The ad astra vita project wishes to express its support for, and solidarity with, the people of Ukraine during this horrendously difficult time, and for all the humanitarian initiatives underway to provide support and aid during the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.

Even though we may be far away, we can still contribute through offering our support and donations, and perhaps even providing tangible support to Ukrainian refugees.

For ways to help and support, visit: https://ukrainians.org.au/.

For accurate and reliable information regarding the conflict and the current state of affairs, these websites can be helpful:

World Health Organisation (WHO): Emergency in Ukraine https://www.who.int/emergencies/situations/ukraine-emergency. This page contains links to further information together with the latest situation report.

Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) ‘War in Ukraine’ website: https://war.ukraine.ua/.

For ABC News updates on the war in Ukraine, visit the ABC News website: https://www.abc.net.au/news/world/ (specific articles can be easily located by searching on ‘Ukraine’).

An ‘Understanding Ukraine’ Summary Sheet kindly provided by our Global Humanitarian Advisor Chris Piper from TorqAid – www.torqaid.com/understanding-ukraine.  This gives a useful overview of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, as well as in surrounding countries (viz-a-viz refugees).

If you would like to make a donation to aid agencies, here are some reputable options:

WHO Health Emergency Appeal for Ukraine: https://www.ukraine.who.foundation/.

UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency): https://www.unrefugees.org.au/.

UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) Ukraine Emergency Appeal: https://www.unicef.org.au/landing-pages/ukraine-emergency-appeal.

Emergency Action Alliance Ukraine Emergency Appeal (15 charities working together): https://emergencyaction.org.au/. This appeal is also being supported by the ABC: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/abcgives/ukraineappeal/.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ukraine Emergency Appeal: https://msf.org.au/donate/ukraine-crisis. The healthcare system is one of the early casualties of natural disaster and war, and access to basic healthcare and medicines, especially for people with chronic medical conditions, can become difficult to impossible, with potential dire outcomes. MSF is working to help fill this urgent need, as is the WHO.

Published by the ad astra vita project

The ad astra vita project aims to promote global space life sciences and health networking, including an annual international conference which is diverse, inclusive, and accessible, provide a resources portal related to medicine in austere and extreme environments, and offer a space health consultancy. It is a philanthropic not-for-profit initiative.

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