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18 Jul 2016 description
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Context and Investment Case

One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded places the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. UNICEF is responding to four primary needs:

  1. Over 1 million children are targeted for severe acute malnutrition (SAM)treatment in the region.

15 Jul 2016 description
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Highlights

  • Since the start of the year, over 9,000 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera have been reported in Somalia. With 441 deaths recorded, the case fatality rate (CFR) stands at 4.8 per cent, well above the 1 per cent emergency threshold. Banadir, Bay, Lower and Middle Juba, Lower and Middle Shabelle, and Hiraan are the most affected regions, with the cholera outbreak confirmed in 15 districts to date. Children under-5 bear the biggest brunt; according to WHO, children account for 58 per cent of the cases and 64 per cent of the deaths.

12 Jul 2016 description
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Un rastro de devastación

El Niño, el grave fenómeno meteorológico de 2015 y 2016, ha llegado a su fin, pero sus devastadoras consecuencias, especialmente sobre los niños, están lejos de terminar. En África oriental y meridional, las zonas más afectadas, hay 26,5 millones de niños que necesitan ayuda, incluyendo a más de 1 millón que precisan este año tratamiento contra la desnutrición grave aguda.
Estas cifras alarmantes podrían incluso aumentar aún más como resultado de las sequías y las enfermedades generadas por este poderoso fenómeno meteorológico.

09 Jul 2016 description
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El Niño a pris fin, mais ses conséquences sur les enfants sont destinées à empirer alors que maladies et malnutrition continuent à se répandre

Rien qu’en Afrique de l’Est et en Afrique australe, 26,5 millions d’enfants ont besoin d’aide

08 Jul 2016 description
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El Niño is over but its impact on children is set to worsen as disease, malnutrition continue to spread

In Eastern and Southern Africa alone, 26.5 million children are in need of aid

NAIROBI/NEW YORK, July 8 2016 – The 2015-2016 El Niño has ended but its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, one of the strongest on record, UNICEF said today.

06 Jul 2016 description
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The Situation

  • Ethiopia has been experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades. The main rainy season (kiremt rains) that is vital for producing over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural yield – in an industry that employs 85 per cent of the country’s workforce – failed in 2015, and a powerful El Niño weather event continues to wreak havoc on children’s lives and their families’ livelihoods.

28 Jun 2016 description
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Investing in the most vulnerable children can yield immediate long-term benefits: new report

MOGADISHU, 28 June 2016 – UNICEF has called for work on implementing human rights for all Somali children to be prioritized after Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child last year.

This comes as UNICEF publishes its annual flagship report The State of the World’s Children which this year focuses on the plight of the most disadvantaged children in the world.

23 Jun 2016 description
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Context and Investment Case   

One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded places the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. UNICEF is responding to four primary needs:

  1. Over 1 million children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the region.

14 Jun 2016 description
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“If you try to run, they shoot you; if you stop working they beat you. It was just like the slave trade.”

UNICEF reports on the dangers facing unaccompanied adolescent refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe

GENEVA, 14 June 2016 – More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.

08 Jun 2016 description
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Highlights

  • Although the food security situation in Kenya has improved in 2016, from 1.1 million to 639,400 people food insecure following two consecutive above-average rainy seasons, disease outbreaks, insecurity, flash flooding and a refugee crisis continue to present humanitarian needs and challenges.

  • By 23 May 2016, a total of 15,421 cholera cases with 243 deaths (CFR=1.6%) had been reported nationally. A total of 162 cases of measles and two cases of Yellow Fever have also been reported.

31 May 2016 description
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Highlights

• The number of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases continue to increase in South Central Somalia with over 7,000 cases reported since the start of the year, an increase of 140 per cent when compared to 2015 during which 5,257 cases were reported throughout the year. Cholera has now been confirmed in 11 districts and UNICEF and partners are scaling up efforts to provide health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in affected areas and hotspots.

31 May 2016 description
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The Situation

• Ethiopia has been experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades. The main rainy season (kiremt rains) that is vital for producing over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural yield – in an industry that employs 85 per cent of the country’s workforce – failed in 2015, and a powerful El Niño weather event continues to wreak havoc on children’s lives and their families’ livelihoods.

26 May 2016 description
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For UNICEF Somalia, 2015 was a year of highs and lows. We saw positive progress for children and their rights but also the devastating loss of four of our colleagues in an attack in Puntland.

In October, Somalia became the 196th country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is excellent news for children.The Convention provides an important framework for policy and legislation on children’s rights. UNICEF immediately started working closely with the federal government to ensure its implementation.

The report covers the following:

16 May 2016 description
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INTRODUCTION

One in four of the world’s school-aged children – 462 million – now live in countries affected by crisis. Of these children, 75 million are in the most desperate need of support: they are either in danger of or already missing out on their right to education. During crises, children are particularly at risk of missing out on their education, yet schools provide a safe space and a vital routine for children during times of major upheaval. Education gives children the building blocks to rebuild their lives and, eventually, their country.

05 May 2016 description
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By Kun Li
26 April 2016

The rains have failed Hawa Ali, a shepherd from Ethiopia, over and over again for three years straight. Before all her animals succumbed to thirst, hunger and disease, she made the decision to join other families in her village and trek to neighbouring Somaliland.

25 Apr 2016 description
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Highlights:

· With thanks to the funds received from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), UNICEF was able to scale-up its WASH response in drought affected areas of Puntland and Somaliland. Provision of safe water through vouchers is ongoing and 10 boreholes have been rehabilitated to date. In addition, 5,500 hygiene kits benefitting 33,000 people have been distributed to support safe hygiene practices and water treatment at household level.

25 Apr 2016 description
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Mogadishu/Garowe/Hargeisa, April 25 2016 - UNICEF Somalia has pledged its support to efforts to work towards virtually eliminating malaria to mark World Malaria day today.
The malaria prevalence in Somalia has dropped dramatically since 2009 when more than a quarter of Somalis (27.3) were infected to fewer than two percent of the population in 2014.

Malaria remains endemic in most parts of the Central and Southern regions and in some areas in the north with other areas being prone to epidemics.

23 Apr 2016 description
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NEW YORK/GENÈVE, 22 avril 2016 – « Près des deux tiers des enfants qui n’ont pas été immunisés avec des vaccins de base vivent dans des pays qui sont partiellement ou entièrement touchés par un conflit », a déclaré l’UNICEF à l’approche de la Semaine mondiale de la vaccination.  

Parmi les pays où se déroule un conflit, le Soudan du Sud a le pourcentage le plus élevé d’enfants non vaccinés avec 61 % d’entre eux ne recevant pas les vaccins pour enfants les plus essentiels, suivi de la Somalie (58 %) et de la Syrie (57 %).