On 16 April 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific Northwest area of Ecuador, its epicenter situated close to Muisne and Pedernales. Considered the largest disaster in the region since Haiti in 2010, the earthquake directly affected 720,000 people, of whom 350,000 were in need of urgent assistance. On 5 May 2016, the Government reported 30,223 displaced people in official shelters (6,777) and informal shelters (23,446); 20,849 injured persons, and 663 fatalities.
A year after the earthquake, through a multi-sectorial emergency response UNICEF achieved the following results:
Provision of safe drinking water (77,000 beneficiaries), sanitation infrastructure (44,000) and hygiene promotion (68,000).
Establishment of temporary spaces for education and protection (with a capacity for 13,290 children), and provision of educational/recreational materials (just over 34,000 children benefited).
Psychosocial support provided to approximately 25,000 children and adolescents and their families, as well as family follow-up activities, family regrouping and individual care for children without a family.
Strengthening of health and nutrition services through the provision of medical supplies (250,000 children under 5 years of age and 26,800 pregnant women and breast feeders with access to micronutrients and dosages of vitamin A).
30,400 people (including 1,130 pregnant women) benefitted from the Zika strategy (prevention kits), and 10,704 students have been involved in Zika prevention education programs.