November 26, 2010 18:07 ET

UNICEF Urgently Needs Canadian French-Speaking Nurses to Combat Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - UNICEF Canada is issuing an urgent request to French-speaking registered nurses across Canada to immediately assist UNICEF in Haiti with its cholera epidemic response. Children are the most vulnerable during this crisis, representing more than half of Haiti's population.

While UNICEF is bringing in additional supplies and deploying more staff in the field, lack of partners and human resources including medical staff in an overstretched health system is a serious obstacle in the effort to contain the epidemic and reduce mortality.

UNICEF Canada is contacting the Canadian medical community directly for their assistance and is also continuing to gather further details from UNICEF in Haiti about their specific requirements from French-speaking Canadian registered nurses.

Registered nurses interested in traveling to Haiti to assist UNICEF should visit www.unicef.ca for more information.


UNICEF is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian and development agency. Through innovative programs and advocacy work, we save children's lives and secure their rights in virtually every country. Our global reach, unparalleled influence on policymakers, and diverse partnerships make us an instrumental force in shaping a world in which no child dies of a preventable cause. UNICEF is entirely supported by voluntary donations and helps all children, regardless of race, religion or politics. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.

Contact Information

  • For further information, media should contact:
    UNICEF Canada
    Kathleen Powderley
    Communications Specialist
    UNICEF Quebec
    Nancy Radford
    514-288-5134 ext. 8425
    For further information,
    the public should visit: www.unicef.ca