As of 28th January, 2016, UNICEF and partners have supported over 180,585 Sudanese in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013. The majority of South Sudan Refugees are hosted in Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo and Kampala with an arrival trend of 50 individuals per day in the first three days of January 2016 then shot up peaking on January 7-8 with over 700 daily arrivals.
In December 2015, UNICEF supported the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Department of Disaster Preparedness and Management and Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) to conduct a multi sectoral rapid assessment (Health, Education, WASH and child protection) in 25 high risk districts to ascertain the actual number of people at risk and their immediate needs and capacities, in order to inform response efforts.
According to Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reports, a total of 20,136 refugees have been received in Uganda since November 2014 and 47 per cent of them are children under the age of years. The period 14th – 24 th January 2016 saw the entry of a total of 601 new Burundian refugees compared to 390 refugees in the last week of January 8-13,and 151 in the previous week January 1st -7 th before that showing an increase in trends.
Statement attributable to Director of Communication Paloma Escudero for World Radio Day, 13 February 2016
NEW YORK, 12 February 2016 – “There is no question of the value of radio when disasters occur.
“The radio has been what we have turned to for generations when the world is falling apart –whether from war, from earthquake, from tsunami, or from disease outbreak.
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 12 February, 2016 – As Central African voters prepare to cast their ballot on Sunday to elect their next President and members of Parliament, UNICEF is asking the candidates to place the interests of children at the heart of the political agenda by making strong commitments and investing in survival, education and child protection.
A total of 11,332 and 19,592 under-five children in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps respectively, from January to December 2015, received Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) services for severe and moderate acute malnutrition.
UNICEF provided medical supplies (Ringers Lactate, Oral Rehydration Solution and antibiotics), which were used in the treatment of 211,283 children in cholera-affected counties from January to December 2015.
The continuing cholera outbreak in 22 counties, including in the Dadaab Refugee Camp and El Nino-related flooding presented the greatest challenges in the last quarter of 2015. Starting in November 2015, Kenya experienced flooding associated with the El Niño weather phenomenon. By 28 December 2015, 10,221 cases and 174 deaths (CFR=1.7%) had been reported nationally in 22 counties. An intensified response by the Government and partners has led to outbreak control in 16 counties, with only 6 counties reporting active outbreaks by the end of the year.
Marinka/Kurakove, Ukraine, February 10th, 2016 – Acceptance International in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has successfully launched the project “Sanitation without Landmines & Explosive Remnants of War” in Eastern Ukraine. The first batch of seven toilet units (each with a separate male and female toilet) is now functional at the Marinka checkpoint in Donetsk oblast.
- Government agents and military staff have visited 20.7 million properties looking for breeding grounds. 772.9 thousand (nearly 4% of the total) properties were identified containing breeding sites. The objective is to reduce this rate to ≤ 1%.
- Brazilian government is working closely with national and international research institutes in order to:
1) Investigate the relation between ZIKV and Guillain-Barré syndrome;
2) Investigate the relation between ZIKV and microcephaly;
3) Develop a vaccine against ZIKV.
NEW YORK, 10 February 2016 - 160 humanitarian agencies are appealing for immediate ceasefire and unimpeded, sustained access to bring lifesaving relief to those affected by worsening violence in Syria.
Already more than 2.2 million people have expressed their support for the appeal or viewed a video calling for an end to the conflict.
COTONOU, Benin, 10 February 2016 – Alarmed by an outbreak of deadly Lassa Fever, UNICEF and World Health Organization officials in Benin are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH
DRD continues to refill ponds dewatered during cyclone Komen.
Increasing numbers of empty ponds are noted in villages, raising immediate concerns for the dry season/El Nino
Options for sludge management for Sittwe camps are under investigation.
NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) urge donors to provide immediate support to ensure that 50,000 Malian refugees in Mauritania’s Mberra camp continue to receive life-saving assistance. The three agencies warn that current funding will only cover needs until April.
Renewed fighting in the Jabel Marra area of Central Darfur has displaced an estimated 44,700 people. The displaced have sought refuge in Kebkabiya and Tawilla localities in North Darfur. Others have fled to Nertiti and Thur in Central Darfur.
On 21 January, UNICEF’s Representative participated in an inter-agency UN mission led by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. The mission visited the Taiz enclave and witnessed the extreme difficulties faced by people living in the three districts, due to limited access to basic services, goods and supplies.
Through local partners, UNICEF has been able to reach some of the most affected communities in Taiz city, however access continues to be challenging for humanitarian actors.
Until the end of 2015, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), UN and NGO’s continued to focus on the enrollment of all children into certified formal education opportunities. As a result, by the end of 2015, a total of 158,500 non-Lebanese children and 197,000 Lebanese were registered in formal education. From the 158,500 registered non-Lebanese children, 147,285 children were attending.
By Werner Schultink
The leading medical journal The Lancet just released a new Series on Breastfeeding with remarkable new evidence on the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding. The Lancet found that breastfeeding could save 820,000 lives and add $302 billion into the global economy. The Lancet shows that breastfeeding lays the foundation for the healthiest start for all children, rich or poor, girl or boy.
Gaza – Doha, 3 February 2016 – Less than 18 months after a donation of US $40 million to support the people of Gaza via Education Above All’s Al Fakhoora programme, the Qatar Development Fund (QDF) visited a number of projects to witness first-hand the impact and progress. The QDF delegation was composed of Ali Abdulla Al-Dabbagh, QDF Executive Director, and Sultan Ahmed Al-Asseri, QDF Third Secretary, who were accompanied by representatives of Al Fakhoora and EAA.