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Desk Review: Support for People with Substance Use Disorder in Ukraine During the War

Developed by Ukraine ITTC

Published on 8/29/2022

War in Ukraine has inevitably led to the country's health system functioning at reduced capacity. Attacks near hospitals and active military operations forces people to change their place of residence and flee from the war to safer regions of the country or go abroad as refugees. As a result, vulnerable populations are unable to safely attend healthcare facilities to receive substitution treatment and specialized support services.

The purpose of research is providing an insight into the current state and key issues of provision of special medical care and support services for people with substance use disorder in Ukraine during war. Research based on desk review that involves collecting and synthesizing available information to gain understanding of the current state of the problem, identify appropriate policy and operational responses.

More than 40 documents were selected for analysis including journal articles, analytical reports, information published by state authorities, statistical surveys of international institutions, as well as reports of non-governmental organizations and online articles.

Results of the desk review demonstrate that from February 24, when Russia launched an undisguised military aggression against Ukraine, more than 6 million people left the country, and more than 7 million moved to other regions of the country. Among them are people with substance use disorder (SUD) who are particularly vulnerable in resettlement and are at risk of losing access to services and treatment.



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