GENEVA / NEW YORK, October 22, 2019 Millions of children living in areas affected by conflict and natural disasters are in danger due to the shortage of funds needed to finance the humanitarian programs essential to their lives, UNICEF said today.
To date, UNICEF has received this year only 54% of the 4,160 million dollars needed to meet the basic health, education, nutrition and protection needs of 41 million children in 59 countries. In the last quarter of 2019, the financing deficit is 46%.
“Millions of vulnerable children around the world are suffering the serious consequences of humanitarian crises that are increasingly complex,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. Without more resources, these children will not be able to go to school, or get vaccinated, or receive adequate nutrition, or be protected against violence and abuse. Although we continue to call for an end to conflicts and improve preparedness for emergencies, we need more donor support to meet the most basic needs of children.
The emergency situations with the greatest funding deficit are those of Pakistan (83%), Cameroon (80%), Burkina Faso (76%) and Venezuela (73%). Large-scale emergencies in Syria and neighboring countries, as well as in Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bangladesh, also suffer a considerable funding deficit.
If these funding deficits persist until the end of the year, the consequences for children will be disastrous:
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, $ 61 million is urgently needed to provide essential services to communities in areas that have long been suffering from the effects of humanitarian and security crises and, at the same time, create an enabling environment for Ebola effective response.
In Ethiopia, UNICEF needs more than $ 43 million to provide children and families affected by drought and displacement access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation. In Haiti, UNICEF needs almost $ 2 million to provide nutritional support to more than 19,000 children who require urgent nutritional assistance and $ 2 million to support family reunification and care services for unaccompanied and separated children from their families. In Libya, without urgent funding of $ 540,000, UNICEF will not be able to provide education on the danger of mines to 50,000 children.
In northeastern Nigeria, almost $ 7 million is urgently needed to maintain life-saving nutrition programs, including $ 3.5 million to prevent the interruption of the supply of ready-to-eat therapeutic foods intended for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition of children.
In South Sudan, UNICEF’s child protection programs only have 20% financing, while water, sanitation and hygiene programs have 26% financing.
In Sudan, UNICEF needs $ 12 million to continue the life-saving treatment of more than 61,000 children under the age of five suffering from severe acute malnutrition. In Syria, where the funding deficit is $ 30 million, 2.1 million children could stop participating in basic activities of official and unofficial education.
In the neighboring countries of Syria (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey), where 2.5 million Syrian refugees live, 460,000 children could also be excluded from education activities due to a funding shortfall of $ 249 million .
In Venezuela, UNICEF needs at least $ 6 million to fund school feeding programs that help 60,000 children enroll and stay in school. UNICEF also needs at least $ 3 million to vaccinate nearly 400,000 children against preventable diseases in the next three months.
In West and Central Africa, UNICEF’s humanitarian assistance in support of the education of children in countries affected by emergencies presents a deficit of 72%.
“During my time on the ground in countries in crisis countries like Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, South Sudan and Yemen I closely observed the power of humanitarian financing to improve the lives of vulnerable children,” he said. Fore. “With greater support, together we can help the children who need us most.”
Source: UN Children’s Fund