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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen

30 Mar 2022


UN agencies are scaling up response. Credit: UNICEF

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –  30 March 2022


We have some updates from Ukraine where the UN and our humanitarian partners are operating across all 24 oblasts of the country to scale up activities to reach more people in need.  World Food Programme (WFP) tells us that up to 1 million people have received emergency food assistance, and that WFP has built up a network using trucks trains and vans to deliver food at scale to communities in need.

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF and its partners have delivered medical supplies to 23 children’s health facilities and maternity centres across Ukraine to support vital healthcare to half a million children and mothers for three months.

Chernihiv, Mariupol and other cities remain encircled and we call on the parties to ensure that civilians who wish to leave can do so in a direction of their choosing. Until 29 March 2022, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 3,090 civilian casualties in the country: 1,189 killed and 1,901 injured. Most of the civilian casualties are caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes.

The World Health Organization has confirmed more than 80 attacks against health care  during the course of the war. The High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, who is in Lviv today, said this morning that more than 4 million Ukrainians have crossed international borders to seek refuge, and there are 6.5 million internally displaced.

The UN continues to engage daily with both parties in an effort to negotiate access to get vital assistance to people in need, particularly in hard-hit areas like Mariupol and Chernihiv. No additional funding of the Flash appeal has been reported since yesterday. It stands at 44 per cent, or US$505 million of the $1.1 billion requested.


Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths is in Kabul today on the third day of his mission in Afghanistan. During his mission, he has visited humanitarian programmes, including treatment centres for acutely malnourished children at the Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul on Monday 28 March and at the Aga Khan Provincial Hospital in Bamyan on Tuesday 29 March. He also met with women humanitarian workers and civil society representatives.

Today, he met with the de facto Minister of the Interior in Kabul to discuss humanitarian issues. Mr. Griffiths will be departing Kabul tomorrow 31 March for Doha, from where he will be joining the virtual high-level humanitarian pledging event for Afghanistan.

The funding of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen ($4.3 billion) has reached 1.6  per cent only or $66.5 million. Unfortunately, less money means less aid. We thank the donors who released their pledged amounts and encourage others to release their money quickly and report contributions to OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service.