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UNICEF: 'Every Second Can Make a Difference' to Myanmar's Children; 20% Already Suffering from Diarrhea, Malaria reported
Date:5/9/2008

diate humanitarian assistance," said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "Even before this cyclone, one in three Myanmar children was malnourished. Now there's been a massive disruption in food and water supply, widespread destruction of homes, health and sanitation facilities. The heat is intense and pools of standing water permeate cramped makeshift shelters, creating a breeding ground for mosquitos. Stern continued, "Given these conditions, we are going to see a rise in malaria cases, and diarrhea, which are two of the deadliest threats to children.

"UNICEF has appealed for $25.57 million over the next six months to ramp up critical services of water, sanitation and hygiene; child protection; education and telecommunications services. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is welcoming contributions of all sizes via http://www.unicefusa.org and notes that donations will not sit idle -- once received, they are processed and converted into practical assistance within hours.

UNICEF has been working in Myanmar since 1950 and began responding to survivors of the cyclone within hours using pre-positioned supplies. Due to the scale of this humanitarian crisis, public support is critical in helping UNICEF meet the massive needs of surviving children.

To donate to the Cyclone Nargis disaster, please go to: http://www.unicefusa.org/myanmar or call 1-800 4UNICEF.

About UNICEF

For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international children's organization, working in over 150 countries to address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection and emergency response saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, up
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