Since last week, 124 new cases have been reported, bringing the total cases in Guinea to 2,416 (2,127 confirmed; 263 probable and 26 suspected cases).
The case fatality rate is still high at 63%, with 1,525 deaths among the 2,416 total cases.
By Manuel Moreno González
In Chad, just across the border from the Central African Republic, refugees and returnees remain in desperate need of assistance, and too afraid to go back, for fear of continuing violence.
GORE, Chad, 19 December 2014 – Ten-year-old Assia Issa has delicate facial features and intelligent, bright eyes, and she speaks with a confident voice that would make anyone pay attention. Her voice is a melody in itself, leaving an indelible impression, along with her words.
· Tensions are still high in the State of Palestine. A number of assaults were reported on both Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and Israel, with noted increase in settler violence, incidents involving youth, and the violent death of Cabinet Member Mr. Ziad Abu Ein during a confrontation with IDF in a peaceful ceremony on Human Rights Day. A number of incidents were reported in Gaza including UXO explosions and fire opened on fishermen.
Urgent actions for children in 2015
• International support to the Central African Republic must be maintained. A reduction of the assistance could reverse all of the gains made in 2014. In 2015, UNICEF will need about US $72 million to promote the protection of children, access to social services for the most vulnerable, and the promotion of peace and reconciliation.
• Children in CAR are exposed to health risks such as tuberculosis, measles, yellow fever, polio and malaria, which remains the most common cause of infant mortality.
• Mauritania continues to suffer from a multi-dimensional crisis related to food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition, the presence of Malian refugees.
• From January to December 2014, as a result of the food insecurity and nutrition crisis, over 16,684 severely malnourished children were admitted and treated within 508 supported health facilities. The close collaboration with the Ministry of Health contributed to reinforce the capacity of 141 frontline staff on management of acute malnutrition as well as increase the coverage.
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 19 December 2014 – Conflict in Ukraine has left 147 schools closed in parts of Donetsk Oblast where fighting is ongoing, and disrupted the education of some 50,000 children since September 1.
Some of the schools are in ruins and others remain closed because of safety concerns. In government-controlled areas 187 educational institutions have been damaged or destroyed.
UNICEF sector leads in WASH, Education, Nutrition and Child Protection Working Group provided leadership in developing the 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Syria which will officially be launched in December 2014. The humanitarian response articulated in SRP is within the framework of the Whole of Syria approach, which is bringing together humanitarian actors working from inside Syria or neighbouring countries for the first time, aimed at increasing the overall effectiveness of the response.
As of 17 December 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 6,702, up 327 since last week. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,876, while 1,259 have been discharged from treatment.
The President launched an intensive campaign in the capital called the ´Western Area Surge’ for two weeks from 17 th Dec, which aims to reduce the transmission rates and restore faith in health care services and influence the public to self-identify when sick and come forward for treatment.
According to the latest Ministry of Health Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) report, dated 13 December, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of EVD in Liberia rose from 7,719 to 7,797 since 10 December.
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 25 years on
150,000 school bags have been distributed in conflict affected districts of Amran as part of the national Back to School campaign
30,964 marginalized, disadvantaged and most vulnerable children have received birth certificates since September in Taiz Governorate.
Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16
Amman, December 18, 2014: “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.
UNICEF has received 64% of funding against the Syria SHARP and sub-regional RRP6 appeals for 2014, Turkey remains the most under-funded country with a 50% funding gap against the appeal. UNICEF in Syria has a funding gap of over 40%. Education remains the least funded sector with only 50% of funds received in the year to date.
To protect children and their families against the eects of winter 217,600 clothing kits for most vulnerable IDPs are being distributed in Syria. Across the countries hosting Syrian refugees 625,000 children have received warm winter clothes or vouchers.
• One year after the conflict began, children are still under daily threat in South Sudan. Over 1.9 million people, over half of whom are children, have fled their homes. The health system has been weakened, with outbreaks of polio, cholera and kala-azar reported. 400,000 children have been forced out of school and an increase in grave child rights violations were recorded over past years.
When the conflict broke out on 15 December last year in South Sudan, shattering two-and-a-half hopeful years of independence for the world’s newest nation, tens of thousands of people fled to the ‘Protection of Civilian’ (POC) site at ‘UN HOUSE’ in Juba. Most were from the Nuer tribe. Overnight, the Nuer people became displaced in their own country, desperate for security. In chaotic and violent scenes, children were killed, and many separated from loved ones.
NEW YORK / GENÈVE, 12 décembre 2014 – L’UNICEF a annoncé aujourd'hui un plan renforcé de combat contre le virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest au cours des six prochains mois, d'un coût total de 500 millions de dollars É.-U. A ce jour, on n’a obtenu que 24 pour cent de cette somme, soit 125,7 millions de dollars É.-U.
December 2014 – 17 experts from different departments at the Libyan Ministry of Education attended in Zarzis, Tunisia the eight-day capacity building workshop, which constitutes the component of the Curriculum Framework Project. The launching of this component has been based on a Situational Analysis of the current basic education curriculum in Libya, “The Curriculum Framework sets the education objectives, the expectations from the students and what students will acquire during their progress in the education system,“ Said Mr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Special Representative in Libya.
• The situation for approximately 1.7 million children affected by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine remains extremely serious. Thousands of children remain in the area of ongoing conflict. Over 130,000 children are displaced to other regions of Ukraine.
• The Strategic Response Plan for Ukraine was launched on 8 December in Geneva as part of the Global Humanitarian Appeal, covering emergencies in 15 countries. The Plan will be launched on 17 December in Kyiv.