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29 Mar 2015 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani as its second democratically elected president in 2014. The period of political uncertainty surrounding the election fuelled further violence in the country. The year saw an increase in conflict related deaths, injuries and displacement, an influx of 280,178 Pakistanis seeking refuge in Afghanistan, significant malnutrition needs, and massive flooding in the north with 7,643 homes destroyed.

29 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

When: Sunday 29th March 2015

Where: Federal Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Khartoum

Who: Mr. Mustafa Yousif Holi, Under Secretary of Ministry of Finance and National Economy and UNICEF Representative in Sudan, Mr. Geert Cappelaere.

29 Mar 2015 description

Escalating conflict threatens food access for displaced households in South Kordorfan

KEY MESSAGES

  • Ongoing hostilities between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and armed opposition groups in parts of South Kordofan, Darfur and Blue Nile states have caused new waves of displacement in these areas. The number of Sudanese refugees arriving in Yida refugee camp in Unity State, South Sudan continued to increase in February.

29 Mar 2015 description

At the Kuwait conference on Syria, UNRWA is asking for $415 million to support the 560,000 Palestine refugees registered in Syria. 95% of the Palestine refugees cannot meet their daily needs, with UNRWA more than ever a critical life-line. If we do not receive funds immediately at the Kuwait conference, the programme of cash assistance to nearly half a million people will halt in a matter of a few days.

28 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  1. A new cholera outbreak was reported in Ikotos Country, Eastern Equatoria State with 43 cases and three deaths (CFR 7%) being reported between 11 and 19 February. Health partners swiftly contained the outbreak.

  2. Health partners conducted the first round of National Immunisation Days (NID) targeting 3.35 million children below 5 years.

  3. A total of 105 deaths have been reported at internally displaced persons (IDP) camps since 1 January 2015 - less than a third of the 390 deaths reported at the same time in 2014.

28 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund
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NEW YORK, 28 March 2015 – “Although the deteriorating situation in Yemen is curtailing operations, UNICEF continues to work to provide vital assistance for children in the country through a small number of international staff and more than 100 national staff, working with local as well as international partners.

“UNICEF and partners are providing water, sanitation and hygiene supplies as well as supporting mobile health clinics for more than 600 families who have arrived in Harad from the north.

28 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Three hospitals in Tafea Province, Sanma Province and Efate Island now have capacity to treat severely malnourished children.

  • The distribution of hygiene kits, jerry cans and other water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) items is ongoing, currently covering 50-60 per cent of the affected population.

  • Schools are scheduled to reopen. UNICEF is dispatching temporary learning spaces, education supplies, including Early Childhood Education and Recreation kits.

28 Mar 2015 description

Highlights:

  • 30 of the 41 assessed health facilities (HFs) have been damaged, the assessment of the remaining 29 health facilities led by the Ministry of Health (MoH) is on going and will be concluded by 29 March

  • Emergency evacuations of 48 patients from the worst-affected islands to Vila Central Hospital occurred between 18 and 26 March

  • 13 Foreign Medical Teams (FMTs) currently supporting MoH deployed to affected islands (Tanna, Efate, Pentecost, Ambrym, Shepherd, including Togariki, Tongoa and Epi)

28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

NUTRITION

• All recovery rates for both SAM (OTP) and MAM (TSFP) are well within the SPHERE standards of performance.

SHELTER

28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

POPULATION

Since the influx of Dec 2013, 29,300 SSD children have been received, making up over 64% of the total population received.

28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation.

The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

POPULATION

28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

EDUCATION

28 Mar 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Saudis Should Not Repeat Use of Cluster Bombs

(Beirut, March 28, 2015) – The Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab countries that conducted airstrikes in Yemen on March 26 and 27, 2015, killed at least 11 and possibly as many as 34 civilians during the first day of bombings in Sanaa, the capital, Human Rights Watch said today. The 11 dead included 2 children and 2 women. Saudi and other warplanes also carried out strikes on apparent targets in the cities of Saada, Hodaida, Taiz, and Aden.

28 Mar 2015 description

WFP Executive Director’s visit: Executive Director Ms. Ertharin Cousin visited Myanmar from 10 to 12 March with UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark. On 11 March, Ms. Cousin and Ms. Clark visited Sittwe town, Rakhine State where they met with State Chief Minister H.E. U Maung Maung Ohn and discussed priorities for continued humanitarian assistance and scaled-up development support by UN agencies in Rakhine State. Ms. Cousin and Ms. Clark visited a WFP assisted Muslim IDP camp and a UNDP assisted Rakhine village.

28 Mar 2015 description

Portable solar lights, recently distributed amid ongoing power shortages, have done much to improve the living conditions of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, who are still living in UNRWA collective centres some six months since the end of the July/August 2014 conflict.

27 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Medical supplies to restock health posts and the transportation of food, water, shelter, hygiene and school kits remain priorities.

  • Government-led food distributions, reaching 92,000 people, are almost completed on Efate Island.

  • Fifteen foreign medical teams are currently covering eight islands in Shefa, Tafea and Penama provinces.

  • Hygiene kits, soaps and purification tablets were distributed to about 3,350 people on Tanna Island.

27 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The E.U. withdraws 750 soldiers and launches the E.U. Military Advisory Mission to CAR (EUMAM RCA) to support security sector reforms that prioritize protection of civilians

  • The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) releases an appeal requesting $6.2 million to provide agricultural inputs critical to food security and livelihoods in CAR during upcoming lean season

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Mar 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Sierra Leone commences three-day stay-at-home initiative to reinvigorate EVD response efforts

  • Liberia and partners sustain cross-border efforts

Key Political a nd Economic Developments

27 Mar 2015 description
report Amnesty

The suggestion that visibly pregnant girls in Sierra Leone will be excluded from school exams this Monday will do nothing but damage their education and harm their chances to better their lives, Amnesty International said today.

On Wednesday Sierra Leone’s Education Minister Minkailu Bah reiterated previous comments that visibly pregnant girls could be banned from taking their exams. One key reason given by the minister is that they would provide a bad example to other girls. Passing the exams is a requirement to progress from junior to senior high school.