The children

UNICEF response to crisis in Ukraine

Partners at work: EU and UNICEF

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)


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:

  • Most of the mother and child health care institutions in the areas are compliant with Expanded Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (EBFHI) and Youth Friendly Clinics (YFC) requirements,
  • Parenting education programmes are available in the selected project sites. The main part of this project is papa schools directed on increase of fathers knowledge on parenting issues.
  • Multifaceted basic services provided by Family Centres are available for vulnerable families in the selected project sites.
  • Population in reference project sites will have access to iodized salt and will be aware of the importance of iodised salt to prevent iodine deficiency
  • HIV prevention counselling and health services are available for adolescents
  • Families and young people's awareness raised on good parenting, health, nutrition and early child development and print and broadcast media provide extensive

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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