The armed conflict between the self-proclaimed authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Ukraine continues to cause major disruptions to the public health system in the government controlled areas of the Donetsk Oblast. Thousands have been injured, or killed, and over a million have been displaced.
Villages inside the buffer zone have experienced a total collapse of the health system. Access to healthcare remains severely limited for people living along the front line, due to disrupted services, and damage to infrastructure. Many of the medical facilities are still shut down and medical staff who have fled have not come back to the villages.