09/05/2023

Pre-positioning of supplies saves lives

On 16 December 2021, as families across the Philippines prepared to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones after a two-year COVID-19 travel ban, typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette) hit the central and southern parts of the country with force exceeding the previous records set by super typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Strong winds reaching 195 km/h…, Dealing with emergencies, On the day typhoon Odette happened, I was working in the UNICEF Country Office in Manila. When I heard the news, I immediately searched social media channels to see the extent of the damage. Although the typhoon was huge, I was not worried about UNICEF’s readiness to respond to the crisis.   Since typhoon Haiyan almost ten years earlier, our…, Urgent needs, In the first days following the typhoon, children and families urgently needed access to clean water and sanitation, shelter, medicines, and food. To protect communities at risk of waterborne diseases, we provided Aquatabs to purify water, jerrycans to store clean water, family hygiene and dignity kits. We also provided high-performance tents to…, Agility to respond, Pre-positioning supplies is integral to our office emergency preparedness plan and is essential to ensure we can support families in an emergency and mitigate further crises such as disease outbreaks. For UNICEF to live up to our Core Commitments for Children, pre-positioning of life-saving supplies is an important part of our work especially for…