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Liberia + 2 others
Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola: UNICEF

At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the start of the outbreak. Many are being rejected by their surviving relatives for fear of infection.

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Cameroon + 2 others
UNICEF Cameroon Humanitarian Situation Report, August 5, 2014

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UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian assistance in four regions of Cameroon – the Far North, North, Adamawa and the East – which have been facing recurring emergencies.

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep 8, August 2014

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  • Overcrowded IDP camps and inadequate access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation facilities are increasing the risk of disease outbreak including acute watery diarrhoea and polio. 5,000 measles cases have been confirmed since the start of the outbreak in February. Malnutrition rates in IDP camps in Mogadishu, Dhobley, Dollow, Kismayo, Dhusamareeb, Garowe and Galkacyo have exceeded emergency thresholds, stressing the urgency of addressing underlying causes to save children’s lives.

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Malawi Monthly SitRep # 7, July and August 2014

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  • A total population of 640,009, representing 4% of the projected national population, will not be able to meet their food requirements during the 2014/15 consumption period, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s national food security forecast for April 2014 to March 2015.

  • A total of 1,832 children were admitted in therapeutic feeding centres in July 2014 , bringing the cumulative number of admissions to 25,313 in the 24 districts that were found to be food insecure during the 2013/14 consumption period.

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Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report 16th – 22th September 2014

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  • UNICEF provided psychosocial support services (PSS) for a total of 2,127 children in the Governorate of Erbil via its network of static and mobile child friendly spaces (CFS).

  • In the central and south zones, UNICEF trucked approximately 2,336,250 liters of water during the reporting period, reaching 2,623 families (15,756 individuals) across the central and southern provinces.

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Central African Republic Response (as of 24 September 2014)

UNICEF Response highlights

• Nearly 70% of the targeted affected population has received WASH supplies and hand-washing materials.

• 61% of targeted children under 5 with severe acute malnutrition have been admitted for therapeutic care, with an estimated recovery rate of 81% (SPHERE standard >75%).

• More than 80% of children under 5 targeted by UNICEF have been vaccinated against measles.

• 69% of the targeted affected population has access to basic health services and medicines in affected areas.

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25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Is the World a better place for children?

IS THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR CHILDREN?

A statistical analysis of progress since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Myanmar Military releases more than 100 children from armed forces

The move was the largest single release of child recruits since Myanmar committed to ending the recruitment and use of children in its "tatmadaw" army in a June 2012 pact with the UN.

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Neuroscience is redefining Early Childhood Development

Science is changing the way we think about development policy and practice when it comes to young children, radically altering our definition of early childhood development and what we do to ensure that every child has the best start in life.

In the first few years of life, children’s brains develop at an unprecedented rate. This crucial period lays the foundation for the rest of their lives and can set a path towards creating more sustainable societies.

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UNICEF Sierra Leone Humanitarian Situation Report – Reporting Period 15-21 September 2014

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  • UNICEF continues to scale-up operations to support the Government of Sierra Leone’s (GoSL) response to the Ebola crisis. With funds from the World Bank, this week UNICEF has procured and distributed 100 metric tons of essential drugs and equipment worth over $1.7 million.

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No Lost Generation Initiative: Protecting the Futures of Children Affected by the Syria Crisis

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A new UNICEF report reveals that increased investment in education and protection helps safeguard the future of a generation of children affected by the Syria crisis, but millions more are at risk.

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Liberia + 1 other
UNICEF- Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #52, 17 September 2014

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  • Since the UNICEF SitRep of 12 September, 610 new suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases, and 271 new deaths were added to the official totals for Liberia, indicating a continued steepening of the epidemic curve.

  • Montserrado County remains the current epicenter of the outbreak, with the caseload continuing to rise rapidly; 305 new cases were reported in Montserrado over the current reporting period. Bong County also reported a steep rise of an additional 50 cases, and Grand Bassa County reported an additional 55 cases.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #40, 10 - 23 September 2014

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  • According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification for September, while the food security situation has improved, the nutrition situation will remain dire for remainder of the year. The prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) is likely to remain above emergency thresholds (GAM >15%), as defined by WHO, especially in conflict-affected states. High levels of acute malnutrition are attributed to inadequate food consumption, morbidity, dietary and feeding habits, and severely constrained health and nutrition service delivery.

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Real-Time Evaluation of UNICEF’s Humanitarian Response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

UNICEF’s response to super-typhoon Haiyan was timely, appropriate and relevant to priority needs. Notably, UNICEF played a key role in restoring the water supply in Tacloban City for some 200,000 people, and its education interventions were well coordinated. This evaluation found examples of innovative good practice and it presents a number of important areas of learning for UNICEF’s emergency response model.

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 August - 15 September 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

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  • As the conflict in Syria continues unabated, there are now over 3 million refugees from Syria across Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. Over 50 per cent of the Syrian refugees are children.

  • The crisis in Iraq is compounding the humanitarian situation in neighboring countries. There are now 5,000 Iraqi refugees in a camp in Al-Hassakeh region in Syria, and 16,000 Iraqi refugees in the south-eastern Turkish province of Sirnak who require humanitarian assistance.

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The EU And WFP Launch A Project To Fight Child Labour Through Education In Egypt

BRUSSELS/CAIRO – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a €60 million project to combat child labour and improve access to education for children who are at risk of entering the labour market.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 15 September 2014

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  • Half a million children in Gaza returned to school on 14 September facilitated by a massive Back to School campaign led by the Education cluster, co-led by Save the Children and UNICEF. The first week of school is devoted to structured psychosocial support and recreational activities that ease the transition back to learning.

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Liberia + 10 others
UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa

About 8.5 million children and youth live in areas affected by Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,400 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa. This is part of a broader, six-month appeal for $987.8 million that governments and humanitarian agencies require to fight the disease.