China: More aid sought for long-term recovery

July 28, 2008

On Friday, the United Nations issued a new appeal for international aid to assist with earthquake recovery efforts in central China. The aid sought will be used across UN agencies, including UNICEF, to support mid to long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts in earthquake-affected areas.

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UNICEF Water and Environmental Sanitation Specialist Yang Zhenbo is surrounded by students at a primary school in the town of Danjing Shan, Sichuan Province, China. Yang is assessing related needs in the area. UNICEF will provide water-purification equipment at the school, which was damaged during the earthquake. Students are now attending classes in a temporary school on the grounds.

The total appeal amounts to $33.5 million for the period of July to December 2008. UNICEF's portion of this appeal totals $6.7 million"which will fund just the first phase of UNICEF's three-year recovery plan for the region.

On Friday, the United Nations issued a new appeal for international aid to assist with earthquake recovery efforts in central China. The aid sought will be used across UN agencies, including UNICEF, to support mid to long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts in earthquake-affected areas.

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© UNICEF/ HQ08-0627/Adam Dean
UNICEF Water and Environmental Sanitation Specialist Yang Zhenbo is surrounded by students at a primary school in the town of Danjing Shan, Sichuan Province, China. Yang is assessing related needs in the area. UNICEF will provide water-purification equipment at the school, which was damaged during the earthquake. Students are now attending classes in a temporary school on the grounds.

The total appeal amounts to $33.5 million for the period of July to December 2008. UNICEF's portion of this appeal totals $6.7 million"which will fund just the first phase of UNICEF's three-year recovery plan for the region.

On Friday, the United Nations issued a new appeal for international aid to assist with earthquake recovery efforts in central China. The aid sought will be used across UN agencies, including UNICEF, to support mid to long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts in earthquake-affected areas.

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© UNICEF/ HQ08-0627/Adam Dean
UNICEF Water and Environmental Sanitation Specialist Yang Zhenbo is surrounded by students at a primary school in the town of Danjing Shan, Sichuan Province, China. Yang is assessing related needs in the area. UNICEF will provide water-purification equipment at the school, which was damaged during the earthquake. Students are now attending classes in a temporary school on the grounds.

The total appeal amounts to $33.5 million for the period of July to December 2008. UNICEF's portion of this appeal totals $6.7 million"which will fund just the first phase of UNICEF's three-year recovery plan for the region.

UNICEF will use these funds to provide Sichuan's children and families with resources to rebuild their lives and help them recover from the losses inflicted by the earthquake. UNICEF's efforts will concentrate on:

Water & Sanitation

  • Provide hygiene kits as well as public and household toilets
  • Provide water supply facilities for remote villages

Public Health

  • Support reconstruction and restoration of key health services
  • Implement micronutrient and Vitamin A supplementation for children and women
  • Improve access and information to health services

Education

  • Provide 3,500 sets of School-in-a-Box kits, 600 Recreation Kits, and psychosocial training

Child Protection

  • Establish "Child Friendly Spaces" for displaced children
  • Develop community-based residential care programs for orphaned children
  • Provide information on the prevention of child abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Provide training on psychosocial support

The 8.0 magnitude earthquake on May 12 killed nearly 70,000 people, left 18,237 people missing, over 370,000 people injured and nearly 8 million houses collapsed. The affected areas cover 440,000 square kilometers, involving 417 counties in 10 provinces or municipalities.

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Children line up in a classroom in Danjing Shan Central Primary School. Students are now attending classes in a temporary structure on the school grounds because the main building was damaged during the earthquake. UNICEF will provide the school with water-purification equipment.

Immediately following the earthquake, UNICEF was one of the first international aid agencies to mobilize. UNICEF immediately sprung into action, providing:

  • 3 million tents, 20 ambulances and over 1,000 tons of health supplies
  • Water disinfectant tablets to 1.3 million people
  • Vitamin A and other micronutrients to supplement WFP supplies
  • Technical support in psychosocial and reconstruction policies

Today, UNICEF continues to provide policy advice, analysis and assessment services, and technical assistance to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in developing post-earthquake reconstruction strategy.

According to the Chinese government, reconstruction could take as long as three years"during which permanent structures must be rebuilt, livelihoods and basic services restored, collapsed schools and hospitals reconstructed and roads repaired. Click here to support UNICEF's efforts for the children of China.