IOM Appeals for $514 Million to Support Ukraine’s Response
Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is today appealing for $514 million to support its continued response to the humanitarian needs of war-affected people in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
Since the beginning of the war, more than 7.7 million people have been displaced inside Ukraine according to IOM data, while more than five million refugees and at least 233,000 nationals of countries Third Parties (TCN) have sought refuge across the border in neighboring countries. Humanitarian needs in the region continue to grow, with affected populations requiring essential support.
IOM is one of the largest humanitarian actors in Ukraine where it has worked since 1996 and continues to engage with States and partners to coordinate response efforts across Ukraine and neighboring countries.
IOM Flash Appeal aims to reach over 10 million people; eight million in Ukraine and two million people who have fled the country. People targeted for assistance include internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees, third-country nationals and vulnerable populations, including women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities. .
The Organization will continue to support national and local governments, as well as non-governmental and civil society partners, in various sectors. A key part of the response will be building capacity to manage informal collective shelters, accommodation centers, reception and transit sites in a safe and dignified manner. IOM will also provide temporary shelter and non-food items to people in need.
In the face of growing health needs, IOM will continue to improve access to health care and support epidemic preparedness and response. Medical teams are deployed, offering services such as wellness screenings and mental health and psychosocial support. In addition, IOM is working to improve infrastructure and the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, which have been severely affected by the hostilities.
IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is also being scaled to better understand mobility dynamics and strengthen the broader humanitarian response to the crisis.
The supply chain established by the Organization in the region will continue to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to populations in hard-to-reach areas. IOM’s presence and logistical capacity enable it to meet the immediate food and livelihood needs of vulnerable people, including by distributing food parcels and providing multi-purpose cash assistance.
As war raises a range of protection issues, IOM offers protection services to vulnerable people, including survivors of and those at risk of trafficking and gender-based violence, unaccompanied and separated migrant children, people with disabilities and third-country nationals.
IOM operates hotlines to share up-to-date information on services, referral mechanisms, border crossings, prevention and reporting of trafficking in Ukraine and neighboring countries. IOM is further leveraging its extensive experience in humanitarian movements by supporting voluntary transits, resettlement and return assistance.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and partners, this appeal will allow IOM on the ground to achieve these humanitarian objectives, to protect forcibly displaced people inside and outside Ukraine and to defend their human rights and dignity.
IOM’s Global Crisis Response Platform provides an overview of IOM’s plans and funding needs to respond to the changing needs and aspirations of people affected by, or at risk of, crisis and a move to 2022 and beyond. The platform is regularly updated as crises evolve and new situations emerge.
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