ESE response to the crisis in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine and the resulting healthcare crisis is now the key concern of an ESE Task Force Ukraine, a joint initiative with the Ukrainian Diabetology Association and the Association of Endocrinologists in Ukraine, aiming to support Ukrainian colleagues in the care of their patients.

One area the Task Force is focusing on is the essential and life critical endocrine drug supply to Ukraine. A statement related to drug shortages has been prepared highlighting the most critical drugs, and shared with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) (Brussels, Belgium) and the World Health Organization (WHO) (Geneva, Switzerland). While supply routes have been severely disrupted and local drug production has been impacted by the destruction of production facilities and warehouses, the importation of emergency supplies is critical to continue treatments in Ukraine. This is where alerting MSF and WHO to the need is essential in allowing these organisations to take necessary action. The statement can be downloaded by all members and distributed to organisations and institutions that can support this effort.

A second area that the Task Force aims to address is the care for refugee patients, leaving Ukraine and ending up in, or transferring through, other European countries. Two aspects have been highlighted in a recent call with the WHO office:

  1. The provision of patient information in Ukrainian and Russian languages, that can help to inform healthcare professionals across Europe about the condition of the patients. ESE is developing five Emergency Cards (in English, Ukrainian and Russian) and these will be live on the ESE Support for Ukraine webpages shortly. 
  2. The mapping of endocrine specialist centers that can support the care of refugee patients, either by adapted out-patient clinics, or by providing hospital infrastructure to those who need more extended care. ESE is currently developing a digital map, where European Endocrine Centers can upload information on the support and services that they can provide to Ukrainian refugee patients. 

Our hearts also go out to the Ukrainian endocrinologists and their fellow health care providers, as well as the Ukrainian research community

We call on all members to join us in the effort to support Ukrainian colleagues and patients. ESE is providing updates on the situation in Ukraine and the response of the European endocrine community on dedicated webpages on the ESE website. Ideas and actions for support can be sent to ese-ukrainian-support@ese-hormones.org.  This may include translated patient materials as indicated above, or the offer of endocrine centers that have the capacity to host Ukrainian refugee patients.