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Work to save Haiti's children needs our help

The year 2010 was a trying one for the most vulnerable children in many countries.

In Haiti - the poorest in the western hemisphere - approximately 1.5m children suffered a series of natural disasters starting with a massive earthquake last January. While they were coming to grips with this rare event a severe storm hit the capital in September, destroying tents which had become home to hundreds of thousands of people. Then cholera struck.

I would like to thank the Belfast Telegraph readers whose generosity helped UNICEF and partners to deliver daily fresh water to more than 680,000 people. We've immunised approximately 2m children against vaccine-preventable diseases, we've funded the treatment of severe malnutrition, and we've provided education materials to get 720,000 children either to school for the first time or back to school.

With your contributions we have also been able to provide several tonnes of water disinfectants to protect public water supplies as well as millions of water purification tablets, and medical supplies to prevent and treat cholera.

The work is far from over. UNICEF has set out ambitious programmes of reconstruction and we appeal to your readers to please continue to donate to UNICEF for our work in Haiti. Further details can be found at www.unicef.org.uk.

David Bull

Executive Director, UNICEF UK

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