Ho Chi Minh City, 25/9/2015 - Building on their success in Europe and South America, WELLA-UNICEF MAKING WAVES is proud to expand their partnership to Viet Nam, working with the local authorities and an established training centre to share hairdressing skills and support education in Ho Chi Minh City.
• UNICEF and MSF Holland organized a campaign of malaria presumptive treatment screening 29,731 children 6 months to 5 years in Bentiu Protection of Civilian (PoC) site for fever. Fifty-four per cent of those screened, 16,112 children, were treated for malaria.
Sporadic flooding continues to displace populations, with increasing risk of displacement in October and November – the months with highest likelihood of cyclones in Myanmar.
UNICEF is supporting government leadership of the WASH and education Post Floods and Landslide Needs Assessment
In response to government request UNICEF taking the lead on developing operational guidelines for cash transfers for flood recovery
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Sarwakai, Sararogha and Tiarza Tehsils South Waziristan Agency from 4 to 7 August 2015. The mission covered a sample of 47 villages that were recently de-notified by authorities. The Government has planned to facilitate the return of some 15,000 to 20,000 families to these areas.
• An estimated 80 to 95 per cent of private houses were damaged due conflict and more than seven years of weather damage.
As of the end of the school year in June, 31,144 students are enrolled in formal education (grades 1 – 12); 15,508 in camp settings, and 15,636 in non-camp settings. Of the 29,338 children enrolled in basic education (grades 1 – 9), 69% are boys and 71% girls. 3,810 students are benefitting from non-formal education activities including alternative education, catch-up classes and recreational activities. Another 2,038 children between the ages of 3 - 5 are attending Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) activities.
In June, the academic school year of 2014-2015 for the first shift came to an end. This school year, a total of 44,507 Syrian refugee boys and girls of the age group 5-17 years old, have been supported by the UN in first shift schools. An additional 62,228 attending the second shift have completed their academic year by August 2015. Also, a total of 6,350 Palestinian children from Syria have been regularly attending 60 UNRWA schools throughout Lebanon.
• In July 108 Syrians have been arrested for attempting to depart by sea, they were detained at Police Station in Alexandria, El Behera, Marsa Matrouh, Dakahleya and Kafr El Sheikh Governorates.
• All detainees were provided with food, non-food items, and legal, medical and psychological support by UNHCR, IOM UNHCR, IOM, MSF, Caritas, and PSTIC.
By Chris Niles
A youth centre in the Kurdistan region of Iraq gives young people an opportunity to play and to learn – and also to be part of a community.
DOHUK, Iraq, 16 September 2015 – The two young men are from different parts of Iraq, have different religious and ethnic backgrounds, and they can’t even agree on who is the best football player in the world.
“It’s Messi,” says Khaled, while Jolal sadly shakes his head. “Cristiano,” he says firmly.
· The humanitarian situation in Diffa continues to be of concern and heavily impacted by the consequences of the situation in Nigeria, even if no major security incidents have been reported.
· There was one confirmed case of Ebola this week, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 3,338. Forécariah, one of the prefectures in which Ebola has been most intractable, is now classified as “inactive” after having gone 21 days without any cases. This leaves Conakry and Dubréka as the two remaining “active” areas. (WHO, Ebola Situation Report, 6 September 2015).
UNICEF’s unconditional Child Cash Grant (CCG) programme, initiated in February 2015, targets the most vulnerable children and their families out of the 84% Syrian refugees living in host communities in Jordan.1 Between February and August 2015, UNICEF assisted around 56,000 girls and boys from 15,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families every month.
Recreational activities were carried out in TECs during school vacations
Violent clashes and attacks continued in the West Bank this month. A Palestinian man died of injuries sustained in an arson attack last month; three Palestinian men were shot and killed by Israeli forces, following three separate knife attacks against Israelis; numerous Palestinians were injured in clashes with security forces and in settler attacks; Palestinian rock throwing also injured Israelis.
UNICEF and partners continue to work with authorities to register and provide assistance to the increasing numbers of people fleeing the conflict in Yemen. UNICEF support in July included medical and nutritional screening; referral of children with severe acute malnutrition; emergency measles and polio vaccination; first aid services; identification of separated and unaccompanied children; and psychosocial support.
• The number of malaria cases continued to rise in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region and Unity state. To scale up the malaria response in Bentiu Protection of Civilian (PoC) site, UNICEF, MSF-Holland and WHO are undertaking a campaign of presumptive treatment at household level of children under 5 with fever. An estimated 35,000 children under 5 will be screened and children with fever will be treated immediately.
A delegation consisting of representatives of the Embassy of Japan to Ukraine, UNDP and UNICEF visited Donetsk oblast on September 8-9. This international mission inspected the sites being rehabilitated thanks to the financial support from the Government of Japan.
The total number of confirmed cases rose by two this week to 3,337 from 3,335. One case was in the commune of Ratoma in Conakry and one was in Dubréka. This is the first time in two months a new case has been reported in Dubréka. (WHO, Ebola Situation Report, 30 August 2015).
The number of confirmed deaths climbed to 2,077 with a total count of 2,529 confirmed and probable deaths.
KYIV, 7 September 2015 – Today, UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation launched a local initiative to provide conflict-affected children in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine with high quality play materials to continue their development and learning. Children in 48 schools, 62 kindergartens, and 10 Community Protection Centres located in government-controlled areas will benefit from this initiative.
By Lely Djuhari
Jehad cradled his mobile phone in his hand. For the 15-year-old Syrian boy who has been on the move Europe-bound for several weeks, his mobile is one of his most precious belongings.
“I haven’t seen my dad for one year. With this, I can get news from him in Germany. I know how my mother, brother and sister are coping in Jordan,” he said, adding that he used Whatsapp, Facebook and Viber to connect to his family and friends.
Gaza, State of Palestine, 31 August 2015 – Salma, a 15-year old adolescent girl, lives in the Gaza Strip, where poverty is rampant and the threat of violence and political turmoil is a daily hazard. For the past 12 months, she has insisted on sleeping in her mother’s bed as she was too frightened to go to sleep alone after the 2014 escalation of conflict.