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In northern Nigeria, a little cash goes a long way towards getting girls to school

By Patrick Moser

Tens of thousands of girls in north-western Nigeria will benefit from a cash transfer programme aimed at helping cover the costs of sending them to school. The newly launched UNICEF initiative is funded by the UK Department for International Development.

WURNO, Nigeria, 24 October 2014 – Since their father died a few years ago, Aisha and Asmau have had to contribute to their family’s income, hawking by the roadside.

The two girls live in a crude, single-room mud and tin hut with their younger brother, their mother and their grandmother.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 23 October 2014

Highlights

  • The number of Palestinian child casualties from the recent Gaza war continues to rise, as children with serious injuries are still being treated in hospitals, and as further verification of earlier incidents is ongoing. Between 8 July and 26 August, at least 538 Palestinian children were reported killed during the hostilities in Gaza.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report (01 August - 30 September 2014) [EN/FR]

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  • Ebola: an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease was declared by the DRC Minister of Health on August 24, 2014, in a remote rural area in north-western Equateur province’s Boende health zone (HZ). As of 18 October there were 68 cases of which 2 suspected, 28 likely and 38 confirmed. There have been 49 deaths total, of which 28 likely and 21 confirmed. There are currently 2 patients in isolation in Lokolia. Since the declaration of the outbreak, UNICEF has joined efforts with the Government and partners to rapidly respond (details, p. 8).

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep 9, September 2014

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  • More than 7,751 suspected measles cases have been reported in 2014 with thousands of unvaccinated Somali children at risk of disability or death. UNICEF will vaccinate 520,000 children under-5 in the outbreak areas of Lower Juba, Banadir and Puntland in October. UNICEF seeks funding for a national campaign to vaccinate 5 million children under-15.

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Kyrgyzstan + 1 other
Humanitarian Partners in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Test Disaster Preparedness to Trans-Boundary Risks

(Khujand, 24 October 2014) – Central Asia’s first of its kind simultaneous simulation exercise on two sides of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border is taking place between 22 and 24 October. Government representatives, United Nations agencies, international and local NGOs, and the Red Cross / Red Crescent movement in each country will test their respective emergency preparedness plans in case of a disaster with effects spilling over the border.

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In Burundi, ten thousand voices and counting

In Burundi, where infrastructure challenges abound, making sure children and young people can speak up about the issues they face can be an enormous challenge.

And in Burundi, making sure children can speak up means not only fulfilling a basic right of theirs, it’s also very logical. Youth under 18 make up 51% of the population here – meaning the average Burundian is a child.

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Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio – UNICEF

NEW YORK, 23 October 2014 – Every day, a thousand or so children have been protected from disability during a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio. The worldwide campaign has immunised millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day.

Some 10 million people today would otherwise have been paralysed, while an additional 1.5 million lives have been saved through the routine administration of Vitamin A during polio vaccination drives.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #44, 8 - 21 October 2014

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  • The Social Mobilization Campaign for mass screening of children under 5 for malnutrition in Juba County was officially launched on 14 October, with screening, referral and treatment now currently ongoing. The Social Mobilization Campaign, part of the Joint WFP-UNICEF Nutrition Scale Up, is spearheaded by the State Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF. This campaign aims to screen 590,175 children under 5 years old for malnutrition in Juba County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap States.

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In Sierra Leone, getting back to school – on the airwaves

By Yolanda Romero

With schools closed throughout the country as a result of the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone is bringing the classroom into students’ homes through the use of educational radio broadcasts.

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Ukraine Humanitarian Situation Report #20, 17 October 2014

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State Emergency Service (SES) reports the total number of internally displaced persons at 417,246 as of 17 October. At least one third of them are children.

Ministry of Education (MoES) estimates that around 60% of schools in conflict affected areas opened on 1 October. UNICEF monitors report that at least 57 schools out of 169 in Donetsk city are not operational due to continued shelling.

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 September - 13 October 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

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  • Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs city on 1st October killing 29 children and injuring 37 more.

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In Tanzania, empowering girls, fighting HIV

By Sandra Bisin

A leadership training programme in Tanzania aims at reducing the vulnerability of out-of-school adolescent girls, who are at high risk for HIV, gender-based violence and unwanted pregnancy.

DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania, 20 October 2014 – Fatuma Djamali was born in 1996 in Ruvuma region, in Tanzania’s southern highlands. Since she was in primary school, her life has been dominated by solitude and fear.

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Iraq + 1 other
Canadian Leadership Helping Protect Children’s Futures in Iraq

Minister Paradis announces Canada's leading role in launching the No Lost Generation initiative in Iraq

October 17, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report 7th - 13th October 2014

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  • During the reporting period, an estimated 180,000 people have been internally displaced from Heet City and surrounding areas in Anbar Governorate .

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Breaking Social Barriers to Reach Marginalized Communities

TAIZ, 15 October, 2013 - In an unprecedented move, UNICEF Yemen along with government partners today launched a package of social protection interventions targeting the Muhamasheen communities in Taiz. The muhamasheen represent the dark skinned Yemenis who are locally referred to as ‘Akdam’. The launch event included a presentation of the results of the first ever household survey on Muhamasheen communities reaching some 10,000 households in nine districts in the Taiz Governorate. This served as a critical baseline for social inclusion of these marginalized communities.

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UNICEF Renews Calls for the Release of staff member James Massaquoi

SANA’A, 15th October 2014 - More than one year ago, Engineer James Conrad Massaquoi, an international staff member, was kidnapped in Sana’a on Sunday 6th October 2013, by unknown armed men. James, who works for UNICEF as a Water and Sanitation Specialist, has not been seen or heard from ever since. James is an ordinary person like most of us who worked hard in his life and came all the way to use his knowledge and expertise to help children of Yemen

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Ghana + 7 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 39) [EN/FR]

With almost 21,000 cases, Ghana has a new record number, and the outbreak has already spread along the coast to Togo and Benin. The situation in Lake Chad Basin is of concern as well.

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UNICEF - Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #56, 15 October 2014

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  • Since the UNICEF SitRep of 11 October 2014, 320 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola and 4 new deaths were added to the official totals for Liberia.

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In Burkina Faso, sowing the seeds for a sustainable future

In rural Burkina Faso, UNICEF, in partnership with the European Union, is teaching women to grow vitamin-rich vegetables.

It’s hot, dry and dusty, in this corner of Burkina Faso. With support from UNICEF and funding from the European Union, Kientego Zourata and other women from the village are working the plot that will sustain their families in lean times and help their children to thrive.