Yesterday, UNICEF delivered 32 tonnes of medical and emergency supplies to help children and women affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan.
Islamabad/Paris, September 5, 2022 – The shipment arrived in Karachi from UNICEF’s supply center in Copenhagen. The shipment includes medicines, medical supplies, water purification tablets, kits to ensure safe deliveries and therapeutic nutritional supplements. UNICEF handed over the supplies to the Government of Pakistan, represented by the Ministry of Health and Population of Sindh Province. These supplies will be immediately sent to children and families who need them the most in some of the 72 hardest hit districts.
” The floods have left children and families at the mercy of the weather, without access to basic necessities “, said Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan. ” This shipment is essential and saves lives, but it is only a drop in the ocean of needs to be covered. The risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dengue and malaria is increasing every day as people are forced to drink contaminated water and practice open defecation . Risks from mosquitoes, snake bites, and skin and respiratory diseases are also on the rise. We need urgent support to help children struggling to survive “.
A second shipment of 34 tonnes of humanitarian supplies is expected to arrive on Tuesdaywith drugs to treat parasitic infections, resuscitation and sterilization kits, micronutrients for pregnant women, school supplies and recreational kits to help children overcome trauma.
A third of the country is under water following heavy monsoon rains, affecting more than 33 million people. Half of them are children, of whom at least 3.4 million need immediate life-saving assistance.
Relief and rescue operations are still extremely difficult to carry out – many roads remain cut off by flood waters. At least 5,000 kilometers (3,200 miles) of roads and about 160 bridges were destroyed or damaged.
With emergency supplies previously stockpiled, UNICEF has provided emergency services and equipment worth more than $2 million over the past week. These include drinking water, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, medicines, vaccines, therapeutic nutritional supplements for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, and mosquito nets .
As part of the United Nations appeal to raise $160 million to support the Government of Pakistan’s flood response, UNICEF launches an appeal for 37 million dollars to reach children and families in need of life-saving assistance.
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