As Ukraine takes back territories in Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts that have been devastated by war, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are witnessing the serious medical and humanitarian needs. People have gone without health care and medicines for over nine months and healthcare structures and pharmacies remain badly damaged. Elderly people are especially impacted by this, as well as people in need of medicines for non-communicable diseases and chronic conditions. Many people have endured months of extremely difficult conditions and fear for their lives and now suffer from stress, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
MSF teams have been working in areas of Kherson oblast since June. We are operating mobile clinics focused on basic health care, treatment for non-communicable diseases, and mental health. MSF ambulances also transfer patients to hospitals and between medical facilities around Kryvyi Rih and in the areas of the Kherson oblast that are under Ukrainian control. Apart from Ukrainian state actors and volunteers, there remain very few international organizations in recently re-taken areas of Kherson and Mykolaiv.