UNICEF requires US$ 5.2 million to continue meeting the humanitarian and recovery needs of children and communities affected by the recent crisis and ensure sustainability of its response through the cold winter
In June 2010 a wave of deadly violence began in the multiethnic cities of Osh and Djala-Abad in southern Kyrgyzstan. The conflict had acute and pressing humanitarian consequences for as many as 1.1 million people, of which 400,000 are estimated to be children. With buildings destroyed, many families are still living with host families or relatives in cramped and difficult conditions or in tents in the vicinity of their destroyed houses. The crisis further exacerbated chronic deficiencies in medical care and the availability of essential equipment and medical supplies. With the winter already approaching, absence of proper heating systems at school and homes will contribute to the increase of Acute Respiratory Infection and pneumonia among children. Due to te violent events, the need for psychosocial support among children and women is still pressing. Improving infant and young child nutrition and addressing micronutrient deficiencies is a another priority.
UNICEF in partnership with the Kyrgyz Government, as well as other local and international partners, continue to respond to humanitarian needs in the area of Nutrition, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Education and Child Protection. Due to the identified risk factors for deterioration of nutritional status of the vulnerable population, as well as weaknesses in the functioning of health system related to routine services, it is important to continue to strengthen the capacity of medical staff and pre-position essential life saving medicines and equipment. Micronutrient powder will also be provided for home fortification to prevent micronutrient deficiency among 81,000 children aged 6-24 months in affected areas. UNICEF is constructing or rehabilitating latrines in 64 schools, in total benefiting 50,000 school children. UNICEF has also started the construction of 300 household latrines. This however only covers 16 per cent of the damaged houses. Among other child protection related interventions, UNICEF has established 45 Child Friendly Spaces, providing comprehensive psychosocial support to over 6,000 children and women from affected communities to facilitate their return to normalcy. To ensure resumption of schooling for the children in the affected areas, as well as promote non-violence in and around learning spaces and schools nationwide, UNICEF together with the Ministry of Education and Science developed the ‘Welcome to School’ initiative.
The priority need for the next five months amount to US$ 5.2 million to continue meeting the humanitarian and recovery needs of the children and community affected by the recent crisis and ensure sustainability of its humanitarian response through the cold winter in Education, Child Protection, WASH, Health and Nutrition.
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan wishes to express gratitude to all donors who continue to provide the unwavering support that enables UNICEF to address the humanitarian issues of the most vulnerable children and women in Kyrgyzstan.