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20 Dec 2014 description
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By Jo Dunlop

Siblings Jusif and Bilikisu Koroma have survived Ebola. Now back in the community, they have joined other survivors in the care centres and hospitals in which the battle against the virus is being fought.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 December 2014 – Jusif Koroma and his sister Bilikisu survived Ebola. Seventeen of their relatives, including their father, four brothers and seven sisters, have succumbed to the illness.

20 Dec 2014 description
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Urgent actions for children in 2015

• International support to the Central African Republic must be maintained. A reduction of the assistance could reverse all of the gains made in 2014. In 2015, UNICEF will need about US $72 million to promote the protection of children, access to social services for the most vulnerable, and the promotion of peace and reconciliation.

• Children in CAR are exposed to health risks such as tuberculosis, measles, yellow fever, polio and malaria, which remains the most common cause of infant mortality.

20 Dec 2014 description
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Highlights

• Mauritania continues to suffer from a multi-dimensional crisis related to food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition, the presence of Malian refugees.

• From January to December 2014, as a result of the food insecurity and nutrition crisis, over 16,684 severely malnourished children were admitted and treated within 508 supported health facilities. The close collaboration with the Ministry of Health contributed to reinforce the capacity of 141 frontline staff on management of acute malnutrition as well as increase the coverage.

19 Dec 2014 description
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NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 19 December 2014 – Conflict in Ukraine has left 147 schools closed in parts of Donetsk Oblast where fighting is ongoing, and disrupted the education of some 50,000 children since September 1.

Some of the schools are in ruins and others remain closed because of safety concerns. In government-controlled areas 187 educational institutions have been damaged or destroyed.

19 Dec 2014 description
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Highlights

UNICEF sector leads in WASH, Education, Nutrition and Child Protection Working Group provided leadership in developing the 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Syria which will officially be launched in December 2014. The humanitarian response articulated in SRP is within the framework of the Whole of Syria approach, which is bringing together humanitarian actors working from inside Syria or neighbouring countries for the first time, aimed at increasing the overall effectiveness of the response.

19 Dec 2014 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 17 December 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 6,702, up 327 since last week. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,876, while 1,259 have been discharged from treatment.

  • The President launched an intensive campaign in the capital called the ´Western Area Surge’ for two weeks from 17 th Dec, which aims to reduce the transmission rates and restore faith in health care services and influence the public to self-identify when sick and come forward for treatment.

19 Dec 2014 description
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  • According to the latest Ministry of Health Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) report, dated 13 December, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of EVD in Liberia rose from 7,719 to 7,797 since 10 December.

18 Dec 2014 description
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Executive summary

Just one year after ‘Super Typhoon’ Haiyan hit the Philippines, tremendous progress has been made. The speed and scale of the humanitarian and early recovery response were made possible by the generosity of donors, strong partnerships with the Government and the amazing resilience of the people of the Philippines. While UNICEF and our partners have made a strong start, there is a lot of work ahead to achieve the shared goal of restoring economic and social conditions to at least pre-typhoon levels, with a higher level of disaster resilience.

18 Dec 2014 description
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Key focus:
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 25 years on

Highlights:

  • 150,000 school bags have been distributed in conflict affected districts of Amran as part of the national Back to School campaign

  • 30,964 marginalized, disadvantaged and most vulnerable children have received birth certificates since September in Taiz Governorate.

18 Dec 2014 description
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BANGUI/DAKAR/GENÈVE/NEW YORK, 17 décembre 2014 – Un an après la plongée de la République centrafricaine dans une crise d’une extrême violence, deux enfants du pays sur cinq qui ont un besoin urgent du soutien de l’UNICEF sont privés d’une aide humanitaire indispensable, affirme l’organisation.

18 Dec 2014 description
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Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16

Amman, December 18, 2014: “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.

18 Dec 2014 description
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BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK – A year after extreme violence tore through the Central African Republic, two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF’s support are without vital humanitarian aid – according to the agency.

UNICEF says a critical lack of funding and insecurity – such as road barricades, looting and attacks against aid workers – have left children they expected to help this year without access to essential health services, water, education and protection.

17 Dec 2014 description
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UNICEF has received 64% of funding against the Syria SHARP and sub-regional RRP6 appeals for 2014, Turkey remains the most under-funded country with a 50% funding gap against the appeal. UNICEF in Syria has a funding gap of over 40%. Education remains the least funded sector with only 50% of funds received in the year to date.
To protect children and their families against the eects of winter 217,600 clothing kits for most vulnerable IDPs are being distributed in Syria. Across the countries hosting Syrian refugees 625,000 children have received warm winter clothes or vouchers.

17 Dec 2014 description
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NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 – The massacre today of more than 100 children in an attack on a school in Pakistan, and the reported killing of at least 15 school girls in a car bombing in Yemen, mark a dark day in the closing weeks of a bleak year for children around the world.

There can be no justification for such unspeakable savagery against children as they go about the simple act of going to school, or against teachers as they work to educate them. Each life taken in Peshawar and Al Bayda today is a future lost forever.

16 Dec 2014 description
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Highlights

• One year after the conflict began, children are still under daily threat in South Sudan. Over 1.9 million people, over half of whom are children, have fled their homes. The health system has been weakened, with outbreaks of polio, cholera and kala-azar reported. 400,000 children have been forced out of school and an increase in grave child rights violations were recorded over past years.