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UNICEF Indonesia Representative to lead support team for emergency operation in the Philippines

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UNICEF appeals for US $34 million, as Haiyan crisis deepens

JAKARTA/MANILA, 13 November 2013 – The UNICEF Representative in Indonesia, Angela Kearney, has been deployed to the Philippines to lead a team of UNICEF humanitarian experts who are supporting the emergency operation in response to the Haiyan crisis. An estimated four million children are affected by the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan that ripped through the archipelago last Friday.

“As in any humanitarian crisis, children suffer most,” Ms. Kearney said on Wednesday, before leaving for Manila. “UNICEF activated its Immediate Response Team to support the work of our country team on the ground in all essential areas including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, and child protection. I hope the people of Indonesia will be able to help UNICEF scale up its rescue operation with their generous donations.”

Ms. Kearney has long-standing experience in the humanitarian field after having served in countries like Afghanistan, Liberia, Sudan and Angola.

UNICEF Indonesia is raising funds in support of the emergency operation for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. (For further information please go to: www.supportunicefindonesia.org)

UNICEF is appealing for US$34 million to aid children affected by the disaster. The appeal is especially pressing because many of the regions slammed by Typhoon Haiyan are reportedly without electricity, clean water, food and medicine.
 
“With every day that goes by, thousands of children are becoming weaker, and more vulnerable to disease,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Representative in the Philippines. “The collapse of water and sanitation systems, destructions of homes and schools all are putting children at huge risk and in need of urgent help.”
 
The enormity of needs facing children and mothers are becoming clearer every day. Water, sanitation and hygiene services have been almost completely wiped out, with pipelines flooded and lack of electricity making water pumping and treatment impossible. Safe water is essential to protect children from diseases that, when coupled with malnutrition, can be deadly.  With many health facilities and birthing clinics destroyed, health care services will be stretched and there will be particular threats from maternal and neonatal mortality.

An estimated 100,000 children under the age of five and 60,000 pregnant or nursing mothers were displaced by Haiyan. Interruptions in maternal and child feeding routines like breastfeeding, combined with damage to water and sanitation systems have put younger children at serious risk of malnutrition, especially in high-poverty areas where 2,000 families were already struggling to survive. 
 
UNICEF resources were severely stretched before the typhoon hit. UNICEF's 90 staff in the Philippines were already responding to the Bohol earthquake of 15 October that affected 3.2 million people.

UNICEF response: 

-  UNICEF Philippines is currently moving 10,000 packs of water purification tablets, 3,000 hygiene kits and two water treatment units.
 
-  UNICEF Copenhagen is sending over 20 generators to power water treatment plants.  Over 1,200 water quality testing kits are also being sent, as well as collapsible water bladders. UNICEF is purchasing 10,000 water kits and 10,500 family water kits locally, as well as water tablets for 6.3 million litres of water. 
 
-  UNICEF hygiene specialists will provide technical advice on appropriate alternatives to toilets, and, safe solid and liquid waste disposal, and water surveillance in order to offset the advance of disease outbreaks. UNICEF will also assist in promoting menstrual hygiene management and gender separate facilities at learning centres and spaces.
 
-  UNICEF is rushing 30 emergency health kits, each one for a population of 1,000 people for three months. UNICEF is also sending folic acid and antibiotics for adults and children.
 
-  The agency will set up therapeutic feeding centres to treat severe acute malnutrition of children. Ready to use therapeutic food (peanut paste) and 1.35 million sachets of micronutrient powder is also en route.
 
-  UNICEF has delivered 1,860 tarpaulins - reinforced plastic sheeting – and 72 tents which may be used for schools and safe spaces, and is seeking funding to establish safe learning spaces so that children can get back to learning and parents can be reassured that their children are safe during the day. UNICEF will help set up psychosocial recovery programmes, will include training thousands of teachers and day care workers in how to use play and art work to help children overcome the trauma they have experienced. 
 
-  UNICEF is working with local authorities to identify and register children who may be separated from their families in displacement. UNICEF will use funding to support strengthening national, regional, and local government bodies, including local and barangay councils for the welfare of children. These institutions have been weakened during the last emergencies.
 
For donations in Indonesia please go to: www.supportunicefindonesia.org or call +62 21 2996 3400.

You can also transfer your donation directly to:
Account name: UNICEF or United Nations Children's Fund
- BCA, 035 311 2888
- BNI, 304494278 
- Mandiri, 102 000 123 0 678
- Standard Chartered, 306-0882788-3

For all multi-media products, including b-roll and photo, please visit: http://weshare.unicef.org/mediaresources
 
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For further information on the emergency operation, please contact:
Zafrin Chowdhury, UNICEF Philippines, Tel:+632 901 01 77, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366, zafrinchowdhury@gmail.com
Chris de Bono, Regional Adviser, in Manila, Mobile: +63 929 768 2367, cdebono@unicef.org

For information on the support provided by UNICEF Indonesia, please contact:
Michael Klaus, UNICEF Indonesia, Tel: +62 21 2996 8140, Mobile: +62 8111 669033, mklaus@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

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