January 26, 2010 09:43 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2010) - UNICEF is reaching children in Haiti with life-saving support and continues to coordinate and deliver humanitarian relief efforts as the designated lead agency responsible for water and sanitation, nutrition, child protection and education. Child protection specialists on the ground are also working to address the growing concerns for children separated from families who face increased risks of malnutrition and disease, trafficking, sexual exploitation and serious emotional trauma.
Expert estimates suggest that 46 per cent of Haiti's nearly 10 million people are under 18 years of age. The special needs of children must be factored in at the very outset of relief efforts.
Spokespeople from the UNICEF Canada office and other Canadians who work with UNICEF are in Haiti and are available for English and French interviews with media.
Donations to UNICEF Canada can be made online at www.unicef.ca or by calling 1-877-955-3111.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.
For more information or to arrange an interview
with spokespeople, please contact: UNICEF Canada
416 803 5597
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