The risk of life-threatening diarrhea and infectious diseases increases dramatically with every day. Children are highly susceptible to these problems and their impact is graver when the sufferers are under-nourished.
"If there was ever a clearer sign that every second counts for children in Myanmar this is it," said Caryl M. Stern, President, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "This is a critical time for the children and families affected by the cyclone. The UNICEF team on the ground in Myanmar will continue to work around the clock to ensure children are provided for."
At present, UNICEF's priority is to provide life saving essentials to
children and their mothers:
* On Saturday, UNICEF's Supply Division in Copenhagen packed 30 emergency
health kits that will provide drugs, medical supplies, and basic medical
equipment for 300,000 persons for 3 months. Other medical supplies,
including intravenous glucose, thermometers, masks and gloves are also
on the flight, which is a commercial plane to fly from Amsterdam
Sunday, 11 May 23:30, expected to Bangkok Mon 19:50. Will be transferred
to Yangon ASAP.
* Another shipment of nutrition supplies will be flown from Paris, via KLM
on Sunday, 11 May, including fortified therapeutic milk. On Monday
UNICEF will share a charter with UNHCR from Dubai into Yangon with 540
family water kits. Another flight arriving Monday will be carrying 32
tons of provisions including 20 large tents, essential drugs, and oral
* A UNICEF flight contain
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