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Regional Director ROSA, Cecilia Lotse to attend International Donors Conf.

Islamabad November 16, 2005 - United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for South Asia, Ms. Cecilia Lotse will be arriving here this evening from Kathmandu, on a three day official visit to Pakistan.

Soon after her arrival, Ms. Lotse will travel directly to the earthquake affected areas to meet with affectees and see UNICEF interventions in relief camps, hospitals and communities. She will also lead the UNICEF delegation at the International Donor Conference being held in Islamabad on Saturday.   

As one of the lead UN agencies involved in relief efforts UNICEF, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and the World Health Organisation, has so far vaccinated 400,000 children against measles, 17000 against Tetanus Toxoid and administered Vitamin A supplement to 76000 children. An ongoing accelerated measles campaign that includes Vitamin A supplementation, aims to cover 800,000 children under the age of 15 in Pakistan Administered Kashmir during the next 2 weeks.

UNICEF leads the Water and Sanitation activities and, in collaboration with the government and other NGOs working in this sector, has prioritized the delivery of water and sanitation in densely populated areas affected by earthquake, camps for internally displaced persons, hospitals, schools and to people still stranded in remote valleys.

UNICEF has set up 33 tent schools in NWFP and another 10 in Muzaffarabad and is providing school supplies including furniture, text books, teaching aids etc. to a number of damaged schools in an effort to get children back to learning.

In terms of providing protection to affected children, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education and partners in registering children separated from their families and reunifying them. So far, more than 7000 children in various camps of Muzaffarabad and Mansehra districts have been registered. 

UNICEF’s achievements in terms of providing relief and assistance to the earthquake affected people are the result of concerted efforts by the organisation’s national and international staff. Since the earthquake, UNICEF has been engaged, on one hand, to provide relief to affected people especially children, and on the other, to raise funds internationally by approaching governments and individual donors through its National Committees and country offices.



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