10 Aug 2021
Our current collaboration is with UNICEF, in support of their ongoing response in alleviating malnutrition in Haiti.
Clashes among rival gangs in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince have continued to escalate since June of this year.
The unrest has forced almost 8500 women and children who are caught in the crossfire to leave their homes, with many of those homes having been destroyed. Some of these families have lost everything and urgently required living essentials like clean water, food, personal hygiene items, and warm clothing.
A survey conducted by UNICEF in May uncovered that 1 in 5 in Haitian's believe that the ongoing violence is preventing children from going to school, and 1 in 2 people believe violence is making children fearful in Haiti.
Due to the fact majority of affected areas are cut off from humanitarian access, it makes it more difficult for children and families to gain access to supplies that are most needed.
As a result, acute malnutrition in Haiti has increased by approximately 61% during the last year for children aged under five.
With little sign of the violence tapering off, immediate action is required to provide children and families in the region with critical food supplies. Donations from the Ding Access For Good initiative will provide immediate support in UNICEF's response to Haiti.
We have provided funds with which UNICEF can procure:
Approximately 1000 F-75 therapeutic milk cans, specifically developed for the nutritional recovery of patients suffering from malnutrition, which is enough to help 336 children recover.
Approximately 8500 Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food packs (RUTF) peanut biscuit packs, which are vitamin and mineral rich, helping save the lives of 63 malnourished children.
Supplies to allow health workers to quickly diagnose malnourished children. This includes 34 measuring boards, 293 toddler scales, 24 baby scales and over 27,000 disposable Mid-upper Arm Circumferences to determine acute malnourishment in children.
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