Funds will be used for “immediate action” in the coming six monthsNEW YORK/GENEVA, 27 February 2004 - UNICEF said today that it is asking donors for $8.7 million dollars of urgent funding for its emergency operation in Haiti.
The funds will be used for operations to provide relief for children and women caught up by the collapse of civil authority. These include:
Even before the crisis, the situation for Haitian children was among the worst in the world. More than one in 10 Haitian children die before the age of five. More than 200,000 have lost one or both parents to AIDS, and somewhere between 3.2% to 6.7% of females aged 15-24 are living with HIV/AIDS. Maternal mortality is also among the highest in the world.
“We have to keep children alive now by vaccinating them and providing clean water,” said Bellamy. “But we’re also looking six months ahead, and to a range of solutions that are going to be needed to get Haitian children back to school, and to ensure that children and mothers have basic life-saving medical care.”
For further information contact:
Sylvana Nzirorera, Port-au-Prince, +(509) 245 3525
Jehane Sedky-Lavandero, New York, +(1) 212 326 7269
Gordon Weiss, New York, +(1) 917-498-4083
Damien Personnaz, Geneva, +(41) 22 909 5716