Sana’a, 30 June 2015 – The ongoing conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the country’s health system, and exposing millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases, says UNICEF. “Children are not being vaccinated – either because health centres do not have electricity or the fuel they need to keep vaccines cold and distribute them, or because parents are too frightened by the fighting to take their children to receive vaccinations,” said Dr Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
• In Syria, between 17 May and 28 May 2015, more than 305,600 children wrote the grade 9 national exam, across 2,310 schools or centers countrywide.
• In Jordan, through UNICEF partners the Makani-My Space integrated approach, offering alternative education, psychosocial support services and life skills training has been implemented in 145 locations nationwide targeting vulnerable children and youth.
5,381 children have been issued with a new birth certificate
70 service providers from churches in Port Vila participated in two Child Protection in Emergency trainings
141 children and youths participated in psychological support sessions on Pentecost
An additional 1,426 children aged between 6 and 59 months have received micronutrient powder in Malempa, Shefa and Tafea Provinces, bringing the total to 1,767
Two WASH ‘lessons learned’ workshops completed
As of mid-June, more than 30,000 refugees, 77 per cent of whom were children and women, had crossed into Rwanda fearing violence due to political instability in Burundi. With the continued volatility related to forthcoming elections in Burundi, it is estimated that 100,000 refugees may enter the country by September 2015. Refugee children are arriving in poor health, some severely malnourished and highly vulnerable to disease.
By mid-June, 55,000 refugees had crossed the northwest border of Tanzania since the beginning of May 2015 fleeing violence and political turmoil in Burundi, with reports of up to 200 new arrivals crossing each day. Children make up to 60 per cent of the refugee population and have been uprooted from school, subject to violence and separation from their families, and are suffering from increased illness due to the lack of basic health care, water and sanitation facilities. A cholera outbreak struck during the rapid influx, resulting in over 4,000 cases with 31 deaths as of 03 June.
In the week to 21 June 2015, there were eight confirmed Ebola cases, down from 14 cases the previous week. Cases came from the districts of Port Loko (4), Western Area (2) and Kambia (2).
The first week of the National Ebola Response Centre’s ‘Operation Northern Push’ in the hotspot districts of Port Loko and Kambia (north-west Sierra Leone) saw a major increase in social mobilization activities, screening checkpoints and services to more than a thousand people in quarantined homes and communities.
There were 12 new confirmed cases of Ebola this week, up from 10 last week. There were five cases each in Forécariah and Dubréka, and one each in Boké and Conakry.
The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose to 3,257, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases increased to 3,718. The number of confirmed deaths from Ebola rose to 2,030 with a total of 2,473 confirmed, suspected and probable deaths.
On 23 June 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of South Sudan declared a cholera outbreak in Juba County. According to WHO, as of the end of the day on 24 June 2015, a total of 237 cholera cases including 19 deaths (case fatality rate of 8 per cent) have been reported from 50 villages in seven payams of Juba County. The cases have been traced back to an initial case reported on 18 May 2015 in Juba PoC. The majority of cases have been reported from the PoC followed by New site, Mangatain IDP site,
Gumbo, Kor William, Gudele 1 and Munuki.
Baghdad, Iraq, 26 June, 2015 – The Friends of UNICEF youth voluntary group held their first event supporting UNICEF with the Water and Sanitation (WASH) programme to promote water conservation in Iraq in Baghdad.
· The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) was launched on 19 June calling for $1.6 billion to reach a target 11.7 million people with immediate assistance. UNICEF’s revised appeal amounts to $182.5 million.
· UNICEF continues to support 22 mobile health clinics in the various affected governorates which provided integrated nutrition services covering over 150,000 people in their catchment areas.
An estimated 292,314 IDPs have fled across 16 of the 18 governorates in Iraq as of 22 June 2015, including within Anbar Governorate itself since military operations and ISIL attacks escalated on 8 April 2015. In the last week, an additional 15,984 people have been displaced.
Over the past week, UNICEF dispatched 3,000 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) kits to benefit an estimated 21,000 displaced people in Kirkuk and Salah ad-Din governorates, many of whom are located in hard-to-reach areas.
Le Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) est un outil à la disposition de la communauté humanitaire pour garantir une veille humanitaire, réaliser des évaluations multisectorielles et intervenir, en dernier recours, en matière de NFI et WASH. Ce dashboard est publié deux fois par mois, résumant les activités du RRM réalisées au cours de la période couverte (ici, du 01 au 15 juin 2015). Tous les rapports, cartes et bulletins RRM sont disponibles sur la page RRM du portail Humanitarian Response.
Le RRM est rendu possible grâce au soutien de: CERF, CHF, le Danemark,
The cholera outbreak which was confirmed in Nsanje on 11th February 2015 appears to be reaching the tail end with no new cholera cases being reported during the week of 15-21 June.
Cumulatively, a total of 693 cases with 11 deaths have been registered in 8 districts representing a case fatality rate of 1.6%.
Blantyre district has not registered any new case for one week; Chikwawa has not registered any new case for a period of two weeks; and in Nsanje no new case has been reported for 6 weeks.
An early-June flare up in violence further aggravated the dire humanitarian conditions of children and communities in affected areas.
As result of the recent hostilities and continued shelling, more than 500,000 people – including an estimated 75,000 children – across the contact line in conflict-affected areas have been experiencing a critical water crisis.
UNICEF is working with the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Police to reduce the risk of trafficking through targeted actions and policy measures. At least 245 children have been prevented from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children's care homes.
Risks of landslides and floods due to the monsoon and inaccessible roads are now primary concerns of communities living in remote locations in the earthquake-affected districts. UNICEF has developed a contingency plan to address these risks.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
WASH cluster team participated to a rapid UNICEF led multi-sectorial assessment in Namtit from 28th – 30th May 1
Household Treatment Water Working group was held in Bhamo on 28th May with particpatuion of 21 staff from governmental authorities (DRD, DOH, RRD and TDC) and humanitarian agencies