Referring to the State Border Guard, the UN Assistance Coordination Office, OCHA, said 30,000 people cross back into Ukraine every day.
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The recent returnees reportedly include women with children and the elderly, compared to mainly men at the beginning of the escalation.
Challenge with emergency aid
“This significant figure suggests that migration back to Ukraine may continue to increasewhich potentially creates new challenges for humanitarian efforts, as people will need support to reintegrate into their communities or find suitable host communities if it is no longer viable to return to their homes, ”OCHA said in a statement.
Out of the 12 million people in need in Ukraine, the humanitarian has reached 2.1 million of them, and The UN $ 1.1 billion flash appeal to Ukraine is now 64 percent funded.
War rages in the east and south
The fighting is concentrated in the eastern and southern oblasts – or regions – of Ukraine, causing damage and civilian casualties and driving humanitarian needs. OCHA also reported rocket attacks in central and northern Ukraine before citing Ukraine’s State Emergency Management Agency (SESU), which said 300,000 km2 – or almost half of Ukraine – requires demining.
Auxiliary workers killed
In its latest emergency update, OCHA also reported that two humanitarian workers and five of their relatives have been killed in the eastern Donetsk Oblast.
They sought refuge in the Caritas Mariupol office when the building was allegedly hit by shots fired from a tank, probably on March 15, although the information only became available recently after the city had been cut off for weeks.
In a statement, UN aid coordinator Martin Griffiths said he was “deeply saddened” by the news of the deaths.
“Both relief workers dedicated their lives to serving others through their work for Caritas. On behalf of the United Nations and the humanitarian community, I send our heartfelt condolences to their families and colleagues, and to those of the other civilians who were killed.
“This deeply tragic and unacceptable event is just one example of the terrible consequences of this war for civilians, including aid workers.“, added the UN relief chief.
“Tens of thousands of civilians in Mariupol – which has been an epicenter of terror since the conflict began – and elsewhere around Ukraine have now endured 50 days of violence and shelling. More than 1,932 civilians have died since February 24, including more than 150 children. This must stop. “
Meanwhile, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that there are “immediate problems with food insecurity ”in almost three out of 10 oblasts with a further 11 per cent of the oblasts (who are partially exposed to fighting) expecting shortages within two months.
Rural and isolated communities have been worst affected by food insecurity, the FAO said as it announced support for farmers to plant their fields, save their livestock and produce food.
Emergency cash benefits are also planned for the most vulnerable families, including those run by women, the elderly and the disabled.
Meanwhile, OCHA also noted that Russia reported that more than 783,000 people – including nearly 150,000 children – have crossed into Russia from Ukraine since February 24th.
Recent data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) indicates that more than 4.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began. Another seven million are internally displaced.
UNAIDS warns of ‘death wave’
The war in Ukraine has resulted in the destruction and disruption of health services and logistical supply chains that hundreds of thousands of people living with and affected by HIV depend on to survive, said the UN agency, which is committed to stopping AIDS in a press release Wednesday. .
About 250,000 Ukrainians are living with HIV, and lack of access to antiretroviral therapy and prevention services would mean a wave of deaths and risk a resurgence of Ukraine’s AIDS pandemic, UNAIDS said.
“The community-led networks, which are crucial for maintaining life-saving services, need an urgent upscaling of international support. ”
More than 40 health facilities that offered HIV treatment, prevention and pre-war care services are now closed and there are different levels of service disruption elsewhere.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has this week verified more than 100 attacks on health facilities in Ukraine, while the supply routes in the country have been thrown into disarray.
An initial supply of more than 18 million doses of life-saving antiretroviral drugs provided by the US President’s AIDS Relief Plan (PEPFAR), which arrived in Lviv last week, is now being distributed in collaboration with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, and 100% Life, the largest organization of people living with HIV in Ukraine.
“If they can be delivered to the needy, the medication is sufficient to cover a six-month supply to all people living with HIV in first-line treatment,” UNAIDS said.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria also provides emergency funding to ensure the continuity of life-saving HIV and tuberculosis services.
Civil society organizations are launching “a heroic effort,” UNAIDS said, to provide vital medical supplies and HIV services to people living with and affected by HIV, including vulnerable populations.
“They reach people in extraordinary challenging locations despite the enormous obstacles. However, the civil society organizations on which this delivery and care system depends need additional international support in order to continue their work. “