Hong Kong, 22 February 2017 ── War and a collapsing economy have led to an unprecedented food shortage in South Sudan. Over 1.1 million children are acutely malnourished now. Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF(UNICEF HK) launched an emergency appeal today to call for support to prevent children from dying of hunger. 100 per cent of the donation goes directly to support children and save their lives.
“Children flee their home at a moment’s notice due to the brutal violence. Without food, many are found unconscious. Time is running out and we have to save them now. I hope Hong Kong people can donate immediately so we can deliver more supplies to treat these desperate children round-the-clock,” said Jane Lau, UNICEF HK Chief Executive.
Last month alone, UNICEF and partners treated more than 11,500 acutely malnourished children. UNICEF aims to treat 207,000 children for severe acute malnutrition in 2017. Working with over 40 partners and in close collaboration with World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF is supporting 620 outpatient therapeutic programme sites and about 50 inpatient therapeutic sites across the country to provide children with urgently needed treatment. Through a rapid response mechanism, we also continue to reach communities in the most remote locations. These rapid response missions treat thousands of children for malnutrition as well as provide them with immunization services, safe water and sanitation which also prevents recurring malnutrition.
To help children and families affected by the famine, please donate online at unicef.org.hk/donate now.
Other donation methods:
Bank of China: 012-875-0-021868-3
Wing Lung Bank : 020-601-003-7634-8
Bank of East Asia: 015-260-81-01210-0
Hotline: 2833 6139
(In the unusual event that donations for the South Sudan appeal exceed the needs, we will direct the gift to disaster or emergency relief actions elsewhere.)