Since the conflict in eastern Ukraine started more than 6 years ago, around 2.7 million people have continued to live in settlements close to the contact line. The infrastructure in these rural areas is poor: many communities lack medical institutions, pharmacies, shops and schools, and public transport does not run on a regular basis.
During the coronavirus pandemic, these settlements, mostly inhabited by older people, have become even more isolated. Thanks to EU humanitarian funding, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found innovative ways to help social and medical workers reach the most vulnerable among the population.
*All names have been changed for protection reasons.
Story by Nadiia Shostak and Victoria Andrievska, UNHCR.