• An estimated 3,000 children associated with the Cobra Faction are being released in Greater Pibor following a peace agreement between the Government of South Sudan and the leader of the Faction. The first group of 249 children was released this week and phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month. UNICEF and partners are supporting the children with immediate interim care – shelter, clothing, basic health care, education and psychosocial support as well family tracing and reunification.
Continuous rains in Chikwawa district on 29th and 30th January 2015 have resulted in people arriving at some IDP sites.
A total of 27,131 people have so far been reached with sanitation services and 23,941 have been provided with safe drinking water in the hard hit affected areas. Work on provision of these services in continuing to reach more people.
The worst outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history continues to ravage communities in West Africa. UNICEF estimates that 9.8 million children and young people under the age of 20 live in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia; countries where disease transmission is widespread and intense. Of these, 2.9 million are under the age of 5. UNICEF estimates that up to 10,000 children have lost one or both parents or caregivers due to Ebola.
A total of 120 latrines have been constructed thus far providing sanitation facilities 22,283 displaced people in the camps.
Over 27 hand washing facilities installed and over 12,000 bars of soap distributed to ensure the camp populations have adequate facilities and tools to wash their hands.
UNICEF Representative visited Nsanje and Chikwawa districts on 24th and 25th January 2015.
810 kg of chlorine for water treatment has been airlifted to 8 camps cut-off due to flood waters in Nsanje District to enable over 25,000 people to have access to clean drinking water
UNICEF requires US$3,871,873 million out of a total requirement of US$ 9.3 million in order to respond to the immediate needs for a three months period.
A CERF request is being prepared to cover some of the immediate needs.
The UNDAC Assessment Report of 21 January 2015 indicates that in the three districts most affected by the floods (Nsanje, Chikwawa and Phalombe) 173,700 people are displaced
10 children have been reunited out of the 108 unaccompanied children recorded on 21st January.
12 trucks for a total value of $305,000 have now been dispatched to 7 districts (Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba, Blantyre, Mangochi and Machinga).
· As of 19 January 2015, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 7,923. The number of confirmed deaths is 2,788.
· Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director visited Sierra Leone to discuss UNICEF’s continuing partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone to eradicate Ebola, as well as long-term plans to ensure the fulfilment of children’s rights in the country.
· According to the Ministry of Health, as of 18 January, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 8,468. Case incidence has declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to 8 confirmed cases in the 7 days to 18 January 2015.
· According to the WHO reports there is a decline of confirmed cases in the country: 20 cases on the third week of January compared to 76 on the first week; the number of admissions in Ebola Treatment Unit is also declining.
· In partnership with CARITAS, UNICEF has set up 20 social Mediation Councils comprised of religious leaders of all faiths to act on resistance across the country; the social mediation councils have been deployed to communities reporting resistance
posted on JANUARY 21, 2015 by NICOLAS NTEMUANENGU
En décembre 2014 dans le Nord Ouest de l’Equateur, notre partenaire local l’ADSSE (Association pour le Développement Social et la Sauvegarde de l’Environnement) a aidé 4 700 familles à travers deux opérations financées par le gouvernement belge.
Des foires d’articles ménagers pour les réfugiés et leurs hôtes
posted on JANUARY 21, 2015 by NICOLAS NTEMUANENGU
In December 2014 in northwestern Equateur province, our local partner ADSSE (Association pour le Développement Sociale et la Sauvegarde de l’Environement), assisted 4,700 families with two operations funded by the government of Belgium.
Non-Food Item fairs for refugees and their hosts
The number of people displaced is 121,000 according to the UN Resident Coordinator’s Situation Report of 18 January 2015.
A total of 108 unaccompanied children have been recorded in Zomba and Nsanje districts as of 21 January 2015.
UNICEF on 21st January 2015 received through a chartered plane 100 metric tonnes of supplies valued at USD 594,720.
All the clusters have submitted to the Resident Coordinators Office their 90 day response plans for a funding appeal.
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 20 January 2015– Alors qu’en Guinée les écoles rouvrent leurs portes, l’UNICEF et ses partenaires sont en train d’apporter leur aide afin de réduire autant que possible les risques de transmission du virus Ebola en formant les enseignants à la mise en place de mesures de sécurité telles que la prise quotidienne de température, la fourniture de thermomètres et de kits de lavage des mains pour les écoles.
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 20 January 2015 – As schools reopen in Guinea, UNICEF and partners are helping reduce as much as possible the risk of Ebola transmission, training teachers to implement safety measures such as daily temperature screening, and supplying thermometers and handwashing kits for schools.
• According UN Resident Coordinator’s Situation Report on the floods, the number of people displaced increased to an estimated 121000 as of 18 January 2015.
• 350 schools reported to be destroyed, denying education for 300,000 Children.
• UNICEF has commenced construction of latrines for an estimated 3,000 people in the two camps in Chikwawa district.
The Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) of Coyah (the first sub-prefecture at the entrance of Conakry) is now functional with 100 beds, and is serving its purpose of “shield” to prevent Ebola cases from inland to reach Conakry. As a result, the Donka (Conakry) ETC which was completely overloaded the last week of December only has 8 patients, all from Conakry, at the moment.
Since the conflict, at least 1.7 million children and adolescents are in need of emergency education, including some 400,000 who have dropped out of school. Many of them are unable to access learning due to displacement, while others are out of school due to the impact of conflict on their communities or are living in host communities where education resources are nonexistent or overstretched.
• The social mobilization and mass screening exercise has been on-going for three weeks in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, a high burden state. A total of 22,022 children under five have been screened of which 8.1 per cent had moderate acute malnutrition and 3.7 per cent had severe acute malnutrition. These children were referred for treatment. The social mobilizers also noted that most households visited have already exhausted their food stocks quite early in the year.
According to the first UN Resident Coordinator’s Situation Report on the floods, the number of people displaced increased to an estimated 121,000 as of 16 January 2015.
1000 people have been rescued to date but 153 remain missing.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that 350 schools are destroyed, damaged or occupied by displaced families, denying education for 300,000 children.
According to the Ministry of Health, as of 12 January, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 8,331. Last week witnessed the lowest weekly total of confirmed cases since the first week of June 2014. Case incidence has declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to 8 confirmed cases in the 7 days to 11 January 2015 (WHO).