PRESS RELEASE: UNICEF Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) emergency supplies dispatched to Makira province

In addition, radio spots promoting the preparation and storage of safe drinking water, safe food storage, and appropriate sanitation practices are scheduled for broadcast on Solomon Islands Broadcasting Cooperation and will also be shared via mobile phones.

“We are pleased to provide these emergency supplies as they are crucial for families especially children in order to stay healthy, as the risk of getting sick due to diarrhoea is common and usually experienced in disasters,” said Chief of UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office Mr. Yun Jong Kang.

Mr Kang said “The soaps, water containers and buckets will encourage families to practice constant handwashing and ease the burden of carrying and storing water. The tents and tarpaulins will be set up along affected schools before the school year begins in late January to ensure children continue schooling while the repair work on schools take place.”

Health and hygiene IEC brochures and flip charts will be used by health workers, volunteers and parents to encourage hygiene behaviours in the home and around the communities.

“An increase in the number of diarrhoea and red eye cases was noted in the affected areas and therefore these IEC materials will help families stay healthy,” explained Mr Kang.

Mr Kang assured that UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office will continue to work closely with the National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) committees that are responsible for coordinating response at the national level mainly in Health, Education and Protection throughout the response phase.

The supplies will be distributed by Solomon Islands Red Cross health and hygiene promotion volunteers and in close collaboration with Makira Provincial Emergency Operation Centre (PEOC).

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Contact Donna Hoerder, Communication Specialist – External Relations, dhoerder@unicef.org, +679 3236 100 or Atenia Tahu, Communication for Development Officer, atahu@unicef.org, +677 21243/ 739 3337 for interviews or additional photos.

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