GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September, 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.
An estimated 3,000 people are transiting through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily. A third of them are women and children – up from 10 per cent in June. Some 12 per cent of the women are pregnant.
A total of 37 confirmed cases of measles was reported during week 32 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3013 and suspected cases to 5403 as of 9 August 2015
Number of outbreak localities is 63 in 18 States.
Majority of cases are among children below 15 years (73%) while percentage of cases among children below five years stands at 54% of the total number of cases.
Sudan reported 80 confirmed cases of measles during week 31 bringing the total number of confirmed measles cases to 2933 cases during 2015
The total number of outbreak localities remained at 58 localities in 18 states, 5284 suspected measles cases (with 2933 confirmed) have been reported.
Majority of cases are among children in the age group <15 years (73%). The children in the age group <5 years are 54% of the total number of cases.
Situation and Response Overview
HRP2016 Process Started
The 2016 humanitarian program cycle began on August 23, 2015 with a workshop led by OCHA and attended by all sector leads in Sudan. A multisectoral approach to analysis of needs will be applied for developing the humanitarian needs overview.
Subsequently, the humanitarian response plan (HRP2016) will be developed around addressing displacement and the malnutrition/food insecurity crisis.
Emergency Response in Abu Karinka, East Darfur
By Indrias G. Kassaye
For a village in Sierra Leone, the tight restrictions of Ebola quarantine bring the movements of everyday life to a stop. For children on their own, providing safety and care is especially challenging.
TONKOLILI DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 27 August 2015 – When 16-year-old Emma Kamara’s mother left home for a long trading trip upcountry, she had no idea that her three children, left in the care of neighbours, would soon be under lockdown.
By Cornelia Walther
Five years on, Haiti’s cholera epidemic remains an emergency, but as one village demonstrates, simple, cost-effective solutions are within reach.
ARTIBONITE, Haiti, 27 August 2015 – “In the past, many people here got very sick. My friend got cholera – she almost died,” says Maria, 12 years old. She lives in the commune of St. Michel d’Attalye, in Haiti’s Artibonite department.
BATANGAFO, Central African Republic, August 28 2015 – An additional 163 children – including 5 girls - have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic.
The children were released by the anti-Balaka militia during a ceremony Friday in the town of Batangafo.
Yangon, Myanmar, 28 August 2015 - With 9 days to go before political parties depart on their campaigning trail, children are calling for politicians to adopt a winning strategy: prioritizing children.
The earthquakes in April and May of 2015 have had a devastating impact on the facilities and infrastructure in the education sector. Structural Assessment data indicates that in the 11 affected districts outside Kathmandu valley, 67% of classrooms (32,000) are unsafe for use. As a result, a large-scale education in emergencies response is underway, providing temporary classrooms, emergency learning supplies and teacher training on psychosocial support and lifesaving messages to 14 of the most affected districts.
Earlier this week, 14 educators and four of their children were killed and 20 people injured in an airstrike on a teacher’s office in Amran, just north of Sana’a. UNICEF’s Executive Director and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict strongly condemned the targeting of civilian infrastructure and the devastating impact it is having on Yemen’s children.
• Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities.
• In Syria, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. The BTL initiative aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign. Unique to this year’s campaign is the launching of the self-learning programme, which targets 315,000 out-of-school children this year.
UNICEF Response highlights in 2015
• 850,000 people have access to health services and essential medicines in affected areas; a national measles campaign is scheduled for November.
• 10,025 children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition received therapy with a recovery rate of 87%.
• Over 200,000 people have access to safe drinking water and more than 150,000 displaced people have access to latrines in the sites.
Despite a receding of floodwaters, the ongoing monsoon continues to risk further flooding and increase the vulnerability of people coping with the effects of the disaster.
Multi-Sector/Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment results have been compiled and the Inter-Agency Initial Flood Response Plan finalised.
40% of flood-affected areas continue to have limited humanitarian access as a result of debris, broken roads and bridges.
BY YASMINE SAKER ON 27 AUG 2015
More than 200 Syrian women risk their lives every day to save the lives of children by teaching fellow mothers about the importance of polio vaccinations in the most hard-to-reach areas, including in Dar’a in the far south of Syria, and Aleppo in the northern part of the war-torn country. UNICEF works with local partners to train these women on holding educational sessions and delivering key messages to parents of the young children.