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UNICEF sends urgently needed supplies to Yangon from the new ASEAN-UN Joint Logistics Hub at Bangkok

© UNICEF EAPRO/2008/Jirathun
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Surin Pitsuwan and Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej at Don Muang Airport

Bangkok, 24 May, - Today, on the inaugural flight from the new ASEAN-UN Joint Logistics Don Muang staging area in Bangkok, UNICEF is sending urgently needed supplies to Yangon.  These include three mobile water treatment units, water storage and distribution equipment along with 2,200 tarpaulins, syringes and other supplies for vaccination. 

The water treatment units, each producing 4,000 litres of drinking water an hour, can on average produce 10 litres of clean water per day for up to 3,200 people – sufficient for cooking, cleaning and drinking. The shipment also includes accessories to set up emergency water systems and consumables for their operation, vital sanitation supplies, plastic latrine slabs and bars of soap, as well as buckets and water quality testing kits.

The donation is made possible by the kind assistance of the Norwegian Church Aid who has collaborated with UNICEF in emergency situations around the world for many years. 

Since the cyclone struck on 2 May, UNICEF has been actively working to provide life saving relief.  Supplies worth millions of dollars, some previously pre-positioned in-country, others bought locally, are being distributed in the hardest hit areas.  

These included family kits of basic household items, tarpaulins, latrine pans and pipes, chlorine water disinfection products, clothes, educational items, recreational items, soap, buckets, mosquito nets as well as emergency health kits. 

Supplies that are being sent into the country include water purification tablets, water tanks ranging in size from 5,000 litres to 50,000 litres, doses of anti-malarial drugs, measles vaccine, Vitamin A, long-lasting mosquito nets, oral rehydration salts, essential medicines/drugs, therapeutic food for infant feeding chemicals for malaria/dengue control. UNICEF is also sending tents for schools as well as educational supplies for children.

With over 130 permanent staff members on the ground, UNICEF is working very closely with various counterparts from all sectors including the Myanmar Red Cross Society in accompanying and physically distributing relief items to the affected population.


For more information, please contact:

Lely Djuhari, UNICEF EAPRO, office: +66 2 356 9409, mobile +66 871 260 621,

Shantha Bloemen, UNICEF EAPRO, office: 66 2 356 9407; mobile 66 81 906 0813,      



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