Threats to Ukraine’s health security
Health security is directly proportional to the sovereignty of the state and the abil lity to provide health services in its area. Conflicts and wars are inextricably linked to the spread of diseases and the deterioration of health security.
More than three years of conflict in Ukraine has contributed to the occurrence of many health security threats. These include, among others, impeded access to health services (closing at least 160 healthcare facilities) with an increased demand for such services, attacks on medical personnel, lack of access to basic medicines (including the lack of vaccines causing the loss of control over the occurrence of infectious diseases) and medical supplies, the inability of humanitarian aid to reach all the areas controlled by the insurgents.
Threats to Ukraine’s health security may have consequences in the form of cross-border threats to public health. They pose challenges faced by the World Health Organization, along with other specialized agencies of the United Nations and partners in providing humanitarian aid.