UNICEF is partnering with the Central and District Child Welfare Boards and 13 NGOs who have deployed 170 social workers covering all 14 affected districts to prevent family separation. 7,411 children identified as vulnerable in the 14 most affected districts. Out of these children, 318 have so far been provided with emergency support. Assessment of the identified children is ongoing for referral to short and long term support. Central Child Welfare Board with support from UNICEF, has assessed 121 registered Child Care Homes hosting 3,309 children.
Conflict drives 13 million children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 3 September 2015- Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today.
The report, “Education Under Fire,” focuses on the impact of violence on schoolchildren and education systems in nine countries* that have been directly or indirectly impacted by violence.
An estimated 404,000 children under age-5 and 185,000 Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLWs) are at risk of acute malnutrition.
The total number of confirmed cases rose by three this week to 3,335 from 3,332, all of which were in the Ratoma area of Conakry. (WHO, Ebola Situation Report, 17-23 August 2015).
The number of confirmed deaths climbed to 2,075 with a total count of 2,527 confirmed and probable deaths.
Despite its Ebola-free status, efforts to maintain momentum in establishing an Ebola buffer system in Guinea Bissau have been particularly affected by the political crisis over the past two weeks.
The week to 23 August 2015 saw the second successive epidemiological week without a confirmed Ebola case.
Gaza, State of Palestine, 31 August 2015 – Salma, a 15-year old adolescent girl, lives in the Gaza Strip, where poverty is rampant and the threat of violence and political turmoil is a daily hazard. For the past 12 months, she has insisted on sleeping in her mother’s bed as she was too frightened to go to sleep alone after the 2014 escalation of conflict.
Leaving the departures terminal in Baghdad airport is like walking into an oven. It is over 50 degrees. I haven’t been to Baghdad for three years. When I last left, I thought the country was on the right track.
Things have, however, taken a sharp turn since June last year – and not in the right direction. More than three million people have been displaced. Many ran for their lives. Children have been abducted, girls raped and tens of thousands of houses looted or seized.
GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September, 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.
An estimated 3,000 people are transiting through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily. A third of them are women and children – up from 10 per cent in June. Some 12 per cent of the women are pregnant.
A total of 37 confirmed cases of measles was reported during week 32 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3013 and suspected cases to 5403 as of 9 August 2015
Number of outbreak localities is 63 in 18 States.
Majority of cases are among children below 15 years (73%) while percentage of cases among children below five years stands at 54% of the total number of cases.
Sudan reported 80 confirmed cases of measles during week 31 bringing the total number of confirmed measles cases to 2933 cases during 2015
The total number of outbreak localities remained at 58 localities in 18 states, 5284 suspected measles cases (with 2933 confirmed) have been reported.
Majority of cases are among children in the age group <15 years (73%). The children in the age group <5 years are 54% of the total number of cases.
Situation and Response Overview
HRP2016 Process Started
The 2016 humanitarian program cycle began on August 23, 2015 with a workshop led by OCHA and attended by all sector leads in Sudan. A multisectoral approach to analysis of needs will be applied for developing the humanitarian needs overview.
Subsequently, the humanitarian response plan (HRP2016) will be developed around addressing displacement and the malnutrition/food insecurity crisis.
Emergency Response in Abu Karinka, East Darfur
By Indrias G. Kassaye
For a village in Sierra Leone, the tight restrictions of Ebola quarantine bring the movements of everyday life to a stop. For children on their own, providing safety and care is especially challenging.
TONKOLILI DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 27 August 2015 – When 16-year-old Emma Kamara’s mother left home for a long trading trip upcountry, she had no idea that her three children, left in the care of neighbours, would soon be under lockdown.
By Cornelia Walther
Five years on, Haiti’s cholera epidemic remains an emergency, but as one village demonstrates, simple, cost-effective solutions are within reach.
ARTIBONITE, Haiti, 27 August 2015 – “In the past, many people here got very sick. My friend got cholera – she almost died,” says Maria, 12 years old. She lives in the commune of St. Michel d’Attalye, in Haiti’s Artibonite department.