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⚕️💻⚕️ Virtual healthcare in crises: solutions from Ukraine

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Empty hospital beds line the hallways of the Kyiv Regional Perinatal Centre, Ukraine, on 7 March 2022. As hospitals are disrupted or destroyed, online healthcare services can mitigate gaps. (Credit: UNICEF/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 82 attacks on healthcare in Ukraine since 24 February. The country’s virtual healthcare services, already strong from the pandemic, have stepped-up in response.

Online healthcare has provided a crucial lifeline to thousands of Ukrainians as the war imposes physical and psychological trauma on those caught up in its fury and medical facilities restrict access, shut, or are reduced to rubble.

Attacks on healthcare facilities have killed at least 72 people and injured at least 43, the WHO’s director general said on Wednesday. In a recent attack on 9 March, the Russian military targeted and destroyed a maternity hospital in Mariupol.

Approximately half of Ukraine's pharmacies are thought to be closed, according to the UN, while many health workers are displaced themselves or unable to work. Ukraine’s digital healthcare infrastructure, bulked up during the pandemic, has aided the country’s resilience under the latest phase of the war.

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