DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 November 2014 – With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks.
“The new cases in Mali remind us that no country in the region is immune to Ebola,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We cannot wait for new cases in countries at risk before we take action. We must help communities today prepare for cases if they happen, when they happen, wherever they happen.”
UNICEF Response highlights
• 86% of the estimated caseload of children with SAM had been admitted for therapeutic care - with a recovery rate of 82% (September 2014).
• 40,032 caregivers of SAM affected children in the Sahel have received hygiene kits and key messages.
• 33,622 children 6 months -15 years received their measles vaccination in returnee sites (91% of UNICEF Target).
• Preventative mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services were integrated into maternal and child health services in all returnee sites.
Province Orientale: Raids and ambushes by suspected FRPI militia in South Irumu continue. In addition to extortion and looting house-hold goods, more than 100 rapes and 25 killings have been reported during the last 2 months. About 80,000 people are still in pendular displacement in the area. Government announcements of the surrender of a FPRI leader and his militia has led to hopes for an end to the violence and a demobilization in November. UNICEF is preparing to receive a large number of children as a part of this demobilization process.
· According to the latest Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) report, dated 17 November 2014, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of EVD in Liberia rose to 7,082. Nationally, between 10 and 20 laboratory-confirmed cases are being reported each day, which is a notable decline from the growth rate reported a week ago.
Violence continues to increase on a daily base in Eastern Ukraine. The two-month-old ceasefire is under severe threat with each side accusing the other of having violated the terms of the peace plan.
Two children were killed and four injured as a result of shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk city on 5 November 2014. UNICEF issued a statement calling all parties of the conflict to keep children out of harm’s way.
NEW YORK, 19 novembre 2014 – La lenteur des progrès dans l’assainissement et la pratique courante de la défécation à l’air libre par des millions de personnes du monde entier continuent de poser un danger pour les enfants et leurs communautés, a averti l’UNICEF à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des toilettes.
Journée Mondiale des Toilettes 2014
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 19 novembre 2014 – La lenteur des progrès dans l’assainissement et la pratique courante de la défécation à l’air libre fait que 7 millions de personnes en Côte d’Ivoire continuent de poser un risque pour les enfants et leurs communautés, a affirmé l’UNICEF à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des toilettes.
NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.
Some 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate toilets and among them 1 billion defecate in the open – in fields, bushes, or bodies of water – putting them, and especially children, in danger of deadly faecal-oral diseases like diarrhoea.
The deteriorating situation in Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site is of great concern with the provision of humanitarian assistance significantly disrupted. Over the past weeks, insecurity has increased, with humanitarian staff threatened and assaulted when delivering services in the PoC, greatly affecting the provision of WASH, education and child protection services in the site.
Key focus: Birth Registration
42,000 students from 85 schools in Aden (grades 1-3) received School Hygiene Kits as part of the global hand washing day celebrations.
14,297 children in Mareb and Sana’a have received new school furniture following rehabilitation of their schools through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) programme.
Over 40 percent of the population are food-insecure
Nearly half of the rural population and over one-quarter of the urban population are food-insecure
Food insecurity is reduced between 2011 and 2014
Food insecurity is greater in women-headed households
More than one in 10 children is acutely malnourished
Prevalence of global stunting fell between 2011 and 2014, but still remains at critical level
Since last week, 184 new cases of Ebola have been reported, bringing the total cases in Guinea to 1,928 (1,609 confirmed; 208 probable and 61 suspected cases).
99 new cases were reported in Nzerekore region only, the epicenter of the epidemic.
In order to get closer to the epicenter of the epidemic, UNICEF is reinforcing its presence in Macenta with the opening of a sub-office within the Prefectural Health Direction premises.