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UNICEF launches $144.5 million appeal

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UNICEF in Viet Nam requests resources from the private sector.

Hanoi, 7 January 2005 - UNICEF is seeking $144.5 million to support urgent humanitarian aid for the estimated 1.5 million affected children in South Asia, many of which have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support. UNICEF has estimated that children account for more than one-third of tsunami deaths.

The flash appeal, part of a larger UN appeal issued Thursday in Jakarta, will address immediate and emerging needs, and will include:

- Emergency immunization to prevent fatal childhood diseases
- Supply of clean, safe water and provision of basic sanitation
- Special feeding for malnourished children and pregnant women
- Care for traumatized children
- Protection for orphans and separated children
- Provision of education kits, rehabilitation of schools to ensure return of children to school as soon as possible.

The overriding health needs for the tsunami-affected region will be directed at the prevention and treatment of malaria, water-borne diseases (cholera, dysentery, diarrhoea), measles, tetanus, and acute respiratory diseases. UNICEF will provide basic drugs and supplies to cover over three million people including the 1.5 million children in the region.

Water-borne diseases are common in natural disasters and are a major risk in this situation where tsunamis have contaminated water sources with debris and faecal contaminants throughout the region. Prevention will come from immediate distribution of educational materials advocating for hand-washing and various forms of water-purification; appropriate use of water (even seawater) for washing and hygiene, versus clean water for drinking and cooking.

The primary nutritional threat to the estimated 1.5 million affected children displaced from homes and in an environment where the basic infrastructure of food purchase and delivery has been interrupted will be acute malnutrition, both protein-calorie as well as vitamins and minerals. UNICEF will help set up targeted supplementary feeding centres and provide fortified blended food to malnourished under-fives children, pregnant and lactating women among the displaced population.
Furthermore, the simple process of attending school is a key step in returning a sense of normalcy to the lives of children affected by emergencies. UNICEF recognizes that getting children back to school as soon as possible after disasters is instrumental in helping them recover from trauma and shock. In the immediate short term, the provision of education kits, or ‘school-in-a-box’ allows for children to be accommodated in a temporary classroom setting.

As a non-profit humanitarian agency funded entirely by voluntary contributions, UNICEF said that it has a responsibility to provide as much support to the children of South Asia as possible.

UNICEF in Viet Nam is also requesting resources from the private sector in the region to help the tsunami’s victims. This is the first time, UNICEF asks for the contributions from the private sector in Viet Nam to help the children outside of Viet Nam.

“We have been approached by individuals and companies in Viet Nam who want to contribute to the initiated relief efforts. We are grateful to receive donations from individuals and enterprises for the children and women in the affected areas” said Mr. Christian Salazar, Officer-in-charge of UNICEF Viet Nam.

Help UNICEF help children and families with health care, nutrition, clean water/sanitation, education and child protection.


Donations can be made through our bank account at:
ANZ Bank, 14 Le Thai To, Hanoi or 11 Me Linh Square, District 1, HCMC.
UNICEF Viet Nam  Hanoi Branch account 110999 for Vietnamese Dong or
Account 110988 for US Dollar

All donations should be indicated for “Tsunami Appeal”

Donations can also be made directly at UNICEF Viet Nam offices:

Hanoi Office
72 Ly Thuong Kiet St.,
Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi.
Tel: (84 4) 942 5706 - 11

Ho Chi Minh Office
Unit 1406, Suh Wah Tower,
115 Nguyen Hue, Dist. 1,
Ho Chi Minh City,
Tel: (84 8) 821 9413
Or contact UNICEF Viet Nam for further information
Mr. Trinh Anh Tuan, Communication Officer,
Tel: (04) 942 5706 ext 234 or 0903296393 or





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