Armed conflicts destroy families, children witness horrific events and experience psychological trauma that affects their development and adult life. Trauma is further exacerbated by disruptions of supplies of food and water. The diet loses its balance, and in some cases, people may starve. These factors affect the physical, mental and intellectual development of children leading to mental, post-traumatic stress disorders and food-related diseases.
The most common diseases are caused by nutrient deficiencies and digestive disorders (deficiency anemia, rickets, hypovitaminosis and hypomicroelementosis, gastritis and duodenitis, dyspancreatism, intestinal infections, etc.) Psychological trauma results inpost-traumatic stress disorders such as neurosis, psychosomatic illness including, psychosomatic enuresis (urinary incontinence), and anxiet, as well as problems with learning, attention andability to remember information.
Addressing these war-related conditions is difficult not only because of the violence, but also becausethere is a catastrophic shortage of doctors, equipment and medicines in the villages and towns of Ukraine. The situation is even worse in the regions directly affected by hostilities. In fact, people are left without the opportunity to receive the most necessary medical care.