Port Vila, 30 March 2015 – As Vanuatu’s schools officially reopen UNICEF and its partners are supporting the Government of Vanuatu to provide assistance to 30,000 school-aged children from early childhood to secondary school level who have been affected by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam.
By Tim Irwin
When students returned to school in Liberia, they learned about the importance of good hygiene. Now they’re teaching others.
MONROVIA, Liberia, 30 March 2015 – Classes at the Slipway primary school in central Monrovia resumed only a few weeks ago, but the new morning drill is already well established.
“We rub our palms together 10 times, wash between our fingers five times, around our thumbs five times and then scrub around our nails,” says Grace Winnie, who is in Grade 4.
Back to school, back to routine
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 31 March 2015 – UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR today announced the launch of a new Amplify challenge – a call for ideas and innovations that could improve the delivery and quality of education for children and adults displaced by violent conflict.
600 children on Tongoa Island, one of the 22 islands in Vanuatu hardest hit by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, have received school supplies from UNICEF that will allow them to return to school.
One new confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was reported from greater Monrovia in the week to 22 March 2015: the first such case for over three weeks.
For the first time since the Ebola crisis peaked, on 19 March 2015, Sierra Leone recorded its first day with zero confirmed cases.
On 20 March 2015, Sierra Leone President, HE Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, announced a three day stay-at-home campaign, from 27 to 29 March 2015, as part of the push to End Ebola. Through World Bank funding,
UNICEF are supporting more than 25,000 social mobilizers over the three days reaching out to communities.
The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose to 3,011 this week, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases climbed to 3,429. The number of confirmed deaths from Ebola rose to 1,865, with a total of 2,263 confirmed, suspected and probable deaths.
• In Syria, the 10th national polio vaccination campaign was carried out from 15-19 February, 2015. 2,989,659 children under five were vaccinated against polio including over 60,000 children in hard to reach areas, and 1,790 children reached for the first time in Homs, Dara’a,
Damascus, Rural Damascus, Lattakia, Deir Ezzor and Qunietra.
• In Iraq, since January 2015, 92,787 Syrian refugees were able to access to safe drinking water in the camps, mostly through sustainable water systems.
59,281 Syrian children registered with UNHCR Egypt
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.
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.
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.
• Following the release of 654 children formerly associated with the Cobra Faction in Lekuangole, part of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, the total number of released children is now 1,314. Released boys, and now three girls, continue to receive interim care, psychosocial support and family tracing services. Community-based monitoring systems are in place to provide family tracing and post-reunification support for around 200 children who have now returned home; as well as to identify, and help prevent, possible future re-recruitment.
Cholera Outbreaks in Tete, Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula and Niassa provinces
7,073 cases reported since 25 December and 22 March and 53 deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.7%.
Cholera outbreaks are stabilizing in Nampula, Niassa and Tete and spreading to Sofala province with three districts already reporting cases (Beira city, Caia and Nahmatanda).
Tete city and Quelimane continue to register large numbers of new cases.
Situation of displaced people in North-East in numbers
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMPS (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN HOST COMMUNITIES (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)
NUMBER OF IDP CAMPS IN NORTH-EAST (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical – with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
Lebanon has shown extraordinary generosity in hosting a record number of refugee children, women and men from Syria into Lebanon. Over a million refugees registered with UNHCR live in over 1,170 communities across the country. This dramatic surge in population has strained public services and infrastructure that were already fragile before the Syrian crisis. The profound economic, social, and environmental impact of the crisis in Syria on Lebanon is evident in both rural and urban communities.
New York / Vanuatu, 24 mars 2015 – L’UNICEF n’a reçu que 15% des fonds nécessaires pour fournir une aide d’urgence aux milliers d’enfants et familles affectés par le passage du cyclone Pam au Vanuatu et dans d’autres îles du Pacifique. L’organisation alerte sur le manque important de financement alors même qu’elle annonce un nouvel appel humanitaire de 4,8 millions de dollars (4,3 millions d’euros), inclus dans l’appel global des Nations unies lancé aujourd’hui, d’un montant de 29,9 millions de dollars.