UNICEF issues an $15 million emergency funding appeal to reach more than 1.8 million children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic in Kyrgyzstan
The appeal is part of a US$6.4 billion global UNICEF emergency funding appeal, the biggest in history, to reach more than 190 million children impacted by humanitarian crises and the COVID-19 pandemic
BISHKEK, 5 December 2020 – On 3 December, UNICEF issued its largest ever emergency funding appeal for US$6.4 billion to reach 300 million people, including more than 190 million children, with essential support and services through the end of 2021. This appeal is a 35 per cent increase over funds requested for 2020, and a reflection of expanding humanitarian needs globally amidst protracted crises and the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the case of Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF requires US$15 million to meet critical needs and effectively contribute to government and inter-agency COVID-19 response efforts and reach 1.8 million children. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the well-being of children in Kyrgyzstan. With disruptions to education, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition and health – including vaccination – services, and an increase in violence, poverty and stress, children are bearing the brunt of the crisis.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the lives of children, particularly the most vulnerable. This unprecedented situation demands a similarly unprecedented response. We are urging our donors to join us, so that together we can help the children of Kyrgyzstan to get through this challenging time and continue to develop and thrive” said Christine Jaulmes, UNICEF Representative.
As the United Nations organization leading the coordination of international assistance in education, WASH and protection, UNICEF has been at the forefront of supporting the Government’s response to the pandemic. UNICEF’s COVID-19 strategy focuses on mitigating the immediate and long-term impacts on women and children, particularly the most disadvantaged; supporting the restoration of quality health, nutrition and education services; protecting children and women from violence; providing immediate social protection for impoverished families; and engaging communities in the response
The $15 million would support 500,000 children and women in accessing health care, 250,000 children and caregivers in accessing mental health and psychosocial support, 1.6 million children in accessing educational services and 10,000 households with cash transfers.
Globally, as part of its Humanitarian Action for Children which sets out the agency’s 2021 appeal, UNICEF plans to reach:
- 149 million women and girls and 7.4 million children with disabilities;
- 6.3 million children with treatment for severe acute malnutrition;
- 27.4 million children with measles vaccinations;
- 45 million people with access to safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene;
- 19.2 million children and caregivers with access to mental health and psychosocial support;
- 17 million children and women with access to gender-based violence risk mitigation, prevention or response interventions;
- 93.3 million children with formal or non-formal education, including early learning; and
- 9.6 million households with cash assistance.
The edition of Humanitarian Action for Children – UNICEF’s annual humanitarian fundraising appeal – describes the ongoing crises affecting children in Kyrgyzstan; the strategies that we are using to respond to these situations; and the donor support that is essential in this response.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.