UNICEF-EU partnership provides Emergency supplies to Nepal

05.05.2015 13:55


Airlift of two cargo planes with 80 metric tons of supplies provides humanitarian supplies to Nepal through the EU-UNICEF partnership  

BRUSSELS/Kathmandu, 4 May 2015 – Two cargo planes delivering each 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies to the regions in Nepal affected by the earthquake of the 25th April 2015 will take off from Dubai to Kathmandu, Nepal. The humanitarian supplies will support UNICEF’s response, providing vitally needed aid to 1.7 million children and their families. The airlift was made possible thanks to a €400,000contribution from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO). The first ECHO-funded plane takes off on Monday, 4th May, with the second one due to leave on Wednesday, 6th May 2015. 

"When a disaster strikes, help is needed fast. The EU-UNICEF partnership has been able to react quickly, delivering lifesaving supplies to those most in need even when logistics are exceptionally challenging. Our contribution will play an important role in helping the most vulnerable communities in Nepal," said Claus H. Sorensen, Director-General, ECHO, European Commission.

To preempt the growing risk of outbreak of waterborne diseases, the planes will be delivering WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) supplies, such as chlorination material, diarrhea and cholera kits, as well as bladders, to provide for clean and safe water supplies. The cargo also included health kits and tarpaulins, as many families fled to the open space for fear of further after-shocks.

UNICEF and partners are planning to reach approximately 1.7 million children in the hardest hit areas, out of overall 4.2 million people in need of assistance in 21 affected districts. 

“UNICEF has been able to respond instantly to the needs caused by this devastating earthquake” said Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia. “These supplies are vital to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases, such as cholera or diarrhea, which in this situation can kill children. These supplies ensure the continuity of health services and keep hospitals running. These supply will help the most vulnerable, injured and in need of urgent medical help.” 

The EU-UNICEF airlift is part of the €6 million aid package that the European Commission has made available. The EU Member States have provided important financial assistance as well as offered relief items and search and rescue teams through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The earthquake on a magnitude of 7.8 has thus far killed over 7000 people and injured more than 14000.

About UNICEF   
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.    

About the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)   
The European Commission funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts around the world. The Commission's assistance relies on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. The European Commission is among UNICEF’s largest humanitarian donors. In 2013 alone, it provided almost €100 million for UNICEF projects to help children.

For more information, please contact:   
Rebekka Opfermann, UNICEF Brussels, +32 2 5050 106, ropfermann@unicef.org   
Alexandre Polack, European Commission, +32 + 32 460 767 000, alexandre.polack@ec.europa.eu   
Pierre Prakash, Asia-Pacific Regional Information Officer, European Commission, +977 9806 634 809 pierre.prakash@echofield.eu   
Rupa Joshi, UNICEF Nepal, +977 9851 054140 rjoshi@unicef.org 


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