MADRID, Aug. 20 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has requested 70 million dollars (more than 63 million euros) to help 900,000 children in Venezuela this year, a country where there are an estimated 3.2 million minors in need of humanitarian assistance and in which “living conditions continue to deteriorate” day by day.
“We are intensifying our work to help children and families struggling with food shortages and limited access to basic services such as medical care, access to drinking water and education,” the director explained in a statement. UNICEF executive Henrietta Fore.
The UN estimates that at least 4.3 million people do not have access to drinking water in a country where preventable diseases have reappeared through vaccines. In addition, it is estimated that 1.3 million children and adolescents need protection services and that more than one million children are out of school.
Since 2018, UNICEF has sent about 200 tons of basic health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation supplies to Venezuela. Within the framework of its work this year, this organization and its allies have already helped more than 180,000 people to access drinking water, have provided educational materials to more than 60,000 children and have provided nutritional supplements to 76,000 children under five years of age, as well as pregnant and lactating women.
UNICEF aims to provide 800,000 people with potable water in 2019, vaccinate more than 1.2 million children under five against measles, ensure that 7,000 children receive the treatment they need against severe or moderate malnutrition, bring educational materials to 680,000 minors, offer 216,000 psychosocial protection and support programs and provide medical assistance to more than 170,000 pregnant women and newborn babies.