NEW YORK, 15 December 2010 - The State of Kuwait has contributed $250,000 to UNICEF in Pakistan for flood response. The support was announced by His Excellency Mr. Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations. The contribution is part of the larger $10 million support from Kuwait to the Government and people of Pakistan.
Almost half a million flood-affected people remain in camps for Internally Displaced People following the floods across Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces. However, IDPs are returning across all of these areas. Thanks to the generosity of the people and State of Kuwait, many children and their families will continue to receive necessary life-saving support and ensure a restoration of core basic social services.
UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan reach over 2.9 million people every day with safe water and 1.33 million people are benefitting from 24,000 sanitation facilities that have been completed.
To address and prevent malnutrition nearly 20,000 children of 0-59 months old have been treated in therapeutic feeding programmes and over 30,000 children of 6-59 months old and over 21,000 pregnant and lactating women have been supported in supplementary feeding programs. Community outreach activities including nutrition behavior change and identification and referral of malnourished children have reached over 280,000 children under-five years old (U5) and 78,557 pregnant and lactating women.
UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of health to conduct an integrated health campaign (Vitamin A supplementation, and Polio, Measles, BCG, Tetanus Immunization) in affected districts. 8.2 million children have been vaccinated against measles and 9.2 million children vaccinated against polio. 939,000 Long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets have been distributed to prevent malaria.
160,000 people have been supported through an education package of Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs), education supplies, and teacher training. UNICEF established Child Friendly Services have provided education, recreation and psychosocial support to nearly 150,000 children.
With support from Kuwait and our partners and in close collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, we at UNICEF take this as an opportunity to build back better. By developing basic infrastructure, we hope to ensure that Pakistanis whose childhoods were affected by the flood have a strong foundation on which to build lives of health, well-being and fulfilment.
UNICEF works in over 150 countries and territories to try to guarantee children the right to survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF, which is the largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, works to improve health and nutrition of children, the water quality and sanitation, quality basic education for all children and protection of children from violence, exploitation and HIV / AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For further information, please contact:
Patrick McCormick. UNICEF New York
Tel +1 212 326 7426,