The Israeli government’s withholding of an estimated USD 375 million in Palestinian tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Government, has led to increased tensions in the State of Palestine. This is jeopardizing the regular provision of public services and exacerbating the tense relations between the Palestinian Government and Hamas over the provision of services in the Gaza Strip.
Forced recruitment and other grave child violations continue. Last week, 89 children were forcibly recruited from Wau Shiluk, however, it is believed that the number may be much higher. Some witnesses have noted that at least some of these children are receiving military training. Reports of forced recruitment in other parts of the country were also received this week and UNICEF and partners are now working to verify the number of children who may have been forcibly recruited and to advocate for their release.
LILONGWE /GENEVA - 27 February 2015 – UNICEF Malawi is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in the southern border areas, where highly-populated camps for people displaced by the floods are located.
· As of 24 February 2015, 39 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, with two deaths. Out of the 39 cases, 5 cases were reported in Mwanza, a district which was not affected by floods, while the rest have been reported in Nsanje.
· UNICEF is a member of the national taskforce on Cholera that has been set up to plan and respond to the outbreak.
Gaza, 25 February, 2015 - The European Union and UNICEF jointly marked yesterday the completion of the first component of a EUR 10 million desalination plant which will provide over 75,000 Palestinians with clean, drinking water in Gaza.
Winter storm Jana has affected much of Jordan from 19-21 February. The storm has affected Al Za'atari Refugee Camp and has resulted in flooding in many areas of the camp. There are many instances of damaged shelters, as well as flooded or blocked roads which makes water delivery and other activities difficult. Data collection is being conducted by camp agencies including UNHCR, UNICEF, ACTED, IRD, NRC, and Oxfam. REACH is providing mapping support. Data reflected in this map is as of the day cited, with updated information collected daily.
Recent insecurity triggered additional movement of people with 1,042,066 people now internally displaced in Ukraine, of whom 134,290 are children (Source: Ministry of Social Policy).
A ceasefire agreement was reached in Minsk on 12 February to halt the spike of violence that flared up in eastern Ukraine over the past few weeks, causing multiple civilian casualties, including children.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases is 8,237, with 3,059 deaths. During the past week there were 68 new confirmed cases of EVD.
According to the Ministry of Health, as of 16 February 2015, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 9,037, with 3,935 related deaths. Case incidence declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to only three new confirmed EVD cases in the past week.
5,688 children (3,707 by the government and the rest by partner organisations) have been identified as affected by EVD.
The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose to 2,727 in week seven, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases rose to 3,108.
62,206 children were taught about the dangers of mines in Amanat Al Asma, Al Jawf, Sa’ada and
3,739 out of school children have taken the mid-year exam in Taiz Governorate.
Situation of displaced people in North-East in numbers
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN HOST COMMUNITIES (SOURCE: GOVERNMENT, JANUARY 2015)
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMPS (SOURCE: GOVERNMENT, JANUARY 2015)
NUMBER OF IDP CAMPS IN NORTH-EAST (SOURCE: GOVERNMENT, NOVEMBER 2014)
· Over 2.2 million IDPs are displaced across 2,412 locations in Iraq. Ongoing conflict has triggered further displacement in the centre-north of Iraq throughout January and IDP figures are expected to rise. UN contingency planning is underway.
· Rising displacement is putting pressure on existing, overstrained facilities for IDPs and host communities, and protection monitors have voiced concern over increasing ethnic tensions in camps.
At the start of 2015, the multiple crises in Sudan remain amongst the worst affecting children in the world today. 3.24 million children are targeted for humanitarian assistance programmes under the Strategic Response Plan (SRP).
UNICEF distributed 16,250 blankets in response to one of the coldest periods in Darfur in the past decade which coincided with increased displacements of people following intensified conflicts in Um Baru, North Darfur and Eastern Jabel Marra.
As of 17 February 2015, 20 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, with one death, all of them in the district of Nsanje. The first confirmed case of cholera was on 13th February 2015.
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