October 02, 2009 15:26 ET

UNICEF Workers Available to Discuss Natural Disasters, Relief Efforts in Asia-Pacific

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2009) - UNICEF is now on the ground in eight countries and territories providing emergency services and supplies to address the urgent needs of affected children and families in the wake of devastating storms, earthquakes and tsunamis in the Asia-Pacific Region.

In the Philippines, UNICEF is preparing $1.3 million additional supplies to assist children and families displaced by Typhoon Ketsana. The storm has now affected 629,000 families or over 3 million individuals. We are also prepositioning people and supplies to prepare for the coming Typhoon Pepeng/Parma. UNICEF has staff on standby in North Luzon, and family kits containing cooking pots, blankets, water buckets, sleeping mats and soap; ready to be distributed to those displaced.

UNICEF spokespeople in Indonesia, the Philippines and Samoa are currently available for interviews with Canadian media.

Who:    UNICEF officers and country representatives

What:   UNICEF response to emergencies in Indonesia, the Philippines and Pacific Islands

Where: Jakarta and Padang, Indonesia
             North Luzon and Manila, Philippines
             Multiple locations, Samoa

When:  Friday, October 2 – week of October 4

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.

Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview with spokespeople in the region,
    please contact: UNICEF Canada
    Christopher Tidey
    Media Relations Officer
    416 482-4444 ext. 8831