This  month, staff donations will support UNICEF efforts to address the dual crises of conflict and COVID-19 and protect children in Ukraine.

UNICEF is on the ground in Ukraine ramping up assistance for children.

Children and families in eastern Ukraine have long been suffering the effects of armed conflict, and political and social unrest.

In December, UNICEF reported that limited access to essential services was threatening the mental and physical well-being of Ukraine’s children; that health services across the country were buckling under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and child poverty was increasing. Hundreds of thousands of people needed help accessing safe water to drink. With so many schools damaged or lacking resources, additional support was needed to help children continue with their education.

The situation for children has become even worse in the past weeks especially with the current military confrontation.

Working closely with UNHCR, UNICEF is also scaling up its response to provide critical support to children and families arriving in neighboring countries.  UNICEF is setting up 26 safety stations along key travel corridors, where families in transit can go for information and services.