UNICEF supports China Government in earthquake response to assist childrenListen /
UNICEF is finalizing plans with its Chinese government partners to intensify and accelerate efforts in child protection and welfare, mother and baby health, young child nutrition, hygiene and sanitation. This, as the death and injury toll becomes clearer following the devastation caused by the earthquake in Lushan County in Sichuan province.
With support from its Hong Kong Committee, UNICEF has allocated US$75,000 for emergency obstetric and neonatal health equipment for local health facilities.
Some communities damaged by Saturday's 7.0 earthquake were also affected by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.
UNICEF China representative Gillian Mellsop said "The Government of China has launched a very impressive effort to provide for the most urgent needs in response to a very powerful earthquake".
The UN children's agency is working with the State Council National Working Committee on Children and Women (NWCCW) to strengthen existing Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) near the epicentre. It will also support mobile child welfare outreach teams in surrounding communities to help connect vulnerable children with available services.
After the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, UNICEF and NWCCW set up 40 CFS throughout the earthquake zone, including two in Lushan County.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.