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11 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

  • An estimated 120,000 people are trapped in northern rural Homs after supply roads were cut in mid-January.

  • Several cases of acute malnutrition among pregnant women and children have been reported, as well as deaths related to lack of medical care.

  • A deterioration of the situation is expected in the coming weeks unless assistance or commercial goods are allowed in.

11 Feb 2016 description

Clusters of birth defects are strongly suspected to be linked to the Zika virus. Managing risk means following smart public health practice.

11 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch
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(Berlin, February 11, 2016) – Hostilities in eastern Ukraine have damaged or destroyed hundreds of schools, many of which were used by parties to the conflict for military purposes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

11 Feb 2016 description
report Government of Kenya
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 The short season rains extended to January with heavy down pour of between 2-5 days being reported across livelihood zones. These rains were not normal and could have been as a result of el-nino phenomenon.

 Vegetation Condition Index of 52.75 was registered indicating above normal conditions.

 Rivers flows were good while holding structures were at full capacity. Water access was regular across livelihood zones.

11 Feb 2016 description
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Biophysical Indicators

 Rainfall: Onset of the season was the Third week of October. Rains have been on-going during the month.

 Rainfall was evenly distributed in all parts of the county.

 The temporal distribution was good during the month.

 Vegetation condition: The vegetation condition index (VCI-1month) was 89.06, indicating very good vegetation condition in the entire county.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

11 Feb 2016 description
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Biophysical Indicators

 Rainfall report: 1.1 mm was received in Moyale Town which is normal at this period of the year.

 Vegetation condition; pasture and browse condition is good across the county exhibited by monthly VCI. January was 37.52 which is normal and exhibits normal conditions for Moyale.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

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Bio-physical indicators

 January was generally wetter than normal. Rains were received during the first and second dekads with the latter recording highest amounts. The third dekad was generally hot and dry.

 Vegetation conditions improved significantly with the County recording a vegetation Condition Index of 61.95

 State of water resources remained good as attributed adequate recharge of the water sources.

11 Feb 2016 description
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Biophysical Indicators

 Rainfall: Precipitation reduced notably in the month. The OND short rains ceased in the 4th week of December 2015.

 Vegetation condition: Vegetation condition is good across the entire county. There is adequate quality forage in both marginal and marginal mixed farming livelihood zones; likely to last three months.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

11 Feb 2016 description
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Biophysical Indicators

 Rainfall report: 9.6 mm was received around Mt Marsabit and close environs which is 86% of the normal. The spatial and temporal distribution was poor. Rainfall was received in a few areas across the county between 3rd and 5th January.

 Vegetation condition; Pasture and browse condition is good across the County as confirmed by monthly VCI showing no agricultural deficit during the month.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

11 Feb 2016 description
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Rainfall report

 The onset of the season was the first dekad of November.

 Most parts of the county had an even distribution.

 The temporal distribution was poor.

 Cessation was earlier than normal in the second dekad of December.

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Production indicators

11 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Jessica Berman

Many children in developing countries — particularly in Africa — are malnourished. Worldwide, more than 70 million children suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition.

Experts say poor nutritional status increases the risk of death 10 times in children who are ill with malaria, diarrheal diseases and other conditions.

The non-profit global health organization, Medecins Sans Frontier, or Doctors Without Borders, treats an estimated 300,000 children every year for malnutrition.

11 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

 Renewed fighting in the Jabel Marra area of Central Darfur has displaced an estimated 44,700 people. The displaced have sought refuge in Kebkabiya and Tawilla localities in North Darfur. Others have fled to Nertiti and Thur in Central Darfur.

11 Feb 2016 description

Remarks delivered on behalf of Robert Piper, Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory

Ramallah, 10 February 2016

11 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 731,071 Total number of refugees

  • 38,858 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

  • 49.7% Percentage of women and girls

  • 56.6% Percentage of Children

Population of concern-updated

A total of 733,071 of concern (As of 31 January 2015)

Funding

USD 280.0 million requested

UNHCR Presence

11 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Fighting that erupted between two rival armed ethnic groups in a village in Myanmar’s restive Shan state three days ago has injured one resident and forced nearly all of the 1,500 others to flee their homes, a village administrative official said Wednesday.

Shelling between soldiers of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South (RCSS/SSA-S) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) injured the leg of one resident of Lotnaw village, Namhkam township, in northern Shan State, Eik Yai, chief administrator of the village, told RFA’s Myanmar Service. 

11 Feb 2016 description

Roosecelis Brasil Martines, MD, PhD1; Julu Bhatnagar, PhD1; M. Kelly Keating, DVM1; Luciana Silva-Flannery, PhD1; Atis Muehlenbachs, MD, PhD1; Joy Gary, DVM, PhD1; Cynthia Goldsmith, MS1; Gillian Hale, MD1; Jana Ritter, DVM1; Dominique Rollin, MD1; Wun-Ju Shieh, MD, PhD1; Kleber G. Luz, MD, PhD2; Ana Maria de Oliveira Ramos, MD, PhD3; Helaine Pompeia Freire Davi, MD, PhD4; Wanderson Kleber de Oliveria, MD5; Robert Lanciotti, PhD6; Amy Lambert, PhD6; Sherif Zaki, MD, PhD1 (View author affiliations)

11 Feb 2016 description
report Save the Children

A blog by Grant Pritchard, Director of Advocacy, Communications and Media, Save the Children Yemen

The scale of suffering in Yemen is staggering.

Ten months on since the escalation in this pointless, protracted and bloody conflict has left the Middle East’s already poorest and most under-developed country now witnessing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with 21.2 million people – or 82% of the population - now in need of emergency humanitarian assistance, including close to 10 million children.

11 Feb 2016 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | 2/11/2016 - 01:18 GMT

Colombia's FARC rebels promised Wednesday to end recruitment of child soldiers, in a fresh bid to seal a peace deal ending a half-century conflict.

At talks in Cuba, the leftist guerrilla group had already pledged to stop recruiting fighters under 17, but the Colombian government said that did not go far enough.

International authorities and rights groups define any member of a force under the age of 18 as a child soldier.