On 8 March 2022, the following statement was made by the International Psychogeriatric Association and World Psychiatric Association, concerning the war in Ukraine: The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and World Psychiatric Association (WPA) have come together in support of protections of Older Persons’ Human Rights in times of crisis. The unprecedented and escalating conflict in Ukraine has created a catastrophic and life-threatening situation for hundreds of thousands of people who have fled or are attempting to flee the country seeking safety. During such a turbulent time, leaders of IPA and WPA are very sensitive to and deeply concerned about the health and safety of older persons in Ukraine. The crisis created by this conflict is likely to disproportionately affect older persons, particularly those who live with physical and mental health conditions, and psychosocial disabilities. Ensuring continued access to essential care and medications for older persons will be critical as the violence continues and intensifies.
We are grateful to the following organisations, who are working to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and to refugees in surrounding countries:
• World Health Organization - WHO is working with both Ukraine and its neighbours to ensure essential medical supplies and equipment reach those in need.
• Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders - MSF is shipping supplies to Ukraine and providing emergency response services to those affected by the conflict.
• International Red Cross/Ukraine operations - The Switzerland-based international organisation is supporting the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross, including emergency assistance to families and health care facilities alike.
• UN Refugee Agency - The international organisation is providing emergency assistance to families in Ukraine, including cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement.
Our greatest desire is for peace, and we stand in solidarity with so many around the world in calling for an immediate end to the violence.