UNICEF is deeply concerned about the intensification of violence in Yemen. Another attempt at a humanitarian pause failed, leaving humanitarian partners unable to scale up implementation in hard to reach areas and further preventing many families from accessing urgently needed basic services.
Despite the continuous development of the Latin American and Caribbean region, violence against children, especially against girls, is still prevalent. Most of the times violence against children goes unnoticed, unheard, or even unreported, impacting children for life. Only a small proportion of acts of violence, exploitation and abuse are reported and investigated, and few perpetrators are held accountable.
Facing these grim realities, we want to understand the role of the telecommunications industry, particularly mobile operators, in ending violence.
Rwanda continued to receive a steady influx of refugees from Burundi. The total number has now reached 71,485.
The shelter strategy is being revised to accommodate the large number of refugees in hangars, tents and semi-permanent facilities.
Alternative modes of providing water to the growing number of refugees are being put in place, while working on permanent/sustainable solutions.
Negotiations are ongoing to ensure refugee children’s participation in national education examinations.
· The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose this week from 3,303 to 3,324, with 21 new confirmed cases, including twelve from Conakry, seven in Forécariah, and two in the prefecture of Coyah (WHO Ebola Situation Reports, 20 July 2015).
· Among the 12 cases reported in Conakry, 11 were from the commune of Ratoma and 1 from the commune of Matoto while for prefecture of Forécariah, 6 were from the sub-prefecture of Benty and 1 from the sub-prefecture of Allasoya.
· In the week to 19 July 2015, there were four confirmed Ebola cases, down from 14 cases the previous week. The two cases reported in Western Area Urban district came from Patton Street and Lumley areas of Freetown (the only two areas reporting cases out of 48 wards in the district). Two cases reported from Port Loko district came from two (Mamusa and Marampa) out of 11 chiefdoms.
· There are currently six confirmed cases in this most recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Margibi and Montserrado counties. Two of these are deceased, two have been discharged from an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), while the remaining two will be discharged as soon as they test negative. There is still no definitive information on the original source of transmission.
· As of 21 July 2015, there are 22 contacts being followed up in Margibi and 17 contacts in Montserrado.
58 Children detained on charges of “involvement in armed groups” following fighting in Kayanza province (UNICEF, 28 July)
14 Children sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment on charges of “involvement in armed groups” (UNICEF, 28 July)
Over 177,000 Seeking asylum in neighbouring countries (UNHCR, 28 July)
1 New cholera case in Burundi since last reporting period, bringing the total to 181 confirmed cases (Ministry of Health, 28 July)
· In Syria, access to humanitarian assistance for children in hard-to-reach areas continues to remain a significant challenge. The UN estimates that up to 2 million children are still not being reached due to deteriorating security, shifting frontlines, capacity limitations and administrative hurdles.
High temperatures and melting snow have resulted in mudslides in GBAO and Rasht Regions of Tajikistan, and further communities are being affected as the situation evolves;
16 July 2015 mudflow affected several villages, some 25 km east of Khorog, GBAO, with more than 55 households and local infrastructure suffering significant damage;
On 20 July 2015, approximately 60 households and local infrastructure have been significantly damaged in Garm, Rasht;
During the reporting period, the planned humanitarian pause did not materialise. UNICEF continued to deliver despite this but was unable to implement plans to rapidly scale up life-saving operations that are contingent on increased humanitarian access. As the fighting continues, the number of casualties grows and many families are prevented from accessing urgently needed basic services.
In the week to 12 July 2015, there were 14 confirmed Ebola cases, up from nine cases the previous week. Of the 10 cases reported in Western Area Urban district, nine came from ward 374 in the Magazine Wharf area of Freetown and one from Hagan street (the only two wards reporting cases out of 48 wards in the district). Three cases reported from Kambia district came from two (Samu and Tonkolimba) out of seven chiefdoms. One case was reported from Marampa chiefdom in Port Loko, a district with 11 chiefdoms.
The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose this week from 3,287 to 3,303, with 16 new confirmed cases, including 12 from Conakry, 3 in the prefecture of Forécariah, and 1 case in Fria (WHO, Ebola Situation Reports, Monday 6 July 2015- Monday 13 July 2015).
The number of confirmed deaths rose from 2,049 to 2,056 this past week, with a total count of 2,506 confirmed and probable deaths.
NEW YORK, 16 July 2015 – U-Report, UNICEF’s groundbreaking, text-message based innovation that amplifies the voices and views of young people in developing countries, has reached 1 million active users.
“U-Report started out as a local innovation to help young Ugandans engage on issues that affect their lives and futures. Today, young U-reporters from 15 countries, mostly in Africa, are using it every day to voice their opinions, connect to their leaders, and help change the conditions in their communities,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
The total number of Burundian refugees has now reached 68,665.
Partners are preparing for a larger influx of refugees in the lead up to Burundi’s presidential elections, postponed until 21 July.
A six-month basic education orientation programme for Burundian children has started at Mahama Refugee Camp.
An increasing number of children are benefitting from the child friendly spaces (CFS) programme, with up to 8,500 now attending.
Cases of severe acute malnutrition have reduced.
A majority refugees fleeing Burundi to neighboring countries are women and children in urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance.
Child Protection concern continue to increase, a total of 8 children have died directly as a result of the ongoing violence that erupted in April.
4,373 children have received micronutrient supplements and 41 cases of severe acute malnutrition have been treated
Nation-wide measles and rubella vaccination campaign planning, including communications, is underway
6,113 child caregivers have been counseled on good infant and young child feeding practices
· A schedule for the Central African elections was officially released by the National Elections Authority on 19 June, with the first round of presidential and parliamentary votes to be held on 18 October and a second round on 22 November. A referendum will be held on 4 October to define a new constitution.
· As of 30 June, a total of 128,807 children have had access to psychosocial support through 15 child friendly spaces and mobile recreational activities.
In the week to 5 July 2015, there were 9 confirmed Ebola cases, up from 8 cases the previous week. Four cases reported from Kambia district came from four (Bramaia, Magbema, Samu and Tonkolimba) out of seven chiefdoms, three cases came from ward 374 in the Magazine Wharf area of Freetown (the only ward reporting cases out of the 48 wards in Western Area Urban district) and two cases were reported from Maforki and Masimera chiefdoms in Port Loko, a district with 11 chiefdoms.
The UNICEF Sudan humanitarian appeal for 2015 is 74% unfunded.
Without additional funding millions of children risk seeing their situation worsen. Worst affected are Education and Child Protection.
Multiple crises and years of conflict in Sudan have left some 1.9 million children displaced countrywide. 119,000 refugee children in Sudan have fled conflict in South Sudan since 2013. 3.2 million children are targeted for humanitarian assistance this year in what is one of the worst situations for children in the world.
· The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose this week from 3,269 to 3,287, with 18 new confirmed cases from prefectures of Forecariah (11); Boke (6) and the Town of Conakry (1) (WHO, Ebola Situation Report, 8 July 2015).
· The number of confirmed deaths rose from 2,039 to 2,049 this past week, with a total count of 2,499 confirmed and probable deaths.