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UK donates additional $15m to improve vulnerable children life

UK donates additional $15m to improve vulnerable children life

Nov 09, 2017 - 17:01

KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Kingdom has announced £10 million (over $15 million) to help protect and improve the lives of children affected by ongoing violence and insecurity across Afghanistan, a statement from UNICEF said on Thursday.

“Over 5.3 million children are currently in need of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, including children uprooted by violence and those who have recently returned to the country,” the statement said.  

It added, the UK’s additional funding to UNICEF Afghanistan would improve access to and the quality of health, nutrition and child protection services. The funding would also provide essential items for the winter months, such as blankets and clothes.

Sir Nicholas Kay, British Ambassador to Afghanistan, whilst visiting the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kabul, where he saw the impact of support to vulnerable children first-hand, said: “I’m proud the UK can help provide lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable children in Afghanistan, to help them better cope with and recover from their experiences of conflict and displacement.”

The Ambassador was joined on the visit by UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia, Jean Gough, and UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan, Adele Khodr. Ms. Khodr highlighted the importance of reaching children affected by ongoing violence, some of whom have been displaced multiple times, and commented: “This generous investment will not only help to save young lives now but will lay the foundation for improved essential services in the years to come.”

Some 1.3 million children across Afghanistan were malnourished, with insecurity in some areas restricting access to nutritious food, safe water and sanitation, and health services.       

The funding provided by the UK will help UNICEF and its partners:

 Improve access to and the quality of maternal, neo-natal and child health services, including immunizations. This includes the use of mobile health teams to reach children living in insecure and remote areas.

Scale up treatment for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Distribute items such as blankets, clothing kits and tarpaulins to help families survive the freezing winter months.

Provide psychosocial support for children affected by conflict and displacement, as well as support for children who have been separated from their parents or guardians.