UNICEF Warns of Health Risks to Pakistani Children As Aid Funding Wanes

A young girl at a camp for people displaced by massive flooding in Pakistan. Children are among the most at-risk groups as the country enters the winter season. Photo by: Amjad Jamal / UN

Children are among the most at-risk groups as Pakistan enters the winter season and funding for various efforts in response to the massive flooding in the country is now starting to dry up, UNICEF has warned.

“There is a real sense that the world has forgotten Pakistan’s children. Funds that were trickling in have now virtually stopped. This often happens with floods as there is a sense that once the waters retreat, people get on with their lives again. [But] that’s not the case, this emergency is not over for children here, it has just evolved,” Sarah Crowe of UNICEF South Asia said as quoted by IRIN.

Crowe explained that the upcoming winter season in Pakistan is expected to bring new threats to children and their families, including a high risk for acute respiratory infections and a proliferation of malnutrition.

“We have started to try and meet those changing needs with the distribution of winter clothing for children but lack of funds is preventing us from doing our job effectively,” Crowe said.

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