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UNICEF Urgently Needs Canadian French-Speaking Nurses to Combat Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

2010-11-29

UNICEF Canada is issuing an urgent request to French-speaking registered nurses across Canada to immediately assist UNICEF in Haiti with its cholera epidemic response.  Children are the most vulnerable during this crisis, representing more than half of Haiti’s population.

While UNICEF is bringing in additional supplies and deploying more staff in the field, lack of partners and human resources including medical staff in an overstretched health system is a serious obstacle in the effort to contain the epidemic and reduce mortality.

UNICEF Canada is contacting the Canadian medical community directly for their assistance and is also continuing to gather further details from UNICEF in Haiti about their specific requirements from French-speaking Canadian registered nurses.

Registered nurses interested in traveling to Haiti to assist UNICEF should email their name and phone number to info@unicef.ca
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To support UNICEF's emergency efforts, please donate to the Haiti earthquake relief fund.

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.