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Sierra Leone launches three-day, door-to-door Ebola prevention campaign

UNICEF backs nationwide effort to reach every household with lifesaving information

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2014 – An ambitious public information campaign aiming to reach every household in Sierra Leone with life-saving messages on Ebola will take place 19-21 September in a bid to reduce the spread of the disease with the help of community members. UNICEF has provided the Government-led campaign with technical and financial support, including information materials.

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In Gaza, children go back to school after a devastating summer

By Catherine Weibel

The joy of children starting a new school year is a welcome sight in Gaza, but for many the trauma and loss brought by the recent conflict will take far longer to overcome.

GAZA, State of Palestine, 16 September 2014 – Early on Sunday, Gaza woke at last to a familiar sight: streets crowded with children dressed in school uniforms.

Half a million students have returned to school this week, with memories still fresh of 50 days of violence that engulfed the coastal enclave this summer and delayed the start of classes by three weeks.

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In Nigeria, social mobilizers fight Ebola – and misinformation

By Patrick Moser

Educating the public about Ebola transmission and prevention is a critical part of efforts to contain the outbreak. In Nigeria, the information campaign is taking on an added importance as schools reopen. UNICEF is supporting a major social mobilization effort through deployment of outreach teams door-to-door and to public gathering places.

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UNICEF/World Bank airlift second delivery of medicines and equipment in support of Sierra Leone’s efforts to fight Ebola

FREETOWN, September 17, 2014 –With funds from the World Bank, UNICEF has procured and facilitated the delivery of 100 metric tons of urgently needed drugs and equipment worth more than $1.7 million for the treatment of people who have contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone.

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Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, Northern Syria [EN/AR]

Amman/Cairo, 17 September 2014: UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children – all of whom were less than two years of age – occurred in districts where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.

Establishing the precise cause of the children’s deaths is vital. To this end, WHO has assigned a team of experts to provide assistance in investigating this event. WHO is also providing advice and protocols for the investigation of adverse events following immunization.

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Ghana + 6 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 35) [EN/FR]

Tchad (Français)

Le 24 août 2014, une femme de 37 ans a été conduite d’urgence dans le centre de santé de Bipare dans le district de Léré suite à des diarrhées et vomissements. Ses enfants ont été admis par la suite avec les mêmes symptômes. Les tests rapides cholera sur 13 parents se sont révélés positifs. Le 01 septembre 2014, le laboratoire de référence nationale a isolé le choléra dans 10 échantillons.

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UNICEF Helps Generate Demand for Immunization and Promotes Positive Health Behaviours among Marginalized Communities

By Fatima Shahryar

Jacobabad - Sindh - Sept 2014: Mai Sakeena (40) has four sons and six grandchildren. A resident of village Sardar Shah in Jacobabad District, she has spent most of her life without access to basic resources essential for a healthy life. However, she now is a role model for women of her community having adapted positive health behaviours being inculcated by UNICEF among marginalised communities.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 15 September 2014

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  • Half a million children in Gaza returned to school on 14 September facilitated by a massive Back to School campaign led by the Education cluster, co-led by Save the Children and UNICEF. The first week of school is devoted to structured psychosocial support and recreational activities that ease the transition back to learning.

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Liberia + 10 others
UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa

About 8.5 million children and youth live in areas affected by Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,400 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa. This is part of a broader, six-month appeal for $987.8 million that governments and humanitarian agencies require to fight the disease.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2014

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In support of A Promise Renewed, this year’s annual report focuses on newborn survival. Neonatal deaths account for 44 per cent of all under-five deaths, so addressing neonatal mortality is a crucial component to ending preventable child deaths. This report not only discusses levels and trends in under-five and neonatal mortality since 1990, but it also analyzes key interventions for mothers and their newborns, highlighting a gap between contact with the health system and the quality of care received.

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Combatting Myths and Misconceptions to Defeat Ebola

posted on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 by MODESTINE AMBOKO

Mama Nelly, 42, strongly believed that Ebola didn’t exist, and that she could protect herself, protect her three children and her husband against ‘the new disease’ which has already killed so many people. But when she was told about the hygiene rules to follow, such as washing your hands with soap or ash before eating and after using the toilet, and not eating bush meat, she was relieved.

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In Somalia, emergency airlifts supply towns unreachable by road

A major logistics operation is underway in Somalia to bring urgent aid to areas cut off from international help.

By Athanas Makundi

Cargo flights to previously cut-off areas of Somalia have enabled UNICEF to provide essential vaccines, therapeutic food and medicine for malnutrition, and school supplies for thousands of children.