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22 Jun 2017 description

KENYA, SOMALIA, ETHIOPIA, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA REGIONAL WASH GROUP FEBRUARY 2017

CONTEXT

21 Jun 2017 description

More than 6 million people now facing hunger driven largely by conflict

21 June 2017, Rome/Juba - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million - up from 4.9 million in February - and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.

21 Jun 2017 description

KAMPALA, 21 June 2017 - The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has contributed 2 million Euros – 8 billion Uganda shillings - to UNICEF’s emergency nutrition and education response to the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda.

“With over 2,000 South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda every day since July 2016, Uganda is now host to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world,” said Isabelle D'Haudt, ECHO’s Humanitarian Advisor for Uganda. 

20 Jun 2017 description

Summary

According to the February 2017 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), acute malnutrition remains a major public health emergency in South Sudan. Based on the most recent data from 23 counties, 14 of these have Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) at or above the emergency thresholds of GAM ≥15%. Based on this analysis, the IPC declared two counties (Leer and Mayandit in IPC 5- Famine) and Panyijar and Kouch into IPC 4!

20 Jun 2017 description
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No country in the world has taken more refugees over the past 12 months than Uganda.

Kampala/Nairobi, 20 June 2017 – As more than 1,000 children continue to flee South Sudan, on average every day in search of safety, the region’s refugee crisis has become a children’s crisis, UNICEF said today, on World Refugee Day.

18 Jun 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Urban food insecurity in South Sudan has been of increasing concern in recent years since the outbreak of the conflict and the economic crisis causing hyperinflation and thus making many urban households vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition. After the studies in Juba, this assessment was conducted in order to understand the household food security and nutrition situation in the urban areas of Bor. The assessment is based on a survey of 625 households in 29 enumeration areas provided by the National Bureau of Statistics.

15 Jun 2017 description

Context

Education indicators in South Sudan were extremely low prior to the outbreak of the current civil war. According to the South Sudan Ministry of Education’s 2011 Statistical Yearbook and 2013 Education and Management Information System (EMIS):

• 73% of men and 84% of women above 15 years of age were illiterate.

• Three out of five school-age children were not enrolled in primary school.

• The pupil-classroom ratio averaged 100.

12 Jun 2017 description

This document collates and primarily analyzes available information on key child protection issues from a compilation of reports.

12 Jun 2017 description

Since onset of the South Sudan crisis in December 2013, there have been 15,475 recorded cases of unaccompanied, separated and missing children across 42 counties. Out of these, 4,945 (43%) of the 11,612 unaccompanied and separated children have been reunified with their families (as at 21 May 2017). Since renewed conflict in July 2016, the caseload has increased by a significant 18% from 13,090 to 15,475 girls and boys in May 2017.

09 Jun 2017 description
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Highlights

• Floods have been reported following heavy rains in Amhara, Gambella, Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions. The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) activated the National Flood Task Force for preparedness and response.

• The Somali Regional Health Bureau, UNICEF and WHO trained 212 front line health personnel in 41 prioritized case treatment centres (CTCs) across the region on the management of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) for severely malnourished children.

08 Jun 2017 description
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Highlights

  • As of 19 May, the total number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda is 1.25 million with an average of more than 2,000 people arriving daily from Burundi, South Sudan and the DRC. Of these, 738,957 are children under 18 years.

  • Food insecurity persists in most areas of the Karamoja region due to food scarcity, high market prices and delayed rains, with the exception of Abim District where crop and pasture conditions have significantly improved.

08 Jun 2017 description
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Highlights

• Prices of basic food commodities have soared with overall inflation for the month of May 2017 reaching a five-year high of 11.7 per cent1 adversely affecting the purchasing power of drought affected population.

• During the first half of May, 7,200 children under 5 years of age were screened for acute malnutrition in six counties (Baringo, Marsabit,
Samburu, Turkana, West Pokot and Kajiado). Of those screened 7.6% were identified as severely malnourished and 20.8% as moderately malnourished with all referred and admitted for treatment.

05 Jun 2017 description
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Highlights

  • The cholera outbreak continues to intensify and is the most severe, longest and most widespread outbreak since the onset of the 2013 crisis. Since June 2016, 8,160 cases including 248 deaths (case fatality rate 3.1 per cent) have been reported from 19 counties. Children and young adults under 30 years are the most affected, constituting 70 per cent of cases.

24 May 2017 description

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

24 May 2017 description
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Highlights

  • Somali region is disproportionately affected by the current acute watery diarrhea (AWD) outbreak, accounting for about 91 per cent of the cases reported in Ethiopia since the beginning of the year.

  • UNICEF support has enabled 794,150 people to access safe water. This includes 149,150 people in Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) and Tigray regions, reached during the reporting period, through construction of new water supply schemes, rehabilitation of non-functional water systems and expansion works.

23 May 2017 description
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Violence disrupting children’s access to health services, safe water and sanitation

AMMAN, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while preventative health care and nutritious food are insufficient to meet children’s needs.

23 May 2017 description
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Highlights

  • Six per cent of the 42,017 children screened during the reporting period were identified as severely malnourished and over 29.4 per cent as moderately malnourished, in Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, Kilifi and Laikipia counties.

  • From January to April, a total of 23,700 children with SAM and 51,537 children with MAM have been admitted for life-saving nutrition treatment.

19 May 2017 description
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SITUATION IN NUMBERS

7,400 Children with measles in drought affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia (Source: WHO and UNICEF Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia)

3.4 million Children (under five years) at high risk of measles in drought affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia (Source: UNICEF Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia)