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UNICEF and UAE Partners Shaping Model Humanitarian Agreements for Pakistani Children

AMMAN, 28 November 2005 --- An innovative approach to emergency response following the October 8th earthquake in Pakistan has engaged important partners in the UAE in a strategy that combines financial contributions with hands-on action to help meet the needs of children in devastated areas, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said today, following a mission to the Middle East and South Asia.

UNICEF agreements with the UAE Red Crescent Society and Dubai Aid City have produced a combination of cash donations, technical support, medical teams and regular planeloads with basic relief items.

For example, the UAE Red Crescent Society and UNICEF signed an agreement to manage a donation of $500,000 from the UAE to support UNICEF’s measles immunisation campaign, which will be supplemented by a team of Emirati nurses and medical experts to help oversee the vaccination effort on the ground. The post-quake measles campaign, organized jointly by UNICEF, WHO and the Pakistan Ministry of Health, seeks to immunize 4 million children in relief camps and health centres at an estimated cost of USD $8 million.

“Replicating the tsunami humanitarian response model with relief operations centralised in Dubai has proven highly effective, and the UAE Red Crescent Society has played an important role in protecting children against the spread of disease", Salah said, signing the agreement on behalf of UNICEF.

Vitamin A supplementation constitutes another pressing UNICEF priority with focus on Pakistani children suffering from sickness and malnutrition.  Vitamin A boosts children’s immune systems.  With winter gradually setting in, ongoing emergency efforts to immunize and boost the health of children remain urgent and can save lives.

Also important is the mobilisation of multi-country cooperation over the next few weeks to deliver supplies needed to get children into learning environments as quickly as possible.

For further information please contact

M. Anis Salem, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa, + 962-79-557-9991, asalem@unicef.org

Wolfgang Friedl, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa, Tel: + 9626-5502-422, Mob: 00-96279-573-2745, wfriedl@unicef.org





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