Unicef launching US$76.1m appeal for Rohingya children
Published : Monday, 2 October, 2017 at 5:14 PM Count : 448
The Unicef is launching a US$76.1 million appeal for its emergency humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in southern Bangladesh.
The appeal will cover the immediate needs of newly-arrived Rohingya children, as well as those who arrived before the recent influx, and children from vulnerable host communities -- 720,000 children in all.
Up to 60 per cent of the 500,000-plus Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are estimated to be children.
Most are now living in harsh and unsanitary conditions in makeshift camps and settlements spread across the district of Cox's Bazar.
"Desperate, traumatized children and their families are fleeing the violence in Myanmar every day. We are scaling up our response as fast as we can, but the magnitude of need is immense and we must be able do more to help them," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who is visiting southern Bangladesh was quoted as saying in a statement UNB received on Monday.
Lake said, "These children are being denied a childhood. They need our help now and they need our help to have a future."
The majority of Rohingya children are not fully immunized against diseases such as polio.
An oral cholera vaccination campaign targeting all children over 1 years old is planned in October, and 900,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in Bangladesh on October 7, possibly earlier.
An earlier Unicef appeal for US$7 million has been expanded to reflect the fast-growing scale of the crisis.
Under the response plan, Unicef will provide safe water and sanitation to up to 50 per cent of the target population, and respond to the hygiene needs of 40 per cent.
Staff at nutrition centres will screen and refer children with suspected cholera cases.
Life-saving information will be broadcast through mass media, and religious leaders, volunteers and youth will support awareness-raising campaigns on how to prevent and detect suspected cholera cases, and where to go for treatment.
The Unicef will meet the nutritional needs of at least 60 per cent of an estimated caseload of 7,500 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and procure supplies of Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and therapeutic milk for other partners treating SAM.
It will reach 70 per cent of children with micronutrient support, including Vitamin A and will provide child protection services (including psychosocial and recreational support) to up to 180,000 children with, through structured activities at Child Friendly Spaces and referrals for children who require specialized support.
Unicef will work with the Red Cross on family tracing and reunification, and with other partners to provide survivors of sexual violence with a broad range of support.
It will expand its network of Adolescent Centres to provide life-skills training, recreational activities, and psychosocial support to an especially vulnerable group.
The Unicef will work closely with the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education to provide early learning and non-formal basic education to all Rohingya children, using a curriculum that provides basic literacy and life skills designed for children who have been out of school.
It will work to recruit teachers among the Rohingya population.