Coordinating healthcare needs for Ukrainian refugees

Coordinating healthcare needs for Ukrainian refugees

In the past year, Slovakia became home to approximately 130 thousand Ukrainian refugees. Slovak parliament approved legislation that made life for them easier: measures related to health care, benefits, getting a job and more. These, however, also need to be coordinated within the wider European area. Sharing experiences and best practices among the countries receiving Ukrainian refugees was the topic of an international symposium that took place in Bratislava in mid April 2023.

The scale of the emergency in Ukraine and the response it demands is greater than anything seen in the European Region for decades, reads a report by the World Health Organisation on its response to the Ukraine crisis. The WHO has a strong presence in neighboring countries to Ukraine and is coordinating with authorities, supporting health systems, providing technical support, and collaborating with UN agencies and partners. Zuzana Botiková discussed this in more depth with Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, the WHO’s Regional Emergency Director for Europe.

WHO G. Rockenshaub Máte problém s prehrávaním? Nahláste nám chybu v prehrávači.

In Slovakia, persons who are granted temporary refuge and do not have public health insurance have the right to receive urgent medical care and necessary medical care as defined by the Ministry of Health. Necessary medical care includes treatment by the ambulance service, the emergency medical service and consultations with a general practitioner, including preventive health care and vaccinations.
Zuzana Botiková, Photo: TASR

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