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We send humanitarian and medical aid to the elderly in the war zone and address their individual needs for effective treatment and care. The occupation has dramatically altered their lives, and many of them are divided from their families, services and livelihoods. The current crisis affects the highest proportion of elderly people in the world, more than 30 per cent.

“Thanks to British-Ukrainian Aid we don’t have to choose between our food and our medicines”

Lyudmila & Alexander, Severodonetsk, Ukraine

February 2014 – February 2022 before the full-scale invasion

According to the European Commission on Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection & the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs 

  • An estimated 5.2 million people bear the brunt of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.  

  • 3.5 million require humanitarian assistance and protection due to widespread mine contamination, escalating psychological trauma and the degrading impact of the lack of access to basic services. This is equal to the population of Berlin or 1.5 population of Paris.

  • More than 450,000 of the 1.2m pensioners living in areas outside of government jurisdiction were surviving without a basic income.

  • 99% of older people in Donetsk and Luhansk had no plans to leave.

  • 25% of Ukraine's population is over 60 years old.

  • Untreated chronic health conditions - like diabetes and high blood pressure - had caused many to lose their independence, develop disabilities and face unnecessary suffering. 

  • The fear of intermittent shelling and the risk of landmines has been constant.

  • 91 per cent of older people in the war zone Ukraine do not have enough food to eat.

  • 79 per cent of the elderly in the war zone do not have access to clean drinking water.

  • Most older people aren’t able to access wider emergency relief efforts.

Since 24 February 2022 after the full-scale invasion


British-Ukrainian Aid supports people suffering from the war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, including the injured and wounded, orphaned children, the elderly, internally displaced persons, refugees and families who have lost their main earners.

British-Ukrainian Aid is a Charity Registered in England and Wales 1164472


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