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UNICEF – Sulawesi Earthquake One Year on: Over 1 Million Children And Parents Reached With Humanitarian Assistance
Over 1 million children and family members have been reached with critical humanitarian assistance in the year since a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi in September 2018.
More than 2,000 people were killed and 4,400 were seriously injured by the 28 September disaster. Around 525,000 children were left without access to basic nutrition, health and education services.
In the initial response, UNICEF and its partners supported the local authorities with urgent services including family tracing to reunite 49 children who had been separated from their families; and psychosocial support for over 21,000 children and young people who had experienced first-hand the traumatic events of the disaster.
In the months following the earthquake, around 72,000 parents were given counselling for infant and young child feeding to ensure that their children continued consuming appropriate nutrition; and more than 776,000 children were vaccinated against measles and rubella. To date, over 450,000 people have been able to access safe drinking water and 320,000 people have been given access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.
To build resilience and ensure better preparation for potential future emergency situations, over the past 12 months, social workers were trained in psychosocial support and family tracing; and health workers were trained on nutrition for young children and managing childhood illnesses.
“In a country prone to natural disasters, it is crucial that we work together to help children at their most vulnerable. But it is even more crucial to build a world that is truly resilient and protective of its most precious, youngest inhabitants” said Debora Comini, UNICEF Representative in Indonesia.
More recently, with support from UNICEF, the Government undertook a schools safety assessment on nearly 1,200 buildings, showing that 135 have been declared safe. This means that there is still a sizeable number of permanent school buildings to be secured (ranging from slightly to heavily damaged) and thousands of children are still studying in temporary learning spaces.
In the coming months and years, building permanent schools and homes will be an important intervention for all partners. Of equal importance, is ensuring that with those permanent buildings, children are also able to access quality education and sustainable solutions to health care and safe sanitation. UNICEF and partners are therefore supporting the government to strengthen the urban water and sanitation infrastructure system, among other continuing efforts.
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Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children. As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK.
For more information please visit unicef.org.uk
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