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Humanitarian and Transition Assistance

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USAID/OFDA provides lifesaving humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and conflict affected vulnerable populations throughout eastern Ukraine and Kyiv Oblast.


USAID/OTI addresses the potentially destabilizing effects of the crisis in the East of Ukraine by helping local government and civil society to accommodate and integrate IDPs and by providing accurate public information via local media sources.

Current programs:

Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI)
Chemonics International Inc.
July 11, 2014 – July 10, 2017

USAID’s Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI) will complement ongoing USAID efforts to create a prosperous and stable Ukraine. The program will provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance to Ukrainian partners in support of successful, peaceful democratic transition and community cohesion in the wake of deepened social tensions and conflict the East. The program’s overarching objectives are to enable communities and government to mitigate the conflict’s destabilizing effects, and enhance public engagement in the GOU’s response to the crisis and the broader political transition. UCBI assistance will come in the form of small in-kind grants (goods, services and technical support) to a range of partners, including national and local civilian government entities, civil society organizations and community leaders.

Training, Economic Empowerment, Assistive Technology and Medical/Physical Rehabilitation (TEAM)
UCP Wheels for Humanity
October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017

Training, Economic Empowerment, Assistive Technology and Medical/Physical Rehabilitation (TEAM) improves rehabilitation support services in the country through specialized training for rehabilitation personnel, vocational and business training for IDPs and their families, and increased access to assistive devices such as prosthetics and wheelchairs.  Rehabilitation professionals, including neurologists, urologists, psychologists, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, nurses, and social workers, receive specialized training to provide better rehabilitation services in Ukraine’s hospitals.  In addition to increased access to assistive devices IDPs and their families receive job skills and business development training to get jobs and start businesses.

Improving Psychosocial Support and Mental Health in Ukraine (IPSMHU)
John Hopkins University
September 30, 2015 – September 30, 2018

The Improving Psychosocial Support and Mental Health in Ukraine (IPSMHU) activity promotes national adoption of IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, by strengthening social safety nets and integrating support systems. This activity will also strengthen the capacity of relevant local entities (governmental and non-governmental)  to apply IASC Guidelines in at least one city in eastern Ukraine and increase local capacity provide referrals to  those needing mental health and other trauma-related services.

Improving Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Conflict-Affected Populations in Eastern Ukraine
International Medical Corps
September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2017

The project works to provide psychosocial support to conflict-affected populations in eastern Ukraine. It works with the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla on developing and accrediting the psychosocial support training and curricula for psychosocial support providers. It will train providers to identify and refer people who need more specialized care to mental health professionals. The project works with local governmental and non-governmental entities in Zaporizhzhia to apply Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Guidelines to improve support for people who need recovery and rehabilitation services. The project will gauge the effectiveness treatment provided in order to encourage and facilitate subsequent expansion of these services throughout Ukraine.

Last updated: August 16, 2016

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