In 2014, a total of 393,413 acutely malnourished children received nutrition support. (SAM - 151,043 and MAM 242,370) and over half a million caregivers reached with IYCF messages.
Interim FSNAU Nutrition post Deyr 2014/2015 analysis reveals the nutrition situation in Somalia is improving but the current median rate in South Central region is still above the “critical” ≥ 15% GAM.
By Marge Francia
UNICEF’s Observational Interim Care Centres provide new hope for children under quarantine and a new mission for the Ebola survivors who serve in them.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 3 March 2015 – Picturesque mountains and lush greenery adorn the fields surrounding the Observational Interim Care Centre (OICC) in which James Kamara* and his six siblings pass day 18 of their quarantine. A soft breeze flows through the bright yellow building, carrying the laughter of children.
Baghdad, 3 March 2015– a national polio vaccination campaign commenced in Iraq on 22 February 2015 aiming to reach 5.9 million children under five years old regardless of their previous vaccination status. In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), children aged 9 months to 5 years shall be given measles vaccine along with oral polio vaccine.
The WASH Sector in January 2015 has continued with basic service provision and development of new infrastructure across Lebanon. Winterization activities for the WASH sector have been challenged by access issues at the height of the storm however 241 sites have beneted from the distribution of 603 drainage kits with 72 sites having more intensive flood preparation works.
11,362 Syrian refugees were registered in January, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees registered to 1,155,660. 12,130 people are currently waiting registration with the waiting time standing at 20 days. The number of refugees registered in January was 15% lower than the number of refugees registered in December 2014 (13,390). In January 2014, more than 52,000 refugees were registered.
At the end of December, 147 schools all across Lebanon were approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MEHE) for enrolment of Syrian children into second shift. The estimates from the MEHE show a positive response, with at least 51,000 - mostly Syrian - children enrolled, and 7,000 on waiting list. The UN worked on re-allocating funding committed for first shift to the second shift, while requesting to open additional schools in areas with high concentration of refugees.
Yangon, 02 March 2015 - UNICEF and WHO applaud current results of the national immunisation campaign, aimed at protecting some 17 million children across Myanmar against measles and rubella, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health with support from WHO, the global vaccine alliance GAVI and UNICEF. Country-wide, the exceptional mobilisation of nurses, teachers and countless community leaders has resulted in an excellent coverage that is currently estimated at approximately 95% nation-wide.
According to the Ministry of Health, as of 23 February 2015, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 9,265, with 4,057 related deaths.
Case incidence declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to only two new confirmed EVD cases in the past week in Montserrado County.
5,779 children have been identified as directly affected by EVD (3,798 identified by the government and the rest by partner organisations).
· As of 24 February 2015, according to the Government of Sierra Leone, the cumulative number of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases is 8,308, with 3,113 deaths. During the past week there were 71 new confirmed cases of EVD.
· The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola went up to 2,762 in week eight, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases rose to 3,155. The number of deaths resulting from confirmed cases of Ebola climbed to 1,704 and the total number of deaths to 2,091.
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The Israeli government’s withholding of an estimated USD 375 million in Palestinian tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Government, has led to increased tensions in the State of Palestine. This is jeopardizing the regular provision of public services and exacerbating the tense relations between the Palestinian Government and Hamas over the provision of services in the Gaza Strip.
Children and adults with disabilities face many barriers to full participation in society. This report makes an important contribution to documenting the extent of disability and its impact on people’s lives in Vanuatu.
Through detailed statistical analysis of data collected in Vanuatu’s census, household surveys and education database, the report estimates the prevalence of disability and explores the situation of children, women and men with disabilities with respect to education, employment, poverty, and domestic violence.
As the country continues to move beyond the conflicts of the past, young people in Burundi are playing a leading role in peacebuilding efforts by coming together to confront long-standing social divisions.
posted on FEBRUARY 25, 2015 by JOSPIN
For my first article as a child reporter, I decided to introduce you to the Children’s Parliament of North Kivu, of which I am a representative. Children’s participation is low in our county, especially in the East.
posted on FEBRUARY 26, 2015 by JAMES KATALIKO
James, a scout from North Kivu, tells us about his commitment to the U-Report project, a completely free sms system that gives voice to young Congolese on issues that concern them.
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 28 February 2015 – Scores of children seized by armed men from a village in northern South Sudan two weeks ago remain forcibly recruited as child soldiers, despite intensive efforts to locate and free them.
One week ago UNICEF reported that 89 children preparing for exams were forcibly recruited as child soldiers, but the organization now believes the number of children may be in the hundreds. In addition, adult males were also forcibly recruited during the February 15 and 16 raid.
Forced recruitment and other grave child violations continue. Last week, 89 children were forcibly recruited from Wau Shiluk, however, it is believed that the number may be much higher. Some witnesses have noted that at least some of these children are receiving military training. Reports of forced recruitment in other parts of the country were also received this week and UNICEF and partners are now working to verify the number of children who may have been forcibly recruited and to advocate for their release.