187 million USD needed in 2018 to meet the humanitarian needs of 3.4 million vulnerable people including 600,000 children
Today, the Humanitarian Country Team, together with the Government of Ukraine, international and local non-governmental organizations, launched the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine and appealed to donors to contribute to the required 187 million USD to assist 3.4 million vulnerable people. Save the Children is an active member of the Humanitarian Country Team and co-leads the Education Cluster with UNICEF.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to disproportionately impact the most vulnerable. The Humanitarian Needs Overview indicates that over 4.4 million Ukrainians are affected by the humanitarian crisis, while 3.4 million of people will need assistance and protection in 2018, including 600,000 children. There are severe humanitarian needs in the areas along the ‘contact line’, both in the Government- and Non-Government Controlled Areas (GCA, NGCA). Indeed, four years since the beginning of the conflict, humanitarian assistance and protection is still urgently needed for 1.8 million people in NGCA, 600,000 along the contact line on both sides and 1 million in GCA. They are affected by the regular shelling, insecure access to education and limited access to healthcare, loss of livelihoods, serious protection concerns and very limited access to basic services all part of their day-to-day life.
One of the most vulnerable group of people affected by the conflict are children. 600,000 children are in need of education support in GCA and NGCA and 74% of schools within 15km of the contact line report the impact of the conflict on children’s ability to learn and well-being. 495,000 children are in need of protection; psychosocial support is of utmost importance for children who have been affected. Children are growing up in families affected with soaring food insecurity. The application of negative coping strategies due to lack of money to buy food has increased in NGCA from 40% to 87%. Access to healthcare is worsening with 45% of households on the contact line reporting access challenges in GCA.
The Humanitarian Response Plan focuses on critical, life-saving interventions in the most affected locations of Donbas. 2.3 million people of which 345,000 children will be targeted by humanitarian projects by a number of UN Agencies, international and local NGOs. The core objectives of the plan are to respond to the protection needs of the most affected populations, provide emergency assistance and non-discriminatory access to quality services and improve the resilience of populations to prevent further worsening of their needs.
Recovery and development actions also need to be thought of and scaled up to reduce risks and vulnerabilities, and avoid continuous negative impact of this protracted crisis on social cohesion, wellbeing and self-reliance of the most vulnerable.
The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in Ukraine is a strategic decision-making forum led by the Humanitarian Coordinator. More information: https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/
Whilst the primary responsibility for provision of assistance remains with the authorities, as per International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions, in response to the deteriorating situation, humanitarian partners continue to carry out humanitarian relief activities across Ukraine, including in non-government-controlled areas (NGCAs). Humanitarian partners are committed to basic humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.