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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
report UN Children's Fund

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
report UN Children's Fund

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.

20 Apr 2017 description

FOREWORD

It is the responsibility of all humanitarian actors and the government to take measures to address Genderbased violence (GBV). This strategy provides a common understanding on the priorities, approaches and responsibilities of actors in the humanitarian response to GBV in South Sudan. It is a foundation to enhance cooperation on GBV prevention and response between humanitarian actors, the government, donors, the international community, the UN agencies and more broadly.

13 Apr 2017 description
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KHARTOUM, Sudan – 13th April 2017: The Government of Japan has responded to the urgent humanitarian call to address the growing children’s emergency in Sudan with a US$955,000 grant to UNICEF. The grant is a part of the overall support to address the basic humanitarian needs of children and their caregivers in South and West Kordofan, with a focus on health, education, nutrition and the integration of water and sanitation hygiene.

06 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • 53,880 refugees have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan since the beginning of 2017, with up to 85% being women and children. The main destinations are the states of White Nile, South and West Kordofan, and South Darfur.

  • UNICEF supported the treatment of 876 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) in Red Sea state, 264 of these were children under five.

05 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • Seasonal rains have started in the south eastern parts of the country, bringing relief in term of access to water, but also threatening the spread of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD).

  • In Somali region, UNICEF supported the Regional Health Bureau to deploy six rapid response teams to four woredas to ensure effective treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).

02 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· UNICEF continues to deploy rapid response missions to famine-affected areas of Unity state, as access restrictions are preventing the delivery of regular services.

· The water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) situation in Nasir and Maiwut counties, Upper Nile is critical following ongoing insecurity that has displaced 37,000 households to Jikmir, Makak, Wangding and Nyatot. UNICEF is supporting access to safe water and sanitation for the displaced population.

31 Mar 2017 description

New global report on food crises offers benchmark for action needed to avoid disasters

BRUSSELS - Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in Brussels today.

31 Mar 2017 description
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Executive Summary

The European Union, FAO and WFP have joined forces with FEWS NET, UNICEF and regional organisations like CILSS, IGAD and SICA to coordinate needs assessment to increase the impact of humanitarian and resilience responses through the preparation of the “Global Report on Food Crises”. This Global Report aims to enhance coordination and decision making through a neutral analysis that informs programming and implementation.

29 Mar 2017 description
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Unsafe water as deadly to severely malnourished children as lack of food

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NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

28 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Joint rapid response teams reach more than 30,000 children under-five

JUBA, South Sudan, 28 March 2017 – More than one month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF - together with the World Food Programme and other partners - has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 thousand people, including 33,000 children under the age of five.

Thirteen mobile emergency teams, known as the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism (IRRM), have been deployed to areas of Unity State where more than 100,000 people are living in two famine-affected counties.

28 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

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NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 28 March 2017 – More than a month after famine was declared in South Sudan, time is running out for more than a million children as drought and armed conflict devastate lives in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

26 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Joe English

It’s now more than a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world’s youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis.