The War in Ukraine Is a Reproductive Health Crisis for Millions

Medication is now hard, if not impossible, to access because supplies have been depleted or destroyed and logistical chains broken, says Maistruk. Terminals and storage are generally located near Kyiv, Ukraine’s most populous city. “Now everything is in very poor condition. Unfortunately many companies lost the possibility to transport,” she says. Some health care workers have fled for safety, including Maistruk, who recently left Kyiv to go west. Her husband stayed behind to continue work in a maternity hospital. Emergency supplies are short: oxygen, blood, antibiotics, antiseptics—all of which can be ​​critical in emergency obstetrics.

And a family’s needs don’t stop once the baby is safely born. “The women stay

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