ISLAMABAD: UNICEF needs around $2,828,000 to prepare itself for emergency crises like unexpected floods or droughts in the country. The three main areas of concern are health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene. The funds will allow UNICEF to extend help to the affected immediately. It has already started prepositioning sufficient supplies to cover an overall caseload of 100,000 people with maternal and child health services and vaccinations, community management of acute malnutrition, water sanitation and hygiene services. Though the meteorological department has predicted monsoon rains to be only 5-15% above the normal level, it is vital to prepare for the likelihood of serious floods in 2012.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.