Thousands of chronic disease patients die in Ukraine

WHO says few hospitals are functioning due to the Russian invasion leaving many without access to life-saving healthcare
Reuters Health
Ukrainian children with cancer and other chronic illnesses are transferred for treatment in Poland. Photo: Getty.

At least 3000 people have died in Ukraine because they have been unable to access treatments for chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, according to the WHO.

The global health agency has documented some 200 attacks on the country’s healthcare facilities, and few hospitals are currently functioning.