Over 5 million children affected of which 789,000 are displaced.
Children are growing increasingly vulnerable to water-borne diseases, separation from family and protection violations such as trafficking, child labour and gender-based violence.
A massive number of schools and day care centers have been damaged across the most affected regions and the resumption of education is crucial for children to gain a sense of normalcy and access psychosocial support.
UNICEF has staff on the ground carrying out assessments and supporting the initial phases of the response, with priority to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection and health interventions.
UNICEF is working with the government and partners to identify air cargo capacity for the transportation of humanitarian personnel and life-saving supplies.
UNICEF is establishing offices in Tacloban, Roxas City and Cebu, which will also serve as a logistics hub. At least 30 additional staff have been surged to support the response to Typhoon Haiyan.
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children requests US$61.5 million to respond to the needs of children and women affected by the Typhoon, an increase for its original requirements.