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地震1周年 突顯海地兒童基本需要未滿足

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2011年1月7日 一年前,「1.12海地大地震」重擊了海地脆弱的生命;一年後,仍有100萬名海地災民無家可歸,須暫居於臨時營地,當中兒童佔4成。在這1年來,海地人民以及來自各地的國際團體從救災工作以至重建社區,均付出了極大的努力。然而,根據聯合國兒童基金會今日發表的最新報告《海地兒童:震後一年──重建路漫漫》,內容指當地的重建工作至今仍在起步階段。 海地在2010年反復遭受災難煎熬,自年頭大地震突襲後,連串災­禍接踵而來,先是水災,後有霍亂疫症大爆發等等,不只奪去了更多無辜的生命,亦減緩了震後重建的步伐。聯合國兒童基金會駐海地代表弗朗索瓦‧古若羅斯-阿克曼斯(Françoise Gruloos-Ackermans)表示:「連串災禍,兒童受害尤深,他們的沉重痛苦更將持[...]
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visits a girl receiving intravenous fluids for cholera, at the UNICEF-assisted GHESKIO cholera treatment centre in the impoverished Cité lEternel neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, the capital. Intravenous fluids are administered to remedy the dangerous levels of dehydration that accompany the disease.

On 15 December 2010, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited Haiti to support accelerated mobilizations by all United Nations and other partner organizations to prevent the further spread of cholera and to ensure timely treatment for all those affected. Cholera is a deadly bacterial infection that is spread through contaminated food and water. The epidemic has hospitalized 46,749 and killed 2,193, and the number of cases and deaths continues to rise. Mr. Lake visited cholera treatment centres in Port-au-Prince, the capital, and met with religious leaders and partner and media representatives. He also met with His Eminence Bishop Pierre-Andre Dumas, who is coordinating support for the mobilization against cholera among religious groups. Even before the 12 January earthquake, which has left 1.3 million people still displaced, Haitis access to sanitation was among the worst in the world. Post-quake recovery efforts have made significant progress in providing safe water and sanitation, but communicable diseases remain a threat. UNICEF is working with the Government and other partners to scale up cholera treatment facilities throughout the country and to disseminate cholera prevention information, as well as providing medical teams, water purification supplies, antibiotics, oral rehydration salts (ORS) and therapeutic foods. Haitis sanitation agency DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l'Eau Potable et de l'Assainissement) is also distributing chlorine tablets and safe water, and is testing water sources for contamination. On 12 November, UNICEF joined other United Nations agencies and partners to issue a new appeal for US $164 million  of which UNICEFs portion is US $25.2 million  to respond to the cholera emergency. Sixty per cent of UNICEFs portion of the appeal has been received.

聯合國兒童基金會執行主任探訪海地醫療中心慰問霍亂患者

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2010年12月16日 聯合國兒童基金會執行主任安東尼‧雷克先生前往海地首都,親身慰問霍亂患者及了解他們的需要。雷克先生藉探訪太子港,對聯合國組織以及當地人民為抗疫付出的努力表示支持及鼓勵。疫症至目前為止已爆發了兩個月,全國共10個區內皆有發現病例。 是次探訪於太子港貧困地區內的GHESKIO醫療中心進行。期間,雷克先生亦有與Religion for Peace(宗教為和平)召集人Pierre-Andre Dumas主教會面,該組織動員了海地全國各宗教團體如:天主教、新教及巫教,共同支持抗疫及預防工作。 此中心是本會及合作組織,於海地全國各地建立共72所霍亂醫療中心及部門之一。除此之外,本會亦正進行各項防疫活動,如於5,000所學校、300所 「兒童友好營養中心」及逾[...]

Cholera siituation Report

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23 November 2010 Situation overview The cholera outbreak continues to spread and cases are now present in all 10 departments across the country. With 50 per cent of the population under 18 years, many children and young people are affected and at risk. As of 15 November, Haiti’s Ministry of Health reported 18,332 cases and […]
On 23 October, a toddler and her mother receive packets of oral rehydration salts (ORS) at the health centre in Grand Dessalines, a town along the Artibonite River. The river is believed to be contaminated with cholera. The package of ORS bears the UNICEF logo. [#11 IN SEQUENCE OF 12]

By 26 October 2010 in Haiti, an outbreak of cholera had infected 3,342 people, killing at least 259. Cholera is a deadly bacterial infection spread through contaminated food and water; children are the most vulnerable. The outbreak is the countrys biggest medical crisis since the 12 January earthquake. Even before the quake, Haitis access to sanitation was among the worst in the world, a situation that is now greatly exacerbated by ruined infrastructure. While recovery operations made significant progress in providing safe water and sanitation to quake survivors, communicable diseases have remained a persistent threat. The outbreak primarily affects the Artibonite and Central departments, but suspected cases have also been reported in the North and West departments. Five cases have been confirmed in Port-au-Prince, where some 1.3 million people live in dense camps with inadequate sanitation facilities, making them highly vulnerable to a cholera epidemic. In response, Government and humanitarian agencies have stepped up surveillance and prevention measures in the capital. UNICEF and partners are providing medical teams to assist overwhelmed hospitals, and are distributing water purification chemicals, antibiotics, diarrheal disease kits, oral rehydration salts (ORS) and therapeutic foods to affected regions. The Haitis sanitation agency, DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l'Eau Potable et de l'Assainissement), is distributing chlorine tablets and safe water, and is testing water sources for contamination. The Government, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, is establishing cholera treatment centres throughout the country, and is launching a public information campaign about cholera prevention.

聯合國兒童基金會迅速為海地添置緊急救援物資

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2010年11月3日 海地 太子港(2010年11月3日)──聯合國兒童基金會正迅速行動,以確保海地有足夠的應急物資應付未來數個熱帶風暴襲擊,並同時與聯合國及其他非政府組織合力支持當地政府對抗早前爆發的霍亂疫症。 「聯合國兒童基金會前線職員與其他合作機構一直不分晝夜地協助處理及控制疫情。」聯合國兒童基金會駐海地代表弗朗索瓦‧格魯斯‧阿克曼斯(Françoise Gruloos-Ackermans)表示,「現在,熱帶風暴或會造成山泥傾瀉,引致新一重的危機──經水傳染的霍亂疫症會經由洪水進一步擴散。」 海地衞生局於11月3日發佈的資料顯示,霍亂疫症已於全國多處導致442死亡及6,742住院, 疫症正繼續快速傳播。 教育社區及家庭採取預防霍亂措施是抗疫工作的重點之一。社區促[...]