From a thousand (according to a doctor working in one of Kiev hospitals) to 8-10 thousand (according to Limbs For Life) - this is how many people may have lost their limbs since the beginning of the war. The situation is exacerbated by the ongoing attacks on civilian targets. According to UN data, in the first two weeks of October alone, 507 civilians were injured, including over 30 children. The ongoing attacks on the largest cities of Ukraine are increasing the tragic balance of victims of the war with each passing day and are reminiscent of its painful consequences.
- We met many people and organizations involved in providing help, and all of them signaled the same problem - the lack of systemic solutions for people with various disabilities who found themselves in a crisis situation. This is how the idea of the Iron Help project was born, in which people with a newly acquired disability, mainly as a result of the war, will be able to peacefully and effectively rehabilitate themselves and return to society and their country - says Krzysztof Stern from Jedna Chwila Association.
The developed specialized support program for people with disabilities, created in cooperation with Polish Medical Mission, is to cover over 350 people from both Ukraine and Poland. In addition to permanent rehabilitation for people living in Poland, 10-day sports and rehabilitation camps will be organized for Ukrainian citizens living across our eastern border. Participants will be included in a training program to prepare for everyday use with a prosthesis. An important part of rehabilitation will be sports activities (conducted, among others, by Paralympians), which will help participants return to an active life in society. Each of them will also be covered by psychological care and will have the opportunity to meet with career counselors to determine the possibility of returning to work after an injury.
- We have experience in preparing prostheses for children and adults wounded as a result of the war in Syria. Each of the cases our doctors and physiotherapists have encountered is unique and requires an individual approach, including mental health. And in a similar way, we want to help now, providing all the support needed to start a new life and return to full independence - says the representative of the Polish Medical Mission, Małgorzata Olasińska-Chart