News Release

UNICEF and the Church Collaborate to Help Youth in Peru 

Some 8,000 children and infants receive care; more than 20,000 students gain access to water and hygiene services

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given nearly US$1 million to UNICEF to improve the health and development of children in Peru. The donation, which was made on Friday, April 12, 2024, focuses on the regions of Huancavelica, Loreto, Ucayali and Lima. 

The donation will go toward two projects. The first will focus on early detection of vision and hearing problems in newborns, helping more than 8,000 children. This project equips health centers, trains personnel and implements protocols to strengthen the healthcare system in detecting these impairments. 

The second project will concentrate on improving access to water and hygiene services in 20 schools in the same regions, benefiting over 20,000 students. This initiative will not only contribute to improving the living conditions and health of the country’s most vulnerable communities but will also ensure that over 4,000 adolescents can manage their menstrual hygiene optimally, safely and with dignity. 

This effort between the Church of Jesus Christ and UNICEF responds to the need to strengthen early detection systems for hearing and vision development issues. It also improves access to clean water and sanitation facilities in regions where less than 14% of the population has these services. These deficiencies pose risks to the health and development of children, and both organizations aim to mitigate these challenges. 

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