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- Humanitarian Bulletin: Ukraine | Issue 23 | 1 November – 31 December 2017
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Displacement, aid delivery issues, and different strategies are all feeding a raging epidemic
Every month or so, health project manager Yulia sets off on an arduous 24-hour, 100-kilometre journey across eastern Ukraine’s “contact line” from Severodonetsk to the rebel-held city of Luhansk. It is the front line not only of a conflict that has claimed more than 10,000 lives since early 2014 but also of one of Europe’s worst HIV epidemics.
Highlights for 2017
UNICEF provided psychosocial support (PSS) to 105,051 boys and girls living in conflict-affected areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions including 89,569 in government controlled areas (GCAs) and 15,482 in nongovernment-controlled areas (NGCAs)
Throughout 2017, UNICEF ensured access to safe drinking water to over 1.45 million people in eastern Ukraine.
Four years into the violent conflict in eastern Ukraine, 500,000 children remain in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.1 Daily breaches of the ceasefire agreement have left more than 200,000 children and their families at risk of regular physical violence.2 Since the beginning of the conflict, more than 700 educational facilities and 130 medical points have sustained damage due to shelling.3 Ceasefire violations also frequently damage and disrupt critical water, sanitation, electrical and heating infrastructure, challenging access to safe drinking water for 3.4 million people in …
• UNICEF has established 11 parenting rooms in health facilities of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts along the contact line. More than 7,000 children and their parents have benefited from these services.
• During the reporting period, UNICEF provided psychosocial support to over 13,700 children on both sides of the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policymakers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
The information presented covers two main areas: humanitarian needs and assistance in 2016, and humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities.
• As winter approaches, continued hostilities and indicators of deliberate targeting of strategic pipelines and water treatment facilities in South Donbass put the lives of almost 1.2million people, including 220,000 children, at risk.
• To ensure continued access to learning in the conflict-affected area, UNICEF provided education and early childhood kits to over 13,000 children in the non-government controlled areas.
Food insecurity levels doubled in both GCA and NGCA with up to 1.2 million people found to be moderately and severely food insecure.
Cash or voucher value has been increased from UAH 550 to UAH 700 per person/month from October onwards to reflect the increase in food prices.
The conflict has threatened to unravel much of Ukraine’s progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, especially in the east, which has one of the highest rates of HIV and tuberculosis in Europe.
From January to August 2017, WFP assisted 144,500 beneficiaries including 17,000 through cash-based transfers (CBT), and 127,500 through in-kind food assistance.
Humanitarian access to NGCA remains challenging, WFP continues to operate through local and international partners addressing the needs of those severely food insecure. In Luhansk NGCA, activities will be terminated in mid-September due to imposed limitations by de-facto authorities to conduct monitoring of food assistance as per WFP requirements.
A three- day “window of Silence” observed from 21st August, enabled repairs of critical water infrastructure, restoring the provision of clean water and ensuring winter warmth for over 70,000 people including 14, ooo children in Toretsk.
UNICEF continued to provide access to safe water and sanitation, reaching over 43,000 people in the Eastern Conflict Area (ECA) through water- trucking and emergency repair of conflict damaged infrastructure.
An agreement was reached on 19 July in Minsk by all parties to the conflict to create safety zones around critical civilian infrastructure including water installations. However the number of ceasefire violations increased over the last two weeks of July.3
UNICEF reached almost 335,000 children and their caregivers with life -saving Mine Risk Education (MRE) through dissemination of child friendly content through electronic media.
Since the outbreak of the armed conflict in the eastern Ukraine and the events in Crimea more than three years ago, large-scale population movements were observed in the country. The UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reports over 2 million displaced, including 1,2 million internally displaced persons. Estimates indicate that about 70% of the internally displaced people are women.
From January to June 2017, increased violence on both sides of the contact line resulted in civilian infrastructure repeatedly damaged in the line of fire. At least 78 water related incidents were reported, 27 more than from January to June in 2016, which threatened access to water for over 1.8 m people including 400,000 children. At least 67 conflict-related civilian deaths and 308 injuries were also reported.
WFP Ukraine is facing severe funding constraints. USD 19.4 million is urgently required to ensure the provision of food assistance to food insecure people living in eastern Ukraine through to the end of 2017.
The May Food Security and Livelihood Cluster’s analysis highlights the serious impact conflict has had on the economy with the level of poverty by actual cost of living seeing an increase in both Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
• Violence continues on both sides of the ‘contact line’ with severe shelling on 2June cutting off the power supply to the Donetsk Filter Station that provides water to nearly 345,000 people.
• The South Donbass Water Pipeline which supplies water to over 1.1m people including 400,000 children was also shelled, resulting in the temporary halt of its operations.
• In response to the water cuts, UNICEF provided almost 60,000 litres of safe water to almost 10,000 people who had no water for four days during the first week of June.
70 YEARS AND COUNTING
Seven decades ago, the world was recovering from a devastating world war. For millions of child survivors of that war, peace still encompassed a landscape of significant challenges and damaged futures. UNICEF was created to help those children – no matter who they were, no matter where they were from. The only thing that mattered for the nascent organization was achieving results for children in need.
New Analysis from Leading Humanitarian, Development and Global Health Organizations Calculates the Devastating Human Costs of Cuts to Foreign Assistance
Violence escalated in May in Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka Debaltseve, Kominternove, Horlivka and Shyrokyne, affecting access to water and electricity supply for over 350,000 people;
• The conflict in eastern Ukraine continued to disrupt water and electricity infrastructure, interrupting access to water for nearly 1.2 million people, including approximately 166,000 children, in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
• UNICEF trucked water to 12 settlements inside the 15km zone along the ‘contact line’, ensuring access to drinking water for 13,000 people.
• UNICEF continued to advocate for 200,000 children living along the ‘contact line’, seeking urgent funding to provide life-saving psychosocial support to children.
A fire at an ammunition depot near Balakliya, Kharkiv oblast, led to explosions that lasted several days, resulting in the death of one woman and two people injured as well as the temporary displacement of nearly 30,000 people, including 3,500 children. Almost 8,000 children missed school for several days as they had to be relocated.