ISLAMABAD - 25 July 2016: The Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with UNICEF hosted a national consultation workshop to unpack the implementation of SDG 6 that seeks to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
The consultation convened stakeholders from the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector to deliberate over policy implications as well as plans and actions needed to implement and monitor progress towards achieving the water and sanitation SDG and its related targets.
ABUJA, Nigeria, 28 July 2016 - UNICEF continues to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite yesterday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy.
As a result of the attack, in which one UNICEF staff member was injured, travel by UN staff to high risk areas has been temporarily suspended.
Somalia is in the process of emerging from the prolonged period of state collapse that followed the civil war of 1988-91. Since 2012, the posttransitional Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has been internationally recognized, but its capacity as a governing body and the area it controls remains limited.
The conflict and destruction wreaked less havoc in the north of the country, where two governing authorities – Somaliland and Puntland – emerged in the 1990s that have at least attained modest levels of governing capacity.
• As of 3 July, there were 3.3 million people displaced and 777,918 returnees in Iraq, at least 47 per cent of whom are children under 18.
• Conflict escalated in Iraq in the first half of 2016. It is expected that needs will increase as military operations to take back ISIL-held areas continue. In May and June alone, more than 85,000 people, roughly 40,000 children, have been newly-displaced mainly within Anbar. With ongoing military operations the number of IDPs is expected to increase.
By Akram Hosen
On 21 May, Tropical Cyclone Roanu made landfall on the coast of southern Bangladesh, forcing half a million people to flee their homes. Twelve-year-old Swapna and her family are among the displaced. Together with their community, they are searching for remnants of their old lives while trying to piece together their future.
403,600 people affected
296,000 people displaced
US1.7M for life-saving & recovery needs of vulnerable children and women
- UNICEF and partners continue to meet on-going humanitarian needs, respond to small, localised emergencies and to prepare for the impact of the upcoming Typhoon season. UNICEF and partners have reached more adults and children in the first half of 2016 than planned for providing access to safe water, learning materials, safe spaces for learning, Vitamin A supplementation and deworming.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has confirmed the cholera outbreak.
As of 25 July, a total of 294 suspected cholera cases including 17 deaths have been reported nationwide, with the majority reported in Juba County.
Latrines in the UN House Protection of Civilian (POC) sites are filling up fast as a result of the regular rains; keeping up with desludging of the latrines is a key to maintain adequate sanitation.
UNICEF is addressing it with intensified desludging work.
· In 2016, UNICEF has reached more than 1.1 million people with access to clean water through the rehabilitation and drilling of water schemes, provision of water purification materials and through water trucking in the drought affected regions of Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray.
By Shushan Mebrahtu
Across the Syrian Arab Republic, children are putting their lives at risk to sit for their final exams in school. Hear the stories of six children who travelled across conflict lines to continue their education, in hopes of building a brighter future for their country.
Germaine, à gauche sur la photo, et Emerine, à droite, forment un couple singulier. Germaine Chiragane est depuis 12 ans relais communautaire dans son quartier, Mulera, dans la zone de santé de Kamanyola, une petite ville située dans la plaine de la Ruzizi, une région frontalière avec la Burundi, dans la province du Sud-Kivu. Elle est également présidente du comité de développement sanitaire de la ville. Emeline Nishimwe, a quitté le Burundi fin juin 2015, fuyant les violences électorales.
• June witnessed a significant escalation of conflict across Syria and the subsequent pattern of new and deepening humanitarian needs could continue and even intensify through July unless Geneva talks regain traction.
• In Syria in June UNICEF reached around 96,690 people in seven besieged areas and more than 279,600 people in 38 hard-to-reach locations with life-saving and critical services.
• The cross-border round of the nation-wide immunization campaign is ongoing in Syria and as of June reached around 722,000 children.
• 175,000 people were reached with information on immediate vector control and individual protection through the Zika Campaign launched in Guayaquil July 14th by the MoH in close collaboration with UNICEF and PAHO/WHO.
• School year formally began on July 4th; during the first week more than 6,330 children attended classes in the temporary education and protection spaces established by UNICEF and its partners, while the Ministry of Education started to phase out these temporary spaces and bring the pre-fabricated schools online.
So far this year more than 231,000 people crossed the Mediterranean. While the trend of decreased arrivals through the Eastern Mediterranean continued during the month of June, with only 1,500 new arrivals in Greece, some 22,250 people were rescued in Italian waters during the same period of time.
• As of 20 July, 141 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in Juba and Duk (Jonglei), with at least 69 new cases reported in Juba Teaching Hospital on 20 July. The numbers are likely to fluctuate given the circumstances.
• Education activities, which had been temporarily put on hold due to lack of available space, were able to resume in Tomping on 20 July; 650 children have been registered.
JUBA, South Sudan, 20 July 2016 – Amid a rise in the number of suspected cases of cholera in South Sudan, UNICEF is rapidly increasing its response activities.
The Juba Teaching Hospital reported that 69 new suspected cases were admitted on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people being treated in the capital to 112. An additional 29 suspected cases had been reported in Duk Island in Jonglei state. Nationwide, there are now 141 suspected cholera cases with six reported deaths.