Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Major Victories in Haiti

The UN has stated that "there are few places in the world today where children are as vulnerable as they are in Haiti." However, there have been some major victories. UNICEF has immunized more than 275,000 Haitian children since the country was struck by a devastating earthquake just over six months ago. They hope to reach 500,000 more children during a second round of emergency immunizations. Safe water has been provided to 1.2 million people by UNICEF and partner organizations, nutrition programs have provided food to 550,000 people and 2,000 children with severe acute malnutrition are now receiving therapeutic feeding and care. "Some of the milestones at six months are truly remarkable. So far no increase in malnutrition has been recorded and we have also not seen any major disease outbreaks despite huge challenges in health and sanitation," UNICEF wrote in a report earlier this month. 225 UNICEF-supported Child-Friendly Spaces, designed to offer children a safe space to participate in recreational activities, have also been created and have served 63,000 children.