• The global alliance in a statement said that lives of Ukrainian women, children and adolescents hang in the balance because of the ongoing war.
• The alliance appeal for sustained and uninterrupted access to essential healthcare and services and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the affected affected areas.
A lobby group has said that it is women and children who will bear the brunt of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The global alliance in a statement said that lives of Ukrainian women, children and adolescents hang in the balance because of the ongoing war.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark who also serves as Chairperson of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) called on the international community to act with speed to see to it that intergenerational costs of war is stopped.
"For the sake of so many people seeking safety in this massive and growing refugee surge, the international community must continue to work as partners, with pace and urgency, to stop and ameliorate the devastation, and to guard against the intergenerational costs of violence and war on children and adolescents," she said.
The lobby group said UN estimates that 12 million people in Ukraine will need immediate relief and protection to prevent loss of life and livelihood, while millions more will be forcibly displaced and will require long-term psycho-social and economic support.
They may include up to four million refugees, of whom a disproportionate number will be women and children who will need protection and assistance in neighboring countries.
PMNCH also called for the immediate release of funds to help countries that are taking in refugees, to help them in providing basic needs to them.
"We call for immediate and multi-year, unmarked and diversified funds to help countries provide shelter, emergency relief items, cash assistance, and mental health and other support to those who are fleeing, especially unaccompanied children, adolescents and others with specific needs," the group said.
"We also call for the provision and continuity of a comprehensive set of services for the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents, supported by emergency pooled funds."
The alliance appeal for sustained and uninterrupted access to essential healthcare and services and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the affected affected areas.
The call comes amidst the ongoing war that has since seen over 2.6 million people displaced from Ukraine and property worth at least $110 billion destroyed.
Since the beginning of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, it is estimated that at least 14,000 lives have been lost.