Humanitarian map of Donbas – new research
Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center and Dopomozhemo TV presented an updated Humanitarian map of Donbas, which shows the needs of ATO area residents and IDPs. It is based on research made by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).
On June 23, during the roundtable meeting on "A year since the conflict started: Humanitarian map of Donbas civilians' needs and blocking of humanitarian aid", the research results were discussed by representatives of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center, World Food Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), International Red Cross Society, representative of Presidential Envoy in Children Rights, human rights activists, and NGO representatives.
The level of people's needs in non-government-controlled areas of Donbas remains high. According to the research results, 52% of respondents require medications, 41% – food products, 34% – household goods. The most distressed situation is observed in Stakhanov, Rovenky and Dzerzhynsky. 80% of respondents in Stakhanov said that they required food, medications, and hygiene products, – Daryna Pyrogova, KIIS expert, announced during the presentation of sociological research.
62% of residents, living in non-government-controlled areas, find it difficult to live there, but possible to handle, 32% residents note that over the last week the situation in their settlement has worsened, which is due to activization of military actions.
According to the research data, 29% of residents from 27 towns left their settlements.
Less and less people express their willingness to leave the hometowns: 93% are not going to leave, 4% would like to move, but don't have a possibility. 12% of respondents tried to leave once, but were forced to come back.
One of the new research aspects is a set of questions regarding psychological condition of people, living on non-government-controlled areas of Donbas. 93% of respondents experienced a traumatic event since the beginning of Donbas conflict and/or complain about at least one symptom, which is related to psychological war trauma".
Over 6 months the awareness of assistance provided by Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center increased by 20%: from 58% to 78%.
"A year ago, when the Humanitarian Center was established, Rinat Akhmetov set a goal to help Donbas civilians, who got in trouble due to the war, and that is why it was very important for him to provide targeted assistance to those, who need it the most. This corresponds to the principle of effectiveness the Humanitarian Center is guided by. Humanitarian map helps to see the pain points and the needs of people. And that is exactly where we are sending our aid to. We are where our fellow countrymen are, this is the philosophy of Rinat Akhmetov and philosophy of the Humanitarian Center, – Rimma Fil, the Coordinator of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center, emphasized.
"All the international organizations and Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center faced the situation that during 15 days they couldn't deliver humanitarian aid for civilians across the contact line. Once again, we need clear and transparent rules for humanitarian aid delivery, we need a separate checkpoint for humanitarian aid", – she stated.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs agrees with opinion of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center's Coordinator. "The matter of access remains relevant. For the humanitarian aid to be provided on time, it is necessary to have several corridors and also simplify the procedure of humanitarian aid arrangement. We hope that soon the changes will be made in the normative acts", – Oleksandr Ovdiyenko, the representative of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, emphasized.
In October 2014 Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center and Dopomozhemo TV for the first time presented the Humanitarian Map of Donbas, which shows the needs of ATO area residents and IDPs. It is based on the research of Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS). They have conducted 5 researches since the creation of humanitarian map. The humanitarian map is used by Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center and international organizations for planning humanitarian aid for Donbas civilians.
The research, presented during the roundtable meeting, was made by order of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center and Dopomozhemo TV from the 2nd till the 14th of June, 2015. 2,101 respondents older than 18 were polled through telephone and computer interviewing - CATI. Residents of 27 towns of Donetsk and Luhansk regions participated in the surveying.