On 20 November 2015, the Government of Liberia confirmed three new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia from a family of six members from a suburb in the capital Monrovia. There are no new cases.
A fourteen year old boy was confirmed as having Ebola on 19 November 2015 and was taken to an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia. He died on 23 November 2015. Two other family members were also confirmed as having Ebola the subsequent day and continue to receive treatment at the ETU.
• The new inactivated Polio vaccine (IPV) which was introduced in Yemen on 1 November entered its second round, targeting a total number of 5,039,936 children. IPV will be used alongside the oral vaccine (OPV).
• UNICEF launched its first ever humanitarian cash transfers in Sana’a on 14 November 2015. A total of 4,051 vulnerable households were reached with cash transfers of YR 21,500 (roughly $100) for each family during the first three days.
The humanitarian community now estimates that 13.5 million people in Syria need protection and humanitarian assistance, including 6 million children. 8.7 million people are unable to meet their basic food needs, and 70 per cent of the population lacks access to safe drinking water. Health facilities, schools, and other essential services across the country are operating at reduced capacity or closed. 6.5 million people are internally displaced in Syria due to the conflict
As of 11 November 2015, Liberia has reached day 69 of the 90 days of active surveillance and has been free of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since 3 September 2015.
GENEVA/KYIV, 13 November 2015 – The lives of some 700,000 children and the wider population are at risk if repairs to the water network in Ukraine’s conflict-affected regions are not urgently made, warns UNICEF.
• After two months of delay, the school year officially began on 1 November. However, UNICEF field offices report that student registration and attendance is still low in most governorates (between 20-50 per cent).
• The new inactivated Polio vaccine (IPV) was introduced in Yemen on 1 November at a launching ceremony with GAVI, WHO, UNICEF and the Government. IPV will be used alongside the oral vaccine (OPV).
The UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi will be visiting Sudan during the second week of November to see at first hand the impact of a protracted emergency on children.
The UNICEF Sudan humanitarian appeal for 2015 is 61% unfunded. The worst affected sectors are Education and Child Protection.
A new water supply source treating and delivering clean, safe water to the Al Redis I refugee site and its host community was completed serving over 18,000 beneficiaries.
· There were six new confirmed cases of Ebola in the past two weeks, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak to 3,350. (WHO SitRep, 25 October 2015). The number of confirmed deaths rose to 2,082.
· Malawi is currently experiencing the worst food insecurity in over a decade affecting about 2.8 million people. Furthermore, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services indicates that in the 2015/2016 rainfall seasonal below normal rainfall amounts are expected in some areas particularly in the Shire Valley towards the end of season which will further exacerbate severe levels of vulnerability as a result of the El Nino.
KABUL, Afghanistan/ ISLAMABAD, Pakistan , 27 October 2015 – Children in earthquake-hit areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan are facing further deadly threats as extreme conditions and insecurity cut off communities from aid - warns UNICEF.
Around 200 people died, including 12 school girls, and around 1,000 were injured after the 7.5 magnitude tremor – with half of those affected thought to be children.
• UNICEF and partners succeeded in delivering 48,000 litres of water on a daily basis to 200,000 people trapped in the fighting in Taiz.
• 16,045 children were screened for acute malnutrition during the reporting period in five governorates and 2,459 found to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were admitted into therapeutic feeding programmes.
• 1,093,000 people were reached with water through UNICEF’s continued provision of support to local water corporations in Sana’a, and Sa’ada Governorates.
In response to persisting severe water shortages in Aleppo, UNICEF continued to truck 10,000 m3 of water per day, reaching 700,000 people, while continuing to develop alternative water supply modalities.
Category 5 Hurricane Patricia made landfall at 18.09 pm (00:09 GMT) on Friday 23 October 2015 on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Rated as the biggest storm ever in the northern western pacific, it had wind gusts of up to 380 km, and a 10 km diameter. By 24th October it had reduced its intensity to a Tropical Storm dissipating over the highlands of Zacatecas states but is still causing heavy rains.
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
Belize City has been the area most affected in the country as an area of low pressure passing over the region has been dumping large amounts of water in the area since Friday evening, October 16, 2015.
Flooding has placed the city at a standstill with emergency management organizations working on evacuating affected residents.
On September 24th, attacks on villages located 40 km south-west of Diffa have caused a worsening of the security situation. 15 people have been killed - including a village chief, 4 have been injured and over 6000 fled their homes, with young people counting for over 50% of the newly displaced.
Depuis Janvier 2015, 30,740 cas suspects de rougeole ont été signalés dans l’ancienne province du Katanga *. Sur les 68 zones de santé de la région, 23 sont actuellement confrontés à une épidémie de rougeole.