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Pakistan Situation Reports - September 11, 2010

2010-09-10

 

Updates on UNICEF's emergency response to the devastating floods  

 

Water and Sanitation     Health Nutrition Child Protection Education
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UNICEF and partners are delivering safe drinking water to
over
2.5 million
people daily. 


Over 1.3 million children and women have been immunized against deadly diseases.


Nutrition and health supplies are distributed
across Pakistan daily, benefitting over 95,976
children & women
to date.


175 Child Friendly Spaces are providing educational and recreational services
to more than 34,207 children.


213 Temporary Learning Centres are ensuring that over 20,884 children have access to education.


September 11, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan
 

The total number of affected people stands at 20.5 million. Prevention of disease outbreaks of diarrhea, measles, malaria and cholera is the top priority in all flood affected areas.

UNICEF and partners are distributing safe drinking water to 2.5 million people every day. An additional 150,000 have been able to drink safe water due to the distribution of 2.2 million water purifying tablets. UNICEF is collaborating with partners to chlorinate all water sources in flood affected areas.

The amount of latrines has increased to 2,723. More than 71,000 hygiene kits have been distributed benefiting over 500,000 people. More than 106,000 hygiene promotion sessions have been conducted for over 744,000 people.

UNICEF and partners are providing health services in the 57 worst-affected districts across five provinces. More than 30,000 Lady Health Workers are providing vaccination, health education and support for maternal and child health in the worst affected regions. Over 1.3 million children and women have been immunized to date.

More than 200,000 people have benefitted from these medical services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 75% are women and children. The governments of Punjab and Sindh are providing health services to more than 1.7 million patients in camps with UNICEF support. We continue to distribute messages on safe motherhood, breastfeeding, clean drinking water, hand washing and immunization. 

To prevent an outbreak of malaria, UNICEF is supporting the government fumigation of standing waters and is distributing 25,000 insecticide-treated bed nets.

Key nutrition supplies (like high energy biscuits, therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets) and health supplies (oral rehydration salts, zinc, amoxicillin and de-worming tablets) are distributed to all four provinces daily. More than 95,976 children and pregnant and lactating women have benefitted from these services



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  Flood-affected children at a temporary learning centre have an opportunity to play, learn and just be children.
Four 24 hours Help Lines provide counselling and referral services to children and women. A total of 175 Child Friendly Spaces are providing educational and recreational services to more than 34,207 children. To date, more than 14,921 children and 2,039 women have received psycho-social support. Out of 397 unaccompanied and separated children, 263 children have been reunified with family. The Child Protection cluster is also developing mechanisms and tools to identify cases of sexual and gender based violence and provide appropriate services to the victims.

More than 20,884 children have benefitted from 213 Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs). School supplies including tents, School-in-a-Box kits and recreation kits are being provided. UNICEF and partners will support the government in setting up 328 centres.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund




September 9, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan


Prevention of disease outbreaks of diarrhea, measles, malaria and cholera is the top priority in all flood affected areas.

Forty per cent of households lost all food stock as a result of the floods. Children under five, pregnant and lactating women and the elderly are extremely vulnerable with respect to food inaccessibility.

UNICEF and partners are distributing safe drinking water to 2.4 million people every day. An additional 150,000 have been able to drink safe water due to the distribution of 2.2 million water purifying tablets. UNICEF is collaborating with partners to chlorinate all water sources in flood affected areas.

The amount of latrines has increased to 2,723. More than 71,000 hygiene kits have been distributed benefiting over 500,000 people. More than 106,000 hygiene promotion sessions have been conducted for over 744,000 people. 
 


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Dr. Nasreem Khaskheli takes the blood pressure of a patient during a mobile health clinic consultation while her young son looks on.
UNICEF and partners are providing health services in the 57 worst-affected districts across five provinces. More than 30,000 Lady Health Workers are providing vaccination, health education and support for maternal and child health in the worst affected regions. Over 1.3 million children and women have been immunized to date.

More than 200,000 people have benefitted from these medical services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 75% are women and children. The governments of Punjab and Sindh are providing health services to more than 1.7 million patients in camps with UNICEF support. We continue to distribute messages on safe motherhood, breastfeeding, clean drinking water, hand washing and immunization. 

To prevent malaria, UNICEF is supporting the government fumigation of standing waters and is distributing insecticide-treated bed nets.

The floods have had a devastating impact on the short and long term nutritional status of children under five as well as pregnant and lactating women. Key nutrition supplies (like high energy biscuits, therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets) and health supplies (oral rehydration salts, zinc, amoxicillin and de-worming tablets) are distributed to all four provinces daily. More than 90,271 children and pregnant and lactating women have benefitted from these services.

Four 24 hours Help Lines provide counselling and referral services to children and women. A total of 175 Child Friendly Spaces are providing educational and recreational services to more than 34,207 children. To date, more than 14,921 children and 2,039 women have received psycho-social support. Out of 397 unaccompanied and separated children, 263 children have been reunified with family. The Child Protection cluster is also developing mechanisms and tools to identify cases of sexual and gender based violence and provide appropriate services to the victims.

More than 20,268 children have benefitted from 197 Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs). School supplies including tents, School-in-a-Box kits and recreation kits are being provided. UNICEF and partners will support the government in setting up 328 centres.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund




September 7, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan


Floods continue to displace more people in Sindh over the last three days. The overall affected population now stands at 20.5 million. A major concern is the lack of access to clean water for 72% of the affected households.

The number of people suffering from acute watery diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, skin diseases and suspected malaria cases is rising.

Forty per cent of households lost all food stock as a result of the floods. 

UNICEF and partners are distributing safe drinking water to 2.4 million people every day. An additional 150,000 have been able to drink safe water due to the distribution of 2.2 million water purifying tablets. UNICEF is collaborating with partners to chlorinate all water sources in flood affected areas.

 

 
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A woman reads an educational brochure during a health and hygiene education session at a school. Waterborne diseases pose a threat, especially to children, as a result of flooding.
The amount of latrines has increased to 2,488. More than 62,000 hygiene kits have been distributed benefiting over 440,000 people. More than 96,000 hygiene promotion sessions have been conducted for over 677,000 people.

UNICEF and partners are providing health services in all 57 affected districts across five provinces. More than 30,000 Lady Health Workers are providing vaccination, health education and support for maternal and child health in the worst affected regions. Over 1.1 million children and women have been immunized to date.

More than 190,000 people have kbenefitted from these medical services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 75% are women and children. The governments of Punjab and Sindh are providing health services to more than 1.7 million patients in camps with UNICEF support. We continue to distribute messages on safe motherhood, breastfeeding, clean drinking water, handwashing and immunization. 

To prevent malaria, UNICEF is supporting the government fumigation of standing waters and is distributing insecticide-treated bed nets.

The floods have had a devastating impact on the short and long term nutritional status of children under five as well as pregnant and lactating women. Key nutrition supplies (like high energy biscuits, therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets) and health supplies (oral rehydration salts, zinc, amoxicillin and de-worming tablets) are distributed to all four provinces daily. More than 96,876 children and pregnant and lactating women have benefitted from these services.

Four 24 hours Help Lines provide counselling and referral services to children and women. A total of 144 Child Friendly Spaces are providing educational and recreational services to more than 16,000 children. To date, more than 12,000 children and 1,000 women have received psycho-social support. Out of 161 unaccompanied and separated children, 133 children have been reunified with family. The Child Protection cluster is also developing mechanisms and tools to identify cases of sexual and gender based violence and provide appropriate services to the victims.

More than 16,649 children have benefitted from 441 Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs). School supplies including tents, School-in-a-Box kits and recreation kits are being provided. UNICEF and partners will support the government in setting up 250 TLCs to benefit 10,000 students.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund



September 4, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan

The latest government updates show 18.7 million people have been affected. More than 1.1 million people are still living in temporary shelters - with 1.2 million people living in schools. Reaching the affected population continues to be a challenge.

UNICEF and partners are distributing safe drinking water to 2.4 million people every day. An additional 150,000 have been able to drink safe water due to the distribution of 2.1 million water purifying tablets. UNICEF is collaborating with partners to chlorinate all water sources in flood affected areas.

The amount of latrines has increased to 2,342. More than 62,000 hygiene kits have been distributed benefiting over 440,000 people. More than 78,000 hygiene promotion sessions have been conducted for over 550,000 people.

 

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A girl stands before a sprawling tent camp for people displaced by flooding, in Sukkur, a city in Pakistan's Sindh province. 
UNICEF and partners are providing health services in all 57 affected districts across five provinces. More than 30,000 Lady Health Workers are providing vaccination, health education and support for maternal and child health in the worst affected regions. Over one million children and women have been immunized to date.

More than 170,000 people have benefitted from these medical services, about 75% are women and children. The governments of Punjab and Sindh are providing health services to more than 1.7 million patients in camps with UNICEF support. We continue to distribute messages on safe motherhood, breastfeeding, clean drinking water, handwashing and immunization. 

The floods have a devastating impact on the short and long term nutritional status of children under five as well as pregnant and lactating women. Key nutrition supplies (like high energy biscuits, therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets) and health supplies (oral rehydration salts, zinc, amoxicillin and de-worming tablets) are distributed to all four provinces daily. More than 96,835 children and pregnant and lactating women have benefitted from these services.

Four 24 hours Help Lines provide counselling and referral services to children and women. A total of 131 Child Friendly Spaces are providing educational and recreational services to more than 16,000 children. To date, more than 17,000 children and 1,000 women have received psycho-social support. Out of 161 unaccompanied and separated children, 139 children have been reunified with family. The Child Protection cluster is also developing mechanisms and tools to identify cases of sexual and gender based violence and provide appropriate services to the victims.

More than 14,252 children have benefitted from 109 Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs). School supplies including tents, School-in-a-Box kits and recreation kits are being provided. UNICEF and partners will support the government in setting up 250 TLCs.

UNICEF and partners are planning to support 1,200 people living with HIV in the flood-affected areas with conditional cash transfers as well as food and non-food items to cover clinical consultation and transport costs.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund

 

 


September 2, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan


The total number of people affected by the floods is now over 18 million, with 7.4 million considered to be "extremely vulnerable."  Floods continue in southern Sindh and more towns and villages are inundated with water.

There are continuously increasing cases of acute diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, skin diseases and suspected malaria in the flood affected districts. Cases of cholera and polio have also increased.

 

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A young boy sits in a school tent in Sindh province, Pakistan, where some 180 displaced children are beginning classes despite the emergency raging around them.
UNICEF and partners are distributing safe drinking water to 2.2 million people every day. More than 2.1 million water purifying tablets and sachets have been distributed to date, along with other supply items. UNICEF is collaborating with partners to chlorinate all water sources in flood affected areas.

The amount of latrines has increased to 2,281. More than 60,000 hygiene kits have been distributed benefiting over 420,000 people. More than 71,000 hygiene promotion sessions have been conducted for over 499,000 people.

UNICEF and partners are coordinating health services to prevent health threats and outbreaks, as well as deliver medical supplies in all provinces. So far, over 170,000 people have benefitted from these medical services, about 75% are women and children.  Over one million children and women have been immunized to date and we continue to distribute messages on safe motherhood, breastfeeding, clean drinking water, handwahsing and immunization.

The floods have a devastating impact on the short and long term nutritional status of children under five as well as pregnant and lactating women. Key nutrition supplies (like high energy biscuits, therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets) and health supplies (oral rehydration salts, zinc, amoxicillin and de-worming tablets) are distributed to all four provinces daily. More than 96,835 children and pregnant and lactating women have benefitted from these services.

Four 24 hours Help Lines operating in all provinces provide counselling and referral services to children and women. A total of 131 Child Friendly Spaces are providing educational and recreational services to more than 15,000 children. To date, more than 10,000 children and 900 women have received psycho-social support. Out of 161 unaccompanied and separated children, 139 children have been reunified with family.

More than 13,490 children have benefitted from 101 Temporary Learning and Recreation facilities. School supplies including tents, School-in-a-Box kits and recreation kits are being provided. UNICEF and partners are assessing damage to schools and working on plans to construct temporary school structures.

UNICEF and partners are planning to support 1,200 people living with HIV in the flood-affected areas.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund



August 31, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan

 

The total number of people affected by the floods increased to 18 million, as more embankments were breached and nearly one million more people were displaced in southern Sindh. Nine million children and three million women are affected.

 

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In Karachi, the capital of Pakistan's Sindh province, girls carry large bottles of water in a camp for
people displaced by flooding.
UNICEF and partners are distributing safe drinking water to 2.1 million people every day. More than 1.15 million water purifying tablets and sachets have been distributed to date, along with other supply items. UNICEF is collaborating with partners to chlorinate all water sources in flood affected areas.

At least 40,000 people across Pakistan are benefitting from 2,000 latrines. More than 59,000 hygiene kits have been distributed benefiting over 400,000 people. More than 64,000 hygiene promotion sessions have been conducted for over 450,000 people.

Medical services are being provided in all provinces through medical camps, mobile medical teams and static facilities. So far, around 80,000 people have benefitted from these medical services, about 75% are women and children.  Over 971,000 children and women have been immunized to date. To avert a malaria outbreak, UNICEF is supporting the Departments of Health for the fumigation of standing flood waters.

Key nutrition supplies (like high energy biscuits, therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets) and health supplies (oral rehydration salts, zinc, amoxicillin and de-worming tablets) are distributed to all four provinces daily. Nutrition supplies in three provinces have benefited more than 36,000 children as well as pregnant and lactating women. UNICEF has distributed nutrition kits for severely malnourished children to children's hospitals.

Four 24 hours Help Lines operating in all provinces provide counselling and referral services to children and women. A total of 135 Child Friendly Spaces are providing educational and recreational services to more than 23,000 children. To date, more than 10,000 children and 900 women have received psycho-social support. Out of 156 unaccompanied and separated children, 139 children have been reunified with family.

More than 12,782 children have benefitted from 95 Temporary Learning and Recreation facilities. UNICEF and partners are assessing damage to schools.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund




August 28, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan

Nearly 3.4 million people (483,000 households) in Punjab are “extremely vulnerable,” having lost everything during the flood and are in need immediate relief at least till the coming wheat harvest (April-May 2011). They will also need temporary shelters till they are properly rehabilitated in their own homes.

 

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A child drinks safe water from a bowl held by his mother. UNICEF is delivering safe drinking water to accessible areas in the province.
UNICEF and partners are distributing safe drinking water to approximately two million people every day. More than 1.15 million water purifying tablets and sachets have been distributed to date, along with other supply items. UNICEF is collaborating with partners to chlorinate all water sources in flood affected areas.

Sanitation is also a priority and 2,000 latrines are set-up in all four provinces serving at least 40,000 people. More than 58,000 hygiene kits have been distributed benefiting over 400,000 people. More than 56,000 hygiene promotion sessions have been conducted for over 395,000 people.

More than 30,000 Lady Health Workers in 57 districts are providing vaccination, health education and Maternal and Child Health care to the worst affected districts. Over 900,000 children and women have been immunized to date. In Khyber Pakhutnkhwa province, UNICEF-supported health teams provided medical services to 12,818 households.

Key nutrition supplies (like high energy biscuits, therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets) and health supplies (oral rehydration salts, zinc, amoxicillin and de-worming tablets) are distributed to all four provinces daily. Nutrition supplies in three provinces have benefited more than 36,000 children as well as pregnant and lactating women. About one million oral rehydration sachets were distributed to 500,000 children under five in Punjab alone. UNICEF and partners has started to train health care workers to screen for malnourished children under five.

Four 24 hours Help Lines operating in all provinces provide counselling and referral services to children and women. A total of 109 Child Friendly Spaces are providing educational and recreational services to more than 13,000 children. To date, more than 10,000 children and 900 women have received psycho-social support. Out of 156 unaccompanied and separated children, 139 children have been reunified with family.

The number of Temporary Learning and Recreation facilities established at relief camps has increased from 66 to 73, benefiting more than 12,000 children. UNICEF and partners are assessing damage to schools.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund


August 26, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan

Several areas in the Sindh and Balochistan provinces are inundated by water as some of the dykes are breached and more people are being evacuated to safer places. The suspected cases of malaria are rising in these provinces.

UNICEF continues to lead relief efforts for water and sanitation and nutrition, and work with partners to provide child protection and education services.

UNICEF and partners are reaching more than two million people with safe drinking water every day and over one million people with water purifying tablets.

Over 1,550 latrines were set-up to serve at least 35,000 persons. More than 50,000 hygiene kits have been distributed benefiting over 345,000 people.

 

UNICEF immunized over 700,000 children and mothers
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UNICEF and partners are providing immunization and hygiene services to prevent disease outbreaks.
UNICEF is supporting more than 30,000 Lady Health Workers to provide vaccination, health education and Maternal and Child Health care in 57 districts. More than 700,000 children have been vaccinated against polio, measles, tuberculosis and tetanus. Mobile medical services have helped more than 22,000 people. Almost 1,000 women have received prenatal and postnatal care.

Key nutrition supplies (like high energy biscuits, therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets) and health supplies (oral rehydration salts, zinc, amoxicilin and de-worming tablets) are distributed daily. Nutrition supplies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone have benefited more than 10,000 children and about 3,000 pregnant and lactating women. The pace of work is expected to pick up fast in other provinces as well when a plane load of nutrition supplies arrives at the end of the week. 

Four 24 hours Help Lines operating in all provinces provide counselling and referral services to children and women. One hundred Child Friendly Spaces provide educational and recreational services to more than 11,000 children. More than 10,000 children and 900 women have been provided with psycho-social support. Out of 156 unaccompanied and separated children, 131 children have been reunified with family.

Temporary Learning and Recreation facilities were established in 66 relief centres benefiting nearly 11,000 children. Some children among these have lost both parents and several are disabled due to polio.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund


August 24, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan

Flash floods in the mountainous regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan have washed away valley roads and other physical infrastructures. The local population is cut-off from the main district centres and need relief supplies and services by helicopters. Flooding has intensified in the south and more people are evacuated to safer places.

Nearly 200,000 cases of acute diarrhoea, 263,000 cases of skin diseases and over 200,000 acute respiratory infection cases have been reported in flood affected areas across the country.

UNICEF and partners are providing clean drinking water to almost two million people daily. UNICEF has also supported the distribution of more than 386,000 water cleaning tablets and sachets.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 52 water tanks, 8 wash rooms, 12 washing pads have been installed in school camps in seven districts.  Over 620 latrines have been set-up in three flood-affected provinces. More than 49,000 hygiene kits have been distributed to help over 343,000 people.

 

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Amina, 19, receives a vaccination at a UNICEF-supported health centre in a camp for those displaced in Charsaddah, Pakistan.
Mobile medical services in various flood affected districts have helped over 23,000 people so far. More than 770,000 children and women have received vaccinations.

Messages on safe motherhood, breastfeeding, clean drinking water, hand washing and immunization are being conveyed through health education sessions provided by UNICEF partners in all provinces.

Key nutrition and health supplies are distributed daily in all four provinces. (Supplies include: high energy biscuits, read-to-use therapeutic foods, micro-nutrient sachets and tablets, oral rehydration salts, zinc, Amoxicillin and de-worming tablets.) A plane load of nutrition supplies is expected to arrive at the end of this week.  

Child Protection services are available in all four provinces and are now conducting rapid assessments.  Four 24-hour Help Lines have been instrumental in providing counselling and referral services to children and women. Over 70 Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) are providing educational and recreational activities to more than 11,000 children. Also more than 10,000 children and 400 women have received psychosocial support. Out of 120 unaccompanied and separated children, 100 children have been reunified with family.

In Balochistan, UNICEF and partners have initiated a detailed assessment of school damages due to floods in four districts.

In Punjab, shelter schools are functional in all major relief camps and IDP camps. Shelter schools are run by government teachers. UNICEF has provided ‘School in a Box’ and ‘Recreational’ kits to run these schools.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund
 


August 20, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan


    One-fifth of the country is now underwater. The area ravaged by the water is estimated to be at least 160,000 square kilometers - larger than the size of England.  Entire villages and towns have been evacuated and washed away.
UNICEF continues to provide emergency assistance to prevent waterborne diseases. As many as 3.5 million children will be at risk of contracting deadly diseases like dysentery, diarrhea and cholera.

UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Daniel Toole visited the provinces worst-affected by the floods. Mr. Toole observed that the flood waters may stay on surfaces for many months - leading to a long displacement period and a difficult return to livelihoods. 


There is an urgent need to scale up water treatment as there is a very serious concern for acute watery diarrhea and cholera.  UNICEF is providing clean drinking water to over 1.1 million people daily.  Water quality testing is in progress and 194 water sources have been identified and chlorinated. To improve sanitation, UNICEF has installed hand pumps, latrines and toilets in camps and schools, and has distributed soap and family hygiene kits (37,839 to date).

To address nutrition needs, UNICEF is distributing high energy biscuits, micronutrients and therapeutic foods to children, pregnant and lactating women.  Educational messaging for breastfeeding, hygiene and nutrition is shared with mothers and families.

In mobile health centres, vaccination is are underway to protect against polio, measles, tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria, tetanus & pertussis. 



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Students and teachers in a makeshift school tent
Child protection hotlines and child-friendly spaces are identifying and registering vulnerable, separated and missing children to reunite them with their families. UNICEF child-friendly spaces are also providing psychosocial support and education. 

UNICEF is assessing schools and education needs. Over 1.2 million children could be denied access to education as a result of the floods.

UNICEF has provided reading, writing, play material and recreation kits to children in displacement camps. Teachers have also been trained. There is a lot of enthusiasm and interest from the camp schools as many of them have never been at school before.

Despite the continuing efforts of the Government and the humanitarian community to assist affected populations across the country, large numbers of people are yet to be reached with the assistance they need, particularly in Sindh and Punjab. To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund.




August 17, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan


The scale of the disaster continues to expand. Thousands are still trapped in flooded districts, while intermittent rains and river levels continue to devastate the region. 

UNICEF continues to lead relief efforts for water and sanitation and nutrition, and work with partners to provide child protection and education services.

UNICEF is providing clean drinking water to over a million people through the restoration of 133 water supply schemes and daily water trucking. The demand for safe drinking water is increasing as the supply from other sources is going down.


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Victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan's Nowshera district now live in makeshift tents.
With UNICEF support, emergency latrines are being established and a total of 37,290 family hygiene kits have been distributed to date. UNICEF is also providing continued support for the cleaning of roads, streets and the restoration of sanitation services. Water testing is in progress along with chlorination of water supply schemes in the Sindh district – the one of the hardest hit by the floods.

To address nutrition needs, UNICEF is distributing high energy biscuits, micronutrients and therapeutic foods to children, pregnant and lactating women.

UNICEF-supported health centres are vaccinating against disease, providing check-ups and dispensing medical care to children and mothers. Vaccinations are underway to protect against polio, measles, tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria, tetanus & pertussis. Children are also receiving oral rehydration salts, zinc and vitamin A.

Child protection specialists are identifying, registering and reuniting missing or unaccompanied children with their families. UNICEF Child-Friendly Spaces are providing psychosocial support and referrals to health facilities.

To restore a sense of normalcy, UNICEF is distributing educational School-in-a-Boxes and recreational kits.  UNICEF staffers are also assessing damaged schools.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund.



August 13, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan


Currently, 20 million people have been affected by the Pakistan floods as 1/5 of the country is underwater.  Preventing waterborne disease remains the urgent priority for UNICEF and its partners.

UNICEF is reaching over one million people with water and sanitation services – which is 1/6 of those in need – and is providing family hygiene kits, soaps and the restoration of sanitation services. More funds are required to scale up our response. Those who remain unreached are susceptible to fatal cases of waterborne diseases, (like cholera), diarrhea and dehydration.  



UNICEF supplies for Pakistan floods
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100 metric tons of emergency relief
supplies sent by the UNICEF main warehouse in Copenhagen arrived in Karachi, Pakistan on August 12, 2010.
The first chartered airliner carrying 100 metric tonnes of UNICEF emergency relief items arrived in Karachi, Pakistan. Relief items include health kits, nutrition supplies, midwifery kits and tarpaulin.

UNICEF is distributing oral rehydration salts and zinc tablets to treat 5 million people suffering from diarrhea and dehydration.  UNICEF-supported health teams are also immunizing against polio, measles, cholera and tetanus. Health services provide micronutrient sachets and vitamin A to children as well as antennal care to pregnant mothers.

Children are also receiving supplementary food. Floods have threatened the long-term food security in many regions.

Child protection services are identifying, registering and reuniting unaccompanied children. Children are also receiving psychosocial services and referrals to health facilities.

UNICEF has offered to assist its partners in addressing the special vulnerability of women and girls in response to the devastating monsoon floods.

More than 700 schools have been damaged by the floods.  Temporary learning spaces, (including textbooks and basic learning material) have been set up in a few displacement camps.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund.



August 11, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan



Children are the most vulnerable during emergenices
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Children are the most vulnerable during emergencies.
Over 14 million people – almost one in every 10 Pakistanis – have so far been affected in seven provinces.  There is a race to provide aid, as heavy rain falls and floods are further aggravating the situation.

Nearly 60% of the affected population is women and children, who are the most vulnerable during emergencies.  Families have been separated, putting children at greater risk of violence, trafficking, psychosocial trauma and malnutrition.

UNICEF is leading water and sanitation and nutrition clusters (or relief areas) and working with partners to provide child protection, education and health services.

UNICEF is distributing food and micronutrients to children as well as pregnant and lactating women. Vaccination against measles, polio, tetanus, cholera and snake/dog bites are underway.  Mobile health teams are also providing essential services, distributing food and water items, and sharing important hygiene, clean water and breastfeeding messages.

Clean water and sanitation is an urgent priority to protect against waterborne diseases. UNICEF continues to provide clean water to 830,700 people and is distributing family hygiene kits, water buckets and water purification tablets. We are also supporting the delivery of latrines and the restoration of sanitation services.

Child protection services are identifying, registering and reuniting missing, separated and unaccompanied children.  There is an urgent need to provide child-friendly spaces for these children.

UNICEF and partners continue to collect and assess data on damaged schools.  Educational services have been interrupted as a result of the floods and monsoon rains in many regions.

UNICEF is requesting funding to provide life-saving humanitarian aid in the coming months and to restore livelihoods and infrastructure in the coming years. Please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund.

August 9, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan



UNICEF providing clean water
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A girl carries water from a UNICEF-supported water tanker. Clean water is an urgent priority.
According to the latest estimates, 14 million people are in need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter - six million of whom are children and three million women of child bearing age.  More people have been affected by the floods in Pakistan than by the tsunami, Kashmir earthquake and Haiti earthquake combined.

UNICEF is ramping up efforts to respond to this growing humanitarian crisis. Clean water remains a priority, as floods and related damage of latrines have caused the contamination of most water reserves.  UNICEF is providing clean drinking water to 830,700 people through the restoration of 113 tube wells and 29 water tankers.  To date, UNICEF has distributed almost 16,000 family hygiene kits and has assisted in the restoration of sanitation services to help protect against waterborne diseases.

UNICEF is also working to prevent dehydration, measles, diarrhea and cholera.  UNICEF plans to deliver 4.2 million sachets of oral rehydration salts and 2.1 million doses of zinc this week to protect against dehydration. 
Key partnerships with Provincial Health Departments will enable UNICEF to administer essential measles vaccinations.

UNICEF supported health teams are also providing services to households to identify children in need of vaccination, de-worming, and nutritional supplements.  Consultations are provided to pregnant mothers.

A child protection helpline has been established to register and reunite missing and unaccompanied children with their families.  Schools are being evaluated for structural damage.

Relief operations need to be massively scaled up to meet the enormous needs. To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund.


August 7, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan


UNICEF continues to respond to the urgent needs of the children and families in Pakistan. Getting relief supplies to those people affected remains a major challenge as roads are flooded, infrastructure is damaged, and communications and utilities destroyed.



UNICEF delivers Water to Pakistan flood victims
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Clean water and sanitation is an urgent priority. UNICEF and partners and providing clean drinking water to 830,700 people in flood-affected areas.
Access to safe, clean drinking water is critical at this time. The biggest threat is the outbreak of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera, which are especially deadly for children. UNICEF has restored 91 tube wells and 29 water tankers have been deployed which has provided clean water for 645,900 people - a little over 400,00 of which are children. Also as part of the response, relief staff are distributing family hygiene kits, soap bars and water purification tablets.

By supporting six mobile health teams, UNICEF is providing care for women and children by vaccinating against tetanus and measles, and distributing de-worming medicine and micronutrient sachets.

Too often it is children who suffer the most in emergencies. Please consider an emergency donation to provide urgently needed clean water and crucial medicines and vaccines for children struck by the flooding.

With it being the beginning of monsoon season, the situation is still critical. UNICEF will be on the ground, providing emergency aid in the coming days and weeks for the children of Pakistan.


August 4, 2010
UNICEF Pakistan



UNICEF provides life-saving supplies
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A boy carries water from a tanker in a flood-affected village. To prevent disease outbreaks, UNICEF is providing hygiene kits, safe drinking water, plastic buckets and other water-and-sanitation supplies.
Relief activities are underway in the flood affected areas. Some areas are still inaccessible and the government is trying to distribute relief items via helicopter.  According to initial estimates, at least 3.2 million has been badly affected. Children suffer the most in emergencies and they face greater difficulties in accessing relief services.

UNICEF is providing drinking water to 565,000 people through the restoration of 76 tube wells.  Many children are vulnerable to waterborne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera, making access to clean water and sanitation an urgent priority. Family hygiene kits have been distributed in the affected districts.

UNICEF and partners are also supporting medical centres and health care professionals to provide urgent care, vaccinations and consultations. We have helped set up 24 medical camps to help an estimated 1 million people and we are reaching out to households.

Some displaced families have shifted to schools and other government buildings while many are still without shelter. Unaccompanied, separated and missing children are being linked with the required services and follow-up. UNICEF and partners have identified and helped over 80 children orphaned due to flood in the Swat region, but so many children have been reported missing and separated.

More help is urgently needed. Prior to the floods, the region was already in the midst of an urgent humanitarian crisis with armed conflict having displaced 3.3 million people, including 2 million children. The floods will only make the situation facing many of the area’s children and families worse.

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund.

View photos of UNICEF's relief efforts in Pakistan.
 

 

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.