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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.

21 Apr 2015 description
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  • According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.

  • The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).

21 Apr 2015 description
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NAIROBI, Kenya 21 APRIL 2015 - With great sadness, UNICEF can now release the names of the four colleagues who were killed in a horrific attack as they travelled to work yesterday in Garowe, northern Somalia.

Those who lost their lives were:

20 Apr 2015 description
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NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 April 2015 – Four UNICEF staff members have reportedly been killed in an attack on a vehicle in which they were riding in Garowe, Somalia. Four other UNICEF colleagues are reportedly in a serious condition.

The IED (improvised explosive device) attack occurred when the staff were travelling from their guest house to the office, normally a three minute drive.

UNICEF is currently contacting families of the staff, and airlifting the injured.

15 Apr 2015 description
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Highlights

  • UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak; 5,647 children (6 months to 15 years) have been vaccinated in Erigavo District in the northern Sanaag region.

  • The outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Jowhar District, in Middle Shabelle region has been successfully responded to highlighting the positive joint collaboration between WASH and health partners.

  • Armed clashes in Guri Ceel and Galgala caused temporary population displacement; inter-agency assessments are planned for March.

10 Mar 2015 description
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Highlights

  • On 20 January the Federal Government of Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a clear reflection of its commitment towards protecting and promoting the rights of its children and a major milestone following years of advocacy by UNICEF and other UN and international partners.

  • UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak through support to delivery of routine immunization services.

04 Mar 2015 description

CLUSTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • In 2014, a total of 393,413 acutely malnourished children received nutrition support. (SAM - 151,043 and MAM 242,370) and over half a million caregivers reached with IYCF messages.

  • Interim FSNAU Nutrition post Deyr 2014/2015 analysis reveals the nutrition situation in Somalia is improving but the current median rate in South Central region is still above the “critical” ≥ 15% GAM.

19 Feb 2015 description

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

NAIROBI, 19 February 2015: Somalia is marking six months since the last polio case was seen in the country following an outbreak that affected 199 people, mostly children.

06 Feb 2015 description
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· According to FEWSNET, an estimated 1.5 million people remain acutely food insecure, mostly in pastoral and marginal agricultural areas. Compared to 2013, this food insecure population is 75% higher. Key food insecurity drivers are the cumulative effects of below-average rainfall reasons, food prices rising to above their five-year averages, conflicts in some pastoral areas, and crop diseases in the high potential areas.

03 Feb 2015 description
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Highlights

· UNICEF continued to response to the measles outbreak with 9,965 cases reported in 2014, mostly from Banadir, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle. With funding from CERF and CHF, UNICEF is delivering emergency vaccination campaigns for children under-5 in newly accessible areas to contain the outbreak.

· The Federal Parliament passed a motion approving the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), marking a major milestone following years of advocacy by UNICEF and other UN and international partners.

30 Jan 2015 description
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UNICEF is requesting US$111,705,413 to meet the humanitarian needs of women and children in Somalia in 2015.

20 Jan 2015 description
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NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – As the world enters into the 26th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Somalia has become the 194th state party to ratify the Convention, setting a course to improve the lives of its youngest citizens.

“By ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the government of Somalia is making an investment in the wellbeing of its children, and thus in the future of its society,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.