UNICEF has donated over US$2 million worth of humanitarian aid to Mykolaivska region
During the nine months of the war, UNICEF provided Mykolaivska region with diverse humanitarian aid, which was directed to health care facilities, social services, and communal facilities.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided diverse humanitarian assistance to Ukraine’s Mykolaiska region since the full-scale war broke out across the country in February.
The funds have been delivered to health care institutions, social services and municipal water supply facilities.
UNICEF representatives visited Mykolaiv, where they met with local authorities, doctors and residents, who remain in the city despite daily shelling and problems with drinking water. During their visit, the UNICEF team handed over equipment and medicines to Mykolaiv Regional Children's Hospital, and hygiene kits to temporary residences for internally displaced people.
"When something explodes a couple of kilometres away, not everyone can handle it well. We hear it very well in the hospital.”
Thanks to UNICEF’s support, the hospital has received ultrasound and ECG machines, medicines and consumables.
The biggest problem for Mykolaiv residents is interruptions to the central water supply, due to the destruction of water treatment infrastructure.
"Now we have no water again, so we are not even able to wash the dishes," says local resident Anna, 35, mother to a three-year-old girl. "There are problems with food, with work, but we are holding on.”
In August, UNICEF delivered water purification products to Mykolaiv, which can provide drinking water to more than 26,000 people. Another 59,000 citizens, including 11,000 children, have received hygiene kits, which are vital due to the lack of regular water supply.
During their visit, the UNICEF team spoke with internally displaced people from the Mykolaivska and Khersonska regions who are temporarily living in one of Mykolaiv’s community centres. They also received hygiene kits.
Twelve-year-old Stas lives in the centre with his mother Yulia, 44, who has a disability. The family was forced to leave their home because their neighbourhood is one of the most dangerous.
"There is daily shelling in our area. I am a disabled person and have hemodialysis every other day. It is better when there is a hospital or specialists nearby who can provide emergency medical help. It is risky to go across the city with a child because of the shelling, so I have to stay here.”
Since 1 September, Stas has been studying in the seventh grade remotely, as schools in Mykolaiv are only available online for security reasons. Until 24 February, the youngster enjoyed karate, swimming and played football. Now he can only dream of taking part in those activities again.
UNICEF has already donated more than US$2 million worth of humanitarian aid to the Mykolaivska region. Deliveries have been made to healthcare facilities, social services that take care of families with children and municipal water supply facilities. In September, UNICEF mobile teams delivered aid to health facilities in remote areas of the region that have been most affected by the fighting.