UNICEF in action - Haiti 2012
UNICEF has been and will continue to be a fully committed partner to Haiti in supporting its restoration efforts and focusing much needed relief aid for children and families.Health
§ UNICEF has allocated roughly US$17.5 million towards cholera prevention and response actions focused on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Health sectors.
§ 139,000 cases of suspected cholera were treated through the establishment of 149 Cholera Treatment Units, 2 Cholera Treatment Centres and 1270 oral rehydration points.
§ Almost 6,000 personnel were trained in cholera prevention to support work with over 2 million people.
§ 3 million children, including babies under a year old, who lived in some of the most vulnerable and marginalised districts, were vaccinated.
§ The Mother Kangaroo method was introduced for babies born prematurely or with low birth weight. This is crucial in saving lives as many hospitals in Haiti lack reliable incubators.
§ UNICEF organised the first ever National Nutrition Forum in 2012, which led to Haiti's inclusion in the Scaling Up Nutrition movement as well as the creation of a special budget for nutrition in the country.
§ UNICEF also provided around 7.5 tonnes of therapeutic milk and 207 tonnes of therapeutic spread to treat 14,000 children who suffered from severe acute malnutrition.
§ With UNICEF's support, the first human waste disposal and treatment site in Port-au-Prince became operational.
§ UNICEF also facilitated public-private partnerships involving government agencies and corporations to improve other sanitation operations such as de-sludging and disposal of excrement, benefitting an estimated 1 million people.
§ UNICEF supported Haiti's child protection agency to create the first ever directory listing of 725 residental care centres in the country. The directory actively monitors the conditions of centres and is updated regularly to help ensure the safety and care of children.
§ In conjunction with the Back-to-School Campaign, 750,000 children and more than 16,500 teachers benefitted from the distribution of school kits, teaching materials and furniture with the aim of increasing school enrollment rates.
§ Almost 200 schools were also built with complete WASH facilities, providing over 70,000 children with access to an improved learning environment.