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2008.05.29

* Measles vaccination campaign in township worst hit by Cyclone Nargis
* 01 min 49 secs
* 18 May 2008

The situation for children remains precarious in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Food and other essential supplies such as latrines are reaching the worst-hit areas but they are still insufficient to meet the enormous need.

The United Nations estimates that 70 per cent of cyclone victims have not received food aid. Laputta townships was one of the worst affected by the cyclone and the health of its children has reached a critical point. families are living in the open often without bedding or protection from the rain. There are not enough latrines and there is serious concerns about the safety of the water, which has been contaminated by flooding.

A UNICEF team has been working in the township for nearly two weeks, delivering emergency supplies to an estimated 40,000 people who have sought refuge in temporary shelters such as schools and monasteries.

Measles can be a big killer when people are gathered in crowded conditions with not enough to eat, and one of UNICEF’s key priorities for children here has been to immunize children against the disease.

UNICEF staff have begun the task of identifying the children aged from nine months to five years who’re living in temporary shelter.

So far more than a thousand children have been vaccinated. And their mothers have received tetanus injections.

UNICEF is also planning to distribute special therapeutic feeding for infants and young children to help protect against the worst of the cyclone’s after effects.


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