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Donors support relief efforts

2010-01-19

NEW YORK, USA, 19 January 2010 – As the full magnitude of the crisis in Haiti continues to unfold, donors have rushed to provide UNICEF with funding to meet the needs of children and families at risk.

 

Essential supplies

Even as donors continue to fill the funding gaps, more aid is beginning to get into the earthquake zone:

  • To date, three planeloads of UNICEF supplies have landed in Haiti and one has touched down in the neighbouring Dominican Republic; more supply flights are planned in the coming days.
  • UNICEF is scaling up distribution of safe water daily. Yesterday, 80,000 people received drinking water from tanks positioned around Port-au-Prince and hospitals in the capital received 120,000 litres.
  • Today, UNICEF warehouse tents bound for Haiti, via the Dominican Republic, left the United Arab Emirates in donated cargo space aboard an Emirates Airlines flight.
  • Tomorrow, 90 metric tonnes of emergency aid – including, shelter materials, nutrition kits, essential medicines and water-and-sanitation supplies – will leave on a UNICEF commercial flight from Billund, Denmark, to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

As more resources become available and logistical problems on the ground are resolved, the flow of relief assistance is expected to accelerate in devastated areas of Haiti. Working with its donors and partners, UNICEF is planning for the needs of quake-affected children for the next six months and beyond, in hopes of building a stronger foundation for their future.

Support from government, corporate and individual donors is critical to the relief effort in Port-au-Prince and other areas devastated by the 12 January earthquake.

"Food, fuel and water are key elements that are needed now," said UNICEF Director of Public Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Afshan Khan. "And we very much appreciate the support we've gotten from donors thus far to be able to scale up our operations."

Overall, UNICEF has appealed for $128 million to fund its emergency response in Haiti over the next six months. The funding request was part of a UN-wide appeal for $575 million. Since the disaster struck a week ago today, donors worldwide have given and pledged generously to help UNICEF assist quake-affected Haitian children, starting with lifesaving water-and-sanitation supplies.

But the needs of quake-affected children remain overwhelming.

Public and private donor support

 

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.