European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and the Italian Red Cross will bankroll around 90 mln rubles ($1.5 mln) for medical and social support for Ukrainians who fled to Russia from fighting in southeastern Ukraine, Head of the Regional Representative Office of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement of Russia, Belarus and Moldova, Davron Mukhamadiyev, said on Friday.
As he put it, around 600-700 people from Ukraine staying in Russia have not settled their legal status. "They cannot count for full medical service, especially in treating chronic illnesses, as well as tuberculosis and HIV infections," Mukhamadiyev added. As he put it, the Russian Red Cross mapped out the regions where Ukrainian citizens mostly lived - these are the Rostov, Belgorod, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Volgograd and Krasnodar Regions. It is in these regions that the Russian Red Cross will start delivering help to these people.
"We estimate the needs at around 1.5 mln Swiss francs, which is roughly 90,000 rubles. This is the minimal amount needed for comprehensive activities. We have received one third of this sum, so we can treat some of the patients," he said.
Medical service will be provided in Russia’s public health facilities. "The Red Cross will provide help so that this category of citizens came for examination, because they are sometimes afraid and think they will be ejected or won’t be treated. Our task is to improve awareness that they have access to treatment, and that we will compensate this treatment," Mukhamadiyev explained.
"It was initially planned to treat 25 TBC or HIV patients, as 10 to 12 new cases are registered among these categories of citizens each year. So, in all, there will be around 100 patients," he said.
Besides, around 200 patients with various chronic problems and disabled people will receive help from the Red Cross, Mukhamadiyev said. "We plan to enable them to receive private medical insurance and acquire medical insurance policies for them so that they could turn for medical help at a place of stay," he said.