KATHMANDU, Nepal/NEW YORK, 26 April 2015 – At least 940,000 children living in areas severely affected by yesterday's earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, says UNICEF. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25 April, and nearly 60 aftershocks, caused vast devastation across much of the country, including more than 2,000 deaths and widespread destruction of buildings.
An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale occurred at 11:56 p.m. Kathmandu time, striking a large area of central Nepal between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. It was followed by 16 aftershocks of around 5 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was in Lamjung District, northwest of Kathmandu.
Like most things in the Central African Republic, the vaccination system is decidedly low-tech. Most vaccines are transported over dirt roads and stored in kerosene fridges. Volunteers walk from house to house with loud-speakers (or sometimes just loud voices) to inform families about campaigns. Mothers go by foot, carrying their children on their backs to the clinic.
1,757 children released from Cobra Faction since January
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya/NEW YORK, 24 April 2015 – More than 280 children (282 boys and 1 girl) have been freed in the final release of children from the Cobra Faction, an armed group in South Sudan.
The release took place in Labrab, a village in a remote corner of Jonglei State. It is the last chapter in a series of releases that have taken place since January and follows a peace agreement between the faction and the Government of South Sudan.
· The conflict in Yemen continues to take a toll on children and families. At least 115 children have been killed between 26 March and 20 April, 2015. These numbers are believed to be conservative, as the total number of children is likely to be higher.
Over 230,000 others likely to miss out due to conflict
DAMASCUS, 24 April 2015- A 10-day measles immunization campaign is underway in Syria to protect children from this deadly disease. Launched on 19 April, the campaign is aimed at children between six months and five years of age. Vaccination will be provided in 1,209 health centres, and nearly 6,000 health staff and mobile teams are participating in the campaign.
SANA’A, Yemen/AMMAN, Jordan/GENEVA, 24 April 2015 – At least 115 children have been killed and 172 maimed as result of conflict in Yemen since 26 March, UNICEF said today.
Conservative estimates on the immense impact of the conflict on children indicate that at least 64 children have been killed by aerial bombardments, 26 by unexploded ordnance and mines, 19 by gunshots, three by shelling and three by unverified causes related to the conflict. In the north of the country, 71 children have been killed, while 44 have been killed in the south.
DAKAR/GENEVA, 24 April 2015 – For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are conducting major nationwide immunization campaigns to protect millions of children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases.
NEW YORK, 23 April 2015 – Ahead of World Malaria Day, UNICEF’s ‘Facts about Malaria and Children’ shows the extensive impact of the disease on children and on pregnant women around the world.
Joint statement by Australian organisations and community groups
We, the undersigned, call for an immediate moratorium on the transfer of asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island until the safety and security of vulnerable asylum seekers can be guaranteed.
• UNICEF continues to provide both financial and technical assistance to partners implementing nutrition programmes, with 38,416 children admitted for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) from January to March 2015, a record admission rate for that time period over the last 4 years. This is due to a number of factors which include the scale up of nutrition services and improved stock availability as well as improved monthly reporting of partners.
This document is a report on the research findings from the first Burundi quarterly Conflict Scan conducted for the Impore Iwacu SFCG – UNICEF project. Building on the approach used by SFCG programming around the world, the Conflict Scan used a fast and lightweight methodology with the aim of improving Conflict Sensitivity and Do No Harm principles for Search for Common Ground (SFCG), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and partner program interventions in Burundi.
Erbil, 23 April 2015 – Education experts from Baghdad and Erbil Ministries of Education, international organisations and civil society came together this week to agree on minimum standards for educational access, quality and accountability in emergency settings at a five day workshop ending today.
The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards provides tools to enhance the quality of educational preparedness, response and recovery, increase access to safe and relevant learning opportunities and ensure accountability in providing these services.
KHARTOUM, Sudan/ GENEVA / NAIROBI 22 April 2015 – Following one of the worst measles outbreaks in Sudan’s recent history, the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) and national partners, is launching a massive campaign to immunize 7.9 million children aged six months to 15 years against this life-threatening disease.
Zarzis, Tunisia, 21 April 2015 – UNICEF launched ‘Together for Children’, a national campaign with municipalities in Libya.
The Campaign aims at providing psychosocial support for the internally displaced children, the establishment of child friendly spaces, the prevention of school dropouts, the integration of school-based psychosocial activities, the non-involvement of children in the armed conflict and empowering young people and engaging their parents through local and community actions.
In the eight years since we commemorated the first World Malaria Day, millions of women and children have continued to die from a disease that is both preventable and treatable. Malaria takes the lives of more than 1,200 children under the age of 5 every day – the staggering equivalent of 50 children every hour.
As we arrive at a humanitarian aid distribution centre in Kramatorsk, I see children queuing with their mothers and fathers – children who should be attending school or playing outside with their friends – waiting to receive basic hygiene supplies like soap, diapers, buckets and detergent.
When I first heard in February that Lugbu chiefdom was one of the few in Bo District, Sierra Leone, that had not recorded a single case of Ebola, my interest was immediately triggered. On 2 March 2015 we got to visit the chiefdom’s main town, Sumbuya, for several hours of meetings with local leaders, youth, a traditional healer and business people to find out more. In our quest for answers, we got permission from the local Paramount Chief, (PC) Mohamed Allie Nallo, who gave his blessing and got in touch with key people to help us in our research.
By Eliane Luthi
Volunteer health workers trained under a UNICEF-supported project are working at the community level to treat diarrhoea and malaria, among the leading of causes of death in children under 5 in Burundi.
GITEGA PROVINCE, Burundi, 20 April 2015 – Isidonie Niyonzima and her husband Oscar own a small plot of land in Itaba commune in central Burundi, where they farm staple crops like cassava and potatoes. Isondonie recalls when the youngest of their four children, 7-month-old Anny Love, got sick with diarrhoea.