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.
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 25 years on
150,000 school bags have been distributed in conflict affected districts of Amran as part of the national Back to School campaign
30,964 marginalized, disadvantaged and most vulnerable children have received birth certificates since September in Taiz Governorate.
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENÈVE/NEW YORK, 17 décembre 2014 – Un an après la plongée de la République centrafricaine dans une crise d’une extrême violence, deux enfants du pays sur cinq qui ont un besoin urgent du soutien de l’UNICEF sont privés d’une aide humanitaire indispensable, affirme l’organisation.
Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16
Amman, December 18, 2014: “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK – A year after extreme violence tore through the Central African Republic, two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF’s support are without vital humanitarian aid – according to the agency.
UNICEF says a critical lack of funding and insecurity – such as road barricades, looting and attacks against aid workers – have left children they expected to help this year without access to essential health services, water, education and protection.
UNICEF has received 64% of funding against the Syria SHARP and sub-regional RRP6 appeals for 2014, Turkey remains the most under-funded country with a 50% funding gap against the appeal. UNICEF in Syria has a funding gap of over 40%. Education remains the least funded sector with only 50% of funds received in the year to date.
To protect children and their families against the eects of winter 217,600 clothing kits for most vulnerable IDPs are being distributed in Syria. Across the countries hosting Syrian refugees 625,000 children have received warm winter clothes or vouchers.
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 – The massacre today of more than 100 children in an attack on a school in Pakistan, and the reported killing of at least 15 school girls in a car bombing in Yemen, mark a dark day in the closing weeks of a bleak year for children around the world.
There can be no justification for such unspeakable savagery against children as they go about the simple act of going to school, or against teachers as they work to educate them. Each life taken in Peshawar and Al Bayda today is a future lost forever.
• 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.
• The situation for approximately 1.7 million children affected by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine remains extremely serious. Thousands of children remain in the area of ongoing conflict. Over 130,000 children are displaced to other regions of Ukraine.
• The Strategic Response Plan for Ukraine was launched on 8 December in Geneva as part of the Global Humanitarian Appeal, covering emergencies in 15 countries. The Plan will be launched on 17 December in Kyiv.
• 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.
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