• Cyclone Mick hit all major islands of the Fiji Islands group, on December 14th 2009. UNICEF Pacific estimates that 17,500 people in the Rewa river delta were severely affected. UNICEF distributed via Red Cross to cyclone-affected households 1350 packets containing 10L collapsible water containers, soaps, water purification tablets, water purification tablets brochure and hygiene IEC materials (‘Emergency hands’). Also through the radio and TV, the key messages on public health and hygiene were disseminated.
• On February 4th and 8th 2010, with the assistance of UNFPA and the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Fiji Red Cross implemented a rapid tracking survey (RTS) to assess the impacts of the Cyclone Mick (December 2009) response to date. UNICEF acknowledges the assistance of these agencies.
• Thirty-seven (37) interviews with households affected by the cyclone were conducted in 4 settlements/villages. The interviews with heads of households assessed whether the cyclone-affected families received and appropriately utilized key public health messages and emergency supplies, and if those interventions had contributed to any behavioural changes and creating a more healthy and sanitary environment. Three (3) local health facilities were also visited to assess the impacts of the response. Supply warehouse was also visited to monitor the condition of water tanks, which were not distributed yet at the time of the survey.