150th day of Russian invasion of Ukraine

Cities and villages have been destroyed, we have innocent victims and millions of displaced people. Russia takes in Ukrainian children, distributes Russian passports, imposes Russian culture in educational institutions, and creates filtration camps. Despite such long-lasting horrors, Ukrainians do not give up. The war brings some values to the peak – humanity, honesty, goodness, and mutual help.

When you see dead and maimed children every day as a result of terror, you become exhausted psychologically. Despite the emotions that come with struggle, tears, and despair, you understand that you can’t lose heart. You understand that there are people and children who have it worse. They have their own war, a war with incurable diseases.

The war has taught these people to be afraid, and they do not have proper access to medical services and medicines. Other people adapted to a new way of life, and worldview. However, medical and palliative care services are provided to people with a terminal illness and their family members. The government continues to provide financial support for inpatient and mobile palliative care services for kids and adults. The National Health Service plans to create separate packages of medical guarantees for hospice care services.

In the frontline areas, institutions and enterprises that provide services are already equipped with storage facilities and the necessary technologies. There is an extreme shortage of personnel providing services. The audit and self-audit of services and specialists are not well developed in Ukraine. The recipients of services did not have a developed network. People and families who went to European countries and developed countries of the world can see the difference in quality and quantity of services. If some of these people are going to return to Ukraine, they will demand quality and comprehensive services.

There are still a lot of steps required in the audit of services. The best auditors will be recipients of services who return from abroad. Healthcare professionals and stakeholders should prepare now. But there is still a lot of destruction, blood, and death ahead. We do not know how long this aggression will last. We do not know how quickly the affected regions will be rebuilt. Will they become depressed? Will people continue to leave? But we know that we should show care for every person who needs it. In international cooperation, we should build a palliative care system. The values that the war brought to the crest of the wave – humanity, honesty, goodness, mutual aid are the values required in palliative care.

Sometimes the mind asks for rest. This is war. We have to survive as a nation.

We are becoming kinder, and braver, we are forming as a society. #StopWarinUkraine

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