Open letter from civil society and community networks on WHO health response to the war of Russia against Ukraine

The letter on the need to strengthen support in Ukraine preparing for escalation was sent out to WHO.

Regional and global public health professionals and community and civil society activists, call on WHO to make a strong statement on Ukraine, with clear public health messaging and a bold plan to support people in need and mitigate human suffering that will come with the escalation of the Russian military activities in the Eastern part of Ukraine and Donbas region in particular. The letter appeals to WHO as per its mandate to respond accordingly: to increasingly support the national health response to the military action on Donbas in the coming days, to intensify its support to Eastern Ukraine involving the Ministry of Health of Ukraine as well as civil society in Ukraine and the region.

An appeal to WHO was signed by 18 civil society and key populations regional networks.