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UNICEF Canada CEO in the Horn of Africa available for comment

2011-10-11

TORONTO, October 11, 2011 - CEO David Morley will be in the Horn of Africa and is available to comment on the ongoing crisis and UNICEF's response delivering life-saving assistance. Commentary available on UNICEF's work rehabilitating malnourished children, providing immunization, health outreach and education programs and ensuring access to clean water to prevent cholera and other waterborne diseases. 

Some of UNICEF's activities in the region include supporting 800 emergency feeding centres that reach 16,000 severely malnourished children every month in Somalia. Providing clean water sources to 90,000 people in North Eastern Kenya's Dadaab refugee camps and supporting mobile schools to ensure nomadic children continue their education in northern Kenya. 

With more than 20 years experience working in Somalia UNICEF has never left the southern region and works with more than 70 local partners. UNICEF is also the largest provider of ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) distributing more than 20,000 tonnes last year.

Who: UNICEF Canada CEO David Morley

What: Update on UNICEF's response to Horn of Africa crisis

Where: Northern Kenya, Dadaab refugee camps and Southern Somalia (dependent on security situation)

When: Tuesday October 12 - Friday October 15

About UNICEF
UNICEF is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian and development agency. Through innovative programs and advocacy work, we save children's lives and secure their rights in virtually every country. Our global reach, unparalleled influence on policymakers, and diverse partnerships make us an instrumental force in shaping a world in which no child dies of a preventable cause. UNICEF is entirely supported by voluntary donations and helps all children, regardless of race, religion or politics. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.

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.