UNFPA Launches Appeal To Focus Humanitarian Efforts In Philippines On Women, Children

“Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, more than 3.2 million women and girls of reproductive age are still in need of urgent care and protection, the United Nations population agency said [Saturday], launching an appeal for $30 million to provide services and aid during the next six months,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “An estimated 230,000 pregnant women are currently in affected areas, while 835 women are giving birth every day with very limited access to emergency obstetric care, according to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA),” the news service adds (11/23). In addition, “[h]ealth authorities aim to immunize 500,000 children most at risk of contracting measles in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, but they face challenges in keeping the vaccines cold amid electricity shortages and in reaching some stranded areas,” the Wall Street Journal writes. “The health focus on children and also pregnant women comes as the number of deaths caused by the storm reached 5,235 people, making Haiyan the Southeast Asian country’s deadliest storm in recorded modern history,” the newspaper adds (Larano, 11/23).