27 October 2011
The mosquito nets are being purchased locally for HK$755,040 (Baht 2.9 million/ US$96,800) and will be ready for distribution this week. UNICEF has earmarked an initial HK$2.34 million (Baht 9.3 million/ US$300,000) to support the government’s flood relief efforts in the areas of health, child protection, water supply and sanitation, and hygiene promotion.
“The mosquito nets will help children and their families ward off dengue fever, which is prevalent in all regions of Thailand,” said Tomoo Hozumi, the UNICEF Representative for Thailand. “In those limited areas where other mosquito-borne diseases are endemic and could become health issues due to flooding, the nets will also offer increased protection.”
UNICEF has printed and is disseminating 20,000 pamphlets containing information on practical, low-cost actions that families should take to protect the health and general well-being of their children during floods and other emergencies. Areas covered include prevention of injuries and drowning, prevention of vector-borne diseases and basic hygiene, such as frequent hand washing. The same messages are available for viewing and printing on a Thai-language Facts for Life website established in October with UNICEF support.
UNICEF can provide supplies of “School-in-a-carton”, which contain essential teaching and learning materials, such as flipcharts, erasers, exercise books, pens, pencils, rulers etc., for the re-establishment of learning. With these supplies, teachers can begin instructing children again in temporary locations as regular school facilities are being repaired and refurbished.
UNICEF may require additional donor funding to support post-flood assistance.