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Essential humanitarian supplies reach children in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine with Government of Switzerland support – UNICEF

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KYIV/DONETSK, 21 April 2018 - A UNICEF convoy carrying essential humanitarian supplies has reached the non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, with the support of the Government of Switzerland.

The UNICEF supply convoy delivered 28 metric tons of essential hygiene items last week to benefit the most vulnerable population including babies, young children and people living with disabilities. These supplies will be distributed for use in kindergartens, schools, hospitals and homes in Donetsk and nearby towns for use by approximately 6,200 people, including more than 4,700 children.

The delivery of supplies comes amid continuing attacks on water and sanitation infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, which threaten children’s access to safe water, and increase the risk of families relying on contaminated water sources and unsafe sanitation. The situation is especially difficult for people along the Contact Line – dividing government- and non-government-controlled areas, and where fighting has been most severe. Families in these areas live under the constant threat of being cut off from safe drinking water provided by large facilities, such as Donetsk Filter Station, which have been targeted in the hostilities.

In January 2018, the Swiss Confederation, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), allocated CHF 500,000 (or USD 508,000) to UNICEF to support children and families living in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine with winterization assistance. In addition to the essential supplies delivered, the funds were used to distribute winter clothing and shoes to 600 vulnerable children in the non-government-controlled parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The funds will also support the installation of 60 water tanks and 70 boilers in schools and kindergartens in Donetsk region.

UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, Giovanna Barberis, acknowledged the Swiss contribution. “Living conditions for children and families caught in the conflict zone continue to deteriorate,” she said. “The generous contribution made by the Government of Switzerland will help bring relief to the most disadvantaged children, and ensure more people have access to essential water, sanitation and hygiene programs in eastern Ukraine.”

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For more information, please contact:
Nina Sorokopud, UNICEF Ukraine   +380 50 388 2951