it is very expensive, Ms. reports. Disciple.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, they will be 2.3 million Ukrainian adults who will live with the disease. For some of them, access to proper treatment is a matter of life or death, Dr. emphasizes. Margaret Harris.

According to him, humanitarian aid is more than welcome and become critical of the current situation in Ukraine, when it correctly targets the needs. attaques contre les soins de santé et nous savons que c’est en fait beaucoup plus. Et les hôpitaux ou les pharmacies ont tout simplement été fermés.”,”text”:”Nous avons documenté plus de 200attaques contre les soins de santé et nous savons que c’est en fait beaucoup plus. Et les hôpitaux ou les pharmacies ont tout simplement été fermés.”}}”>We have documented over 200 health care attacks and we know there are many more actually. And hospitals or pharmacies are just closed.

For all of us, the help we really need is to see an end to the conflict. The only remedy in the situation is peace. »

A quote from Dr. Margaret Harris, WHO spokesperson deployed in Ukraine

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