Earlier this week, 14 educators and four of their children were killed and 20 people injured in an airstrike on a teacher’s office in Amran, just north of Sana’a. UNICEF’s Executive Director and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict strongly condemned the targeting of civilian infrastructure and the devastating impact it is having on Yemen’s children.
• Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities.
• In Syria, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. The BTL initiative aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign. Unique to this year’s campaign is the launching of the self-learning programme, which targets 315,000 out-of-school children this year.
Despite a receding of floodwaters, the ongoing monsoon continues to risk further flooding and increase the vulnerability of people coping with the effects of the disaster.
Multi-Sector/Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment results have been compiled and the Inter-Agency Initial Flood Response Plan finalised.
40% of flood-affected areas continue to have limited humanitarian access as a result of debris, broken roads and bridges.
Below average/failed Belg rains (the short rains from February-April) is expected to affect the food security of poor households in SNNPR, Oromia, Amhara and in pastoral areas of Afar and Somali regions (Famine Early Warning System Network, FEWSNET).
Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia will also increase during the second half of the year following the poor Belg rains and delayed Kiremt rains (long rains from May-September). (FEWSNET)
The total number of confirmed cases rose by three this week to 3,332 from 3,329. Two of the confirmed case were in Matam in Conakry and one was in the Moussayah sub-prefecture of Forécariah. (WHO, Ebola Situation Report, 10-16 August 2015).
The number of confirmed deaths remained at 2,072 this past week with a total count of 2,524 confirmed and probable deaths.
Since the escalation of the crisis in Yemen on 26 March, 2015, a total of 22,555 people, including 10,402 Yemeni nationals, fled from Yemen to Djibouti.
As of 15 August, UNHCR and ONARS (the government refugee entity) registered 2,551 refugees, thereof 2,410 Yemeni nationals, including 846 children
UNICEF has been providing access to safe water to all Yemen refugees in Markazi camp, the new refugee site established to accommodate this population.
Most rivers are now below danger levels, but access to affected populations remains challenging as many roads and bridges have been damaged or are still covered in mud and debris.
In some areas people are beginning to return to their villages to rebuild their homes, but major humanitarian and recovery needs persist due to unsafe water supplies, damaged schools and health centres, and protection risks for children.
· In the week to 9 August 2015, there was one confirmed Ebola case, the same as the previous week. The case was reported from Hagan Street area of Freetown in Western Area Urban district.
· UNICEF coordinated 26 street theatre performances in Massassebeh and Masanga communities in Tonkolili district. This initiative is helping to reduce the stress levels of people in quarantined houses and is also an innovative way of message delivery. Similar performances are also being done in Port Loko, Kambia and Western Area Urban districts.
· The total number of confirmed cases rose by two this week to 3,329 from 3,327. One confirmed case was in Ratoma, Conakry, the other in the Moussayah sub-prefecture of Forécariah, according to WHO Ebola Situation Report.
· The number of confirmed deaths remained at 2,072 this past week with a total count of 2,524 confirmed and probable deaths.
· Owing to a fragile health system in Guinea-Bissau establishing a sanitary corridor along the border regions, the islands and the capital Bissau, continues to be a major challenge
· As a trusted partner in Guinea Bissau, UNICEF continues to perform and deliver its programme, maintaining relations with all sectors of the government, and providing technical assistance in ensuring systems are in place in case of a potential Ebola crisis
GENEVA/KYIV, 17 August 2015 – The first consignment of vital antiretroviral medications for adults and children living with HIV in conflict-affected zones in eastern Ukraine arrived by air in Ukraine today. Further consignments will follow shortly.
This is the first shipment of life-saving ARV medications to arrive following the recent signing of a $3.7 million agreement between UNICEF and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the emergency provision of HIV supplies for adults and children living in non-government-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.
· UNICEF is in urgent need of funding to scale-up its humanitarian response - to date, US$29.5 million has been received against the US$183 million appeal, leaving an 84% funding gap.
· UNICEF continues to have a strong operational presence in Sana’a and Hodeida and plans to further expand this field presence into other governorates, including Aden, Ibb/Ta’iz and Sa’ada over the coming weeks.
High temperatures mid-July led to rapid melting of snow and glacier ice that resulted in mudslides in GBAO and Rasht District of Tajikistan.
Furthermore, on 24 July 2015 heavy rains combined with melting of glaciers caused mudflows in Tajikabad District, DRD.
The influx of refugees from Burundi to Rwanda remains steady, with an average influx of 300 people per day in the last couple of days. The total number has now reached 72,907.
The shelter strategy was revised, and the relocation of up to 19,000 refugees from reception centres to Mahama camp has started.
While UNICEF works to provide a permanent solution for water provision, Akagera river water continues to be treated for local water supply.
The Constitutional Court issued a ruling that rejects the exclusion of CAR refugees from participating in the upcoming elections.
In Bangui, the voluntary return of internally displaced persons from the M’poko airport site continues: 93% of households have been de-registered from the site and 90% were registered to return to neighborhoods in Bangui.
In the week to 2 August 2015, there was one confirmed Ebola case, down from three cases the previous week. The case was reported from a quarantined home in Massesgbeh village, Kholifa Rowala chiefdom in Tonkolili, a district with 11 chiefdoms.
The current socio-political environment in Burundi remains highly volatile, exacerbated by the assassination of the former Chief of Intelligence on 2 August and the shooting the following day of leading human rights activist.
On 5August, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead, bringing the total death toll of children to nine since the start of the crisis in April