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Ubinas volcano: UNICEF sent supplies to attend to the population’s basic needs

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LIMA, 24 April 24 2006 - UNICEF, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Coordinating Team, has sent water supplies to the communities affected by the eruption of the Ubinas volcano to ensure that all families have access to clean drinking water, in particular the region’s children.

The supplies sent by UNICEF consist of 20 litre-cans to store water, tablets of chlorine to purify the water, and other supplies to measure the level of chlorine in the water. In addition, UNICEF has sent Cotrimozasol, an antibiotic to treat children’s respiratory infections and diarrhoea.

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The Ubinas volcano is located in the region of Moquegua, in the southern part of Peru, and is affecting over 3,500 people who live in the Ubinas valley.  Its ashes have already polluted the environment and the river, causing gastrointestinal and conjunctivitis problems in the Ubinas valley’s population.

During emergency crises, UNICEF’s priority is to minimize the effects on children, since they are the most susceptible to illnesses that endanger their health.  Access to safe water is critical to preventing deadly diarrhoea or other water-borne diseases.

For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports 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.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact
Marilú Wiegold, e-mail mwiegold@unicef.org, Telephone +511-213-0706 / Mobile +511-9757-3218
and/or  Maria Pia Valdivia, e-mail: mpvaldivia@unicef.org, Telephone +511-213-0745 / Mobile +511-9352-6944