good to purify five million liters of contaminated water, enough for the
needs of 200,000 people for one week, landed on Friday and will be
distributed following a customs check.
* UNICEF is constructing latrines and digging wells in the hardest hit
* UNICEF is providing water purification tablets, oral rehydration
therapies, essential drugs for infectious diseases and mosquito nets,
but the quantities currently available are not sufficient to meet needs.
UNICEF staff in Myanmar have been able to distribute emergency supplies in the most affected regions using pre-positioned stock in the country prior to the cyclone, as well as with supplies purchased in Myanmar. However, given the scope of the disaster, "We need the supply pipeline to increase exponentially," said Stern.
UNICEF is one of the few international organizations that has a well-established, on-the-ground presence in Myanmar. UNICEF has worked in the country since 1950 and has 130 staff on the ground spread across nine zonal offices with a head office in Yangon.
To donate to the Cyclone Nargis disaster, please go to: http://www.unicefusa.org/myanmar or call 1-800 4UNICEF.
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, upper respiratory infections and measles, UNICEF,
with the support of partnering organizations and donors alike, has the
global experience, resources and reach to give children th
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