Statement attributable to Director of Communication Paloma Escudero for World Radio Day, 13 February 2016
NEW YORK, 12 February 2016 – “There is no question of the value of radio when disasters occur.
“The radio has been what we have turned to for generations when the world is falling apart –whether from war, from earthquake, from tsunami, or from disease outbreak.
Renewed fighting in the Jabel Marra area of Central Darfur has displaced an estimated 44,700 people. The displaced have sought refuge in Kebkabiya and Tawilla localities in North Darfur. Others have fled to Nertiti and Thur in Central Darfur.
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.
• 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
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.
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.
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.
COTONOU, 2 Février 2016 - Après l’identification d’un cas de Fièvre de Lassa au Nord-Est du Bénin dans le Département du Borgou-Alibori, le Gouvernement soutenu par les partenaires au développement a immédiatement démarré la riposte contre l’épidémie.
A ce jour, il existe 20 cas suspects dont 9 décès. Parmi les décès un seul cas confirmé positif à la Fièvre de Lassa. Au Nigéria, les autorités dénombrent 168 cas dont 84 décès dans 17 Etats du pays y compris les Etats de Niger et de Oyo qui sont frontaliers au Bénin.
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.
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)
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.
• Despite access constraints, UNICEF and its partners continue to reach some of the most complex, insecure and affected zones where communities are facing dire conditions, particularly in Taiz.
• In Taiz, mobile teams provided health and nutrition services for children and pregnant and lactating women; water-trucking reached displaced and host communities; and select families living in sieged areas received cash transfers.
Flooding affects 132,000 people and displaces 60,000 - UNICEF and partners scale up response interventions. 2,055,618 children under-10 in Central and Northeast Somalia are vaccinated against measles during National Immunization Day campaigns. Additional campaigns planned for December. Somalia launches the inactivated polio vaccine.
Against an appeal of US$ 111,705,413 to meet the humanitarian needs of women and children in Somalia in 2015, as at 15 December UNICEF is 45 per cent funded.
The resumption of access to Luhansk region for the UN agencies and some international partners enabled the scaling up of the delivery of much needed humanitarian supplies, just as the severe winter weather has set in.
During the reporting period, UNICEF was able to reach some of the most complex, insecure and affected zones in Taiz and Sa’ada.
In Taiz, UNICEF supported the operation of the local water system reaching over 124,000 people and an additional 4,103 households in Taiz received humanitarian cash transfers. In Sa’ada, temporary water storage tanks are being connected to the water system and five mobile clinics were launched.
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 assessments indicate 144 houses are destroyed, 516 partially damaged, 3 schools fully and 12 schools partially damaged, and a variety of other public infrastructure sustained different levels of damages. The main impacted area is GBAO, the upper Bartang Valley, which is mountainous, remote and isolated.
UNICEF successfully delivered essential nutrition and health supplies though partners, despite a very high level of insecurity in the area surrounding the region of Anka, North Darfur, where 14 villages were allegedly burnt and 20 looted by militias in early December. It made possible for partners to re-open the local health centre and OTPs to serve children most urgently in need. Over 4000 children (10,000 people) have been directly affected and displaced by these events.