Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine  – Hub

As a public health organisation operating in the WHO European region, ECL is greatly saddened and deeply concerned about the escalating conflict in Ukraine and the impact that this is having on civilians, healthcare professionals, aid workers and their health.

We are utterly shocked and appeal for a speedy and peaceful end to hostilities. Our thoughts are with all those directly affected. We stand in solidarity with all those who are working tirelessly on the ground to help others in need.

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is heavily impacting people with health issues and cancer patients.  Many Ukrainian people living with cancer have to leave hospitals and their homes, and therefore no longer have access to treatment. Lack of access to care is putting many lives at risk.

  • ECL does not have a member league in Ukraine as no such league yet exists, but we are in regular touch with our youth ambassadors and counterparts in Ukraine to ensure they are safe.
  • We have reached out to our member leagues, partners and collaborators in neighbouring countries to identify specific and most urgently needed help.
  • We are in active discussions with WHO/Europe and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assess how civil society organisations can be best mobilised to provide support to Ukraine and bordering states.
  • We are aligning with the European Commission and the European Cancer Organisation (E.C.O.) on reaching a better understanding of current capacities and emerging needs, and on coordinating support from the cancer community.

This page features resources and announcements from cancer leagues within ECL’s membership and network of partners and collaborators and will be regularly updated as we receive more resources.

ECL’s Activities related to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine


APRIL 2022

MARCH 2022

  • ECL published a Twitter thread with its public response.
  • ECL joined the ECO-ASCO Special Network on the Impact of the War in Ukraine on Cancer.
  • ECL reached out and met with representatives of the Migration Health Division of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • ECL facilitated a meeting between Youth Cancer Europe (YCE) and cancer leagues in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
  • ECL actively participated in the WHO/Europe’s special meeting dedicated to ‘Supporting the coordinated response to managing cancer care needs among refugees from Ukraine across Europe’.
  • ECL actively participated in the European Commission’s information-sharing and coordination webinars in support of Ukraine, neighbouring EU Member States, and Moldova.
Looking for country-specific info? See Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine hubs of national cancer societies! 

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