UNICEF sector leads in WASH, Education, Nutrition and Child Protection Working Group provided leadership in developing the 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Syria which will officially be launched in December 2014. The humanitarian response articulated in SRP is within the framework of the Whole of Syria approach, which is bringing together humanitarian actors working from inside Syria or neighbouring countries for the first time, aimed at increasing the overall effectiveness of the response.
As of 17 December 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 6,702, up 327 since last week. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,876, while 1,259 have been discharged from treatment.
The President launched an intensive campaign in the capital called the ´Western Area Surge’ for two weeks from 17 th Dec, which aims to reduce the transmission rates and restore faith in health care services and influence the public to self-identify when sick and come forward for treatment.
According to the latest Ministry of Health Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) report, dated 13 December, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of EVD in Liberia rose from 7,719 to 7,797 since 10 December.
• One year after the conflict began, children are still under daily threat in South Sudan. Over 1.9 million people, over half of whom are children, have fled their homes. The health system has been weakened, with outbreaks of polio, cholera and kala-azar reported. 400,000 children have been forced out of school and an increase in grave child rights violations were recorded over past years.
NEW YORK / GENÈVE, 12 décembre 2014 – L’UNICEF a annoncé aujourd'hui un plan renforcé de combat contre le virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest au cours des six prochains mois, d'un coût total de 500 millions de dollars É.-U. A ce jour, on n’a obtenu que 24 pour cent de cette somme, soit 125,7 millions de dollars É.-U.
• As of 10 December 2014, according to the Government of Sierra Leone, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 6,375. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,559 and 1,221 have been discharged from treatment (survivors). The government estimates that around 22 percent of cases are children (0-17 years).*
To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based services for the future, UNICEF raises appeal to US$500 million
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – UNICEF today announced an expanded fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa over the next six months, costing a total of US$500 million – of which just 24 per cent ($125.7 million) has been secured.
JUBA/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – The future for a generation of children in South Sudan is being stolen by the year-long conflict in the country, which has driven hundreds of thousands of children from their homes, schools and communities; subjecting them to violence, malnutrition and disease, the UN Children’s Fund said today.
UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon – in the Far North, North, Adamawa and East.
NIGERIAN REFUGEES – The number of targeted kidnappings and armed attacks by Boko Haram has reduced since October. Among the 24,182 Nigerian refugees who arrived in Northern Cameroon this year, an estimated 18,667 are in Minawao refugee camp.
• According to the latest Ministry of Health Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) report, dated 3 December, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of EVD in Liberia rose from 7,635 to 7,719 since 28 November. The additional 84 cumulative cases over the five-day period indicates an average rate of 16 cases per day, showing a stabilization of reported new cases as was reported a week ago.
• In Bangui, the security situation remains volatile with ex-Seleka elements in Beal camp in Bangui threatening to detonate the site if their demands are not met by the transitional Government.
• On 28 November, transitional President Samba-Panza presided over the official ceremonies at Ngaraba School to commemorate the reopening of schools in CAR.
MANILA/NEW YORK, 8 December 2014 – As Typhoon Hagupit wreaks havoc through the Philippines, UNICEF is acting quickly to support the Filipino government’s response to the emergency, providing lifesaving supplies and services for children and women in the areas hardest hit by cyclone-force winds and heavy rains.
Latest Government estimates indicate more than a million people are affected, including over 400,000 children. Many of them are in evacuation sites.
The Ebola outbreak continues to extend its geographical and human impact in Guinea. 17 out 38 of Guinea’s prefectures were impacted by EVD in November 2014 as compared to 14 in October 2014.
The number of EVD cases is up by 36 percent in November 2014, as compared to October 2014. There were 507 new cases recorded in November 2014 (445 in October 2014) and 290 EVD confirmed deaths in November 2014 (263 in October 2014).
· According to the latest Ministry of Health Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) report, up until 28 November 2014, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of EVD in Liberia was 7,635. The cumulative total of deaths stood at 3,145. Cases and deaths continue to be under-reported. Reported case incidence is stable or declining in Liberia. A total of 43 confirmed cases were reported in the 5 days to 28 November 2014, down from 78 the previous week.
· As of 3 December 2014, according to the Government of Sierra Leone, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 6,132. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,601 and 1,172 have been discharged from treatment (survivors). The government estimates that around 22 percent of cases are children (0-17 years).
The massive displacement of children and their families from the Central African Republic (CAR) continues and has resulted in an outflow of over 300,000 refugees, returnees and third-country nationals into neighboring Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Congo. The large majority of people fleeing CAR are Muslims, and over 80 per cent are women and children.
• Relative calm provided UNICEF and partners the opportunity to assess and begin an immediate response to the needs of IDPs in Bentiu town. Of 129 children screened for malnutrition, 2.3 per cent were suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 10.1 per cent from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Children identified with malnutrition were referred for treatment.
• UNICEF has had to discontinue primary health care services for approximately 1.5 million people in parts of Central South Zone (CSZ) when partnership agreements could not be renewed due to lack of funding (only 24 per cent of health funding for 2014 has been received). 300,000 children under-5 are currently without access to lifesaving primary health care services and free immunizations.
- UNICEF continues to support 31,544 refugees, including 17,736 children, to access education, WASH, health, nutrition and protection services in and around the three refugee camps, two in the Sahel region (Goudebou and Mentao) and one in the plateau Central region (Sag-Nioniogo).
• Starting in October 2014, UNHCR launched a campaign to support voluntary return of refugees to Mali.
As of 26 November 2014, according to the Government of Sierra Leone, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 5,595. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,429 and 956 have been discharged from treatment (survivors). The government estimates that around 22 percent of cases are children and youth (0-17 years).