Briefing note

Double crisis: Addressing the impact of protracted conflict and Covid-19 in Ukraine

Published 23. Jun 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating already existing protection needs and unveiling new ones. In eastern Ukraine, already exhausted by the ongoing conflict, the vulnerabilities are particularly high due to the high proportion of elderly population, damaged infrastructure and deteriorating healthcare and water supply systems. A properly resourced and coordinated response must be provided to address these systemic issues and to prevent them from been impacted beyond repair.

A recent NRC Ukraine food security and livelihoods assessment has shown that over three quarters of the 381 households interviewed in both urban and rural towns in Luhansk and Donetsk regions reported adverse socio-economic impacts resulting from Covid-19. The primary concerns cited were increases in the prices of food and hygiene items and in transport costs, as well as a loss of household income and crowded living conditions due to quarantine measures.

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