10 March, 2015 - Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States,  arrived to Ukraine for a week-long monitoring visit to assess the state of children in emergency in the eastern parts of the country. This represents Ms. Poirier first visit to Ukraine and during her stay she is going to meet representatives of President`s Administration and government (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Social Policy), OSCE,  besides other UN agencies and media.

KYIV, 10 March, 2015 - Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States,  arrived to Ukraine for a week-long monitoring visit to assess the state of children in emergency in the eastern parts of the country. This represents Ms. Poirier first visit to Ukraine and during her stay she is going to meet representatives of President`s Administration and government (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Social Policy), OSCE,  besides other UN agencies and media.

Ms. Poirier is also planning to visit eastern Ukraine, in particular schools attended by children affected by the crisis, as well as family centres for internally displaced people in Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. Within the framework of her visit, Regional Director will meet the Governor of Donetsk oblast, Oleksandr Kikhtenko, and the Mayor of Volnovakha,  Serhiy Demchenko. UNICEF will hand over three water purification units which will cover vital needs for 20,000 people in Krasnohorivka, and will also distribute humanitarian aid for crisis-affected children and their families.

Marie-Pierre Poirier was appointed UNICEF Regional Director on 8 February 2012 and she is in charge of improving the lives of children in 22 countries of the region covering Central Asia, Caucasus, Turkey and countries of Southern and Eastern Europe. Ms. Poirier brings to the position 25 years of development and programme coordination experience in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, providing solution for children in cooperation with government, civil society and private sector.

UNICEF is concerned with the current state of children and families affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. As of 3 March 2015, more than 1 million people have been internally displaced including more than 140,000 children. According to UNICEF, approximately 700,000 people have limited access to safe drinking water. Other relevant activities involve psychological support to children and parents, mine risk education, reconstruction of schools and educational supplies. In January 2015 UNICEF appealed to donors in order to mobilise US$32.4 million to meet the urgent needs of Ukrainian children and families.

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For more information please contact:
Veronika Vashchenko, Communication Officer in UNICEF Ukraine, +38-044-254-2450,  vvashchenko@unicef.org

Olga Kunina, Emergency Communication Consultant in UNICEF Ukraine, +38-067-946-80-89,  kunina.olha@gmail.com