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UNICEF on Standby to Assist Government of Vanuatu as TC Pam approaches Vanuatu

SUVA, 13 March 2015 – As Vanuatu braces itself for Tropical Cyclone Pam, UNICEF remains on standby to assist the Government of Vanuatu.

“We are committed to helping children and families as they prepare for one of the most severe cyclones. UNICEF is cluster lead for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster group and is closely working with the group’s members - Ministry of Health (MoH), Rural Water Supply, Vanuatu Red Cross, UNICEF, French Red Cross, Vanuatu Red Cross, WHO, ADRA, World Vision and Oxfam – to coordinate WASH related activities that will support and complement the Government’s efforts,” said UNICEF Pacific Deputy Representative, Ms. Isabelle Austin.

She added that “UNICEF is also supporting a holistic approach to the emergency preparedness and response by ensuring that support is provided to nutrition, health, education and protection clusters.”

The Government of Vanuatu has in place well organised preparations and plans, and has convened committed humanitarian partners for the preparedness and response phase, including UNICEF. 

UNICEF also remains on standby to provide support to other Pacific Island Countries – Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Republic of Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Fiji as they are also experiencing severe weather at this time.

For more updates on the ground please visit our UNICEF Pacific Youtube channel -

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For further information, please contact:

Alice Clements, Tel: +678 546 7132,

Donna Hoerder, Tel: +679 3236 100



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