WAR IN UKRAINE
The children and families of Ukraine have now suffered six months of devastation and displacement since the war escalated in February 2022.
Eight years of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have already taken their toll on the region. Children are caught in the crossfire of ongoing hostilities, while schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure on which they depend continues to be damaged or destroyed. With 5.2 million children in need of humanitarian assistance, children are suffering the deadly consequence of a brutal war not of their making.
Children will bear the brunt of this crisis. They need protection. Please donate to help Ukraine now.
WHAT IS THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN UKRAINE?
For the past eight years, armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has disrupted the lives of 3.4 million people, including 510,000 children, leaving them in need of humanitarian assistance.
Now, the intensifying hostilities and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 are creating an unprecedented crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the health and livelihoods of families, driving even more children into poverty. Access to quality health services is limited, and a recent polio outbreak has put even more pressure on the country’s already fragile healthcare system.
Attacks on hospitals, health centres and schools continue to put children’s health and safety at risk, while life-saving medicines, vaccines, and health services are unable to reach children in areas under active fighting.
Since the war escalated, children continue to face high risks of violence, exploitation and abuse with decreased access to protection services. The war has also left invisible wounds that must be addressed without delay through sustained efforts to prioritize children’s mental health and psychosocial needs, and build their resilience.
Ukraine’s children urgently need our help. Please give now to help Ukraine.
HOW IS UNICEF RESPONDING TO THIS EMERGENCY?
UNICEF has been responding to the conflict in Ukraine since it started in 2014, providing safe water, child protection, healthcare and education. For the past eight years, we have been at the forefront of the humanitarian response in eastern Ukraine and are well-positioned to respond to the growing crisis.
We have expertise in responding to emergencies and have staff, field offices and partners across the country.
In response to growing humanitarian needs across the country, we are scaling up our efforts by:
- Providing safe water and sanitation supplies in areas where critical infrastructure has been targeted;
- Prepositioning health, hygiene and emergency education supplies close to communities near the conflict;
- Supporting immunization and healthcare for children vulnerable to the ongoing polio outbreak;
- Protecting children through safe spaces, psychosocial care and mine risk education;
- Delivering emergency supplies to more than 60,000 people in areas affected by conflict.