UNICEF in action
UNICEF is appealing for US$ 34 million to aid the four million children of the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon #Haiyan when it ripped through the archipelago four days ago.
§ UNICEF Philippines is currently moving 10,000 packs of water purification tablets, 3,000 hygiene kits and two water treatment units.
§ UNICEF Copenhagen is sending over 20 generators to power water treatment plants. Over 1,200 water quality testing kits are also being sent, as well as collapsible water bladders. UNICEF is purchasing 10,000 water kits and 10,500 family water kits locally, as well as water tablets for 6.3 million litres of water.
§ UNICEF hygiene specialists will provide technical advice on appropriate alternatives to toilets, and, safe solid and liquid waste disposal, and water surveillance in order to offset the advance of disease outbreaks. UNICEF will also assist in promoting menstrual hygiene management and gender separate facilities at learning centres and spaces.
§ UNICEF is rushing 30 emergency health kits, each one for a population of 1,000 people for three months. UNICEF is also sending folic acid and antibiotics for adults and children.
§ The agency will set up therapeutic feeding centres to treat severe acute malnutrition of children. Ready to use therapeutic food (peanut paste) and 1.35 million sachets of micronutrient powder is also en route.
§ UNICEF has delivered 1,860 tarpaulins - reinforced plastic sheeting – and 72 tents which may be used for schools and safe spaces, and is seeking funding to establish safe learning spaces so that children can get back to learning and parents can be reassured that their children are safe during the day. UNICEF will help set up psychosocial recovery programmes, will include training thousands of teachers and day care workers in how to use play and art work to help children overcome the trauma they have experienced.
§ UNICEF is working with local authorities to identify and register children who may be separated from their families in displacement. UNICEF will use funding to support strengthening national, regional, and local government bodies, including local and barangay councils for the welfare of children, noting that these institutions have been weakened during the last emergencies.