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News and press releases from UNICEF Ukraine from the year 2015

EU and UNICEF reached 1 million people with safe water in eastern Ukraine
KYIV, 21 December 2015 – Over 1 million people have been provided with safe water for drinking, cooking and hygiene in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the framework of a UNICEF project funded by the European Commission

United Nations delivers 634 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Luhansk today
KYIV, 14 December 2015 – The United Nations delivered 634 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Luhansk today. Led by the Logistics Cluster, the convoy includes food, medicines and trauma kits, antiretroviral treatment and test systems

Polio Outbreak in Ukraine - Children Have the Right to be Protected
KYIV, 8 December 2015 – A week into the second of three rounds of polio vaccination in Ukraine, WHO and UNICEF are calling on parents, health workers and opinion leaders to step up efforts to protect Ukrainian children through vaccination

Video about friends and dreams: #thisability

Ukraine starts II round of polio vaccination campaign
KYIV, 30 November 2015 – The Ministry of Health of Ukraine announced the start of the second round of a polio vaccination campaign to protect children against paralysis in the country. With UNICEF and WHO support, the nationwide polio campaign

UNICEF and LEGO Foundation teach to play with conflict-affected children
Dnipropetrovsk, 20-21 November 2015 - LEGO Foundation together with UNICEF organized training for teachers and psychologists who work with conflict affected children in schools and kindergartens of Kramatorsk, Donetsk oblast.

Ukrainian Youth presented joint online petition to the President on equity for every child
KYIV, 23 November 2015 – In the eve of Universal Children's Day young people developed online petition to the President of Ukraine during #FightUnfair for #EveryChild Youth Forum. 100 young leaders aged 16-24 from all over Ukraine attended the event.

Social Inclusion in Ukraine: low level of acceptance of the most vulnerable children
Kyiv, 20 November, 2015 – Today, EU Delegation in Ukraine in cooperation with UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and National Assembly of People of Disabilities presented the project #ThisAbility which aimed at addressing issues of social inclusion in Ukraine.

Children of Peace initiative: EU provides € 800,000 to support education for children in eastern Ukraine
BRUSSELS/KYIV, 18 November 2015 – The European Union and UNICEF have started the ‘Children of Peace’ flagship project in Ukraine to provide education and psychosocial support to conflict-affected children in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and

Cold threatens some 700,000 children in eastern Ukraine this winter
GENEVA/KYIV, 13 November 2015 – The lives of some 700,000 children and the wider population are at risk if repairs to the water network in Ukraine’s conflict-affected regions are not urgently made, warns UNICEF.

The first round of polio immunization in Ukraine is completed
Kyiv, 9 November 2015 – Today the Minister of Health in Ukraine Alexander Kvitashvili together with UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Giovanna Barberis and WHO Polio Response Coordinator in Ukraine Dennis King have presented the results of the first round

Launch of the Ukrainian version of John Lennon’s legendary song ‘Imagine’ by Boombox and Pianoboy
Kyiv, 29 October 2015 – The Ukrainian version of the legendary song ‘Imagine’ was presented by the front men of rock bands Pianoboy Dmytro Shurov and Boombox Andriy Khlyvnyuk, who devoted it to children of Ukraine.

Ukraine launches polio vaccination campaign to protect children from paralysis
KYIV, 22 October 2015 – UNICEF and WHO welcome the beginning of immunization activities to stop a polio outbreak in Ukraine, as a nationwide polio vaccination commences in the country to reach over 4.7 million children.

Polio in Ukraine: nationwide vaccination campaign needs to start straight away
With two WHO-confirmed cases of polio in Ukraine in September, vaccinating the country’s 1.8 million children needs to start as soon as possible

UNICEF and WHO ready to support immediate polio vaccination campaign in Ukraine
KYIV/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 9 October 2015 – Six weeks after the polio outbreak in Ukraine, UNICEF and WHO have stepped up calls for an immediate first round of nationwide polio vaccination.

Ukrainian doctors prepare to explain polio and the vaccine
28 September 2015. It is a nerve-wracking set up: in a hotel conference room in Kyiv, Ukraine, a doctor sits in front of a TV camera while he is grilled with questions and accusations about polio and the vaccine to fight it.

World`s Largest Lesson: 3,000 Ukrainian children learn about Sustainable Development Goals
28 September 2015 – Today the project “World`s Largest Lesson” has been launched in Ukraine with the support of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Ambassador of Japan visited Donetsk oblast
A delegation consisting of representatives of the Embassy of Japan to Ukraine, UNDP and UNICEF visited Donetsk oblast on September 8-9.

UNICEF and WHO call for urgent action to stop spread of polio virus in Ukraine
KYIV, 4 September 2015 – UNICEF and WHO call on parents in Ukraine to vaccinate their children, as efforts are urgently underway to distribute vaccines to all areas of the country, following a confirmed polio outbreak.

Clowns without borders bring fun and joy to the children of ukraine
From August 24 till September 4, UNICEF and Clowns Without Borders joined efforts to make conflict-affected children smile and forget about the horror of the ongoing volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine.

UNICEF and LEGO Foundation provide conflict-affected children a chance to play and learn
KYIV, 7 September 2015 – Today, UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation launched a local initiative to provide conflict-affected children in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine with high quality play materials to continue their development and learning.

In Ukraine, life can change in a minute
KHARKIV, Ukraine, 19 August 2015 – Children are playing in the backyard of Dmytriivska Street 29 in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. They look like local children trying to pick the first apples of the season from the big tree near the house

Life-saving HIV treatment for adults and children arrives in Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 17 August 2015 – The first consignment of vital antiretroviral medications for adults and children living with HIV in conflict-affected zones in eastern Ukraine arrived by air in Ukraine today.

UNICEF provides equipment for drinking water quality analysis to the State Sanitary Epidemiological Service of Ukraine
Kyiv/Kramatorsk/Severodonetsk, 12 August,2015 - Today the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has handled reagents and special equipment for drinking water quality analysis to the State Sanitary Epidemiological Service in Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

Only 1 in 4 internally displaced infants is exclusively breastfed in Ukraine
KYIV, 5 August 2015 – Only 1 in 4 internally displaced infants under the age of six months is exclusively breastfed in Ukraine.

Boombox and Pianoboy supported UNICEF worldwide campaign #IMAGINE
Kyiv, July 16, 2015 - Yesterday the leaders of Ukrainian rock bands Pianoboy and Boombox Andriy Khlyvnyuk and Dmytro Shurov signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine and joined the global campaign #IMAGINE

Up to 1.3 million people in eastern Ukraine have little or no access to water: UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV, 14 July 2015 –Up to 1.3 million children and adults are facing a serious water crisis, due to damaged or destroyed water lines and acute water shortages, as the ongoing violence continues in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF and EU scale up humanitarian response to improve access to water for children and families in eastern Ukraine
KYIV, 7 July 2015 – The European Commission has provided €500,000 to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve water, sanitation and the hygiene situation of conflict-affected communities in eastern Ukraine.

More than 60 experts and managers started training on modern strategies of health care transformation
Lviv, Ukraine, July 6, 2015 – The Summer School “Healthcare Systems Transformation: Eastern Europe,” attended by more than 60 participants from five countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and speakers from seven countries of the world

More than 11,000 children received effective psychosocial support in the eastern and central regions of Ukraine - UNICEF
Kyiv, July 3, 2015 - Today, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), together with the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" and supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, presented the results of the project

Children under threat from renewed violence in eastern Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 12 June 2015 – At least 68 children are reported to have been killed and 180 injured since March last year as a result of conflict in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.

Millions of world’s poorest children left behind despite global progress, new UNICEF report says
NEW YORK, 23 June 2015 – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged in its new 15-year development roadmap, UNICEF warned today.

UNICEF organizes ‘Words Help’ celebration for conflict-affected children in Sviatohirsk
KIEV, June 3, 2015 – On 1 June, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) arranged a big event for children in the central square of Sviatohirsk, a town in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, dedicated to Children's Day.

UNICEF and UNILEVER`s support to children in eastern ukraine: report
Kyiv, May 2014 - UNICEF and UNILEVER`s support to children in eastern ukraine: report

UNICEF confirms that every fourth adolescent in Ukraine aged 13-17 consumes alcohol at least once a month
Kyiv, 28 May 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched today the results of its study entitled “Health Behaviour in School-aged Children”

Project “Words Help”: the more uplifting words, the more happy children
UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine in cooperation with advertising agency AdPro launched an information campaign on psychosocial support for children facing stressful situations.

EU and UNICEF assist 46,000 conflict-affected children in eastern Ukraine
KYIV, 7 May 2015 – Safe drinking water has been provided to over 42,000 people ingovernment-controlled areas and 3,300 people in non-government-controlled areas ineastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions in a UNICEF project

UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, Government of Japan and the Government of Ukraine expand assistance programmes to support IDPs and boost social and economic recovery in Eastern Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine (30 April 2015) - The Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Close the immunization gap for all children by including the most vulnerable: UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV, 21 April 2015 — UNICEF is calling on policy-makers, health care workers, parents and care-givers to immediately step up vaccination against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio across age groups at risk.

Children killed and injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance in eastern Ukraine - UNICEF
KYIV/GENEVA, 31 March 2015 –At least 109 children are reported to have been injured and 42 killed by landmines and unexploded ordnance in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine since March last year, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF aids conflict-affected children in hard-to-reach Luhansk, Debaltseve
KYIV, 26 March 2015 – UNICEF this week succeeded in reaching some of eastern Ukraine’s most vulnerable and needy children with supplies of water, warm clothes, and essential hygiene supplies.

UNICEF and SSES launch World Water Day in Kyiv
KYIV, 20 March 2015 - On World Water Day, 22 March, State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service of Ukraine will give briefing on the most urgent issues regarding supply of high quality drinking water, as well as pollution of drinkable water resources.

UNICEF’s Marie-Pierre Poirier: ‘No matter what, children should not bear the heavy cost of conflict in Ukraine’
KYIV, 14 March 2015 – Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, completed her assessment of the situation of children and families affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

UNICEF Regional Director arrives to Ukraine
KYIV, 10 March, 2015 - Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, arrived to Ukraine for a week-long monitoring visit

UNICEF helps meet the hygiene and water needs of children affected by the crisis in Ukraine
Kyiv, 25 February 2015 - UNICEF estimates that 750,000 children and adults in Ukraine are in need of hygiene supplies and drinking water.

Ukraine: United Nations delivers 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk
GENEVA/KYIV, 19 February 2015 – The United Nations delivered 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk today.

UNAIDS, UNICEF and partners launch All In campaign to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents
NAIROBI/KYIV, 17 February 2015—While major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind, said leaders in the global response to end the AIDS epidemic.

UNICEF and David Beckham launch ‘7’ – a new fund for children in danger across globe
LONDON, 9 February 2015 – David Beckham and UNICEF are today launching a groundbreaking initiative, 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, to protect millions of children around the world from danger.

UNICEF launches US$3.1 billion appeal to reach more children in emergencies including in Ukraine
GENEVA/ KYIV, 29 January 2015 - UNICEF is launching a US$3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide.

Over 1,000 children in bomb shelters in Ukraine urgently need help: UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV/NEW YORK, 27 January 2015 – Over 1,000 children are forced to seek refuge in underground bomb shelters in Donetsk city due to ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.

Poorest students receive up to 18 times less public education resources than the wealthiest, says UNICEF
DAVOS, 22 January 2015 – In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20%, according to a new report issued today.

Shakira and Gerard Piqué host World Baby Shower to support UNICEF’s work for children
NEW YORK/BARCELONA, 19 January 2015 – Singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, and FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué, are celebrating the imminent arrival of their second child by expanding upon their original concept of a World Baby Shower.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Ukraine
NEW YORK, USA, 24 January 2015 - The Secretary-General strongly condemns today's rocket attack on the city of Mariupol, which reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left over one hundred injured.

Colored pencils, drawing albums, books and games – basic but so necessary items for children.
KHARKIV, Ukraine, 7 January 2015 - Valeria, a mother of two boys from Lugansk oblast, cannot hide her happiness upon seeing her children opening new school bags filled with stationery, inks for drawing, albums, pens and colored pencils.



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