Projects that we worked on in the past. Their support is now complete.
After the Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan), President Yanukovych and other politicians fled Ukraine. The Russian Federation refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government and illegally annexed a part of the territory of the sovereign state of Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula, and initiated the creation of self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. As a result, war broke out in the East of our country.
These tragic events caused a massive exodus of people, first from the annexed Crimea, and then from the territory of the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR. And for the first time in its history, Ukraine faced such a phenomenon as internally displaced persons (IDPs).
During 2014-2015 our organization’s office became a non-governmental volunteer headquarters for receiving and assisting IDPs. Our activities were aimed at supporting families and children, single pensioners and providing them with basic needs: from assistance in paperwork, search and rental of housing, to distribution of basic food kits, payment for medicines and psychological assistance.
Later the organization helped active representatives of IDPs who remained in Zakarpattia to create their own NGO "Donbas – Transcarpathia", which continues to deal with the most painful issues related to IDPs in the region.
For three years in a row, the Charitable Organization "Medical Aid Committee in Zakarpattya" together with the Cinemahall Film Workshop in Uzhhorod has been holding the Short Film Competition "Migration – an attempt to flee or the right to a better life?".
The aim of the Competition is to draw public attention to the existing flows of migrants and refugees. Every year thousands of people try to escape from crises and wars in the Middle East, CIS, Asia and Africa. They are forced to travel illegally, that is why Ukrainian security forces arrest thousands of them. One-sided public information, incorrect statements and actions of political forces lead to the spread of xenophobia, distorted perception and negative attitudes towards migrants and refugees. Our Competition was aimed at those who are ready to reveal at least one of the proposed topics with the help of cinematography:
Video submissions were usually accepted in October-December. In 2011, 10 video works were submitted to the Competition, in 2012 – 9. Geography of the competition works: Uzhhorod, Kyiv, Kremenchuk, Cherkasy, Zdolbuniv, Mizhhirya and Vreden (Germany). Participants include journalists, students of the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Karyi University of Theatre, Cinema and Television, and amateurs.
Based on the results of the Competition, the Festival of Short Films of the same name was held, where the audience had the opportunity to watch the competition works on the big screen. The II Festival also featured a video by the Uzhhorod Press Club, created as part of the project "Conducting awareness-raising activities in Zakarpattia and Volyn to draw attention to the situation with refugees and asylum seekers". Famous Swiss documentary filmmaker Fernand Melgar participated in the III Festival and headed the jury of the competition. In addition to the competition works, the festival screened the feature-length documentary "Special Flight".
As part of the Competition, its participants and other interested parties could attend seminars on human rights issues and master classes for filmmakers every year. These seminars were usually attended by representatives of local creative, artistic and film groups, photographers, lawyers, journalists, teachers and students of the Zakarpattia State University, Uzhhorod National University, Uzhhorod College of Culture and Arts, and the Zakarpattia Art Institute.
The presence of a significant number of spectators at the Festival, most of whom were young people, demonstrated not only the openness of Uzhhorod residents to the main theme of the event, but also their interest in such creative initiatives in society. Given that this project was initiated to draw public attention to the existing flows of migrants and refugees and the closely related issues of immigration and integration, racism and xenophobia, acceptance and tolerance, we consider this event to be successful. As a result, we managed not only to support the creative initiatives of young people, but also to give the creators the opportunity to comprehend the phenomenon of foreignness with all its human dimensions and to join in the prevention of negative social phenomena among young people.
The overall objective of the project is to develop a tuberculosis (TB) control strategy adapted to local resources and strengthen the implementation of planned actions in order to change the epidemiological situation.
The specific objective is to create local opportunities to implement a quality DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course) strategy through public awareness and professional knowledge transfer.
IEC materials distributed:
DOTS training documents:
Work with medical professionals:
In 1999, the Berehove Regional Psychiatric Hospital received from the Ministry of Defense an old military compound located on 40 hectares. This old military base is situated 13 km away from Berehove, in a place called Chikosh, on the outskirts of the village of Yanoshi.
In 2000, the Medical Aid Committee (France), with the support of the European Union (ECHO), opened the first department in Chikosh, where patients were transferred from the "Buch" department of the regional psychiatric hospital, which had suffered severe damage during the 1998 flood, and patients were crowded in the main hospital buildings, with less than 2 m² per patient.
At the same time, the attention of both the French and our organizations was drawn to the pediatric department, which was also located in unsuitable conditions. Despite the poor conditions for receiving children (both external and internal spaces are too small), the staff of this institution became the initiator of pedagogical activities.
In 2003, a new pediatric department of the Regional Psychiatric Hospital was officially opened in Chikosh.
The Medical Aid Committee (France), with the support of the Dutch funds NCDO et SON, carried out a complete reconstruction of the building, and our organization, with the support of DEZA:
The main goal was not only to improve the department, but also to create a homely environment within the department to eliminate the oppressive state of the child and to make her/his stay in the hospital more comfortable. It was about participating in changing the perception of hospitals (particularly psychiatric hospitals, which are sensitive and vulnerable places in former Soviet republics) by families and reducing inductive trauma in children...
Additionally, support was provided to the department until almost 2008 in terms of providing developmental materials and handouts, and professional accompaniment to social workers in their work with children.