A new Blue Dot support hub will provide essential services to Ukrainian refugee children and families in Bucharest

01 September 2022
Press conference for the Kogalniceanu Blue Dot launch
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Deputy Mayor of Bucharest, Mr. Horia Tomescu, UNICEF Representative in Romania, Ms. Anna Riatti, and UNHCR Representative in Romania, Mr. Pablo Zapata at the press conference for the launch of the 'Kogalniceanu' Blue Dot in Bucharest

BUCHAREST, 1 September 2022. The Bucharest Mayoralty, the General Directorate for Social Assistence of Bucharest, UNICEF and UNHCR have inaugurated today a new Blue Dot support hub in the Capital for refugee children and families, in the Regina Elisabeta 75 Blvd.

We are happy to work with UNICEF to provide services and contribute to the integration of Ukrainian refugee children and families while continuing the support already provided by the mayoralty to the vulnerable people living in Bucharest. As the humanitarian situation in Ukraine continues to be serious and the end of the war is not yet in sight, the efforts we make need to be sustained on a longer term. Together with our partners, we can support refugees and identify new ways of providing assistance focusing our intervention on the most vulnerable”, said Bucharest Deputy Mayor Horia Tomescu.  

We want to thank our partners for our meaningful and fruitful work together. Since the first days of the war, we have been working with the municipality to make sure the basic needs of refugees are met and basic services are provided. Not only refugees will benefit from these services, but also vulnerable children and families in Bucharest. As part of UNICEF’s country programme, we work on partnering on long term with local municipalities to transform communities into child friendly ones and to support the social integration of the most vulnerable children and their families, increasing the capacity of local authorities”, said Anna Riatti, UNICEF Representative in Romania.

Kogalniceanu Blue Dot is part of a network of support hubs that UNICEF and UNHCR jointly set up with their partners, including central, county and local authorities, civil society organizations across the country to meet the basic needs of refugee children and their families taking shelter in Romania, providing them with essential services.

Ukrainian mothers coming to the Blue Dot will be able to receive information needed, to access essential services and support, but also to be registered in the Primero platform in order to be referred to specialized services as needed, while children can play in a clean and safe environment.

Until early August 2022, over 42,000 refugee women and children have received at least one support service in the Blue Dots operational in Romania. To date, UNICEF, UNHCR and their partners have set up 11 Blue Dots in Romania and are working to open more refugee children and family support hubs in other parts of the country, depending on the needs of refugee children. The aim is to connect these blue dots to ensure that all children are protected along the journey and ensure they reach their destination safely.

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