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Iran: UNICEF to launch psychological rehabilitation of Bam children

Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Carol Bellamy declared in Tehran on Sunday that the international body is determined to participate in the psychological rehabiliation of the quake-hit children in Bam, IRNA reported.

Speaking to reporters, she added that the psychotherapy of psychologically ill children, tracing and identifying the children orphaned during the killer earthquake are among the measures to be taken jointly by UNICEF and Iran.

"Ever since the city of Bam and its surrounding areas were hit by the tragic earthquake, UNICEF has dispatched some 500,000 dollars worth of relief aid consisting of basic requirements to the area," she added.

Continuing to focus on emergency work and providing water and sanitation in the city, UNICEF is also sending in school-in-a-box kits so that temporary schooling can start as soon as possible.

The UNICEF has also been providing emergency health kits to treat children for up to six months and water purification tablets.

"Experts from international bodies have called on the world community to provide a fund of 30 million dollars for the reconstruction of the quake-shattered city of Bam, while the UNICEF share stands at 14 million dollars," said the UN official.

In response to reporters' questions on the abortion attempts by unsupported women in Bam, she said that no reports have so far been recieved by UNICEF in this respect.

"However, in general UNICEF's policy as an international body is to denounce such measures," she said.

Bellamy lauded the performance of Iran's Health Ministry in its recent inocculation of the youth against measles and rubella.

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