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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)

11 May 2017 description
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Highlights

• March to May seasonal rains remain depressed and access to water for human and livestock consumption is extremely limited in pastoral areas in North West and North Eastern parts of Kenya.

• To date, 71,458 people including 5,580 school children have benefitted from the repair of 39 water points in Turkana and Garissa Counties.

• Five confirmed measles cases and 55 cholera cases have been reported from Dadaab Refugee Complex during the reporting period.

09 May 2017 description
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Highlights:

  • The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) estimates that the number of drought affected people will reach 7.6 million, an increase by 2 million from the number of 5.6 million beneficiaries estimated in the January 2017 HRD.

09 May 2017 description
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Highlights

  • Bidibidi settlement, which is now the largest refugee settlement in Africa, is home to over 157,000 children from South Sudan who have arrived since the 2016 July crisis. Other new South Sudanese refugee arrivals are settled in Palorinya (148,381), Rhino (86,770), Imvepi (55,778) and Lamwo (5,738).

  • Cholera preparedness and response is expected to benefit from new Ministry of Health National guidelines for the prevention of Cholera and administration of the oral cholera vaccine (OCV).

08 May 2017 description

JUBA/GENEVA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 8 May 2017 – More than one million children have now fled South Sudan where escalating conflict is ravaging the country, UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today.

06 May 2017 description
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By Joe English

As we walk through the maze of tents that make up the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Bor, South Sudan, a group of children come bounding around the corner and come to a stop in front of us. Sarah, my guide in the camp, immediately shows the children one of the plastic signs she is carrying, illustrated with simple pictures of children washing their hands and begins to ask them questions. Once she has explained the importance of handwashing to the children, she begins to talk to the group of mothers who are gathering in the nearby shade.

02 May 2017 description
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Highlights

  • Over 106,130 children were screened for acute malnutrition, of which 5,135 were identified as severely and 14,069 as moderately malnourished.

  • Eighty four cholera cases were reported among cattle camp populations in Awerial (Dor), Yirol East (Tharnuar), and Ayod (Buol and Tar). UNICEF continued its integrated response to cholera outbreak in affected cattle camps curtailing transmission in hot spots of Duk, Jonglei.

02 May 2017 description
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Highlights

• On 17 February 2017, UNICEF released a statement condemning the use of children by militias, highlighting the plight of children in the Tanganyika and Kasai provinces: 23 mass graves have been reported by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and more than 4,180 separated children have been identified by UNICEF and partners at the end of March 2017.

26 Apr 2017 description

Introduction

The Skills for Life + Toolkit helps teachers give children and youth information and skills to make things using appropriate technology that will help them during emergencies. The Skills for Life + Toolkit contains:

26 Apr 2017 description

Introduction

Background

Research has shown that young people in schools benefit from special programmes that teach life skills. Life skills promote positive health practices and reduce risky behaviour. Life skills are especially important during an emergency. It should be used along with the Skills for Life picture charts for children.

24 Apr 2017 description

Context

Education indicators in South Sudan were extremely concerning 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.

  • 60% of teachers were untrained or their qualifications were not known.

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

24 Apr 2017 description
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25 million children out of school in conflict zones - UNICEF

N’JDAMENA, Chad/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 24 April 2017 – More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old, or 22 per cent of children in that age group, are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, UNICEF said today.

“At no time is education more important than in times of war,” said UNICEF Chief of Education Josephine Bourne. “Without education, how will children reach their full potential and contribute to the future and stability of their families, communities and economies?”

21 Apr 2017 description
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Highlights

  • In 2017, so far, 51,184 children have been admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). There is an 18 per cent increase in SAM admissions from January (23,523) to February (27,661). Drought affected areas show a worrying level of SAM admissions.