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One year after Typhoon Haiyan: building stronger, resilient communities

MANILA, Philippines, 8 November 2014 – A year after Typhoon Haiyan left more than 6 million children in need of emergency assistance, UNICEF is helping build stronger more resilient communities that are better prepared for future disasters.

“We must sustain the gains made for children over the past year, and make communities resilient to future disasters,” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative. “The area is prone to natural disasters. Our efforts must continue beyond the one-year mark, so that any future natural disaster does not result in the same level of damage and devastation.”

A year ago millions of children in the Philippines lost their homes, schools and loved ones. Typhoon Haiyan affected more than 14 million people, including four million who were left homeless. UNICEF responded immediately deploying emergency teams and supplies as well as essential health, protection, nutrition, education and water and sanitation support.  Over the last year UNICEF has;

  • Provided 1.3 million people with access to clean water and 500,000 children with hygiene supplies at their schools.
  • Immunized more than 1.3 million children against measles.
  • Built more than 2,000 temporary learning spaces for more than 210,000 children and provided 620,000 children with school supplies.
  • Provided approximately 40,000 children with critical psychological support.

A year later, UNICEF’s work has shifted from emergency assistance to investments in longer-term activities to strengthen communities, such as;

  • Providing cash assistance to more than 15,000 vulnerable families to pay for basics like food, shelter, school fees and healthcare while rebuilding their lives.  
  • Strengthening health care by rebuilding cold chains - the system used to safely distribute vaccines - with disaster resilient equipment in 150 health facilities.
  • Improving sanitation by building latrines and other sanitation infrastructure while working with communities to end open defecation.

UNICEF will continue to work with partners and alongside communities for as long as needed to rebuild and restore normal life for children and their families in the Philippines.

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For further information, please contact:
Zafrin Chowdhury, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Philippines in Manila, Tel: +632 901 01 77, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366, zchowdhury@unicef.org
Marianna Zaichykova, Emergency Communication Specialist, UNICEF Philippines in Tacloban, Mobile: +63 917 5059130, mzaichykova@unicef.org





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