UNICEF is working to ensure the safety of the 18,000 children and their families whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian. UNICEF's immediate humanitarian targets for the children of the Bahamas will focus on access to safe water, creation of child-friendly learning spaces, provision of psycho-social support and support for infant feeding programs.
On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Abaco and Grand Bahama islands as a Category 5 hurricane. Local authorities estimate that nearly 70,000 people have been impacted, among them more than 18,000 children and adolescents. The population remaining in the affected islands - particularly children and pregnant women - are in urgent need of assistance including access to safe water, food, health care, non-formal education activities and psychosocial support.
UNICEF's immediate humanitarian targets for the children of the Bahamas are: access to safe, clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene; the establishment of child-friendly spaces with non-formal education activities has been prioritized to ensure that children can recover from the shock of the disaster; provision of psychosocial support for children in shelters; and support for infant feeding programs.
Early investments in emergency response are critical to address the immediate, urgent need and help protect children from the long-term traumatic impact of the disaster. Your continued partnership and commitment will allow UNICEF to respond to this life-threatening emergency more rapidly and effectively and continue to protect the lives of every child, every day.