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UNICEF concerned over infections among Marshalls' drought children

UNICEF concerned over infections among Marshalls' drought children

Updated 15 May 2013, 9:57 AEST

In the severely drought affected atolls of Marshall Islands reports are emerging of an increase in diarrhea and other infections among children, underscoring the need for the emergency response to include attention to health and hygiene.

More than 5,000 people have limited access to clean and safe drinking water and proper sanitation and the failure of food gardens means nutritious food is an urgent and immediate need.

The United States and donors like Australia have joined the Marshalls government in providing emergency assistance and the UN Children's Fund UNICEF has joined the response team.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

Speaker:Samantha Cocco-Klein, UNICEF's Pacific chief

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