On 21 January, UNICEF’s Representative participated in an inter-agency UN mission led by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. The mission visited the Taiz enclave and witnessed the extreme difficulties faced by people living in the three districts, due to limited access to basic services, goods and supplies.
Through local partners, UNICEF has been able to reach some of the most affected communities in Taiz city, however access continues to be challenging for humanitarian actors.
Until the end of 2015, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), UN and NGO’s continued to focus on the enrollment of all children into certified formal education opportunities. As a result, by the end of 2015, a total of 158,500 non-Lebanese children and 197,000 Lebanese were registered in formal education. From the 158,500 registered non-Lebanese children, 147,285 children were attending.
• UNICEF and partners continue to respond to flooding and AWD/cholera outbreaks.
• The round five of the Polio National Immunization Day conducted in Central and Southern Somalia, as well as in Puntland. A measles campaign also took place in Somaliland during the reporting period.
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
In November and December 10 attacks in Diffa region caused the massive displacement of over 100,000 people, including preventive displacement, towards Route Nationale 1. A total of 49 civilians and 2 soldiers were killed, including a young girl and 4 adolescents.
Total affected population: 4.69 million
Total affected children (under 18): 2.4 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 2.7 million
Total children to be reached in 2016: 1.4 million
2016 programme targets
**Total affected population**: 13.5 million
Total affected children (under 18): 6 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 12 million
Total children to be reached in 2016: 5.3 million
2016 programme targets
- 4,608,600 people served with safe water through repair/rehabilitation and augmentation of systems
- More than 1.5 million people benefitted from access to improved life-saving emergency WASH services/facilities
**Total affected population**: 2.3 million
Total affected children (under 18): 1 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 450,000
Total children to be reached in 2016: 250,000
2016 programme targets
- 183,250 people (50 per cent children) in Gaza benefitted from access to water networks, improved sanitation and hygiene supplies
- 163,470 people (68,435 children) in the West Bank benefitted from increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation
Somalia Total affected population: 4.9 million
Total affected children (under 18): 2 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 3.6 million
Total children to be reached in 2016: 1.5 million 2016 programme targets
•110,000 children under 5 years suffering from SAM admitted to therapeutic treatment programmes
•2.3 million people in high-risk areas accessed basic health services
•445,000 children under 1 year immunized against measles
Two things immediately strike you when you arrive in the village of Thigbonor in Lokomasama chiefdom: the place is extremely tidy, and the high street is almost deserted. After a four hour drive from Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, we park under a large banana plant, and follow people’s indications to the outskirts of the village.
• An estimated 8.2 million people in Iraq remain in need of humanitarian assistance.
• In December 2015, over 3.2 million people are displaced across Iraq, more than a million additional people since the end of 2014.
During the reporting period, UNICEF was able to reach some of the most complex, insecure and affected zones in Taiz and Sa’ada.
In Taiz, UNICEF supported the operation of the local water system reaching over 124,000 people and an additional 4,103 households in Taiz received humanitarian cash transfers. In Sa’ada, temporary water storage tanks are being connected to the water system and five mobile clinics were launched.
An earthquake struck Nepal on the 25th April 2015 with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale. This was followed by several aftershocks the strongest being magnitude 7.3 on the 12th May. The serious aftershocks mostly occurred to the east of the original epicentre. Many of these aftershocks caused localised damage.
Background and Objectives
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 23 December 2015 - UNICEF, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to build 74 disaster-resilient prefabricated health facilities with birthing units to support re-establishment of essential health services in nine earthquake-affected districts.
A framework for how economic strengthening can mitigate girls’ risk of gender-based violence, outlining promising practices from both humanitarian and development contexts.
Little is known about the economic dimension of girls’ GBV risk, despite the clear relationship between economic insecurity and some forms of GBV, and despite girls themselves consistently identifying livelihoods as a top priority. These resources show how economic strengthening can achieve change, and how lessons from the development sector intersect with knowledge from humanitarian contexts.
This collection of case studies offers a snapshot of recent or ongoing initiatives to protect children from the danger of climate change around the world. They highlight the increasing threats that children face as a result of climate change, including emergencies resulting from climate-related disasters, and Unicef’s work to increase communities’ resilience and safeguard children’s rights in these contexts.
As of 22 October 2015, 3,202,638 people (533,773 families) were displaced across Iraq. 415,632 individuals are reported as returned to their place of origin (IOM).
Cases of cholera continue to be reported in Iraq, mainly in the central and southern zones. UNICEF is concerned that 1 in 5 cases are children under 10 years old.