UNICEF / HAITI CHILDREN CHOLERA

23-Nov-2022 00:01:57
Nearly two months into the cholera outbreak in Haiti, UNICEF is warning that approximately 40 percent of the growing number of confirmed cases are among children. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / HAITI CHILDREN CHOLERA
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SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: NATS
DATELINE: 19 NOVEMBER 2022, BOIS NEUF, CITE SOLEIL, HAITI
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1. Various shots, Fontaine visiting the mobile clinic, UNICEF staff, UNICEF kits, local population
2. Various shots, Fontaine interacting with patients and clinic staff
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Nearly two months into the cholera outbreak in Haiti, UNICEF is warning that approximately 40 percent of the growing number of confirmed cases are among children.

Since the onset of the cholera outbreak, 9 in 10 confirmed cholera cases in Haiti have been reported in areas most affected by the deepening nutrition crisis in the country.

Children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, also known as severe wasting, are more vulnerable to cholera and at least three times more at risk of dying from the disease.

Manuel Fontaine, Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes, just concluded a four-day visit to Haiti.

During his visit, Fontaine visited UNICEF-supported cholera treatment centres in Cite Soleil and Port-au-Prince, where malnourished children receive life-saving care.

He also went to a centre that provides medical, psychological, and psychosocial care to survivors of gender-based violence.

As of 21 November, the Ministry of Health reported 924 confirmed cholera cases, over 10,600 suspected cases, and 188 deaths.

From July to date, UNICEF and its partners screened and assessed the nutritional status of nearly 6,200 children in Cité Soleil's commune, the capital city's largest urban-poor area.

About 2,500 under-five children suffering from severe and moderate acute malnutrition received quality treatment.

Amid a highly insecure and volatile environment, UNICEF has stepped up efforts to respond to cholera in coordination with the national authorities and partners by delivering:
245 cholera kits and 32,940 ringer lactate sachets, 313,000 oral rehydration salts sachets, zinc, antibiotics, consumables, and personal protective equipment (PPE) material to health departments;
135,000 water purifying tablets in a partner hospital in Cite Soleil;
468,160 liters of water distributed by water trucking to 22,290 persons currently living in or displaced from Cite Soleil;
300,000 sachets of ready-to-use therapeutic food were made available;
Medical and hygiene supplies to hold mobile health clinics in Cite Soleil while informing over 51,000 households on cholera prevention;
Cholera prevention spots aired by radio and TV stations and leaflets distributed to reduce cholera transmission.

To step up its efforts to respond to the cholera outbreak in the next five months, UNICEF is appealing for US$27.5 million to provide humanitarian assistance in health, water, hygiene and sanitation, nutrition, and protection for 1.4 million people.
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