Contribution to the ICRC Ukraine Appeal 2016 - 2017
The conflict-affected population in Eastern Ukraine has access to basic relief assistance as well as to medical care and other essential services.
ICRC together with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society will assist a total of 1.706.250 civilians (residents, IDPs, returnees including those living in public institutions, vulnerable households whose breadwinners are being held In relation to the conflict and newly released detainees) and a total of 6 health infrastructures and 2 physical rehabilitation centres.
The target group of this grant are primarily resident, IDPs, returnees and other vulnerable people in the Eastern part of the country (conflict affected area) The ICRC works in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.
With a contribution of EUR 1 Mio, Austria would enable the ICRC to implement the following activities:
Distribution of food parcels for 57.000 IDPs, returnees and residents or Distribution of food parcels and cash for 6 months for 5.700 beneficiaries living in buffer zones and at the front-line, and where possible organize food-for-work projects.
The situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorated severely in the first half of 2016, then showed some improvement following a ceasefire that took effect on 1 September. Civilians continue to feel the effects of the armed conflict. According to UN and government estimates, some 2.8 million people are displaced within Ukraine or have fled abroad, and around 22,500 have been wounded and over 9,600 killed. The ICRC will continue to provide food, hygiene items and/or cash to conflict-affected people; at the same time, it will help beneficiaries begin working towards economic recovery. Vulnerable households will receive productive inputs, cash grants and/or training to start livelihood activities. In 2017, the ICRC’s delegation in Ukraine will work with local authorities and community members to improve people’s access to jobs and markets, for instance, by providing free transportation for people in remote areas.
For 2016, the ICRC has appealed for 64.3 million CHF for its Ukraine program.