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Food and supplies

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Women carry Family Kit boxes received at a UNICEF relief distribution event for victims of Cyclone Aila at Gabura Union, Shyamnagar.

To safeguard the health and nutrition of women and children during emergencies, UNICEF delivers food supplements, essential drugs and supplies to vulnerable communities.

Food supplements
As young children are often the most vulnerable during a crisis, UNICEF provides highly-nutritious biscuits and blended food to children under the age of five and to pregnant and lactating mothers. Micro-nutrient powders are also distributed to nutritionally compromised women and children.

Family kits
Homes in Bangladesh are often built from cast-iron, mud and bamboo, making houses and household possessions vulnerable to floods and tidal surges. UNICEF provides family kits to the adversely affected communities whose homes and daily necessities are destroyed. The kits contain cooking and eating utensils, clothes, plastic sheets and other essential items. In 2013, under the partnership with government and local non-governmental organisations, UNICEF supported 5,000 cyclone affected families with family kits in three districts: Bhola, Barguna and Patuakhali under Barisal division located in the southern region of the country. A total of 625 family kits were provided to tornado affected families in Brahmanbaria district. The family kits were very useful for quick restoration of the lives of the affected families.

Medical supplies
Securing supplies of essential medicines and oral rehydration salts helps prevent disease outbreaks during emergencies. UNICEF stockpiles necessary medical supplies at the local level government medical stores and helps ensure robust cold-chains to transport medicines and vaccines to crisis spots.



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