Women and children make up 60 per cent of Ivorians displaced by post-election crisis
GENEVA/ABIDJAN, 18 March 2011 – UNICEF is appealing for US$ 51 million to meet the rapidly growing humanitarian needs of children and families devastated by the post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. At least 60 per cent of the more than 300,000 Ivorians who have been internally displaced by ongoing violence and the vast majority of the 90,000 refugees, who have fled to neighboring Liberia, are women and children.
In any emergency, children are the most vulnerable. Over the next three months, this critically needed funding will help UNICEF continue to provide lifesaving emergency supplies and services to the increasing number of children affected by the crisis.
UNICEF is currently on the ground in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia working to ensure that children are protected from violence, that they have continued access to health services and are able to go to school during what continues to be a volatile political situation.
Through UNICEF support in Côte d’Ivoire to date, over 1.7 million children aged between 6 months and 5 years have been vaccinated against measles and other illnesses; thousands of children have been screened for malnutrition; and some 20,000 children have been provided with education materials. In Liberia’s Nimba County, UNICEF has targeted all children with a measles vaccination campaign and has improved access to clean water and sanitation in communities hosting refugee populations.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For more information, please contact:
Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Spokesperson,
Tel +41 22 909 5716, Mobile: +41 79 756 7703,
Martin Dawes, Regional Chief of Communications UNICEF West and Central Africa,
Tel +221 33 869 58 42, Mobile +221 77 569 19 26,
Gaelle Bausson, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire,
Tel +221 77 450 5816,