Côte d'Ivoire + 1 more

UNICEF Guinea Situation Report 25 Feb - 3 Mar 2003

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GENERAL SITUATION
Numbers Entering Guinea from Ivory Coast

A further 59 people entered Guinea from Ivory Coast in the reporting period Of these, 39 are Liberians, six are Guineans, one Ivorian and 13 other West African Nationals.

45,268 people have arrived from Cote D'Ivoire and been registered by Guinean authorities since 25 November 2002.

There are 102,471 refugees in the N'Zerekore region, 53,556 living in the camps and 48,915 outside the camps.

A boat carrying 3,000 Guineans and a plane with over 200 people are expected shortly in Conakry. Guinea's National Humanitarian Action Service (Service National d'Action Humanitaire, SENAH) has appealed to the humanitarian community to provide assistance. If the need arises UNICEF will help with shelter and protection issues.

Humanitarian consequences of Ivory Coast instability in Guinea

The early rains are beginning in the N'Zerekore region which may worsen conditions for those entering Guinea and waiting for transit. The Bossou transit centre is exceeding its capacity and HCR have constructed two tents house extra people. 100 people are reported in the tents on 27th February have received measles vaccinations.

PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES

Health

A total of 4,859 children entering the country have been vaccinated since 14 January 2003.

The measles mass immunization campaign aimed at 150,000 children aged between 9 months to 14 years is underway in Beyla and Lola between 21 February and 14th March. So far, 42,446 children have been vaccinated. UNICEF has already sent to the field vaccines and operational funds and team, including UNICEF staff and the local Ministry of Health representative who are supervising the activity.

All children between one and four years who are vaccinated are also screened nutritionally. Preliminary results indicate that 0.8% of the children have severe malnutrition.