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UNICEF in Haiti

UNICEF in the Field in Haiti

January 7, 2012

Guarding families in Haiti from cholera with local water treatment

Deep Springs International is a small non-governmental organization and UNICEF partner that makes a local water treatment product, Gadyen Dlo – Haitian creole for ‘water guardian’. Since the beginning of the cholera outbreak in 2010, the organization has gone from producing a barrel of product a week to producing 35,000 bottles a week.

December 15, 2011

UNICEF at 65: Looking back, thinking ahead

On December, 11 UNICEF celebrated its 65th anniversary. Created in 1946 from the residual resources from the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to secure the fate of Europe’s children, few then imagined that it would still be in existence today. Principles of equity were part of UNICEF's guiding vision from the very day of its creation and form part of its mission statement.

November 15, 2011

UNICEF-IKEA partnership delivers toys to Haitian children

Following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, IKEA donated a variety toys to UNICEF that were distributed to displaced children living in temporary camps. For Haiti's children — who continue to be affected by an ongoing cholera epidemic and persistent poverty — these materials are not just diversions from their daily routine. The toys offer important opportunities for play and creative expression.

September 2, 2011

Improving access to safe water in Haiti

UNICEF and its partner Allied Recovery International (ARI) have combined their efforts to provide neighborhoods in Leogane and Port-au-Prince with community wells - a cheaper and sustainable alternative to commercial kiosks. The 60 wells UNICEF and ARI will are between 40 and 60 feet deep which make them unlikely to be contaminated by bacteria like cholera, which has already taken a terrible toll in the region. To date 57 wells are already in use by communities.

June 30, 2011

UNICEF mobilizes Haitian 'Rara' for cholera prevention

Rara music groups from Voudou religious communities are urging Haitians to protect themselves and their families in the ongoing fight against cholera, which has killed more than 5,000 people since last October. Mobilizing members of the Voudou community is part of a broader UNICEF partnership with Religions of Peace to combat cholera. Religions for Peace is a worldwide coalition of representatives of faith-based groups.

June 24, 2011

UNICEF-supported clinics maintain crucial HIV services in Haiti

Maintaining critical HIV services for women and children is one of UNICEF's priorities in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. The earthquake destroyed existing medical facilities and living in camps further complicated the situation by increasing the risks and the vulnerability of HIV affected women and children. UNICEF is funding training sessions to strengthen providers' skills, provide anti-retroviral drugs, HIV testing and counseling services.

July 12, 2010

"HOPE FOR HAITI NOW" distributing remaining $31 million raised through telethon

"Hope for Haiti Now" (HFHN) today announced the allocation of the remaining $31 million—of the $66 million in total—raised through the Emmy‐nominated telethon "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief." The $31 million will be distributed to partner organizations including Oxfam America, Partners In Health, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yelé Haiti Foundation, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund that are focused on recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

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