[Pix] UNICEF working with kids in Indonesia

May 1, 2007
In May 2006, an earthquake hit the island of Java, killing some 5,700 people. More than 37,000 others were injured in the disaster, which severely damaged or destroyed infrastructure, transportation and communication systems, homes and schools. About 40 percent of the roughly 130,000 people displaced in the region were children. With the generous support of donors, UNICEF has been working to restore these children's lives. © UNICEF/HQ06-1861/Josh Estey © UNICEF/HQ06-1861/Josh Estey Above, two girls play with hula hoops near a UNICEF tent at the children's center in Wedi Village. They are among more than 1,500 young survivors receiving care and protection at UNICEF-established children's centers in the earthquake-ravaged area. The centers provide trauma counselling and safe spaces for children to learn and play. indonesia061837E.jpg © UNICEF/HQ06-1837/Josh Estey Here, UNICEF Project Officer Dr. Kinny Peetosutan explains the dangers of measles to families in Oepura Village and tells them how to protect their children from the virus. The area has experienced repeated outbreaks of the disease, which is a principal cause of blindness in children and can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis and other fatal illnesses. UNICEF is providing vaccines as well as vitamin A supplements for children under five, to boost their immune systems, as part of a national measles campaign to immunize at least 90 percent of the country's children against the disease by the end of 2007. The two girls below are waiting to be vaccinated at the Kopeta "Puskesmas"' (community health center) in the north-eastern port town of Maumere. indonesia061798E.jpg © UNICEF/HQ06-1798/Josh Estey