More rescue supplies to follow
KYIV, 5 March 2022 – The first batch of UNICEF humanitarian supplies arrived today in Lviv, western Ukraine, from UNICEF’s Global Supply and Logistics Center in Copenhagen . He is part of a six-truck convoy containing around 62 tonnes of supplies en route to the war-ravaged country.
The supplies include personal protective equipment to protect health workers from COVID-19 as they respond to the critical health needs of children and families, as well as desperately needed medical supplies including medicines, first aid kits first aid, midwifery and surgical kits, and childhood and leisure kits.
“The situation of children and families in Ukraine is increasingly desperate,” said Murat Sahin, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine. “These supplies will help provide much-needed support to women, children and healthcare workers.”
Since the escalation of the conflict, families have taken refuge underground, cut off from basic services. Hospitals and maternity wards moved their patients to basements. Throughout the country, hundreds of thousands of people are deprived of drinking water due to damage to the infrastructure of the water supply system. The country lacks essential medical supplies and has had to halt urgent efforts to stem a polio outbreak.
An additional batch of supplies, including 17,000 blankets and warm winter clothes for children, is also on its way via Poland from the UNICEF Turkey Country Office warehouse in Mersin.
“UNICEF is working around the clock, preparing to scale up operations as soon as access and security restrictions are eased and humanitarian assistance can be deployed to the hardest hit areas,” Sahin said.
UNICEF is also scaling up its response to meet the urgent needs of children and families crossing into neighboring countries. These efforts include setting up “Blue Dot” safe spaces along transit routes for children and mothers to access services.
UNICEF Ukraine Crises Response for Children is appealing for a total of $349 million, including $276 million for its programs in Ukraine and requires an additional $73 million to help children in neighboring countries.
UNICEF renews its call for an immediate suspension of hostilities in Ukraine to allow humanitarian aid to reach those in need. Such a pause would also allow families in the most affected areas to go out to seek food and water, seek treatment or leave their homes to find safety.