Red Cross Northland http://redcrossnorthland.org/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 10:30:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://redcrossnorthland.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7.png Red Cross Northland http://redcrossnorthland.org/ 32 32 Turn a new page – donate blood or platelets this fall – Chronicle Express https://redcrossnorthland.org/turn-a-new-page-donate-blood-or-platelets-this-fall-chronicle-express/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 10:30:12 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/turn-a-new-page-donate-blood-or-platelets-this-fall-chronicle-express/

American Red Cross

FINGER LAKES — On the first day of fall, the American Red Cross is asking the public to start the season with a life-saving blood or platelet donation. While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes. Those who donate this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients who rely on blood products for their care, especially ahead of the busy holiday season. Schedule a time to donate blood or platelets using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities on September 28 in Prattsburgh: 2-7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1 Church St. October 3 in Tyrone: 1-6 p.m., Tyrone Fire Department, 3600 Rte. 226

October 4 in Dundee: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 660, 10 Spring St.

October 4 at Penn Yan: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 Hamilton St.

October 5 at Hammondsport: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Hammondsport Fire Department, 8521 Rte. 54

October 6 at Burdett: 2 to 7 p.m., New Event Center, 4880 Rte. 414 As a token of appreciation, the Red Cross offers these exciting opportunities to donors:

• Everyone who comes to donate through September 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a NASCAR VIP racing experience, including two tickets to a 2023 Sport Clips Haircuts sponsored race of the winner’s choice, airfare round-trip for two, up to a three-night hotel stay, and admission to a Sport Clips Racetrack Hospitality Tent, if available, plus a $750 gift card, thanks at Sports Clips.

• All those who donate to the region’s drive-thru until September 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 gas card.

• Those who donate in September will also receive a coupon for a free haircut by email, also thanks to Sport Clips. Details are available at rcblood.org/race to give.

• Everyone who comes to donate from October 1 to October 31, 2022 will receive a $5 e-gift card by email from a merchant of their choice.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and comforts the victims; provides about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, service members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the volunteers and generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Diversity Travel enters new partnership with charity https://redcrossnorthland.org/diversity-travel-enters-new-partnership-with-charity/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:28:42 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/diversity-travel-enters-new-partnership-with-charity/

The British Red Cross has entered into a new partnership with travel management company Diversity Travel, which specializes in providing services to the charity sector and NGOs.

Under the new agreement, Diversity Travel will provide travel planning and organizational assistance to the 25,500 British Red Cross staff and 4,000 volunteers who provide humanitarian support around the world.

The British Red Cross has worked in countries and areas affected by war, natural disasters and food crises so far this year, including Ukraine, Pakistan, East Africa and Afghanistan.

Diversity Travel will offer a range of exclusive services to Red Cross staff and volunteers, including special offers on flights, accommodation and transfers, as well as access to lounge services, assistance with visas and vehicle rental.

Dorothy Brown, Chief Operating Officer for the British Red Cross, said: “The British Red Cross and the wider Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are supporting people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.

“Emergencies like these can happen anywhere, at any time. That’s why we need fast, efficient and reliable ways to get our staff and volunteers where they’re needed. We look forward to working with Diversity Travel to achieve this.

The association partners with big names in the charity sector, such as Oxfam, Save the Children and Plan International, who already work with Diversity Travel.

Sam Whittle, Commercial Director of Diversity Travel, said of its new partnership with the British Red Cross: “We are proud to support this incredible mission by finding more efficient, more sustainable and more profitable travel solutions for its workers. .

“As the leading provider of travel services to the charity, NGO and not-for-profit sectors, we will use our experience to make a real difference to the British Red Cross by supporting its relief work wherever it is.”

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Disaster relief preparedness before Hurricane Ian https://redcrossnorthland.org/disaster-relief-preparedness-before-hurricane-ian/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 01:06:00 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/disaster-relief-preparedness-before-hurricane-ian/ The American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia and Caring 4 Others are preparing for the first one to two days after the storm makes landfall in the United States

ATLANTA — Nonprofits and disaster relief teams spent much of the weekend developing plans to help Florida, Georgia and other southeastern states once the hurricane Ian made landfall.

The American Red Cross of Georgia and Caring 4 Others, Inc. are focusing on the first 24-48 hours after the storm passes. The two organizations call that first day or two the most crucial time to provide people with shelter, food and other supplies.

president of caring about others Eslene Richmond-Shockley said they have already spent days preparing for each situation.

“Planning and gathering the products, placing them to be loaded so that wherever they arrive, we can get to that place with much-needed help that they need at that time,” Richmond-Shockley said.

American Red Cross Northwest Georgia Executive Director Carla Maton said teams across the country spent much of the weekend discussing where to pre-position volunteers and contact local governments to discuss emergency shelter and evacuation.

“For any areas that are receiving a direct impact, families can’t be in their homes, we will have emergency shelters that we can set up. And then we will also open emergency evacuation shelters, so if Georgia needs to take in Floridians who need to evacuate, we can be ready to house those families,” Maton said.

Richmond-Shockley and his team spent much of Monday readying trucks with immediate disaster relief supplies

“Shovel and rakes and cleaners and all that. It’s gloves and tarps and all that kind of stuff,” she said.

caring about others plans to deploy their convoy the first day or two after Ian lands, focusing first on Florida, then switching to Georgia support depending on the storm’s path.

Both Richmond-Shockley and Maton are seasoned professionals in leading and responding to large-scale natural disasters.

I’ve been doing this since 2005 with hurricane Katrina,” Richmond-Shockley said. .”

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are already pre-positioned in Florida, with Maton preparing herself to go into direct response mode.

“I’m going down to Macon. We are moving some of our staff to South Georgia just to be pre-positioned and a bit closer to our local officials there so we can be in tune with the next steps there,” Maton said.

The two nonprofit leaders said that once their organizations meet people’s basic needs in the early days, they can move into long-term assistance and other types of assistance. They may need to bring in additional volunteers and bring in more supplies.

But just as the storm’s path continues to change, so will their response efforts to reach as many people as possible.

“The storm is still so unpredictable,” Maton said.

Both organizations encourage check their websites and download their apps for real-time information on assistance, emergency shelter, volunteer opportunities, and supply information.

And some additional advice from the Red Cross. Based on his experience, Maton said the main things people forget when they have to evacuate are medications, pet food and important documents.

Maton said to take preparing an emergency kit seriously, so you won’t be without potentially life-saving supplies later.

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The US Civil Air Patrol supports the Red Cross with flights of blood products https://redcrossnorthland.org/the-us-civil-air-patrol-supports-the-red-cross-with-flights-of-blood-products/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 10:39:56 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/the-us-civil-air-patrol-supports-the-red-cross-with-flights-of-blood-products/

The first mission carried blood to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas. The second was cleared by First Air Force’s Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) for airlift from Wichita to Aurora, Colorado.

Wichita volunteers from the Air Capital Composite Squadron drove 20 boxes, in two vehicles, from the American Red Cross processing facility in Wichita to a facility in Tulsa. The team also transported six boxes of blood to the regional facility in Wichita.

Kansas Wing also received a request for urgent transportation of blood products from the Wichita facility to the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora. Due to its weather sensitivity, the AFRCC authorized Civil Air Patrol to fly the mission on behalf of the Air Force.

Civilian Auxiliary Force

“CAP volunteers continue to meet America’s critical needs,” said Brig. Gen. Richard Dickens, vice commander, First Air Force. “We depend on their help in vital matters.”

Crew members from Air Capital Squadron and Smoky Hill Composite Squadron in Salina transported a box of blood from Wichita to Limon, Colorado, where a member of the main Black Sheep Squadron in Centennial transported the blood to the hospital.

Acting as a Total Force partner and official civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol performs missions assigned by First Air Force to rapidly respond as part of a Civil Authority Defense Support Capability to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian aid.

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OCHA Sudan: Central Darfur State Profile (updated September 2022) – Sudan https://redcrossnorthland.org/ocha-sudan-central-darfur-state-profile-updated-september-2022-sudan/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 10:05:34 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/ocha-sudan-central-darfur-state-profile-updated-september-2022-sudan/

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Background

Central Darfur State was created in 2012 and was formerly part of West Darfur State. It borders the states of West Darfur, North Darfur and Central Darfur and shares international borders with Chad and the Central African Republic. Its capital is the city of Zalingei. In the northeast of the state are the localities of North Jabal Marrah, Central Jabal Marrah and West Jabal Marrah. Access to the three localities of Jebel Marrah remained restricted by the government of Sudan until 2019, when several humanitarian missions were carried out in areas under the control of the Sudan Liberation Army – Abdel Wahid (SLA-AW ). The state witnessed conflict between government forces and SLA/AW in the localities of Jabal Marrah; conflict between SLA splinter groups, divided between those who support the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) and those who oppose it; and conflicts between pastoralist and farming communities. According to the third round of mobility tracking by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), there are 23 IDP camps and 10 neighborhoods in the state hosting IDPs.

Humanitarian overview

New displacements from Jabal Marrah, protracted displacements and lack of durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to insecurity and insufficient basic services in areas of return are the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Central Darfur. 0Unilateral ceasefires and a significant reduction in armed conflict have led to improved security and the opening of more areas of Jabal Marrah to humanitarian organisations. In these newly accessible areas, humanitarian organizations were able to visit, conduct assessments and implement humanitarian programs. However, the Kwila area in West Jabal Marrah is the only area under SLA-AW control which is currently difficult to access due to poor road conditions and lack of agreement between the two parties in conflict to grant humanitarian access.

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA’s activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.
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DeSantis declares statewide emergency as Tropical Storm Ian moves toward Florida – NBC10 Philadelphia https://redcrossnorthland.org/desantis-declares-statewide-emergency-as-tropical-storm-ian-moves-toward-florida-nbc10-philadelphia/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 22:38:35 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/desantis-declares-statewide-emergency-as-tropical-storm-ian-moves-toward-florida-nbc10-philadelphia/

Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens over the Caribbean and is expected to bring heavy rain and intense hurricane winds to the state next week.

On Friday, DeSantis initially issued the emergency order for two dozen counties, but extended the warning to the entire state, encouraging residents and local governments to prepare for a storm that could hit from large swathes of Florida.

“This storm has the potential to develop into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to be prepared,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to monitor the potential impacts of this storm.”

The National Hurricane Center said Ian is expected to strengthen rapidly in the coming days before moving into western Cuba and making landfall in Florida mid-next week with major hurricane strength.

John Cangialosi, senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said it was currently unclear where Ian would hit hardest in Florida and said residents should start preparing for the storm, including by gathering supplies for possible power outages.

“Too early to tell if this will be a Southeast Florida or Central Florida problem or just statewide,” he said. “So at this point, the right message for those living in Florida is that you need to watch the forecast and be prepared and prepared for the potential impact of this tropical system.”

The governor’s statement releases emergency protection funding and activates members of the Florida National Guard, his office said. His order emphasizes that there is a risk of storm surge, flooding, dangerous winds and other weather conditions throughout the state.

Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens over the Caribbean and is expected to bring heavy rain and intense hurricane winds to the state next week.

At a Friday press conference, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said it was time to prepare.

“No reason to panic but we want everyone to be ready,” said Levine Cava during the briefing. “Now is the time to make sure you have a hurricane plan in place.”

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez also spoke about the preparedness during a Friday afternoon briefing.

“As Miamians, we know being prepared is key,” Suarez said. “We want you to make sure you get through your hurricane supplies.”

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said Friday it was monitoring the system and also urged residents to prepare.

“The Division is working closely with our federal, state and local partners to ensure that we are prepared to provide assistance to affected areas if Tropical Depression Nine makes landfall in Florida next week,” said the director of the Emergency Management Division Kevin Guthrie in a statement. It’s critical that Floridians stay alert and prepared – it only takes one storm to cause costly or irreversible damage to your home or business.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Kelly Godsey said the storm could reach the Gulf of Mexico by late Monday or early Tuesday.

“It’s a great time to take advantage of the calm weather that’s out there now, before any tropical systems arrive, to make sure you have supplies for yourself, for your family,” Godsey said. “Know what you will do if the storm approaches your area.”

Officials from the South Florida Region of the American Red Cross said they were also preparing for the impacts.

“Our teams are coordinating with partners, reviewing our response plans, mobilizing volunteers and preparing supplies, to be ready to provide assistance, if needed,” said Florida Red Cross CEO of the South, Josett Valdez. “And we urge our neighbors to watch the storm closely and take the time to prepare.”

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AP reporter Julie Walker contributed to this report from New York.

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Deadline Approaches for Disaster Assistance – Shawnee News-Star https://redcrossnorthland.org/deadline-approaches-for-disaster-assistance-shawnee-news-star/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 12:42:09 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/deadline-approaches-for-disaster-assistance-shawnee-news-star/

FEMA

Oklahoma residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8 have just days left to apply for federal assistance. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 28.

Federal assistance can help eligible survivors pay for rent, home repair or replacement, and many other disaster-related needs, including vehicle repair or replacement, funeral expenses, medical expenses, or dental and other costs associated with disaster recovery.

If you have not applied for federal assistance, there are several ways to apply.

• Log on to DisasterAssistance.gov to submit your disaster assistance request. The website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

• Call the FEMA Helpline at 800621-3362. If you use video relay service, captioned telephone service, or other communication services, please provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to that service. Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.

• Visit the Disaster Recovery Center in Seminole County. The ground floor is located at: Seminole State College David L. Boren Library Room 105 2701 Boren Blvd. Seminole, OK 74868 Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

For the latest information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4657. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 and like us on Facebook at facebook. com/FEMARegion6.

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Corporate HR loans that can help retain talent — People Matters https://redcrossnorthland.org/corporate-hr-loans-that-can-help-retain-talent-people-matters/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 03:00:28 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/corporate-hr-loans-that-can-help-retain-talent-people-matters/

The most natural aspects that companies consider when thinking about employee well-being are the mental, emotional and physical aspects of financial well-being that are often overlooked.

In the wake of the pandemic, many organizations have renewed their focus on mental health. However, research suggests that worrying about money has a big impact on mental health. This impacts employee productivity as well as overall retention and engagement.

One of the toughest challenges facing businesses today is retaining employees and reducing attrition rates. Recent employee wellness reports have estimated that over 63% of an organization’s workforce burns out at work. Reports also suggest that over 83% of employees feel satisfied with their jobs if their organization offers a wellness program. More than 54% also want their organization to validate their financial decisions.

There is a lot of stigma around getting help for mental issues related to financial issues and employees may be hesitant or embarrassed to admit they need advice or help. It’s also because they tend to believe that finance is a private matter and don’t want to be noticed for their debt.

In times of emergency, employees usually have to run from pillar to post, from bank to bank and approach numerous financial institutions. When people face financial difficulties, they frequently seek loans from family and friends.

When an organization turns into a trusted friend or family member to its employees, it gains tremendous trust and respect in the minds of those who need it. Organizations can devise innovative methods of providing HR business loans and employee loans to ease their financial burden and help them through emergency situations.

Given this link between financial wellness and mental health, employers should consider offering a variety of financial wellness programs targeting employee retention, including:

  • Salary access on demand
  • Financial Literacy Sessions
  • Incentivize financial wellness programs to increase participation through reduced premiums and cash benefits

34% of India’s population is made up of millennials. They are often faced with life-changing events, such as getting married, starting a family, buying a house or financing their children’s education. Managing finances on a fixed income can often be difficult, especially among lower income groups. Financial stress can seep into their lives and disengage them from their professional activities as they constantly seek access to new funds to pay off old debts or pay for unexpected expenses.

Employers have a lot to gain when they have more engaged employees. By creating employee resource groups, directing employees to resources, and educating them to help them improve their financial well-being, which translates to better productivity and less stress, employers can solve this problem. problem.

Organizations must understand the needs of their employees in order to ensure their retention and, more importantly, to be a catalyst in increasing productivity and satisfaction. This is where corporate HR loans have become one of the most important tools for employee retention in recent years.

Offering on-demand salary access also gives employees a sense of security. Having a calm and stress-free mental health is essential for an organization’s productivity and happiness. It also has an impact on the reputation of an organization.

As a company that provides business loans and financial assistance to its employees, one builds a good reputation, which attracts more goodwill and hardworking people. An organization that looks after the needs of its employees and provides financial assistance like business loans builds a good reputation in the market and makes current employees proud to work there. This increases their productivity and attracts better talent.

Employee loans also have a cascading effect on an organization’s turnover. Offering easy loans to employees at their desk and introducing new loan programs by integrating them into HR policy helps to secure long-term employee engagement.

Employees become more loyal and trust these employers, which helps increase productivity and reduce attrition rates. When an employer stands by their employees during financial contingencies, it is a supreme sign of trust and a supportive attitude from employers. This greatly contributes to employee retention and reduces employee turnover.

The provision of easy loans to employees at their workstations and the integration of new loan schemes into the HR policy make it possible to ensure the long-term commitment of employees. Employees become more loyal and trust these employers, which helps increase productivity and reduce attrition rates. When an employer stands with their employees in times of financial difficulty, it is a supreme sign of trust and a supportive attitude on the part of the employer. This contributes significantly to employee retention and reduces employee turnover.

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Chinese foreign minister attends UN Security Council foreign ministers’ meeting on Ukraine_Xinhua https://redcrossnorthland.org/chinese-foreign-minister-attends-un-security-council-foreign-ministers-meeting-on-ukraine_xinhua/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 14:46:15 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/chinese-foreign-minister-attends-un-security-council-foreign-ministers-meeting-on-ukraine_xinhua/

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C, front) attends the United Nations (UN) Security Council foreign ministers’ meeting on Ukraine at the UN headquarters in New York , Sept. 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday attended the United Nations (UN) Security Council Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the Ukraine at UN Headquarters in New York.

Noting that China’s position on the Ukraine issue is consistent and clear, Wang said the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be safeguarded, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter upheld, the legitimate security concerns of all parties taken seriously and all supportive efforts. to the peaceful resolution of the ongoing crisis.

Regarding the current situation, Wang said, China has made a four-point proposal.

First, stick to the direction of promoting dialogues and negotiations. It is imperative that relevant parties resume dialogue as soon as possible, bring legitimate concerns into the negotiations and put workable options on the table in order to achieve results for peace, Wang said.

Second, joint efforts must be made to ease tensions. All parties concerned should exercise restraint and refrain from words and deeds that escalate the confrontation, Wang said, adding that the international community should play a constructive role to help ease the situation.

There is no room for trial and error when it comes to the safety of nuclear facilities, and any risk of accidents must be avoided, Wang said.

Third, the humanitarian situation must be improved. Wang said international humanitarian law must be respected in order to minimize civilian casualties.

International investigations should be objective and fair, based on facts and avoid politicization, Wang said, adding that UN humanitarian agencies should be supported to continue providing assistance to affected people.

Fourth, every effort should be made to contain the ripple effects. Wang called for joint efforts to ensure the stable functioning of the global energy market and to support UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in solving the problem of food shipments from Russia and other countries. ‘Ukraine.

Calling on countries to actively respond to China’s initiative on international food security cooperation, Wang said unilateral sanctions should not be imposed arbitrarily and developing countries should not be forced to pay the bill.

Wang stressed that the Security Council should uphold the basic principle of objectivity and justice, follow the right direction to stop fighting and promote talks, prioritize the use of mediation tools, and push forward the political settlement process.

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Attacks on hospitals and health care in Ukraine: Joint submission to the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, September 2022 – Ukraine https://redcrossnorthland.org/attacks-on-hospitals-and-health-care-in-ukraine-joint-submission-to-the-united-nations-independent-international-commission-of-inquiry-on-ukraine-september-2022-ukraine/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:08:05 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/attacks-on-hospitals-and-health-care-in-ukraine-joint-submission-to-the-united-nations-independent-international-commission-of-inquiry-on-ukraine-september-2022-ukraine/

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In a new joint submission to the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine (IICIU), four independent NGOs call on the Commission to investigate the ongoing attacks on hospitals and health workers in Ukraine perpetrated by Russian forces, which constitute flagrant violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

The four organizations – Ukrainian Health Center (UHC), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), eyeWitness to Atrocities and Insecurity Insight – highlight seven health facilities in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy that have been subjected to particular violence serious and well documented. attacks during the first month of the full-scale invasion. Since February 24, 2022, the World Health Organization has reported more than 500 attacks on health facilities, personnel and transport, killing more than 200 people. During the period March 1-21, UHC reports that five to six health facilities were attacked each day.

The organizations write:

“The evident pattern of violence against health care will continue to have serious negative consequences for the safety, health and rights of Ukrainians for many years to come. We urge the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine to investigate these violations and to ensure that the attacks on hospitals and health facilities form an important part of the Commission’s analysis of the events committed in the aforementioned regions of Ukraine between the end of February and March 2022.”

The United Nations Human Rights Council formed the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine on March 4, 2022, consisting of three human rights experts working over an initial period of one year. The mandate of the IICIU is “to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as related crimes in the context of the aggression against Ukraine by the Federation of Russia, and to establish the facts, circumstances and root causes of any such violations and abuses”, as well as “to make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to ending the impunity and ensuring accountability, including, where appropriate, individual criminal responsibility, and access to justice for victims”, among several other actions.

All attacks on health care warrant investigation and accountability. In the joint submission, the four organizations highlight seven specific facilities that were violently attacked following the large-scale invasion of Russia:

  • Makariv Primary Care Clinic (Kyiv Oblast)

    • The clinic was flattened after being attacked on March 28, following the advance of Russian troops from the north, apparently with mortar fire.
  • Adonis Medical Center (Makariv, Kyiv Oblast)

    • The pattern of attacks on Adonis Hospital and its surroundings suggests that they were damaged in a series of airstrikes, part of a series of large indiscriminate attacks from the north.
  • Vorzel Regional Center for Psychiatric Care (Kyiv Oblast)

    • The facility was occupied by Russian forces for 35 days and reportedly suffered indiscriminate shelling. As Russian troops retreated from the town, the facility was strewn with mines, its medical equipment, drugs and medical devices were looted, and all nine service cars were damaged.
  • Chernihiv Regional Children’s Hospital (Chernihiv Oblast)

    • The hospital was shelled by Russian forces on March 17. Cluster munitions appear to have been used. Fourteen civilians were reportedly killed and 21 others injured as a result of the attack.
  • Primary care centers in Kyinka (Chernihiv Oblast)

    • Both facilities were repeatedly bombed during the Siege of Chernihiv. The nature of the damage suffered suggests that the bombings were random, unrelated to specific recognizable military targets, and involved the frequent use of cluster bombs.
  • Izyum Central Hospital (Kharkiv Oblast)

    • On March 6, the facility was attacked in what appears to have been a large-scale bombing campaign. Apparently, the hospital team had also marked the hospital with a large red cross visible from the air.
  • Trostyanets City Hospital (Sumy Oblast)

    • The hospital suffered numerous attacks over the weeks, including an allegedly targeted attack on March 18, continued shelling over the following days, a stolen ambulance and Russian tanks attacking the facility.

See the full submission for more details and background on each attack. The submission is based on information gathered from a variety of sources, including open source documents, site visits conducted by the UHC, local witness statements, remote interviews with Ukrainian civil society colleagues and photo and video footage collected by the UHC with the “eyewitness”. to atrocities”.

The organizations also call on the Commission to investigate the gendered impacts of the attacks on health, as the destruction of health facilities can lead to limited access to reproductive care, forced pregnancy, mental health problems and barriers to care. prevention and specialized services for women and girls, including for victims of sexual or gender-based violence.

The widespread and systematic nature of Russia’s assault on Ukraine’s healthcare system is an extension of the strategy it deployed to devastating effect in Syria and Chechnya. To date, no one has been held accountable for these wanton violations of international law. In their new joint submission, the four organizations call on the IICIU to include attacks on health care in its ongoing investigations and recommendations into broader human rights abuses in Ukraine, and that these cases be given priority. The IICIU is due to publish its first brief report on the human rights situation in Ukraine on Friday 23 September. Each of the above incidents is detailed in the new UHC report. “Massive, brutal, deliberate: attacks on hospitals during the Russian-Ukrainian war during the first phase of the invasion”, which offers more in-depth documentation and analysis of these and other attacks against hospitals and healthcare clinics. Individual incidents can also be viewed on Insecurity Insight’s interactive healthcare attacks map.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and serious human rights violations. Learn more here.

Media Contact

Kevin Short

Media Strategy, Senior Managermedia@phr.org1.917.679.0110

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