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UNICEF-Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #19, 23 April 2014

Key Points

• No new confirmed, probable or suspected cases have been reported by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) since the last SitRep. However, as part of an ongoing review of existing data, the National Task Force (NTF) on Health Emergencies retroactively added seven suspected cases and removed two Ebola-related deaths from the relevant totals.

• The total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases currently stands at 34 (six confirmed, two probable and 26 suspected), while Ebola-related deaths stand at 11.

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Nutrition Cluster Weekly Update, Region VIII, Philippines (April 23, 2014)

Last week* Nutrition Cluster Partners

  • Screened 17,052 children,

  • Admitted 6 children to OTP,

  • Admitted 122 children to tSFP,

  • Distributed MNPs to 13,654 children,

  • Counseled 2,602 PLWs on IYCF

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Response teams rush to treat rising malnutrition in South Sudan

By Ricardo Pires

Dangerous levels of malnutrition threaten a quarter million children in South Sudan, and unless they are reached with treatment, up to 50,000 children under age 5 could die.

PAGAK, South Sudan, 23 April 2014 – Nine-month-old Jock Chabang, one of the youngest citizens in the world’s newest country, has already experienced a great deal of hardship in his lifetime.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #19, 21 April 2014

Highlights

 Following heavy fighting in Bentiu (Unity State) on 14 and 15 April, the number of people displaced inside the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site increased to 23,000, up from 4,000 just a week ago. With the current water supply, IDPs are receiving less than two liters of water per person per day. There is now just one latrine per 317 people.

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Karachi Electric and UNICEF unite against childhood preventable diseases in Pakistan

Karachi, 22 April, 2014 – Good Health and nutrition status and access to clean water and sanitation as well as education are part of fundamental rights of children. These rights makes sense not just in principle but also in practice as poor social indicators have an often significant negative impact on growth and social development. Often disparities in access to basic social services due to wealth, ethnicity, gender or location such as rural and urban location further amplify disparities in access.

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Kenya Country Office Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report March 2014 (Including UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma)

Highlights

  • As of 7 April 2014, Kakuma refugee Camp hosts 33,399 South Sudanese refugees. 65% of those are children under 18 years. UNICEF through partners on the ground continues to provide technical and material support. Funding remains the key bottleneck across all sectors;

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Syria Crisis Monthly humanitarian situation report - 18 March – 17 April 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

• During the reporting period, UNICEF participated in four inter-agency convoys in Syria, reaching 2,800 families in Douma, in Rural Damascus; 3,500 families in Sarmada and 4,000 families in Saraqib in Idleb; as well as 3,000 families in Termalleh and 1,000 in Al Ghanto, in Homs.

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Chad participates in the African Vaccination Week to improve routine immunization

By Nadim Boughanmi

N’djamena, 23rd April 2014 - The fourth edition of the African Vaccination Week is currently underway in several participating African countries including Chad.

With a main objective to increase all stakeholders’ awareness on the importance of routine vaccination for the survival of the child, the African Vaccination Week initiative aims to increase immunization indicators, through improved advocacy, communication tools and integrated health services and activities.

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Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria

One year after issuing an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people caught in the chaos and violence of Syria’s civil war, leaders of UN agencies renew their call for action.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Routine immunization aims to save children's lives in Central African Republic

By Madeleine Logan

As the crisis in the Central African Republic continues to threaten the most vulnerable, UNICEF is working to protect children from deadly and preventable diseases through improved routine immunization programmes.

BANGUI, Central African Republic, 21 April 2014 - Since a group of armed men burnt down Claudia’s house, she and her baby Melanie have been living in a leaky tent in one of Bangui’s largest displacement camps. Claudia can’t protect her daughter from homelessness, and she can’t protect her from rain and cold.

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Children return to school in the North

More than 80 per cent of pupils have returned to school, but the insufficient numbers of teachers remains a major challenge. Many schools also need to be repaired or reconstructed.

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Children of Kachin need protection and have a right to peace, says UNICEF

Landmines silent but deadly threat

YANGON, Myanmar, 22 April 2014 - Recent fighting between the Myanmar National Army and the Kachin Independence Army in the vicinity of Man Win Gyi and Momauk areas (Southern Kachin State) has forced thousands of people, including an estimated 1,000 children, to leave their temporary homes. For many of them, it is the second or third time that they have been forced to take to the road in the past year. Although reports state that the fighting has slowed in the past few days, the situation remains tense.

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Nutrition Cluster partners support community-based management of acute malnutrition training for the Province of Aklan (22 April 2014)

A three-day Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) training conducted by the Provincial Health Office, Aklan in partnership with the Nutrition Cluster partners such as UNICEF, Save the Children and the World Food Program on April 21-23, 2014 at Sampaguita Garden Resort, New Washington, Aklan.

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UNICEF: Desperate water shortages facing children in Bentiu, South Sudan

Last week’s fighting doubles population sheltering at UN base

JUBA, South Sudan, 22 April 2014 – Tens of thousands of people who fled targeted ethnic violence in Bentiu last week are receiving just one litre of safe drinking water per day in the desperately overcrowded UN base, UNICEF said today.

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UNICEF and Global Fund Coordinate Efforts to Reach Mothers, Newborns and Children

22 April 2014

GENEVA/NEW YORK – UNICEF and the Global Fund today reinforced their long-standing partnership through a new agreement to better coordinate efforts aimed at reducing the burden of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and improving the health of mothers, newborns, and children.

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UNICEF-Liberia Ebola Outbreak: SitRep #18, 21 April 2014

Key Points

  • The total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases stands at 27; Ebola-related deaths stands at 13; and confirmed Ebola cases stands at six.

  • The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) is in the midst of “cleaning” existing Ebola case data, including exclusion of cases that tested negative for the virus. The Ebola statistics are likely to change accordingly in the coming days.

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UNICEF Statement on released national staff in Karachi

KARACHI, 22 April 2014 - UNICEF is pleased to confirm that two of its national staff who were abducted on Thursday evening in Karachi are now safe and well.

The two staff went missing on the evening of Thursday 17 April. When no contact with the staff members was possible, local police were alerted.

The police led the investigation, in close contact with UNICEF and the staff members’ families.

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UNICEF Chad Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report, March 2014

Highlights

· More than 91,000 people have taken refuge in Chad following the escalating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) (OCHA, March 28- 2014).

· Urgent needs of returnees from CAR remain: shelter, food, health, protection and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

· The nutrition situation in some returnees’ sites is alarming. Prevalence of acute malnutrition exceeds the emergency threshold of 15% in the sites of Doba and Doyaba.

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UNICEF Guinea: Humanitarian Situation Report, 18 April 2014

Highlights

• From January to 18 April 2014, Guinea has recorded a total of 203 suspected cases of Ebola virus disease with 129 deaths (including 36 community deaths) -- a case fatality rate of 63.5%.

• To date, 234 samples were analyzed and 109 were found positive to Ebola virus. The epidemic affects mainly prefectures of Guéckédou, Macenta, Kissidougou, Dinguiraye, Dabola and Conakry.

• 50 cases in Conakry, 20 dead.

• 18 children are among the suspected cases. 13 children have died.