5 December 2016, Kyiv – The Humanitarian Country Team, together with the Ministry for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, today launched the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine and appealed to the donors to contribute to the US$ 214 million requested to address the most pressing needs of 2.6 million of the most vulnerable people out of an estimated 3.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Activities worth US$ 127 million were identified as critical priority: early funding is crucial for these to ensure timely delivery of multi sector life-saving assistance, particularly for winterisation and other seasonal-sensitive efforts.

With so many crises in the world, the competition for funding is increasingly fierce. The human suffering triggered by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine must remain a priority. The number of people in need has actually increased by 700,000 since 2016 HRP, according to humanitarian assessments. People have exhausted their savings, their ability to cope is stretched too far after more than 30 months of conflict. The suspension of social payments and pensions to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in 2016 further aggravated the protection situation in Ukraine. Some 2.9 million people are believed to be in need of protection, while 3.7 million people need water and sanitation assistance, 2.2 million people need health care and 1.1 million need food assistance or livelihood interventions. An improvement has been observed in the food security, education, shelter and non-food items sectors, with smaller numbers of people in need compared to last year. This development may partially be attributed to humanitarian assistance provided. However, the situation remains fragile and prone to new deterioration.

The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine encompasses 94 projects put forward by 45 organisations, including 35 national and international NGOs and 10 UN agencies. More than US$42 million of the funding is for protection, US$33.8 million for shelter and non-food items and US$26 million for access to safe water and sanitation. “As the conflict enters its fourth year in May of 2017, humanitarian partners struggle to meet critical needs of people in an almost invisible conflict. At the same time, there is potential, particularly in government controlled areas, to move more firmly into recovery. Simultaneous urgent action at both fronts is crucial to address real needs caused by man-made conflict”, said Neal Walker, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator.

The Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, Vadym Chernysh, highlighted that plans of the Ukraine’s Government for areas affected by the conflict include not only the implementation of development projects, but also humanitarian assistance to the population. “In coordination with international organizations, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan will help to ensure the most basic needs of the people living in both Government and non-Government controlled territories of Ukraine. The document was developed jointly with the Ministry and we are ready to make every effort for the citizens of Ukraine affected by the conflict to be protected. For the HRP implementation, international humanitarian missions will carry out a wide range of activities aimed at saving human lives, including the provision of food and basic necessities, as well as medical and psychological services, shelter, warm clothes and basic education”, said Chernysh. He added: “I am grateful to international organizations and donors for their cooperation and willingness to expand humanitarian activities, which will relieve the suffering of millions of people. Today, our country urgently needs this support.”

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