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Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP
Your AAP donations help children in need - far away and right here.
The urgent need to help displaced Ukrainian children and families has become painfully apparent. The American Academy of Pediatrics leadership made a call for action to protect and care for children. In response, I sent a message to AAP members in early March asking for gifts to UNICEF and the AAP’s own Disaster Recovery Fund.
Your response was remarkably swift and heart-warming. In one month, AAP members contributed over $24,000 to UNICEF and over $10,000 to the Disaster Recovery Fund.
Your generosity helped UNICEF’s life-saving programs for children from Ukraine. Gifts were used towards meeting needs for safe water, health care, education and protection. You became part of over 1,200 tons of emergency supplies that UNICEF sent to Ukraine. This included gathering and delivering family hygiene kits, baby diapers, maternal health kits, institutional hygiene kits, disinfectants and bottled water to health and social institutions. UNICEF also worked with partners to activate Blue Dot hubs – one-stop safe spaces for children and women, providing key information to traveling families and helping to identify unaccompanied and separated children and ensure their protection.
In addition, your kind support of the AAP Disaster Recovery Fund will allow us to react in the wake of emergencies as they happen. Having those resources in-hand allows the AAP to react quickly with the recovery process for children and families after disasters and address those immediate needs. That is so crucial.
Your gifts are meeting immediate and future needs. Every dollar of support means something for children and adolescents in critical situations. I thank you for stepping up.
I look forward to connecting with you again with another example of AAP generosity impacting children, their families, and pediatric professionals.
Moira A. Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP
American Academy of Pediatrics