From Frontline to Community: Enhancing Support for Ukrainian War Veterans in Czechia

In a collaborative effort intiated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Czechia, a Roundtable unfolded on November 7, 2023, at the Strakova akademie, under the auspices of the Department of Integration and Adaptation of Refugees from Ukraine and the Department of Security Policy. The event, chaired by Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková, Government Human Rights Commissioner, and co-chaired by Štěpán Vymětal, Psychologist in the Department of Security Policy, Ministry of the Interior, Czechia, and Petr Čáp, Head of Office IOM Czechia, brought together governmental and non-governmental representatives to address the pressing issue of supporting participants in the War in Ukraine and their families.

The Roundtable served as a platform to identify capacity-building measures, mitigate mental health and safety risks, strengthen collaboration networks, integrate Ukrainian experiences into Czech practices, discuss the complexity of assistance, share best practices from community centers in Czechia, and assess the needs and sources of support. Representatives from various institutions engaged in lively discussions, exchanging concepts at different levels. IOM Ukraine shared frontline experiences, achievements, and tools applicable to tailored assistance in the Czech context.

This event marked a crucial milestone in building a resilient support system for participants in the War in Ukraine, emphasizing Czechia's commitment to providing comprehensive assistance to those who have served on the frontlines.

SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being