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12 Dec 2017 description

Recommendations for further interventions in Pakistan and Afghanistan as progress towards polio eradication is put under the microscope.

12 Dec 2017 description

Amman/Geneva, 12 December 2017 – United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 4.4 billion plan designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries.

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European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 12 December 2017

The Commission adopted a new €10.9 million health programme which will support Libyan people to get better access to healthcare.

The EU-funded action will directly benefit the Libyan population and improve their access to healthcare. Measures will include assistance to maternal and new-born health, trainings for future nurse and midwifery and the establishment of a national prevention strategy at primary health care level countrywide.

12 Dec 2017 description

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 — Cases of cholera may have declined in Yemen, but the ongoing war and blockade are now creating a new threat to public health, as a suspected diphtheria outbreak takes hold.

By 4 December, 318 suspected cases of diphtheria and 28 deaths had been reported in 15 of Yemen’s 20 governorates. Half the suspected cases are children between the ages of 5 and 14, and nearly 95% of deaths are children under 15. Nearly 70% of all suspected cases are in Ibb governorate.

12 Dec 2017 description

UNHCR issued a statement on the return arrangement signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh, stressing that conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive for returns.

The trend of new arrivals has considerably decreased with least 270 people crossing into Bangladesh so far in December, compared with 20,000 in November.

There is currently an outbreak of diphtheria among refugees in Cox’s Bazar. UNHCR has made its Transit Centre available to serve as a treatment and isolation facility

Operational Context

12 Dec 2017 description

In Pakistan, the polio eradication programme and the routine immunization programme are working hand in hand to increase vaccination coverage in urban areas

12 Dec 2017 description

OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS

As the conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year in 2018, the humanitarian crisis has continued to intensify and expand due to the compounding effects of widespread violence and the deteriorating economic situation.

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• WFP received a mission from the Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and Undernutrition (REACH) from Rome to review the progress of REACH activities in Sierra Leone.

• WFP delivered a one-month food ration to the Don Bosco Fambul orphanage and St George’s Foundation, which are taking care of mudslide affected children and women as well as over 100 youth volunteers involved in the rescue and body retrieval during the emergency response.

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12 December 2017, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border.

12 Dec 2017 description

With funding support from the Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), and managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) has allocated a new grant of $208,560 USD to Plan International to provide Emergency Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assistance to over 200,000 vulnerable displaced persons in Zamzam and Tawilla IDP camps in North Darfur State to cover needs and gaps created by the increase in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD).

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Highlights

• According to the new Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA) carried out in Diffa region in October, 211,500 people are food insecure and 255,000 people are at risk of becoming food insecure in the region.

• Due to recent increase in population movements along the Malian border, discussions are underway with UNHCR on the adequate strategy to adopt for the assistance to the Malian refugees

12 Dec 2017 description

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• Upon receiving the SRAC allocation to resume the school meals programme, WFP and the Ministry of Education (MOE) have signed the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) for the 2017-2018 school year to provide meals for 127,000 students in nine of 15 counties. In line with the JPA, WFP and MOE have planned community and school-level training sessions targeting 2,344 principals, parentsteacher associations (PTAs), cooks and other actors, in November.

• Liberia benefitted from the USDA McGovern Dole FY 2017 grant

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Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. The life of a forced migrant in an urban environment is often one invisibility and simultaneous exposure. Urban refugees and asylum seekers constantly face protection risks and are often denied access to basic services, exposing them to unique social vulnerabilities.

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• As part of celebrations of the 2017 World Food Day, WFP Chad and ECHO organized an exhibition on “the family meal: what brings us together?” Held in N’Djamena from 16 to 21 October 2017, collected photographs tell the story of a typical Chadian household and explain why it is essential to empower women at household levels and ensure that children have access to adequate nutritional support during the first 1,000 days of their lives.

12 Dec 2017 description

Maiduguri,11 December 2017 - Following the successful implementation of the first oral cholera vaccination campaign (OCV) in Nigeria, more than 3500 team members, 80 independent monitors and 50 ward focal persons are currently administering a second dose of OCV in six high risk local government areas (LGAs) of Borno state. The exercise aims to ensure that the ongoing cholera outbreak, which has affected more than 5000 persons including 61 deaths, is swiftly brought under control.

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In November, fighting between armed forces was reported in Yei, Kajo-Keji and Lainya County (Central Equatoria), Torit County (Eastern Equatoria), Mundri area (Western Equatoria), Ayod County (Jonglei), and Mayendit and Rubkona County (Unity). As a result, many civilians were displaced in different locations, including 17,300 in Kajo-Keji County, who were forced to flee IDP camps to other parts of Central Equatoria and Uganda. Intercommunal violence in Duk County (Jonglei), left 45 people dead and displaced over 2,000 people from Duk Payuel to Poktap.

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Situation and Needs of Children in South Sudan

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Amman – The psychological effects of the six-year-long Syrian conflict have been devastating for many of those affected. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is helping enhance psychosocial support to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Today (12/12) in Amman, front-line officers working with refugees will complete a three-day psychosocial support training, which aimed to improve the capacity of frontline protection and health workers to incorporate mental health and psychosocial support in their work.

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Cox’s Bazar - IOM, the UN Migration Agency has launched a major intervention to help halt the spread of diphtheria among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

As a mass vaccination programme gets underway, IOM is working to provide vaccination support services and other services. These include community awareness raising; tracing of those who have come in contact with infected individuals to offer them preventative medical attention; and providing observation facilities for people recovering from the disease.