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02 Oct 2015 description

Somalia becomes 196th State Party to the Convention

NEW YORK – “Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a significant and very welcome step toward realizing the rights of the country’s 6.5 million children.

“The children of Somalia face enormous challenges. Somalia today has one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world, alarming malnutrition rates, and very high levels of violence affecting children.

01 Oct 2015 description
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HARGEISA, Somaliland, 1 October 2015 - Schoolchildren in Somaliland are among thousands of pupils from around the world who have been taking part in the World’s Largest Lesson learning about the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

30 Sep 2015 description
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Twitter takeover, 30 September, 8:00 am EST, @UNICEF*

NEW YORK, 29 September 2015 – Conflicts and instability in five countries alone have uprooted at least 4.5 million children, UNICEF said on the eve of a United Nations high-level meeting on the global migrant and refugee crisis.

29 Sep 2015 description
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NEW YORK, 28 September 2015 - An estimated 500,000 newborn lives have been saved and 100 million women and their newborns protected from the deadly disease, maternal and newborn tetanus, thanks to a ten-year long partnership between Pampers® and UNICEF that helped achieve this milestone.

The partners marked the tenth anniversary of their work today by celebrating the contributions of their joint effort that has helped in the elimination of maternal and newborn tetanus in 17 countries, with the success of the ‘1 Pack = 1 Vaccine’ initiative.

17 Sep 2015 description
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NAIROBI/BRUSSELS, 17 September 2015 – UNICEF Somalia has made important progress in its work to protect children from being recruited into armed groups – and to help those already affected - thanks to funding of US$1 million from the European Union.

14 Sep 2015 description
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  • UNICEF and partners continue to work with authorities to register and provide assistance to the increasing numbers of people fleeing the conflict in Yemen. UNICEF support in July included medical and nutritional screening; referral of children with severe acute malnutrition; emergency measles and polio vaccination; first aid services; identification of separated and unaccompanied children; and psychosocial support.

12 Aug 2015 description
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By Peter Crowley

Today marks one year since we have had a case of the wild poliovirus anywhere in Africa, the last having been reported from Somalia with a date of onset of 11th August 2014.

What an extraordinary achievement and what a powerful symbol of the progress that has been made on the African continent over the past generation.

06 Aug 2015 description
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  • The volatile situation in Yemen has led to a continued influx of people to Somalia. Support by UNICEF in June has so far included providing protection related information to new arrivals; identifying separated and unaccompanied children; psychosocial support; polio and measles vaccinations; distribution of WASH supplies; nutrition screening and referral of children with SAM; etc.

06 Aug 2015 description
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NAIROBI/BRUSSELS, 6 August 2015 – The European Union has supported UNICEF with €2.5 million in humanitarian funding to help provide lifesaving interventions in nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for Somali children.

27 Jul 2015 description
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  • While the overall nutrition situation is showing improvement in coastal, North West and South East Counties with an expected decrease in the acutely malnourished children requiring treatment, the nutrition situation is expected to worsen in Isiolo, Garissa, Mandera and Wajir counties as a result of poor rains. The total caseload for acutely malnourished children requiring treatment in the ASAL and urban areas is expected to decrease from 304,083 as of February 2015 driven by improvements observed across ASAL counties.

07 Jul 2015 description
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  • UNICEF and partners work with authorities in Berbera, Bossaso and Mogadishu to register and support, through provision of food, nonfood items, medical and psychosocial care, close to 10,000 returnees/refugees who have arrived in the country since the start of the conflict in Yemen in March 2015.

  • UNICEF airlifts 9MT of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and other essential nutrition supplies to ensure continuity in implementation of critical lifesaving nutrition interventions in Waajid district, Bakool region.

17 Jun 2015 description
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Global response in 2014

UNICEF and partners responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries in 2014. This includes large-scale Level 3 responses for the crises in the Central African Republic, Iraq, the Philippines, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Some of the major highlights from 2014 include:

• UNICEF Country Offices responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries. This includes the response to six Level 3 emergencies;

03 Jun 2015 description
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UNICEF Champions

The April issue of the Situation Report is dedicated to our fallen heroes
Payenda Gul Abed
Brenda Kyeyune
Woki Munyui
Stephen Oduor
Your kindness, selfless dedication and commitment to the women and children of Somalia will continue to inspire us all.
We will forever cherish the many memories
We will carry your smiles in our hearts

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

20 May 2015 description
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· The first 32 refugees, fleeing war-torn Yemen, arrive on Somalia’s northern coastline, reversing a decades-old trend which saw Somalis seeking safety in Yemen.

· UNICEF provides multi-sectoral response to population displacement caused by fighting in Guri Ceel and Galgala; the response includes provision of nutritional supplies, educational supplies for the out-of-school children, WASH emergency supplies and Family Relief Kits.

11 May 2015 description
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DJIBOUTI, 11 May 2015 – An integrated immunization campaign is underway to vaccinate 250,000 children aged nine months to 15 years against measles and 125,000 children aged 0 to 59 months against polio. The 6-59 months age group will also receive vitamin A Supplementation.

The campaign is being led by the Djibouti Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry of Education, supported by UNICEF, WHO, GAVI Alliance, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) and the Government of Japan.