UNICEF, partner charity of the MU Foundation, is preparing to respond to the needs of approximately 43,000 affected children, with 14,000 currently in evacuation centres. Assessments with other UN and government agencies are currently underway and will establish the major needs of the displaced and affected families.
Trevor Clark, Chief of UNICEF Mindanao Office, commented, “Our main concerns are children's access to safe water and sanitation, young children's health and nutrition, and protecting children in evacuation centres and affected communities. We’ve prepared supplies to send to flooded areas, including water kits to ensure safe, clean water, hygiene kits, tents and tarpaulins for temporary shelter, vitamin A for mothers and infants, breastfeeding education materials to reduce the risk of infant mortality, and recreation kits so children can play and begin to have a sense of normality.
"We are shocked and saddened at the major loss of life, but our attention now has to turn to the needs of the many children left without homes and family members. They will need a great deal of support in the coming days and weeks, to ensure they are healthy, protected and able to recover from this devastating experience.”
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