PANAMA CITY, 7 October 2016 - A chartered cargo aircraft loaded with tons of humanitarian supplies will be hitting the ground in Port-au-Prince in the next few hours. The shipment comes from Unicef Regional Office Latin America and Caribbean and carries life-saving humanitarian provisions to the most-affected children and families by Hurricane Matthew.

The cargo includes sanitation and hygiene goods, water-testing products and purification tablets, educational and early child development kits, health and nutrition equipment to benefit children and women in areas most hard hit by the landfall of the hurricane Matthew.

“More than 350.000 are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance. Homes have been destroyed, cities are flooded and people are in need of water and sanitation, of health services, shelter and protection”, said Douglas Reimer, Unicef's Regional Emergency Advisor for Latin America and Caribbean.

“Unicef and partners are working around the clock get to identify the most affected children and get them urgent assistance”.



Notes for editors:

Funding needs – Unicef will need an immediate $6 million US dollars to deliver lifesaving and humanitarian assistance to the most-affected children in Haiti and other countries, and will require additional funds as the full scope of the tragedy becomes clear.

The most urgent needs are the provisioning of safe water and adequate sanitation conditions to avoid outbreaks of waterborne diseases like cholera; guaranteeing health assistance and treatment to malnourish children; putting in place temporary learning space so children can get back to school as soon as possible; and protecting children from any kind of violence.

For further information please contact:

Joe English, +44 (0)207 375 6091 

Unicef UK Press Office on +44 (0)20 7375 6030 or

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