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Stepping up the fight against child malnutrition in Sudan

UNICEF receives new grant from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO)

Khartoum / Brussels, 26th August 2014 --- At the beginning of August, UNICEF received confirmation of a new grant from ECHO to the tune of €2 Million to continue on-going efforts to combat child malnutrition in Sudan.

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UNICEF Guinea: Humanitarian Situation Report, 21 August 2014

Highlights

  • As of 21 August 2014, Guinea has recorded a total of 607 cases and6 deaths. Ebola confirmed cases and deaths have risen to43 and64 , respectively .

  • As of August 22, 103 children (0 - 18 years) were among the cases (76 confirmed, 23 probable, 4 suspected) ; 70 have died.

  • In August, t he disease spread to s everal new area s including Nzérékoré and Yomou in the South and Siguiri, close to the border with Mali.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #37, 20 - 26 August 2014

Highlights

  • Further heavy rains in Bentiu have meant that most PoCs are now flooded, with people moved from PoC4 to PoC6 where the flooding has been less severe. It has become difficult to find dry land on which latrines can be established. While access to safe water through boreholes and water treatment plants have been maintained, the flooding has caused further latrines to collapse, meaning that there is now one latrine for every 100 people, compared to one latrine for 72 people before the flooding began.

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UNICEF-Sierra Leone Ebola Virus Disease Weekly Update (18-24 August 2014)

Highlights

Situation Overview

  • The cumulative number of laboratory confirmed cases is 935 (160 new cases since last week). The number of confirmed deaths is 341 with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) based on confirmed cases of 36.5% (24 August 2014).

  • Of the Ebola confirmed cases around 22% are children (0-17 years).

  • Seventy eight (78) patients are currently admitted at the Kenema and Kailahun Isolation Units with cumulative discharges of 236 (survivors).

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Nigeria + 5 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 31)

Cholera alert Ghana

The cholera outbreak in Accra, Ghana has led to more than 1,000 cases in three weeks. As of 31st of July 2014, at least 1 119 cases of cholera and 17 deaths were recorded in the Great Accra. Nine (9) districts out of sixteen (16) recorded cases. Accra metro and Dadekotpon are the most affected district and account for 87% of cases.

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UNICEF deploys its largest emergency supply operation ever in a single month

UNICEF deployed 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for children caught in crises - the largest emergency supply operation in the organization’s history in a single month.

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Turkey: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Education

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

Ensuring meaningful access to education for refugees requires both the creation of the physical spaces needed for education as well as providing the support and skills needed in order for children and youth to benefit fully from the lessons that they attend. Ahead of the 2014/2015 school year, UNICEF – in partnership with AFAD - continues to support the construction of prefabricated schools and equipping non-camp schools with tents, furniture and air conditioning units.

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Turkey: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Health

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

The results of the polio campaigned carried out in Istanbul in June 2014 were released by the Ministry of Health. The campaign was held in six districts of Istanbul (Sancaktepe, Ümraniye, Fatih, Esenyurt, Sultangazi, Küçükçekmece) with 255,000 Turkish children and 15,800 Syrian children under the age of five vaccinated.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 25 August 2014

Highlights

  • 26 August will mark the 50th day of the current escalation in the Gaza-Israel conflict that has seen almost 500 children killed. An average of 10 children per day have been killed since 8 July.

  • 89 Gazan families have been killed in during the conflict.

  • Since the expiration of the five-day ceasefire and the resumption of hostilities on 19 August, at least 28 Palestinian children and one Israeli child were killed. In the past 48 hours alone, an additional nine Palestinian children were killed throughout Gaza.

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Somalia Nutrition Cluster April - June 2014 Quarterly Bulletin

In this issue:

  1. Situation Overview , including a recent map.

  2. Highlights (Updates and Upcoming Activities).

  3. Cluster Objectives.

  4. Programme Performance Outcomes.

  5. SAACID experience in the Mogadishu IDP

Situation Overview

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report, 12 – 18 August 2014

Highlights

  • UNICEF, in partnership with WHO and the MoH, conducted the national polio campaign from August 10th till August 17th in 12 governorates of Iraq. Areas that have recently experienced violence, including the city of Mosul and Anbar Governorate, have implemented the campaign successfully and reached a minimum of 3,482,092 children under 5 years of age (final numbers to be confirmed).

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UNICEF: Responding to dire emergency in South Sudan, the European Commission adds €5 million toward scale up for children

JUBA, South Sudan, 18 August 2014 – As the crisis in South Sudan deepens, the European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO), has announced an additional grant to UNICEF of €5 million, bringing its total donation for 2014 to €9.5 million. UNICEF welcomed this latest contribution, which will provide lifesaving support for the hundreds of thousands of children who have been affected by the conflict in the country.

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Gaza school year hit by resumption in hostilities

Nearly half a million children will not be able to return to primary and secondary schools as the new academic year starts. Since the beginning of the conflict, at least 219 schools have been damaged and 103 have been turned into collective shelters.

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UNICEF airlifts 68 tonnes of supplies to Liberia, ramping up Ebola response

MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 August 2014 – A cargo plane carrying 68 metric tonnes of health and hygiene supplies from UNICEF landed in Monrovia early Saturday morning, bringing urgently needed supplies to combat the worst Ebola outbreak in global history.

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UNICEF Statement on latest deaths of children in Israel and Gaza

NEW YORK, 23 August 2014 - "The death of a four year old Israeli child in a rocket attack yesterday and the reported deaths of two Palestinian children in Gaza in an airstrike this morning, add to those of 478 other Palestinian children killed in attacks in Gaza over the last month. The deaths of children on all sides constitute further tragic evidence of the terrible impact the conflict is having on children and their families on all sides.”

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UNICEF- Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #48, 22 August 2014

Summary

  • According to the MoHSW, in the past week,1 297 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia – the largest number of cases reported in one week since the epidemic began in late March.

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ECHO and UNICEF join forces for families affected by violence in Central African Republic

BANGUI/BRUSSELS, Central African Republic, 22 August 2014 – The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is providing EUR 1 million to help the UNICEF-coordinated Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to reach affected populations in Central African Republic (CAR) , especially in places where due to security and access constrains there is virtually no humanitarian presence.

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UNICEF and Jawwal reach more than half a million people in Gaza with life-saving and child protection messages

Jerusalem, 21 August 2014 – In partnership with Jawwal telecommunications company, UNICEF has reached 550,000 people in Gaza with life-saving and child protection SMS text messages, with the hope of increasing the number of daily messages to 100,000. These messages aim at reducing child injury and death, decreasing psychosocial distress and increasing protection of children from abuse.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: WASH

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

All refugees living in camps are benefitting from the minimum standard of water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

Water quality is continuously being monitored to ensure proper chlorination of water supply to camp residents. During the month, water quality reports have been shown that water being distributed meets national drinking water standards.