By Emily Bamford
Can all of Nigeria be Open Defecation Free by 2025? A Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee in the remote northern village of Gidan Darge is paving the way.
JIGAWA STATE, Nigeria, 25 May 2016 – In north-eastern Nigeria, 300 miles north of the capital city of Abuja, lies the village of Gidan Darge. Though the village is located in a dry, remote area, it is pioneering advances in water, sanitation and hygiene for the entire country.
For UNICEF Somalia, 2015 was a year of highs and lows. We saw positive progress for children and their rights but also the devastating loss of four of our colleagues in an attack in Puntland.
In October, Somalia became the 196th country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is excellent news for children.The Convention provides an important framework for policy and legislation on children’s rights. UNICEF immediately started working closely with the federal government to ensure its implementation.
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On 21 May, cyclone Roanu made landfall in the Southern coastal areas of Bangladesh affecting 700,000 people.
Immediate needs for the affected population are food, water, shelter and livelihood. Government is distributing food and will provide small cash grants shortly.
The Government of Bangladesh has officially asked for support from the international community and clusters have been activated.
In response to the drought emergency, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs), supported by humanitarian partners, including UNICEF, have increased the number of outpatient therapeutic feeding programme sites (OTP) by 1,211 (from 13,271 in March 2015 to 14,482 in March 2016) and the number of stabilization centers (SC) by 336 (from 1,013 in March 2015 to 1,349 in March 2016).
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reports that as of 24 May 2016, over 258,400 people are affected by floods, landslides, heavy rain caused by Cyclone Roanu during the past 10 days.
DMC reports 94 people as dead and 107 people still missing, mainly due to the landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle district. Thirty-two (32) people are reported as injured.
Within the Lake Chad Basin crisis, Cameroon is the second country most affected by displacement after Nigeria. In the last month an increase of 20,000 IDPs in the Far North has been reported bringing the number to 190,591 people.
Since the beginning of 2016, 1,361 refugee children under 5 and 9,952 Cameroonian children <5 with SAM have been admitted to therapeutic care.
• The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura visited South Sudan from 6 to 9 May to encourage the Government to uphold its commitments to addressing sexual violence outlined in the Joint Communique signed in October 2014 and the Unilateral Communique signed in December 2014 by the then SPLA-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar. UNICEF is supporting the Government in developing an implementation plan while continuing to work with civil society actors in prevention and response to sexual violence.
· According to the CCCM cluster, there are 107,625 people displaced (refugees, returnees and IDPs) of whom 37% are not registered yet in the Lake region.
· Global acute malnutrition in displacement sites in the Lake region continue to be alarming. WFP screening data shared at the end of April show that among children under five screened in 8 displacement sites in the Lake region, an estimated 6% suffered from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and nearly 18% from Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM).
• In Syria UNICEF reached around 139,700 people in 31 hard to reach locations in April with life-saving interventions and critical services, as well as supplies for at least 94,000 beneficiaries in three of the 19 besieged areas.
As of 28 April there were 3.3 million displaced individuals in Iraq, at least 47 percent of whom are children under 18 years old.
The influx of IDPs into Mahkmour district continued. With new arrivals the estimated number of total IDPs is 6,000 people. The number of IDP families also increased in Anbar Governorate, particularly in Al Wafaa and Kilo 18 transit sites in Ramadi District due to continued military operations in Heet and Kubaisa.
• As of 09:00hrs on Sunday, 22 May 2016, Disaster Management Center (DMC) reports that 348,476 people had been affected by floods, landslides and heavy rain in 22 districts out of total 25 districts in the country.
• Eighty-two people had been reported dead with 118 people still missing, particularly following landslides that occurred on 17 May 2016 in Aranayaka, Kegalle district.
In most of the camps water supply coverage is below Sphere Standards - An estimated 35.000 people are yet to be reached with water in camps according to standards (15 liters per person per day)
The most populated camps Dalori, Bakasi (federal training center), Gubio and Farm center necessitating specific attention since they are receiving or will be receiving more IDPs from schools subsequent the ongoing relocation and in which indicators are already below standards.
- 05th to 10th April 2016 : data collection
- 11 th to 18th April 2016 : data entry, analysis and reporting
RUWASA, ACF, CARITAS, UNICEF, DDPs leaders SEMA, MSF Spain, ICRC
UNICEF is contributing to an ongoing Vulnerability Assessment that will provide data on the magnitude and locations of malnutrition cases countrywide, and will identify water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs among the affected population.
The current Cholera Outbreak in the Dadaab Refugee Complex started on the 18-Nov-15. The index case definition was a boy aged ten years from Block T-6, IFO2. UNICEF’s 12-week Plan in response to the outbreak commenced December 2015 with initial funding from UNICEF Regular Resources (USD 629,000) and internal UNICEF loan from the Emergency Programme Fund (USD 700,000). However, challenges still exist especially within the host community as there is a rise in the number of cases.
Beirut, 18 May 2016: The government of Japan re-affirmed its commitment towards the most vulnerable children in Lebanon by contributing US$11 million to UNICEF’s education and water & sanitation programmes. More than 40,000 children across Lebanon will benefit from improved school environments and better access to water & sanitations (WASH) services. The grant comes as part of Japan’s Humanitarian Assistance for Middle Eastern countries suffering from the repercussions of the Syrian Crisis.
The number of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine showed a marked increase in April, in comparison to previous months. On 16 April for example, as many as 4,000 violations were recorded throughout eastern Ukraine. On 27 April, a mortar attack on the Olenivka checkpoint (Donetsk region or oblast) killed five civilians and injured another eight.
Un mes después del sismo, UNICEF solo ha recibido el 15% de los fondos necesarios
NUEVA YORK/GINEBRA, 16 de mayo de 2016 – Cerca de 100 niños nacen cada día en Esmeraldas y Manabí, las provincias más afectadas por el terremoto de Ecuador, según UNICEF.
“En una región donde 1 de cada 5 niños sufre diarrea y desnutrición crónica, es esencial dar a estos niños los medios básicos para sobrevivir y prosperar”, dijo Grant Leaity, representante de UNICEF en Ecuador.