• Since 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019, there have been 439,812 suspected cases and 695 associated deaths recorded (case fatality ratio, CFR 0.16 per cent). Children under five represent a quarter of the total suspected cases. The number of new weekly cases is now declining since Week 14, as UNICEF and partners scale-up prevention and response interventions. UNICEF with the support of GAVI (global vaccine alliance) and WHO, vaccinated nearly 11.8 million children with measles and rubella vaccination in the first half of 2019, aiming to mitigate the frequency of the outbreak and reduce the high morbidity rate and death associated with them.
• In 2019, the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting has documented 755 incidents of grave violations against children, in which 88 per cent (654) of the incidents were verified; this includes 562 children killed and maimed and 527 boys and 41 girls recruited and used by various parties to the conflict.
• UNICEF has increased the minimum target for management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) from 70 per cent in 2018 to 90 per cent in 2019. Up to the end of June 2019, 131,516 children were admitted to SAM treatment, through fixed and mobile Outpatient Therapeutic Programmes.
• UNICEF has responded to over 355,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) so far this year, through emergency WASH interventions, including water trucking, construction of latrines, distribution of hygiene kits and hygiene promotion.
• The Education Teachers’ Incentives project carried out two payment cycles in February and May respectively. During the second cycle, 112,387 teachers and school-based-staff (85,144 males; 27,243 females) were reached with incentives.