Kupang District is the front line of a malnutrition crisis currently affecting NTT Province, Indonesia.
Thirty-two year old Sonya Timuli works each and every day on this front line. She has been a cadre (community health volunteer) in a small village here for the past seven years.
GENEVA, 1 December 2015 – Unpredictable border restrictions and harsh weather are compounding the hardships and challenges for refugee and migrant children and women who now account for more than half of all arrivals by sea.
From the beginning of 2015 until November, over 876,000 people arrived across the Mediterranean on European shores. The proportion of women and children has continued to rise since the summer. In June, it was 27 per cent children and women; in November it increased to 52 per cent.*
Le nombre de décès d’adolescents dus au SIDA a triplé depuis 2000, affirme l’UNICEF
De nouvelles données démontrent également que la plupart des bébés ne sont pas testés
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK, 27 novembre 2015 – Le nombre de décès d’adolescents imputables au SIDA a triplé au cours des 15 dernières années selon de nouvelles données publiées aujourd’hui par l’UNICEF.
According to Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reports, a total of 16,266 refugees have arrived in Uganda since November 2014 and 49 per cent of them are children under the age of 18 years. For the period 12th to 19th November, 2015 saw the entry of a total of 278 new refugees higher than the previous week’s 179 new arrivals
KYIV, 30 November 2015 – The Ministry of Health of Ukraine announced the start of the second round of a polio vaccination campaign to protect children against paralysis in the country. With UNICEF and WHO support, the nationwide polio campaign is conducted in three rounds to vaccinate children with oral polio vaccine (OPV) to stop the circulation of the polio virus. During the second round, children aged 2 months to 6 years will be immunized. In all, a total of 4.7 million children should be immunized against polio during the nationwide campaign.
DAMASCUS, 1 December 2015 - “In Syria, the rules of war, including those meant to protect vital civilian infrastructure, continue to be broken on a daily basis.
The air-strike which reportedly hit al-Khafseh water treatment plant in the northern city of Aleppo last Thursday is a particularly alarming example.
Children Account for 20% of Maritime Arrivals to Europe in 2015: IOM and UNICEF
Germany - A new data brief produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and UNICEF shows that children make up at least one in five of the 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year.
The new academic year for refugee students commenced at the end of September. A total of 29,828 students (14,878 girls and 14,950 boys) aged 6 - 17 are currently enrolled in schools, although this number is anticipated to increase as more students register at schools.
Furthermore, refugee students in grades 1 - 3 (the first three years of primary school) are now able to enrol in KRG Ministry of Education schools in the Kurdish language.
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 30 November 2015 – More than 3 million children under the age of 5 in Nepal are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months due to a severe shortage of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines, UNICEF warns.
In the past 10 weeks, vital imports of essential commodities have been severely restricted at Nepal’s southern border due to unrest over the country's new constitution.
WHO and UNICEF are supporting the Ministry of Health to conduct a polio vaccination campaign in 102 townships across Myanmar, targeting 1.4 million children under 5 years of age. The campaign will start off in early December, with rounds of vaccination conducted across 15 high risks townships in Rakhine, Chin, Magway, Bago and Ayeyarwady.
Faced with a real risk of a nationwide shortage of essential drugs, UNICEF was able to order essential drugs to cover priority needs in over 900 health centers and district hospitals for the next 2.5 months. A first cargo relief flight carrying 70 tons of essential drugs for children and women landed in Bujumbura on 27 November. Nevertheless, the shortage is expected to continue for at least 6 months.
Asia-Pacific region facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, new report finds
BANGKOK, 30 November – The Asia-Pacific region is facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents. There were an estimated 50,000 new HIV infections among adolescents aged 15-19 in 2014, accounting for 15 per cent of new infections. There are now around 220,000 adolescents living with HIV in the region, with large cities like Bangkok, Hanoi and Jakarta hubs of new infections.
Yangon, 30 November 2015 –The Government of Myanmar today released 53 children and young people who have been recruited and used by the Armed Forces. With this latest release, the total number of children discharged in 2015 reached 146.
BANGUI, République Centrafricaine, 27 Novembre 2015 – Près de trois ans après le début des violences, 1,2 millions d’enfants ont un besoin urgent d’assistance humanitaire en République Centrafricaine.
Au moment où le pays s’apprête à accueillir le Pape François dimanche, pour une visite de deux jours dont l’un des objectifs est de promouvoir la réconciliation, l’UNICEF appelle toutes les parties au conflit à permettre un accès inconditionnel aux organisations humanitaires qui cherchent à atteindre les populations affectées par la crise.
Following the declaration by WHO on the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on 7 November 2015, UNICEF continues to support the Government of Sierra Leone in ensuring that vigilance is maintained, through social mobilization efforts, systems strengthening in the areas of health, education and WASH, and support to Community Care Centers and Observational Interim Care Centers, amongst others.
On 20 November 2015, the Government of Liberia confirmed three new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from a family of six living in a suburb of the capital Monrovia. All of them were transferred to an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). One of the three confirmed cases, a fourteen year old boy, died on 23 November. His brother and father remain under treatment. Nineteen contacts, including three other family members of the boy are under observation.