EMCDDA 4 Ukraine – Health Preparedness Hub

Resource page for professionals working in the drugs field in Europe supporting people displaced from Ukraine

On this page, the EMCDDA has compiled resources for health professionals who provide services for people displaced from Ukraine to the European Union or other European Neighbourhood Area countries and Ukrainians who are internally displaced.

Last updated: 18 July 2022

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Trendspotter briefing: Responsiveness and preparedness in addressing drug-related needs of displaced Ukrainians in EU countries bordering Ukraine

(July 2022) Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, it is estimated that around 8 million people have fled the war in Ukraine, of which an unprecedented 5 million people have crossed the borders into the European Union. An unknown proportion of those displaced will have established drug-related problems and will require medical care for opioid dependence, in particular OAT, as well as for prevention and treatment of drug-related infectious diseases. In order to investigate the responsiveness and preparedness in addressing drug-related needs of displaced Ukrainians in EU countries, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction instigated a mixed-method trendspotter study to assess the initial service response to the needs of displaced Ukrainians in neighbouring EU countries. The study also identifies factors that may help EU countries to be better prepared for possible future needs in this area, either associated with further population displacement or more generally because of the vulnerabilities of those who have experienced displacement.

 Read the trendspotter briefing >>

Drug-related health services in Europe

  • Treatment for Ukrainians (information about healthcare services within Europe for Ukrainians living with HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis B or C, and those who need opioid agonist treatment)
  • European Test Finder (website that enables people to find the nearest place to get tested and treated for HIV and tuberculosis, and tested for hepatitis B and C and sexually transmitted infections, in countries across the WHO European region)

Technical guidance, tools and reports by EU agencies and international organisations

Information and support for Ukrainians

Ukraine drug- and health-related information

Contact details for EMCDDA national focal points (Reitox network)

The Reitox national focal points are the best source of drug-related information at a national level.

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey

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