Government and non-government agencies alongside United Nations representatives in Brazil discussed the major problems inside the community housing in the state of Roraima
Jacqueline Almeida, UNICEF Consultant for Emergency Response in Roraima, pointed out that these actions will improve the quality of life of families, especially children, living in shelters.
"Currently we have many cases of diarrhea, waterborne diseases and hygiene problems among children,” says Jacqueline Almeida. “We are working together to find solutions and to ensure that the population does not get sick because of precarious hygiene conditions."
The meeting was attended by representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Brazilian Army, Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare of the government of Roraima, National Health Foundation (FUNASA), ADRA Australia, AVSI Brazil, Brotherhood Without Borders and International Humanitarian Federation.
Dalva Silva, ADRA Australia Coordinator in Roraima, stated that the meeting was fruitful and stressed the importance of the staff participation in the discussion.
"It is difficult for those who are not living inside the shelters to discuss policies. Only those who live there know the reality”, said Dalva Silva. “Now we will work with the other partners to reach effective actions".