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Kenya + 1 other
Kenya Country Office Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report March 2014 (Including UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma)

Highlights

  • As of 7 April 2014, Kakuma refugee Camp hosts 33,399 South Sudanese refugees. 65% of those are children under 18 years. UNICEF through partners on the ground continues to provide technical and material support. Funding remains the key bottleneck across all sectors;

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New Research Finds Gap in Diarrhea Care of African Children

Report
Voice of America

Kim Lewis

New research recently published online by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene finds that young children suffering from diarrheal diseases are less likely to receive life-saving oral rehydration therapy (ORT) when seeking treatment in private clinics.

This first-ever, large-scale study of child diarrhea treatment practices in sub-Saharan Africa found that closing the gap between public and private clinics with regard to access to ORT could each year save the lives of 20,000 children under 5 years of age.

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Syria Crisis Monthly humanitarian situation report - 18 March – 17 April 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

• During the reporting period, UNICEF participated in four inter-agency convoys in Syria, reaching 2,800 families in Douma, in Rural Damascus; 3,500 families in Sarmada and 4,000 families in Saraqib in Idleb; as well as 3,000 families in Termalleh and 1,000 in Al Ghanto, in Homs.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 11 - 18 April 2014

Regional highlights:

· UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Joint UN-LAS Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi have urged Syrian authorities to reconsider plans to conduct a presidential election in June 2014, and pledged to continue seeking and building on any opportunity to resolve the three-year civil war.

· Local authorities in south Lebanon and the Bekaa reported the arrival of some 500 individuals from Mazraat Beit Jin and Aasal Al-Ward during the reporting period.

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Chad participates to the African Vaccination Week to improve routine immunization

By Nadim Boughanmi

N’djamena, 23rd April 2014 - The fourth edition of the African Vaccination Week is currently underway in several participating African countries including Chad.

With a main objective to increase all stakeholders’ awareness on the importance of routine vaccination for the survival of the child, the African Vaccination Week initiative aims to increase immunization indicators, through improved advocacy, communication tools and integrated health services and activities.

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World + 43 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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A slippery slope called Katanga - April 2014

Not a week goes by without an attack on villages by the Mayi-Mayi. From 1 January to 31 March, more than 35 attacks were reported in the territories known as the 'Triangle of Death'.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 4 others
Factsheet - South Sudan Crisis

Report
CARE

In just over 100 days since violence erupted in South Sudan, over 1 million people have fled their homes. 4.9 million people are in desperate need of emergency assistance (food, access to clean water and sanitation). Many refugees are crossing into Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan. 3.7 million people are at high risk of a severe food crisis. On top of this, the rainy season begins mid-April, entailing high risks of flooding.

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Mental health link with malnutrition in CAR

Report
IRIN

Many case histories related by parents show that horrific experiences, fear and anguish arising from months of living with violence have reduced their capacity to care for their children.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Emergency Situation UNHCR Regional Update 11, 14 – 17 April 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SOUTH SUDAN: The Opposition fighters are mobilizing for a campaign to capture the oil fields in Paloch that are still pumping – the last major source of revenue for the Government. A battle for Paloch would thrust South Sudan into still more chaos.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 22 April 2014)

COMPLEX EMERGENCY IN KP AND FATA

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 14 others
Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.

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Heat-Stable Vaccines Urgently Needed to Reach the One in Five Children Missed by Immunization Worldwide

GENEVA/PARIS—The need for vaccines to be kept constantly cold is proving a major barrier in improving poor immunization coverage rates, with one in five children born each year missing out on lifesaving vaccinations, international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

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Study in CAR Links Mental Health and Malnutrition

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Voice of America

Nick Long

BANGUI — Data collected at a hospital in the Central African Republic suggest that many parents of malnourished children have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the international aid group Action Against Hunger. The group offers these parents psycho-social counseling in order to help the children recover.

Action Against Hunger treated 4,664 children with severe acute malnutrition in Bangui between last October and March. The NGO has data from interviews with about a thousand of those children’s parents.

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Mali + 3 others
Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Mali (S/2014/267)

Summary

The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1612 (2005), 1882 (2009), 1960 (2010), 1998 (2011) and 2068 (2012). It provides information on the six grave violations against children in Mali covering the period from January 2012 to December 2013.

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Uganda + 1 other
South Sudan Crisis leaves many families torn apart

Report
World Vision

By Kamira James

The conflict in South Sudan has left many families torn apart. Many women fled with their own children together with other children as they sought for a safe place to stay in.

This is the common tale for many mothers you come across in the refugee settlements in Adjumani district. Families are headed by single mothers who have also fostered many separated and un-accompanied children.

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Books in local languages enhance child learning

Report
World Vision

Emily Wallace
Education Resource Adaptation Trainer
World Vision International