UNICEF Responds to South Sudan Refugee Crisis

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A resident of New Jersey, Rao Chalasani has specialized in trading technology at various New York, NY-based financial institutions, such as Deutsche Bank and Bank of America. Apart from his work, Rao Chalasani supports numerous charitable organizations, including UNICEF.

According to the most recent data from UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the growing civil war in South Sudan has resulted in over 1 million children attempting to escape the violence as refugees, making them the majority of refugees to come from the country. Most of these children end up in surrounding countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

The problem only looks to get worse, as the children coming into these countries lack adequate lodging to protect them from the rainy period that occurs annually. UNICEF has called for more than $180 million to help build shelter facilities and provide other basic care needs to these children for the remainder of 2017, but the organization has only managed to raise a little over half of that goal, and the UNHCR’s request for $781.8 million is only 11 percent funded. As such, the organizations are urging other nations to continue providing relief funds to ensure that lifesaving services for South Sudanese refugees continue.


UNICEF Strives to Reduce Ebola Transmission in Guinea

Skilled technology executive Rao Chalasani of New Jersey has applied his skills in roles at various New York City-based financial institutions, including Bank of America (BofA), JPMorgan Chase, and Deutsche Bank. A strong supporter of several charitable causes, Rao Chalasani dedicates his time and resources to such nonprofit organizations as UNICEF.

With schools reopening in Guinea, UNICEF and its partners are working in the country to reduce the risk of Ebola transmission among students and teachers. Prior to the reopening, UNICEF and partners assisted the ministries of education in developing important safety protocols to ensure that those with symptoms of Ebola are handled properly and referred to the nearest health clinic.

The organization also trained thousands of teachers to implement daily safety measures and to share risk-reduction methods with children, parents, and other community members. In addition, UNICEF distributed thermometers and hand-washing kits and is helping to deliver clean water to schools throughout the country.

Mass-Screening Initiative in South Sudan Targets Child Malnutrition

Rao Chalasani has served in the position of chief technology officer for major financial intuitions like Bank of America Merrill Lynch over the course of his more than 20-year career in New York City. Outside of his professional endeavors, Rao Chalasani contributes to numerous nonprofit organizations, including UNICEF.

UNICEF recently announced that it has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme and the South Sudan National and State Ministry of Health, Sanitation and Environment to launch a new mass-screening initiative in South Sudan. Starting in Juba County, hundreds of trained community workers from the Government of South Sudan’s Social Mobilization Network will visit neighborhoods to screen children for malnutrition and offer care recommendations to caretakers. These social mobilizers will also visit the states of Northern Bahr-Ghazal and Warrap.

According to the leaders of the movement, social mobilization has played an instrumental role in health interventions against diseases like polio and cholera. The organizations hope that this new social mobilization initiative will help address malnutrition as an element in the cycle of illness, inequity, and poverty.

UNICEF Helps Distribute Ebola Prevention Information in Sierra Leone

Rao Chalasani, of Livingston, New Jersey, has worked for several New York, NY-based financial institutions, including Bank of America (BofA), Deutsche Bank, and Merrill Lynch. In addition to his work endeavors, Rao Chalasani dedicates his time and resources to organizations such as UNICEF.

In response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UNICEF has been working in communities throughout the region to prevent the spread of the disease. As part of these efforts, the organization recently provided technical and financial support for a government-led public awareness campaign in Sierra Leone.

The door-to-door campaign, which took place September 19-21, 2014, supplemented Ebola prevention messages delivered via TV, radio. During the three-day awareness event, nearly 30,000 social mobilizers and volunteers visited 1.5 million households to increase Sierra Leonean’s understanding of ways they can guard themselves from Ebola and help prevent the virus from spreading. More detailed information about UNICEF’s current work can be found on the organization’s website at http://www.unicef.org.