– Over 5 million children are affected, of which 789,000 are displaced.
– Children are growing increasingly vulnerable to water-borne diseases, separation from family and protection violations such as trafficking, child labour and gender-based violence.
– A massive number of schools and day care centers have been damaged across the most affected regions and the resumption of education is crucial for children to gain a sense of normalcy and access psychosocial support.
– Almost 200,000 people including women and children have access to safe drinking water in Talcoban City through partially restored water systems and fuel has been secured for continued operation.
– Water bladders were installed to provide 80,000 liters/day of clean drinking water to 10 towns/villages in Capiz, benefiting an estimated 27,000 people. On the other hand, in Northern Cebu, water bladders were also installed to provide 30,000 liters/day of clean drinking water to 4 villages, benefiting an estimated 10,000 people.
– In Roxas city, 5 water tanks of 5,000 litres capacity were set up to serve 10,000 people daily.
– One water treatment unit has been set up in a strategic point in the coastal town of Pontevedra in Capiz, which produces 5,000 litres of potable water every day to serve 2,000 people. Surrounding evacuation centres have access to these facilities.
– UNICEF in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed 2,500 hygiene kits in Tacloban to benefit 12,500 people.The hygiene kits contain essential supplies such as bath and laundry soaps, bucket and pail, sanitary napkins, toothbrush, toothpaste, toe nail cutter and clothing.
|2. Child Protection
– UNICEF is working with local authorities to identity unaccompanied and separated children. In Ormoc City, three separated children have been identified and reunitedwith their families.
– 4 child-friendly spaces will be established in Estancia and IloIlo, while10 child-friendly spaces with psychosocial activities in evacuation centers will be established in Roxas City.sanitary napkins, toothbrush, toothpaste, toe nail cutter and clothing.
3. Health and Nutrition
– UNICEF is working closely with WHO and the Department of Health to plan mass immunisation campaigns for measles (children 0-59 months) and oral polio vaccines (children 6-59 months) in the coming weeks, starting from Talcoban, as an effort to reach all affected children.
– Supplies to treat acute malnutrition (multiple micronutrient powder, Vitamin A, ready-to-use therapeutic food, therapeutic milk, height boards, tents) are being procured and expected to be distributed in the coming days in the most affected areas.
– UNICEF has dispatched for the delivery of 30 sets of Early Childhood Development (ECD) Kits, 31 sets of recreation materials, and 1,400 school packs for Eastern Samar and Leyte, including Tacloban. One school tent will be delivered to Eastern Samar.
UNICEF is appealing for HK$480 million to respond to the needs of children and women affected by Typhoon Haiyan. UNICEF is establishing offices in Tacloban, Roxas City and Cebu, which will also serve as a logistics hub. At least 30 additional staff have been deployed to support the response to Typhoon Haiyan.