The children

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

The Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) – Child Protection

Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality Rate

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Humanitarian Response, Early recovery & Peace building efforts


Humanitarian Response, Early recovery & Peace building efforts

Over 15 years of conflict and isolation has had a devastating impact upon all children in Abkhazia, including those in fragile return areas close to the administrative border line (ABL).  The ‘pervasive atmosphere’ of violence, lost opportunities for normal childhood activities such as play and sport and the destruction and stagnation of health, education, youth and child protection services have contributed to an inter-generational cycle of tension and deprivation. Furthermore, the conflicts in early nineties and more recently in August 2008 over disputed territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia caused displacement of nearly 300,000 people, primarily ethnic Georgians, of which an estimated one third are children and youth. As a result delivery of basic social services is very limited. For example the majority of children under the age of five are not immunized against polio!

UNICEF Response:
• Humanitarian assistance to the conflict affected children and youth in Abkhazia, especially in the areas of child protection, education and maternal and child healthcare. The basic social services are being provided through 16 Social Community Centers (SCCs). With additional funds another 30 SCC would be opened to reach all children.

Impact UNICEF supported programme:
• Improved child health as a result of UNICEF community based primary healthcare points.
• Reported reduction of violence against children and women.

UNICEF Current focus/New initiatives:
• To increase access to quality health, education and protection for conflict-affected children in Abkhazia.
• With additional funds another 30 Social Community Centers would be opened to reach all children.
• Prevent communicable/vaccine preventable diseases (including Polio).



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