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26 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 %).

22 Apr 2016 description
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World Immunization Week –24-30th April

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 April 2016 – Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, UNICEF said ahead of World Immunization Week.

Of countries in conflict, South Sudan has the highest percentage of unimmunized children, with 61 per cent not receiving the most basic childhood vaccines, followed by Somalia (58 per cent) and Syria (57 per cent).

11 Apr 2016 description

NAIROBI – In northern Somalia, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland.

06 Apr 2016 description
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Highlights

  • Parts of Puntland and Somaliland continue to experience severe drought conditions. An estimated 385,000 people face acute food insecurity and are in dire need of assistance, while another 1.3 million are at risk of slipping into acute food insecurity. UNICEF is working with WFP on an integrated response to halt the deteriorating food security and malnutrition situation in the drought affected areas.

11 Mar 2016 description
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Designing Social Protection Frameworks for Somaliland
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Designing Social Protection Frameworks for Three Zones of Somalia

Somalia has seen large-scale population displacement, deterioration of infrastructure and decline in access to services, all of which have limited the livelihood opportunities of poor Somali households. Declining access to natural resources and increasing frequency of drought cycles are making it increasingly difficult for rural households to maintain their livestock and crop production levels. This has eroded people’s capacities to cope through traditional means and left large parts of the population vulnerable to particular life cycle risks.

26 Feb 2016 description
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Highlights

  • The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Somalia was launched on 19 January 2016 in Mogadishu. The HRP is seeking to reach 3.5 million people with urgent life-saving assistance by the end of 2016. In line with the HRP, UNICEF is requesting US$82 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in 2016.