Philippines typhoon Situation Report 3

Philippines typhoon Situation Report 3

Children bathe and wash their clothes as the first water treatment plant in Tacloban came back to full operating capacity, restoring water supply in 80 per cent of the city and benefiting around 200,000 people. "I think for some of these children it may have been the first time they have been laughing and playing since Haiyan struck. Having enough water to keep clean not only helps prevent the spread of disease, but it also has a positive impact on everyone's mood – everyone feels better when they are clean!" says Dr. Mike Gnilo, UNICEF Philippines Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Specialist.
Over 5.54 million children are affected, of which 1.8 million are displaced.
-An estimated 160,000 children are living in evacuation centres.
-There are growing health concerns for children including acute respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, given the lack of adequate shelter and health services compounded by poor weather conditions.
-An estimated 1.35 million children under the age of 5, and 650,000 pregnant and lactating women, are at risk of malnutrition in the affected areas.

UNICEF’s response
UNICEF has over 60 staff deployed to affected areas, including cluster and information management support. Staff are also on the ground in Tacloban, Cebu, Roxas City, Ormoc and Borongan as of 22 November.

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-To date, at least 428,000 people have restored access to safe water in Tacloban, Cebu, Capiz, Roxas City and three cities in Western Samar since the Typhoon struck. This includes the restoration of the water supply in Basey, Marabut and in Catbalogan City, in Western Samar, for 160,000 people.

Child Protection
-Two new Child Friendly Spaces opened on 22 November in Tacloban City with UNICEF’s support. Four more of these spaces will be opened in Tacloban.
-Separated children staying in the evacuation centres in Tacloban are documented and are under the care of the neighbours who know them and are being closely monitored by social workers.

Health and Nutrition
-A vaccination campaign targeting 28,394 children (6-59 months of age) for measles and Vitamin A, as well as a target of 33,332 children (0-59 months of age) for the polio vaccine, began inTacloban City, concentrating initially on evacuation centres

-The screening for acute malnutrition has reached 579 children aged 6-59 months in Tacloban with detection of 28 cases of malnourished children. These children will receive treatment. Essential nutrition supplies for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition have reached Tacloban. A mobile team has been mobilized to provide outpatient treatment services.UNICEF supported the Training on Child Protection and referral mechanisms.