Month: June 2021 (Page 2 of 2)

Haiti: funding gap threatens the lives of nearly 86,000 children

In Haiti, the number of severely malnourished under-fives could more than double this year, UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday. 

Some could die if they do not receive timely treatment.

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s lives in Haiti have been increasingly affected by rising violence, a lack of access to nutrition services and clean water

Haiti is experiencing extreme weather conditions including hurricanes as well.

The latest food insecurity data indicates that one in four Haitians is acutely hungry.

A lot of children in Haiti are malnourished

About 4.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure on the island today, including 1.9 million children, UNICEF said.

UNICEF added: the upcoming hurricane season is likely to worsen the access to nutritious food in the coming months.

“Severe acute malnutrition can and should be treated right now to save children’s lives in Haiti,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2020, UNICEF, together with Haitian government and partners, treated 33,372 acutely malnourished children across Haiti, by providing nutrition supplies and medicines.

For 2021, UNICEF needs $48.9 million to meet the humanitarian needs of 1.5 million people in Haiti, including more than 700,000 children.

To date, the appeal has remained almost completely underfunded. 

WHO Director-General Tedros urged all countries to support a pandemic treaty

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged all countries on Monday to support a pandemic preparedness treaty.

He warned that it would be a “monumental error” to think the danger of COVID-19 has passed.

Tedros said that a potential international treaty will be discussed in a special session of WHO members in November.

Tedros urged all WHO Member States to commit to vaccinating at least 10 percent of the global population by the end of September and at least 30 percent by the end of the year.

World Health Organization

Tedros also stressed that the United Nations agency needed more funding for the technical support and guidance that the agency provided to countries.

“An international agreement of any kind must be designed and owned by all Member States,” said Tedros.

Countries  “can only truly keep their own people safe if they are accountable to each other at the global level”, Tedros said.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu

Globally, as of 30 May 2021, there have been 169,597,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to WHO, including 3,530,582 deaths. As of 27 May 2021, a total of 1,546,316,352 vaccine doses have been administered.

Tedros: “It must be truly representative and inclusive, it must be thorough and carefully considered, but it must also be urgent because we don’t have time.”

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