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20 Sep 2017 description

By Teresa Ongaro

“The leaders should do something about it. They should see the people’s suffering, the hunger and displacement, and show consideration. Right now, I see no future.”

Wise words from 16 year old John, a student at Sud Academy, a community school in Kawangware on the outskirts of Nairobi, serving children from underprivileged families. He is talking to Arnauld Akodjenou, UNHCR’s Special Advisor and Regional Refugee Coordinator for the South Sudan situation. His precocious outlook belies his young age.

20 Sep 2017 description

his report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

20 Sep 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-sixth session
11-29 September 2017
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building

Note by the Secretariat

19 Sep 2017 description
report Save the Children

Around the world, there are too many refugee children who haven’t just lost their homes, they’re also losing their futures every single day.

More than half of all the refugee children in the world – 3.5 million children – aren’t in school.

18 Sep 2017 description


This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 48 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

• Plague in Madagascar

• Undiagnosed acute jaundice syndrome in Ethiopia

• Humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

• Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

• Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

• Hepatitis E in Chad

• Malaria in Burundi

18 Sep 2017 description


Number of returnees: 2,173 Somali refugees returned to Somalia

Core Relief Items: 781 CRIs distributed to 576 households (2,180 returnees)

Reinstallation grants: 1,091 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

Shelters: 285 shelters constructed

Community-based projects: 2,570 beneficiaries

Update on achievements

18 Sep 2017 description

A unique training programme has changed how teachers teach and how students learn in Kakuma camp

By Catherine Wachiaya in Kakuma, Kenya

With more than 3,400 students, Unity Primary School would be a big job for any head teacher. When Yel Luka arrived a few weeks ago, however, he was equal to the role.

“Things have really changed here since Mr Luka joined us,” says Dario, a maths teacher. “The students come to school on time and they pay more attention during assembly and in class.”

17 Sep 2017 description

Companion booklet to the 2016 Annual Report of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change


Last year’s annual report for the UNFPAUNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) focused on the strategic and formal underpinnings of our work. It described the theory of change that guides interventions and the metrics by which we measure results. This year’s annual report provides two perspectives:

16 Sep 2017 description
report Global Communities

In the wake of Kenya’s contested 2007 election, ethnic violence ripped through the country, killing over 1,000 and displacing as many as 600,000. Now Kenya is gripped by another disputed election, as the Supreme Court has annulled the recent Presidential election due to voting irregularities, with a new vote scheduled for October 17. And yet, while tensions remain high and some incidents of violence have occurred, it is nowhere near the levels seen in 2007. What has changed that has prolonged peace and stability in the intervening years?

16 Sep 2017 description

The service, whose Scottish co-founder Kenny Ewan describes it as "the internet for people with no internet", is free to use and only requires a mobile phone.

By Caroline Wambui

MERU, Kenya, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When she woke up one morning in February, Catherine Kagendo realised that one of her cows could not stand.

"It was lying on its side, had lost its appetite and was breathing heavily," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from her farm in Meru, in eastern Kenya.

16 Sep 2017 description


As the largest global programme addressing FGM/C, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3 which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5.