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UNICEF Humanitarian Action Study 2014 - A synthesis of UNICEF’s response

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Global response in 2014

UNICEF and partners responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries in 2014. This includes large-scale Level 3 responses for the crises in the Central African Republic, Iraq, the Philippines, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Some of the major highlights from 2014 include:

• UNICEF Country Offices responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries. This includes the response to six Level 3 emergencies;

• Results for children included:

o 2.3 million children aged 6-59 months with severe acute malnutrition admitted to programmes for treatment (82 per cent of those targeted);

o 22 million children aged 6 months – 15 years vaccinated for measles (72 per cent)

o 18 million people accessed sufficient quantity of water of appropriate quality for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene (92 per cent)

o 3.1 million children accessed psychosocial support (81 per cent) o 8.6 million children (3-18 years old) accessed formal or non-formal basic education (including pre-primary schools/early childhood learning spaces (64 per cent)

o 19,800 HIV-positive pregnant women continued anti-retroviral therapy (54 per cent)

• Emergency deployments totaled 934 , topping the 2013 record of 755. Eighty-nine per cent of these were to Level-3 emergencies • At the field level, UNICEF led or co-led sectors or clusters in nutrition (63); WASH (73); education (74); child protection (66) and gender-based violence (14);

• 93 Country Offices recorded a high compliance with minimum standards of UNICEF’s online Early Warning Early Action system, as a proxy for preparedness;

• US$174 million was spent globally on emergency supplies through rapid emergency response in 41 countries. For the Ebola response in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, UNICEF spent US$60.9 million on 5,502 metric tonnes from 4 August through 31 December • Funding to humanitarian programmes totaled US$1.579 billion in ORE • ORE expenditure was US$1.203 billion