TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Emergency vaccinations to aid Haitian children

A second round of emergency immunizations in Haiti against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, rubella and polio has been announced by the United Nations to aid an additional 500,000 children.

To date, more than 275,000 Haitian children have received immunizations for major vaccine preventable diseases following the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation just over six months ago, Marco Jimenez of the U.N. Children's Fund told UN.org.

"We have also not seen any major disease outbreaks despite huge challenges in health and sanitation," UNICEF reported in a six month report published earlier this month.

UNICEF has announced, however, that, despite some progress, more than 1.2 million children in Haiti are exposed to exploitation and abuse, with 800,000 children living in tents at sites lacking adequate sanitation and with only limited access to safe water, education and health facilities.

In conjunction with its partner organizations, UNICEF is providing safe water to approximately 1.2 million people and nutrition programs that provide approximately 550,000 people, as well as 2,000 children with severe acute malnutrition, with life-saving therapeutic feeding and care.

“Some of the milestones at six months are truly remarkable," the UNICEF report said. "So far no increase in malnutrition has been recorded."

According to UNICEF, there are few places in the world where children are as vulnerable as they are in Haiti.