The European Union has provided €130,000 through its Confidence Building Measures Programme, implemented by UNDP, to support the Moldovan authorities’ and local communities’ response to the needs of arriving refugees from Ukraine.
With the support of the cross-river Health Platform created under the EU Confidence Building Measures Programme, 1,500 refugees temporarily accommodated on both banks of the Nistru River will benefit from sanitary kits, including essential medicines and medication for people with diabetes, personal protective equipment, personal protective equipment, as well as beds, blankets, bed linen and pillows.
To support refugees, the Health Platform has mobilised six volunteer teams, comprising five people each. The refugees from Ukraine will also benefit from medical and psychological consultations.
The Platform has already donated ten diesel heater fans to the refugees’ distribution centre in Palanca on the border with Ukraine. The Regional Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Domestic Violence from Gagauz-Yeri, offering shelter to refugees, received 20 units of equipment and household appliances, making accommodation more comfortable.
“We, in the European Union, are truly impressed by the overwhelming solidarity of the Republic of Moldova, from ordinary citizens to local and central authorities, with the people who fled the country as a result of the aggression against Ukraine,” said Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova. “The EU is committed to providing continuous support for the people of the Republic of Moldova, especially in this difficult time.”
In addition, the Programme will involve teachers, psychologists, and educators from the cross-river Education Platform to organise educational activities for around 250 children from Ukraine.
The Confidence Building Measures Programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP, contributes to building trust between residents on both sides of the Nistru River by involving them in joint development projects.
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