According to the August 2015,there has been a dramatic increase (about 58%), in the number of conflict affected IDPs in the three North East states reaching almost 2 million compared to the figures in June 2015. The Borno IDP population has increased the most (by 65%) with 1.65 million IDPs. The number of returns in Adamawa has also increased (by 18%) to 262,324.
During the reporting period the situation in the West Bank has deteriorated with clashes and fatal incidents recorded across the West Bank and Jerusalem, including five young Palestinians and four Israelis killed. In addition 106 Palestinians, including 37 children have been injured across the West Bank. Injuries and arrest have been reported in Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus and Ramallah.
Of the 2.5 million school-aged children in need of lifesaving and lifesustaining education, the Education Sector aims to reach 400,000 boys and girls in 2015 with Education in Emergency (EiE) support, with funding requirement of USD $ 59.5 million. EiE key activities focuses on reaching children in need with the provision of temporary learning spaces (TLS) (benefitting 180,000), WASH in schools (175,000), education supplies (400,000), alongside school feeding (895,000).
UNICEF urgently still needs $1 million for the second S3M child survival survey in 2016. The locality level S3M 2013 survey results were critical in defining the Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015 and the ongoing 2016 HNO. The S3M is therefore an important investment for the broader humanitarian response, especially the health, nutrition, water and sanitation sectors.
The UNICEF Sudan humanitarian appeal for 2015 is 62% unfunded. The worst affected sectors are Education and Child Protection.
BAGHDAD, 12 October 2015 -- A nationwide campaign to vaccinate 5.8 million children in Iraq against polio was concluded on the 11th of Oct this year after a two day extension recommended by the Ministry of health for maximum vaccination coverage. This effort to ensure that Iraq remains polio free also included the distribution of life-saving information on how to detect, prevent and treat cholera to 1.5 million households across the country.
Children in emergencies By Daniel Atienzar
In 2011 a tidal wave completely destroyed my house. It was a day I still remember. The sea flooded hundreds of meters inland and my family and I only had time to find safety while carrying our basic necessities.”
The narrator of this story is Yaki Martins, a 14-year-old girl from Cedeño, a community located on the Gulf of Fonseca. Here, 6,000 inhabitants live by the seashore and depend on the sea for their livelihoods.
Six months into the conflict in Yemen, the number of children under 5 at risk of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) has tripled, with 537,000 children now at risk in 2015, compared to 160,000 children before the conflict. Almost twice as many children under 5, a total of 1,293,500 children, are projected to suffer from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) this year, compared to 690,000 before the crisis.
Since onset of the South Sudan crisis in December 2013, there have been 10,151 recorded cases of unaccompanied, separated and missing children in 39 counties across 9 of the 10 states. Out of these, 2,136 children have been reunified with their families.
Considering the resource-heavy nature of the intervention, sufficient and timely funding is required, giving provision for the duration for reunification so as to enable more efficient response.
KAMPALA, 12 October 2015 – The Government of Uganda in collaboration with the UN in Uganda and other partners will today mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) with the launch of the ‘National Campaign on Adolescent Girls.’’ The campaign is aimed at highlighting the importance of investing more in the adolescent girl-child.
This last week, Guinea identified five new confirmed Ebola cases, bringing the total for the month to six. The new cases come from Ratoma and Dixinn districts in Conakry, and Forécariah. WHO has identified more than 300 new contact cases across the country.
As of 29 September 2015, the six confirmed cases and eight suspected cases have been hospitalized in Guinea in Conakry and Forécariah.
No new cases were reported in Sierra Leone in the period from 17 to 30 September 2015.
The Guinean district of Forécariah, at the border with Sierra Leone, reported four new cases on 26 and 27 September 2015, more than 42 days after the last confirmed case. There were more than 300 contacts under follow-up in Forécariah as of 27 September 2015. In light of the proximity to the district of Kambia, social mobilization activities have been reinforced to sensitize border communities on Ebola related messaging.
As of 30 September 2015, Liberia has gone 84 days since the last confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case, and officially remains Ebola transmission free. As of 3 September 2015, the country is observing 90 days of active surveillance.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings: Focusing on Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies (IASC GBV Guidelines 2005) state that all humanitarian actors must act under the assumption that gender-based violence (GBV) is occurring and constitutes a life-threatening protection issue, regardless of the existence of evidence. Moreover, the IASC GBV Guidelines require humanitarian actors across all sectors to respond to and prevent GBV.
By Donaig Le Du / 9 October 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015 is a day to remember in the long history of the crisis in the Central African Republic.
Yangon, 9 October 2015 – The Government of Japan has pledged US$ 10,000,000 to UNICEF to assist children’s education in areas severely affected by floods in Myanmar.
UN agencies concerned further delay puts 1.8 million children’s lives at risk
KYIV/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 9 October 2015 – Six weeks after the polio outbreak in Ukraine, UNICEF and WHO have stepped up calls for an immediate first round of nationwide polio vaccination.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Health confirmed two cases of polio on 1 September. They were found in children living in Zakarpatska region, in southwest Ukraine. Both children, aged 10 months and 4 years, were not vaccinated against the disease.
Registration/accreditation requirements for UN and NGOs operating in non-government-controlled areas continue to hamper the delivery of critically urgent humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected areas and, on 23 September, the de facto authorities in Luhansk requested the immediate departure of all international humanitarian organisations.
Malawi is facing the worst drought and subsequent food crisis in almost a decade, with UNICEF raising concerns over the potential increase of SAM, especially among children under 5, in the coming months. The State President released an emergency response plan on Monday 21st September, and urged all donors and development partners to do what they can to alleviate the situation.