When: Sunday 29th March 2015
Where: Federal Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Khartoum
Who: Mr. Mustafa Yousif Holi, Under Secretary of Ministry of Finance and National Economy and UNICEF Representative in Sudan, Mr. Geert Cappelaere.
Three hospitals in Tafea Province, Sanma Province and Efate Island now have capacity to treat severely malnourished children.
The distribution of hygiene kits, jerry cans and other water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) items is ongoing, currently covering 50-60 per cent of the affected population.
Schools are scheduled to reopen. UNICEF is dispatching temporary learning spaces, education supplies, including Early Childhood Education and Recreation kits.
• Following the release of 654 children formerly associated with the Cobra Faction in Lekuangole, part of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, the total number of released children is now 1,314. Released boys, and now three girls, continue to receive interim care, psychosocial support and family tracing services. Community-based monitoring systems are in place to provide family tracing and post-reunification support for around 200 children who have now returned home; as well as to identify, and help prevent, possible future re-recruitment.
BY MADELEINE LOGAN
Standing in front of the President of the Central African Republic, 16-year-old Abass listed the awful suffering the children of CAR had endured during two years of violence: “the killing of members of our families, the destruction of schools and hospitals in our villages, rape and other violence, separation from our parents, and the recruitment as soldiers.”
He then presented a Declaration from the Children of CAR, imploring the President to reverse the toll of violence and re-build a future of peace and justice.
Cholera Outbreaks in Tete, Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula and Niassa provinces
7,073 cases reported since 25 December and 22 March and 53 deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.7%.
Cholera outbreaks are stabilizing in Nampula, Niassa and Tete and spreading to Sofala province with three districts already reporting cases (Beira city, Caia and Nahmatanda).
Tete city and Quelimane continue to register large numbers of new cases.
Situation of displaced people in North-East in numbers
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMPS (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN HOST COMMUNITIES (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)
NUMBER OF IDP CAMPS IN NORTH-EAST (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical – with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
Lebanon has shown extraordinary generosity in hosting a record number of refugee children, women and men from Syria into Lebanon. Over a million refugees registered with UNHCR live in over 1,170 communities across the country. This dramatic surge in population has strained public services and infrastructure that were already fragile before the Syrian crisis. The profound economic, social, and environmental impact of the crisis in Syria on Lebanon is evident in both rural and urban communities.
According to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), 2.54 million individuals have now been identified as internally displaced across 2,857 distinct locations in Iraq.
OCHA, jointly with the UN agencies, presented a US $150 million ‘Fast-Track Priority Needs’ document, outlining the UN’s prioritization of funding needs for IDP support from February to June 2015.
· The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose to 2,966 this week, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases climbed to 3,389. The number of confirmed deaths from Ebola gained to 1,829, with confirmed, suspected and probable deaths rising to 2,224.
No new confirmed cases were reported in the week to 15 March 2015. This is the third consecutive week in which no new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported. 15 March 2015 was day 12 since the final patient in Liberia had a second negative test for EVD: 42 days must elapse before transmission can be considered to have ended. Once the 42-day period has elapsed, continued vigilance will be required until both Sierra Leone and Guinea are also declared Ebola-free.
· Speaking at the Geneva-launch of a new UNICEF report on the Ebola crisis - "Ebola: getting to zero – For Communities, For Children, For the Future", UNICEF Sierra Leone representative, Roeland Monasch, said UNICEF is continuing to work hard alongside the government to get to zero cases. He also warned against complacency.
· Since November 2014, there has been a new influx of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) into the health zones of Bosobolo and Bili in Equateur province’s Bosobolo. UNHCR and local authorities have estimated the number of new arrivals at more than 19,000 refugees; some 88,000 refugees CAR are already living in the DRC.
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
UN Interagency Flash Appeal launched on 24th March in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for a total amount of US$29.9.
NEW YORK, 23 March 2015 – UNICEF has made all its data on health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, child protection, and HIV/AIDS publicly available, in an easily searchable format which includes redesigned country profiles and a new data visualisation tool for the creation of charts, maps and graphs. All of which make UNICEF the most reliable and up-to-date source of statistics on women and children.
SUVA, 21 March 2015 – Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency UNICEF is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
As the Syrian conflict heads towards its fifth year, the impact of the crisis on neighbouring countries continues to deepen. To date, Jordan hosts over 620,000 Syrian refugees; more than half of them children and 20 per cent under the age of five. With a population in Jordan of approximately six million, the refuge population stretches Jordan’s scarce resources and the limited capacity of national institutions to deliver social services such as education and child protection.
New release will bring number of freed children to more than 1,300 since January 26
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 21 March, 2015 – Up to 250 child soldiers including four girls, one as young as nine, were released today in South Sudan from an armed group, the Cobra Faction. Another 400 are being released over the next two days.
UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon to respond to the needs of those affected by crises in neighbouring countries (Nigeria and Central African Republic) as well as the nutritional crisis mainly in the Sahel area but also periodic epidemic outbreaks and diseases.