The war in Ukraine continues to rob children of their stability and safety, their schools, friends, family and homes. When the war escalated, armed violence intensified in at least eight oblasts (regions) resulting in death, injuries, and mass displacement of people from the south and eastern parts of Ukraine to the west and to neighboring countries. Impeded access was an immediate challenge, as was continued shelling and violence. Of the millions of people who fled across the borders during the first weeks and months, 90 percent were women and children. For others, life continued underground -in subways and cellars, and basements, often in freezing conditions. UNICEF’s decades of experience working in conflicts around the world and your generous support has equipped the organization to adapt and respond effectively in Ukraine.
With your support, UNICEF has ensured access to essential primary health care services for 1.5 million children and women in 2023. Additionally, this year 552,862 children and caregivers have accessed mental health and psychosocial support and 67,661 households were reached with cash transfers. This past month alone UNICEF has ensured access to safe water for 382,968 people, for a total of 2,772,764 people supported this year.
On behalf of the children of Ukraine, we express our deepest gratitude for your support of UNICEF’s work. Your generosity has been and will continue to be essential to UNICEF’s ability to reach the most vulnerable children, the most crisis-affected children and the forgotten children suffering the unthinkable effects of war.
*Photo caption: April 27 2023, Spilno Child Spot at Kyiv, Ukraine. A mother brought her baby to vaccination.
During World Immunization Week from 24 to 30 April, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health mobile vaccination teams offered children and adults an opportunity to receive vaccines at more than 30 UNICEF Spilno Child Spots across Ukraine. Vaccines received on schedule, or as catch-up doses, will help ensure protection from highly infectious and dangerous diseases.
To help the Government of Ukraine, UNICEF continues to supply vaccines and upgrade of cold chain. . On 25 April, UNICEF provided the Ministry of Health with six large refrigerator vehicles for vaccine transportation.
Earlier in April, UNICEF delivered 543,000 doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) and 110,160 doses of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to protect Ukrainian children against the deadly disease. In addition, 35,200 doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) was delivered in March.
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