UNFPA will provide social and psychological services to gender-based violence survivors in 12 regions of Ukraine
21 April 2022
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24 psychosocial support mobile teams start to work in Ukraine to provide social and psychological assistance to gender-based violence survivors and internally displaced persons who have fled war-torn zones. The mobile teams are launched by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in coordination with the Office of Deputy Prime Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Cooperation and Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.
Mobile teams will operate in 12 cities of Ukraine – Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Poltava, Odesa, Vinnytsia, Uzhhorod, Ternopil, Chernivtsi, Khmelnytskyi, Lviv, Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk. There are 2 teams in each city. Each of the mobile teams has two specialists (psychologist and social worker) and a driver with a car. Mobile teams services are provided with the financial support of the governments of the UK, Canada and CERF (Central Emergency Response Fund).
The model of psychosocial mobile teams assistance was piloted by UNFPA jointly with its implementing partner “Ukrainian Public Health Foundation” in 2015, and successfully proven its efficiency in the east of Ukraine. Service mobility made it possible to reach out to many women who lived in settlements along the contact line and in hard-to-reach areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Later, mobile teams started service provision in other regions of Ukraine. From 2015 to the end of 2019, psychosocial assistance was provided to more than 60,000 women who survived violence.