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The First Lady of Germany, Patron of UNICEF arrived to Ukraine

KYIV, 17 January, 2016 – Daniela Schadt, First Lady of Germany, Patron of the German National Committee for UNICEF, arrived in Ukraine for a three days visit to raise public awareness in Germany of challenges faced by conflict-affected children in eastern Ukraine as well as showcase UNICEF’s emergency response in the country. This will be Ms Schadt’s first visit to Ukraine. During her stay, she is also going to meet with the First Lady of Ukraine, Mrs. Marina Poroshenko, representatives of NGOs and civil society, youth and internally displaced families and children.

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Ms Schadt plans to visit projects in and around Kharkiv, in particular a school attended by children affected by the crisis, a Youth Friendly Clinic, a Specialized Baby home for children with disabilities, as well as a family center for internally displaced people supported by UNICEF. During her visit to Kharkiv, Daniela Schadt will furthermore meet with civil society representatives who play an important role when it comes to supporting communities and particularly in developing social protection services.

UNICEF is concerned with the current situation of children and families affected by the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. As of December 2015, approximately 5 million people are affected by the crisis, including 1.7 million children. More than 1.6 million people have been registered as internally displaced including 208,974 children in the country.

For more information:
Veronika Vashchenko, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ukraine, , (044) 521 0125
Yurova Yulia, Partnership Consultant, UNICEF Ukraine, , (044) 521 0125.

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 in Ukraine visit: . Join us on TwitterFacebook and ВКонтакте.



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