ISLAMABAD, 29 August 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, arrives in Pakistan Monday 30 August to tour flood-hit areas and see UNICEF operations to assist the millions of flood-affected people, especially the most vulnerable, the children and women.
On Monday, Mr. Lake will travel to Charsadda district, one of the worst affected districts in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhaw province. He will visit schools being used as shelters by thousands of families where UNICEF is providing safe drinking water, family health and hygiene kits and repairing sanitation systems.
On Tuesday, 31 August, Mr. Lake and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ms. Josette Sheeran, will visit flood-affected areas in Multan Division, Punjab province.
At 17:00 on the same day, a press conference will be held at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad where Mr. Lake and Ms. Sheeran will be joined by the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, to report on the United Nations humanitarian operation to save lives and rebuild communities affected by the floods.
UNICEF’s humanitarian operation in Pakistan is focused on providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, and health and nutrition services. The agency is currently reaching some 2 million people with clean water every day. Through medical supplies and assistance in hygiene and sanitation, UNICEF is working to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. It is also providing nutritious food for thousands of children suffering from malnutrition.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. In Pakistan, it works with the government, NGOs and other partners to support 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. It has provided vital relief and reconstruction support to help individuals rebuild their lives after emergencies, such as the October 2005 earthquake. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For more information contact:
Patrick McCormick, Communication Specialist,
Mobile: 001 917 582 7546,
A.Sami Malik, Communication Specialist,
Ban Al Dhayi, Communication Specialist,
Mobile: 0300 5499257,
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