UNICEF raises concern on children’s welfare

<p>In a statement released , UNICEF said children are still in shock and suffering significant trauma and stress which could have negative consequences to their long-term well-being.</p>

<p>According to UNCEF PNG, children are still being confronted by fear, loss, confusion, family separation, deteriorated living conditions and disruption of social and school activities.</p>

<p>They raised the concern that psychological damage among children should not be overlooked as it can have a negative impact on children’s brain development, mental health and overall wellbeing in the long-run.</p>

<p>The Government estimates that 270,000 people are in need of urgent assistance, including 125,000 children.</p>

<p>Of those children, about 15-20 per cent require psychological support, according to the World Health Organization.</p>

<p>To date, UNICEF has already delivered 23 metric tons of relief supplies, including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets, hygiene kits and learning kits.</p>

<p>Some 12,000 packets of therapeutic food and vaccines to protect 31,700 children against the increasing risk of disease outbreak and malnutrition have also been delivered.</p>

<p>However, UNICEF also needs US$14.6 million to help children and families affected by the earthquake over the next year.</p>

<p>This will focus on providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene in temporary shelters, psycho-social support in safe places, vaccinations and malnutrition treatment and support for children to return to school.</p>