Humanitarian needs of older women and men in government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, Ukraine January 2020 [EN/RU/UK]

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Needs Assessment Analysis January 2020

About the project

HelpAge currently runs a project titled “UHF: Emergency multi-sectoral support to conflict affected vulnerable and disabled older women and men in settlements located in the 5km zone in the GCAs locations of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts” funded by the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF).

With this project, HelpAge aims to significaly improve access to humanitarian assistance and protection for older women and men, including those with disabilities that were affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.


The needs assessment exercise was conducted in the 20 settelments in the Government Controlled Areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (Bakhmutskyi, Marinskyi, Novoaidarskyi, Popasnianskyi, Stanychno-Luhanskyi, Toretskyi, Volnovaskyi, Yasynuvatskyi) during January 2020 by HelpAge volunteers. Structured beneficiary interviews were conducted using a multidimensional Vulnerability Assessment Form (VAF). The survey covered 1,294 older people (who were pre-selected based on specific vulnerabilities), measuring their needs across income, protection, health, etc.

• 22.64% of older people were residents of Luhansk oblast, 77.36% were from Donetsk oblast

• 69.63% of total OP were older women

• 2.02% of the total number of older women and men interviewed had a registered disability. Although 74.73% of respondents had at least 1 significant or total disability according to Washington Group Questionaire (only 2.5% of which had their disability status registered).

• 10.66% were internally displaced persons (IDPs). 37.68% of which are not registered as IDPs oficially and do not receive any additional support from authorities.