In Egypt, RRP6 partners have extended support to the Ministry of Health and Population Expanded Program on Immunization for its national anti‐Polio campaign during October. The campaign targeted more than 17 million children under five, including some 27,000 refugee children. The support was in the form of disseminating information about the campaign through SMS, Facebook and flyers. This is the second round of national anti‐Polio campaign in 2014.
By Priyanka Borpujari
KOKRAJHAR, India, Jan 29 2015 (IPS) - The tarpaulin sheet, when stretched and tied to bamboo poles, is about the length and breadth of a large SUV. Yet, about 25 women and children have been sleeping beneath these makeshift shelters at several relief camps across Kokrajhar, a district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.
The inhabitants of these camps – about 240,000 of them across three other districts of Assam – fled from their homes after 81 people were killed in what now seems like a well-planned attack.
Planned response based on full funding of RRP6 for an expected population of 3.59 million Syrian refugees in the region by end‐2014. As at end‐October 2014, there were 3.18 million refugees in the region and the overall RRP6 appeal was 51% funded
Summary: December 2014
Zahir Shah Sherazi
PESHAWAR: Owing to security concerns, a four-day measles vaccination drive for internally displaced persons (IDPs) which was scheduled to kick off in Dera Ismail Khan today failed to commence.
Around 40,465 displaced children, aged between six months and 10 years, from South and North Waziristan agencies were expected to be vaccinated against measles throughout the district from Jan 29 to Feb 1.
Official sources told Dawn the campaign could not kick off due to security concerns and would take place later.
An Islamic Relief project has provided food supplies to 600 families whose lives have been turned upside-down by communal violence in India.
Dozens of people have died in the communal violence that began last year in the Uttar Pradesh districts of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Bhaghpat. Thousands of houses were looted and burned. Between 50,000 to 60,000 people fled their homes. Married couple Javed and Tasneem* were amongst those displaced.
As of 25 January, the Ministry of Health reported that there are only 5 confirmed Ebola cases in the country. 3 from Montserrado, 1 from Bong and Margibi Counties.
5,181 schools are due to reopen on 2 February. However the dispatch of critical hand-washing and other sanitation material already available in-country is beyond schedule.
As of 22 January, 5 percent of EVD cases were confirmed, with an average of 1 confirmed case per day.
Refugees and host communities living in Dadaab refugee camp are finding creative and innovative ways to improve their living conditions. Through various approaches and competencies, they are able to gain knowledge through new information technology, tap into and utilise available and renewable natural resources and convert waste products into marketable matter while at the same time keeping their environment clean.
New technology in education
UNICEF is requesting US$22 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children and women in Haiti in 2015.
UNICEF is requesting US$5.5 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in Colombia in 2015.
UNICEF is requesting US$60.1 million to meet the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable children in Yemen in 2015.
UNICEF is requesting US$624 million to respond to the humanitarian crisis faced by Syrian refugees and other vulnerable children in the region for 2015.
UNICEF is requesting US$37.3 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in the State of Palestine.
A year into the conflict in Ukraine, the country faces a growing humanitarian crisis in the eastern region with thousands of children swept up in the violence. Despite the ceasefire agreement signed in early September 2014, continuous fighting is having a devastating impact on the lives of children. As of 2 December 2014, 42 children have died as a result of the violence, and the number of internally displaced people (IDP) has reached 526,7231, of which 131,161 are children2.
The humanitarian consequences of violence in Iraq have been catastrophic leaving some 5.2 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. As of December 2014, more than 2.2 million Iraqis are internally displaced (half of them children), 1.5 million host community members are vulnerable, and 1.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance remain inaccessible in areas under the control of armed groups. Ongoing conflict and violence, including targeting of minorities, continue to trigger new and secondary displacements.
The worst outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history continues to ravage communities in West Africa. UNICEF estimates that 9.8 million children and young people under the age of 20 live in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia; countries where disease transmission is widespread and intense. Of these, 2.9 million are under the age of 5. UNICEF estimates that up to 10,000 children have lost one or both parents or caregivers due to Ebola.
The numbers of conflict-affected people in Syria have increased twelve fold since the beginning of the crisis in 2011, with 12.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 5.6 million children as of December 2014, making it the largest displacement crisis globally. Almost half of all Syrians have been forced to leave their homes, many suffering secondary or multiple displacements. Over 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, and their coping mechanisms as well as those of host communities are all but exhausted.