Health of children (Chornobyl area)
Project “Health Needs of Children affected by Chernobyl in Ukraine”
In Chornobyl affected areas parents lack basic knowledge in child care, nutrition and development; they have many misconceptions and Chornobyl-related stereotypes that must be addressed. In 2008-2009 UNICEF has conducted the research on families’ knowledge about child care and development in the Chernobyl-affected areas. The survey confirmed the problem existed. Consequently the project with a budget of USD 1,217,505.83 aims at increasing basic knowledge of parents in Chornobyl affected areas on child care, nutrition and development and addresses Chernobyl-related stereotypes that are widely spread among parents in these areas. It also includes conduction of communication and education intervention in promoting good parenting for the benefits of children living in the Chernobyl-affected areas as well as outreaching youth through edutainment instruments to raise their awareness on health issues. The project also includes improvement of health facilities for children and youth.
These activities will be implemented within the framework of the Child Friendly City Initiative. A Child Friendly City is a local system of good governance committed to fulfilling children’s rights.
The outcomes of the project are as following:
The project is being implemented by The Ministry of Emergencies, the Ministry of Health, State oblast administrations of Ukraine, community based NGOs with support from UNICEF
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