• Due to the security situation, humanitarian access to people in need remains highly difficult in the Far North Region and in some areas close to the border with Central Africa Republic. This results in difficulties for UNICEF and humanitarians partners to procure assistance to people in need.
The third round of the national vaccination campaign in response to the polio outbreak started on 25 January, targeting 4.75 million children from the age of 2 months to 10 years.
An extensive training programme is being held for health professionals, school principals and others to reinforce the vaccination campaign to increase coverage rates. UNICEF has intensified its communications strategy to increase awareness amongst parents and schools.
Guinea was declared Ebola free on 29 December. As of 27 January 2016, Guinea has reached Day 30 of the phase 3 countdown, which is a total of 90 days, ending on 27 March.
Guinea is closely working with Sierra Leone on cross border intervention to strengthen surveillance as new cases are reported in neighboring Kambia.
As of 27 January 2016, two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Sierra Leone. On 14 January 2016, the first confirmed case of Ebola was announced in the district of Tonkolili. The new case stems from a 22 year old female who died on 12 January 2016. While symptomatic, the index case traveled to Port Loko and Kambia, resulting in quarantined communities across the three districts. The aunt of the index case, who took care of her and was placed under quarantine, was also confirmed positive on 20 January 2016.
The 7 December 2015 earthquake affected over 5,000 persons, displaced 654 people, including 354 children, led to 2 fatalities and at least 10 injured.
The main impacted area is the upper Bartang Valley Jamoats of Basid and Savnob, which is mountainous, remote and isolated. 66% (347) of all partially damaged and 88% (147) of all destroyed homes are within these two Jamoats. UNICEF is targeting affected households (HH) in these two locations as well as those displaced to Rushon.
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee December 2015 report identifies additional 32,390 food insecure people in Blantyre, Mangochi, Dedza and Mzimba districts and recommends humanitarian assistance extension to from March to April 2016, funds permitting.
Central African Republic's constitutional court has certified results from the first round of the country's long-awaited presidential vote, confirming that two former prime ministers will compete in a runoff. On 26 January, the constitutional court ruled that December’s parliamentary elections must be re-run due to irregularities.
Beirut, 3 Feb 2016 - The Canadian minister for International Development, Ms. Marie-Claude Bibeau, visited yesterday Dahr Al-Ain public school, one of 22 Lebanese public schools rehabilitated with funding from the Government of Canada.
Since the start of the crisis Canada has been one of the leading donors for UNICEF in Lebanon and contributed more than $ 24 million in aid to support UNICEF’s programmes in child protection, Water & Sanitation, Health and Education.
KATHMANDU, 1 February 2016 - The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have entered into a partnership to help restore education for one million children affected by the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal last year.
Only scaled-up donor support can spare a generation the impact of Syrian conflict
AMMAN, Jordan, 2 February 2016 – The future of a generation of Syrian children and youth is in jeopardy unless donors meeting in London this week prioritise the funding needed to get them back to school, say aid agencies leading the response to the brutal conflict ravaging the country.
In November and December 10 attacks in Diffa region caused the massive displacement of over 100,000 people, including preventive displacement, towards Route Nationale 1. A total of 49 civilians and 2 soldiers were killed, including a young girl and 4 adolescents.
In an end of year radio broadcast, the Government announced its austerity budget for 2016, which forecasts significant cuts to the health, education and social affairs sector budgets, suggesting increasing difficulties in providing basic social services for children and women.
By Didier Martial Pabandji
When the headmaster calls her name, Nadine* jumps from her seat and runs up to the stage. She greets the teachers, grabs her certificate and turns to face dozens of cheering children. She is trying to hide her smile behind her hand, out of shyness, but everyone in the room can sense her happiness and pride.
Situation in Numbers
1.5 million people facing food and nutrition insecurity during the period January-March 2016 (ZimVAC, July 2015)
16,614 SAM children treated between Jan-Nov 2015 (NHMIS, 2015)
28,771 drought affected people reached with hygiene promotion to prevent water and sanitation related diseases (UNICEF, 2016)
The devastation inside Syria continues after almost five years of conflict. Syrians are now facing the largest humanitarian and protection crisis in the world.
Families have been forced from their homes, livelihoods have been destroyed and the social fabric of a whole country torn apart as a result of the relentless violence and disruption to access and delivery of basic services.
Mass screening for malnutrition using social mobilizers continued in Warrap State. A total of 60,707 children have been screened so far, of which 3,278 (5.4 per cent) were identified with severe acute malnutrition and 11,348 (24 per cent) with moderate acute malnutrition. Children identified with malnutrition have been referred for treatment. Expansion of services is ongoing, with 12 newly opened outpatient therapeutic programme sites in the state.
By Bismarck Swangin
Tripoli, Libya, 26 Jan 2016- For the first time since the outbreak of war in Libya in 2011, thousands of children are getting a chance to be children again-to learn and play.
Across the conflict riddled country, UNICEF has worked hard with local partners inside Libya over the last few weeks to ensure that recreational items and learning materials are delivered to schools and Child Friendly Spaces(CFS) in some of the areas worst hit by the war in Libya.