162 MILLION USD NEEDED IN 2019 TO MEET THE HUMANITARIAN NEEDS OF 3,5 MILLION MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE INCLUDING 700,000 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 162 million USD to assist 3.5 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 5.2 million Ukrainians are affected by the humanitarian crisis, while 3.5 millions of people will need assistance and protection in 2019, including 700,000 children. There are severe humanitarian needs in the areas along the ‘contact line’, both in the Government- and Non-Government Controlled Areas (GCA, NGCA). 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 that are part of people’s day-to-day life.
One of the most vulnerable group of people affected by the conflict are children. 700,000 children are in need of education support in GCA and NGCA and 74% of schools within 20km of the contact line report the impact of the conflict on children’s ability to learn and well-being. Every child is 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 has increased in NGCA from 40% to 87% due to lack of money to buy food. 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 700,000 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.
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.
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, well-being and self-reliance of the most vulnerable.