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UNICEF is appealing for US$ 61.5 million (approximately RM 185 million) to aid over 5 million children in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon #Haiyan. 

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

§ 438,500 people in the affected areas are benefitting from water kits, water treatment products, bladders and home storage containers.

§ UNICEF has provided 137,000 people with supplies needed for practicing basic hygiene and has provided toilet slabs and portable toilets serving 58,600 people.

§ At least 428,000 people now have access to safe water in Tacloban, Cebu, Capiz, Roxas City and three cities in Western Samar.

§ 1,500 people are benefitting from 30 installed mobile toilets in Tacloban.

§ More than 49,000 people have access to safe water through the installation of water bladders in Capiz and Cebu.

§ Some 19,000 people per day in Roxas City have access to safe water through the distribution of water purification tablets, and a water tank. UNICEF was the first to arrive there with water, sanitation and hygiene interventions.

§ 44 mobile toilets were installed in evacuation centres around Tacloban serving 2,200 internally-displaced persons

§ UNICEF has provided materials for 36 toilets and installed 85 portable toilets, which can serve 6,100 people, and has distributed family hygiene kits for 22,000 people in and around Tacloban City.

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Child Protection

§ 36 unaccompanied and separated children have been identified in and around Tacloban City and are accessing follow up services and support.

§ Three Child Friendly Spaces have been opened in Tacloban City, in collaboration with partners. Fifteen new Child Friendly Spaces are planned for Tacloban, and dozens are planned for the region. They will provide a place for children to recover, and help reduce the risks of trafficking, exploitation and other harm.

§ UNICEF is providing tents, recreation kits and specialised supplies for early childhood development.

§ UNICEF is working with local authorities to identity unaccompanied and separated children. To date, three children in Ormoc have been identified and reunited with families, and five unaccompanied children in Tacloban have been registered for emergency care.

§ RapidFTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone-based tool developed by UNICEF, will be used to speed up the process of identifying unaccompanied children and reuniting them with their families. A UNICEF team of RapidFTR members are on the ground in Tacloban.

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Health and Nutrition

§ Over 35,000 children have been vaccinated against polio and measles, and over 24,000 have received Vitamin A supplements through a mass vaccination campaign supported by UNICEF and partners

§ 45,000 children ages 6-23 months in evacuation centres in Tacloban, Cebu and Roxas will benefit from 45,000 boxes of Multiple Micronutrient Powder, meant to sustain their micronutrient levels over the next three months

§ UNICEF, with WHO, will work to reinforce and protect good breastfeeding practices, which are critical life-saving measures for children under two years of age.

§ 112 Inter-agency Diarrheal Kits will be procured, each covering health care needs for 10,000 people for a period of three months.

§ 5,000 severely malnourished children will be treated with Ready to Use Therapeutic Food supplies that are being mobilised.

§ UNICEF has supported the establishment of 30 tents in Tacloban to help create safe spaces for pregnant and lactating women. These tents will also serve as places in which counselling on infant and young child feeding will be provided.

§ A UNICEF Immunisation Specialist will support the planning and coordination, with WHO and the Government Department of Health, of a mass immunisation campaign for measles (children 0-59 months) and oral polio vaccines (children 6-59 months) with Vitamin –A supplementation.


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§ Over 10,000 children have benefited from the establishment of 54 temporary learning spaces each equipped with classroom tents, teaching materials, School In A Box sets and Early Childhood and Recreation Kits

§ 2,000 pre-school children will benefit from 30 sets of Early Childhood Care Development kits and 8,000 school-aged children will benefit from 31 sets of recreation materials in Eastern Samar and Leyte, including Tacloban.

§ UNICEF is supporting a large back-to-school effort planned to begin in January

13 December 2013





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