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18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 3.4 milion children under-5 years were vacinated against polio during the National Immunisation Days (NID) in November, surpasing the 3.2 milion target. Meanwhile, the final round of NIDs for 2014 tok place from 2 to 5 December.

  • The first round of a polio immunisation campaign targeting children under-15 years in the thre conflict-afected states of Jonglei, Unity and Uper Nile began on 5 December.

16 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• One year after the conflict began, children are still under daily threat in South Sudan. Over 1.9 million people, over half of whom are children, have fled their homes. The health system has been weakened, with outbreaks of polio, cholera and kala-azar reported. 400,000 children have been forced out of school and an increase in grave child rights violations were recorded over past years.

13 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

● Partners finalized the planning process for 2015. The Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 seeks $1.8 billion to assist 4.1 million people.

● Fighting continued to be reported in Fangak, Jonglei State, displacing thousands of people to different locations.

● Tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS were the most common causes of death during the month of November in displacement and Protection of Civilian sites.

● Fourth round of nationwide polio immunization campaign reached 2,431,388 out of the targeted 3.3 million children.

09 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 3–9 December

Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.

05 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fighting continued to be reported in Fangak, Jonglei State, displacing an unverified number of people to different locations.

  • Polio vaccination campaign for children under 15 years old continued in Jonglei, Lakes and Unity states

  • More than 5,000 children are accessing education in Bentiu PoC, Unity State.

04 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

69,859
Refugees receiving education

20,235
Mosquito nets distributed to refugees in Yida since January

131,000
IDP families who received UNHCR NFIs since January

2,167
Semi-permanent shelters constructed for Sudanese refugees

Population of concern

A total of 1,594,208 million

Funding

USD 424,282,355 million requested

03 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Relative calm provided UNICEF and partners the opportunity to assess and begin an immediate response to the needs of IDPs in Bentiu town. Of 129 children screened for malnutrition, 2.3 per cent were suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 10.1 per cent from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Children identified with malnutrition were referred for treatment.

02 Dec 2014 description

Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.

02 Dec 2014 description

AN OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS

• Life-threatening needs driven by the conflict are made worse by extreme poverty and some of the world’s lowest levels of development indicators.

• Needs are most acute in areas with active hostilities or large numbers of people displaced.

• Chronic needs such as severe food insecurity, high rates of malnutrition, vulnerability to disease outbreaks and exposure to gender-based violence are also present in other parts of the country.

01 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • Eight suspected Guinea Worm Disease cases were reported in Malakal PoC in the last two months and are being investigated.

  • A cumulative total of 274 Acute Flacid Paralysis (AFP) cases have ben reported since January 2014.

  • Visceral Leishmaniasis (kala-azar) cases and deaths rose to 6,854 and 190 (CFR 2.8%) respectively.

01 Dec 2014 description

By Chiran Livera, IFRC and Marial Mayom, South Sudan Red Cross

Providing clean water is essential during a cholera outbreak as it helps stop the spread of the disease through contaminated food and water. This is always done alongside promoting good hygiene and sanitation practices. During a recent cholera outbreak in South Sudan, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies did just that, deploying a water and sanitation Emergency Response Unit to support activities being implemented by the South Sudan Red Cross.

01 Dec 2014 description

Displacement increased by 1.4 million in region

The number of people displaced in the region has increased by 14 per cent in the last six months. By the end of September 2014, the total number of people displaced was 11,433,752 in Burundi, (eastern) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Of the total displaced population, 2,467,547 are refugees while 8,966,205 are internally displaced persons (IDPs) and people severely affected by conflict.

29 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

● Calm returned in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal, enabling partners to resume aid operations this week.

● Tensions remained high in the northern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, where sporadic fighting has been reported.

● The third round of the nationwide polio immunization campaign reached 3,431,592 children aged 0 to 59 months, according to preliminary reports.

● The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign was launched in some part of the country.

26 Nov 2014 description

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has more than 3,300 local staff and 350 international staff working in South Sudan. MSF is also running programmes to provide healthcare to the South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries as part of its response to the humanitarian crisis.

25 Nov 2014 description

Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2155 (2014), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 30 November and requested that I report on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate every 60 days. The report provides an update to my previous report (S/2014/708), dated 30 September 2014, covering developments from 24 September to 24 November.
24 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded a three-day mission to South Sudan, calling on all parties to the conflict to respect their ceasefire commitments, and urged for more international support to enable humanitarians to scale-up and expand critical aid operations.

  • The security situation in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal remained relatively calm, as community elders engaged the warring youth in a bid to defuse the tensions.

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An immunisation campaign targeting more than 3.2 million children in all 10 states has been successfully completed in seven states. Efforts are underway to immunise children in the three conflict-affected states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

  • Clashes in Malakal, raise concerns as gunshot wounds and other weapon-related injuries are the leading cause of mortality, accounting for 23% of deaths in the Protection of Civilian (PoC) site.

19 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The deteriorating situation in Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site is of great concern with the provision of humanitarian assistance significantly disrupted. Over the past weeks, insecurity has increased, with humanitarian staff threatened and assaulted when delivering services in the PoC, greatly affecting the provision of WASH, education and child protection services in the site.

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

15 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • On 9 November, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) facilitated the recommitment to the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of 23 January.

  • Escalating inter-communal tensions between the youth in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal, Upper Nile State, continued to disrupt humanitarian operations.