Less than 70 days before the end of the year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) received just over half of the $ 4 billion in funding it needs in 2019 to help vulnerable children.
As of 22 October, UNICEF has received only 54 per cent of the $ 4.16 billion needed to meet basic health, nutrition and social needs. education, nutrition and protection of 41 million children in 59 countries this year. At the beginning of the last quarter of 2019, the lack of funding is 46%.
This lack of funding, if it persists until the end of the year, will endanger millions of children living in conflict and disaster zones, warned the UN agency in a statement released on Tuesday.
“Millions of vulnerable children around the world are suffering the serious consequences of increasingly complex humanitarian crises” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Without additional resources, these children will not go to school, will not be vaccinated, receive adequate nutrition, or be protected from violence and abuse,” she added.
Good As UNICEF continues to call for an end to conflict and better preparedness for emergencies, the agency needs additional help from donors to help meet the most basic needs of children. 19659002] Pakistan (83 per cent), Cameroon (80 per cent), Burkina Faso (76 per cent) and Venezuela (73 per cent) are among the countries where the funding gaps of the UN agency are the largest. Large-scale emergencies in Syria and neighboring Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Bangladesh (including the Rohingya refugee crisis) also remain largely underfunded.
crises in Burkina Faso and Venezuela
In January 2019, UNICEF launched a $ 3.9 billion annual appeal for global humanitarian funds. Since then, the amount of this appeal has been revised to $ 4.16 billion because of crises that have emerged or have worsened in countries such as Burkina Faso, Sudan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. 19659002] In DRC, $ 61 million is urgently needed to provide essential services to communities living in areas hard hit by humanitarian and security crises and to create an enabling environment for an effective Ebola response in the East
In Haiti, UNICEF needs nearly $ 2 million to help more than 19,000 children in need of urgent nutritional assistance and $ 2 million to support family reunification and family services. care of unaccompanied and separated children
In West and Central Africa, the humanitarian aid provided by the UN agency to finance the education of children in countries affected by emergency situation is underfunded by 72%.
“During my stay in the field in countries in crisis, such as the DRC, Mozambique, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, have seen for myself what humanitarian funding can do to improve the lives of vulnerable children, “Fore said. “With increased financial support, we will be able to reach even more children who need us the most,” she added.