Maidan Trauma Care Project
The Trauma Care Project and Maidan Support Fund
Momentous events has happened in Kyiv and throughout Ukraine. What started as a protest by students in favor of an associate agreement with the European Union, turned soon into a people’s uprising against an autocratic and corrupt regime. The revolution came at a very high cost. Thousands of demonstrators were wounded, some losing eyes or limbs, and at least one hundred activists were shot dead.
Although the battle in Kyiv has ended now, this does not mean that the Maidan medical team does not need support. While their work can now gradually be taken over by regular medical services, both in Ukraine and abroad, the main challenge is now to set up trauma support to take care of all those traumatized by the events: the activists who fought at the front line and saw their buddies being wounded or killed, the relatives of the dead, but also the volunteers themselves of the Maidan medical teams, who experienced the horror with their own eyes.
The Trauma Care project is focused on helping those dealing with trauma and grief by providing specialized trauma care, offered by experts from the region who know the circumstances and environment, and who speak the language of those affected.
The current project is based on a collaborative effort with the following partners:
Ukrainian Psychiatric Association, Kyiv, Ukraine
Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Through the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry, expertise will be sought from one of its main partner organizations in Georgia, the Georgian Center for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, an organization that during its long existence worked both at the front line during military conflicts in Georgia, and with victims of torture by state institutions (demonstrators, prisoners, etc.). Their experts have both an understanding of the needs, of post-Soviet reality and know the Russian language. In addition experts will be brought in from the Global Initiative on Psychiatry-Tbilisi (GIP-Tbilisi), which has a long experience in working in this field and have among its staff experts in psychotrauma care.
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