On 21 January, UNICEF’s Representative participated in an inter-agency UN mission led by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. The mission visited the Taiz enclave and witnessed the extreme difficulties faced by people living in the three districts, due to limited access to basic services, goods and supplies.
Through local partners, UNICEF has been able to reach some of the most affected communities in Taiz city, however access continues to be challenging for humanitarian actors.
This Emergency Appeal is being revised and now seeks 5,927,821 Swiss francs in cash to be channelled multilaterally through this appeal to support the Red Cross Society of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to respond to the needs of 250,000 people over the coming twelve months. This revised appeal extends the operational timeframe until the end of September to provide longer-term support to vulnerable migrants and increases the budget to cover the extension of that support.
Sana'a, 10 February 2016 — Following months of blocked access to Taiz City, Yemen, and in response to mounting emergency health needs, the World Health Organization (WHO) has successfully delivered more than 20 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies. These medical supplies are critical to meet the most urgent needs in a city where more than 200 000 people continue to live under siege with limited access to humanitarian aid.
• UNICEF and partners continue to respond to flooding and AWD/cholera outbreaks.
• The round five of the Polio National Immunization Day conducted in Central and Southern Somalia, as well as in Puntland. A measles campaign also took place in Somaliland during the reporting period.
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,601,799 Swiss francs to support the Croatian Red Cross (CRC) to respond to the needs of 175,000 vulnerable migrants over the coming six months. The CRC’s operation will focus on the distribution of food and non-food items (NFIs); the distribution of hygiene items and provision of psychosocial support; protection activities, including screening and referral; restoring family links (RFL) and National Society capacity building.
- The overall security situation in Eastern Ukraine remains fragile with sporadic clashes and tension along the line of contact. The situation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone has recently escalated with the Ukrainian positions being attacked 81 times in one day.
- Freedom of movement across the front-line remains a concern causing long queues at the checkpoints under freezing temperatures.
A new publication details the framework for New Zealand Aid Programme investments for the next four years.
New Zealand Aid Programme Investment Priorities 2015-19 [PDF, 2.6 MB] outlines how we will focus our aid, capability and policy engagement around 12 priorities to deliver sustainable development and reduce poverty in partner countries.
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.
Depuis octobre 2014, le contexte sécuritaire volatile qui règne au nord de Beni est un vrai cassetête pour les acteurs humanitaires. La lutte que livrent depuis janvier 2014 les Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) aux Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) -- le groupe armé que de nombreux observateurs nationaux et internationaux estiment être responsables de tueries et de massacres dans la région -- a forcé des milliers de personnes à quitter leurs villages pour se réfugier dans des zones urbaines, dites plus sécurisées.
Conakry, République de Guinée. – Dans le cadre de son projet pilote d’appui au Gouvernement guinéen dans la prise en charge psychosociale et socioéconomique des survivants d’Ebola en Guinée, l’OIM lance un programme de transfert de subventions et soutien au redressement socioéconomique et psychosocial des communautés de survivants à Boké (nord-ouest du pays), où a lieu cette semaine le premier atelier de formation en médiation et gestion des conflits communautaires destiné aux survivants et aux communautés de cette préfecture.
In this issue
- Cross-border Humanitarian Assistance P. 1
- Cluster Response Progression P. 2
- Cluster Response Overview P. 2
- Humanitarian Pooled Fund P. 7
Cross-border Humanitarian Assistance Overview
• UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi Visits Syria
• UNHCR Crossing lines throughout Syria
• UNHCR uses Airlifts for Emergency Planning
• Winterization Programme Continues
• Sleeping bags in Aleppo
• CBIs improving Lives in Hassakeh
European Red Cross Societies are working with the ICRC to find missing family members, restore contact and reunite families.
As hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants pass through several European countries, often very rapidly, the Red Cross Societies have deployed staff and volunteers to border crossings, railway stations and other locations where migrants and refugees pass through or are accommodated.
Summary of WFP assistance: WFP’s assistance in Somalia focuses on enhancing the resilience of vulnerable populations to shocks, providing protective safety nets and saving lives. WFP recognizes that gender inequality directly affects the ability of nations to become free from hunger and food insecurity and has integrated gender-sensitive programming throughout its activities. In 2015, WFP targeted 1.93 million vulnerable Somalis in food insecure areas through nutrition, livelihood, relief and social safety net programmes under the PRRO.