UNICEF has issued an appeal for nearly USD750,000 to help
“This is an unfolding emergency. Of most recent and most urgent concern is evidence that babies and young children are dying because they cannot access the medical treatment from trained personnel that they need,” she added, noting that nine children had died in recent days in just one province according to the Health Ministry.
Over 22,000 children in 265 dormitories are in need of urgent aid due to insufficient food and fuel for heating and cooking, and nearly 500 other dormitories with more than 41,000 youngsters will need assistance as severe conditions spread across the vast country of some 3 million people. Some villages only have enough fuel for three or four more days.
UNICEF, which is working with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to gear up a significant and coordinated response, faces a “critical need” for an additional USD400,000 for medical supplies, equipment, micronutrients and hygiene kits, and USD322,000 to reach a growing number of affected communities with life-saving interventions.