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The green armband on this Filipino baby girl shows that she is not malnourished

A health worker uses a mid-upper-arm circumference band to assess the nutritional status of a child, in Barangay 91, in Tacloban City – among the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan – in Leyte Province, Eastern Visayas Region. The green on the armband indicates that the child is not malnourished.

On 26 November in the Philippines, government-led emergency and relief operations continue in the wake of the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the country on 8 November. In collaboration with UNICEF and the World Health Organization, the Government launched a vaccination campaign targeting 33,000 children under the age of 5 in typhoon-affected Tacloban City with immunizations against measles and polio. Children are also receiving vitamin A supplements to help boost their immunity through the campaign, which will be expanded to all typhoon-affected areas. UNICEF has also screened 2,131 children aged 6–59 months for malnutrition, in Tacloban City. Therapeutic and supplementary feeding programmes, which began on 27 November, are providing critical nutrition support for the 53 children who were found to be malnourished. By that date, over 14.1 million people, including more than 5.9 million children, had been affected by the typhoon; some 3.5 million people had been displaced, over 1.4 million of them children. UNICEF has appealed for US$61.5 million for its typhoon response – which includes other efforts in health as well as programmes in water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection and education – through May 2014.

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