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Ukraine’s Health System Reform Stalls; UNICEF Calls For Humanitarian Access To Country’s Children Who Need Psychological Support

The Lancet: Ukraine’s beleaguered health system awaits reform
“Disillusioned doctors in Ukraine are warning that the country’s health care system is crumbling because of a severe lack of investment as reforms to the sector stall…” (Holt, 2/20).

New York Times: Ukraine: UNICEF Warns of Conflict’s Toll on Children
“More than 500,000 children in eastern Ukraine have been ‘deeply affected’ by the trauma of living through the violent conflict between government forces and insurgents that began two years ago, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said in a report issued Thursday, and many need psychological and social support…” (Gladstone, 2/18).

U.N. News Centre: Two years on, Ukraine conflict affects over half a million children — UNICEF
“… ‘Two years of violence, shelling, and fear have left an indelible mark on thousands of children in eastern Ukraine,’ Giovanna Barberis, a UNICEF representative in the eastern European nation, said in a press release…” (2/19).

VOA News: UNICEF Calls for Access to 500,000 Children in Eastern Ukraine
“…UNICEF is calling on both sides in the Ukraine conflict to ensure unhindered humanitarian access to the children in need. The agency says it has already been working to provide children in the affected areas with psychosocial support, education, hygiene supplies, vaccines and information on landmines and other wartime hazards” (2/19).

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