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UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, to visit flood affected areas of Pakistan

2010-08-28

Islamabad, 29 August 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, arrives in Pakistan Monday 30 August to tour flood-hit areas and see UNICEF operations to assist the millions of flood-affected people, especially the most vulnerable, the children and women.

On Monday, Mr. Lake will travel to Charsadda district, one of the worst affected districts in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhaw province. He will visit schools being used as shelters by thousands of families where UNICEF is providing safe drinking water, family health and hygiene kits and repairing sanitation systems.

On Tuesday, 31 August, Mr. Lake and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ms. Josette Sheeran, will visit flood-affected areas in Multan Division, Punjab province. 

At 17:00 on the same day, a press conference will be held at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad where Mr. Lake and Ms. Sheeran will be joined by the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, to report on the United Nations humanitarian operation to save lives and rebuild communities affected by the floods.

UNICEF’s humanitarian operation in Pakistan is focused on providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, and health and nutrition services. The agency is currently reaching some 2 million people with clean water every day. Through medical supplies and assistance in hygiene and sanitation, UNICEF is working to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. It is also providing nutritious food for thousands of children suffering from malnutrition.

UNICEF STAFF AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT

UNICEF spokespeople in affected areas of Pakistan are currently available for interviews with Canadian media. Spokespeople from UNICEF Canada are also available for in-studio interviews.

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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.