- World Vision scales up relief planning as Myanmar refugee numbers increase to 809,000 more than half who are children - Increased reports of sexual and gender-based violence - Camp numbers triple over two weeks, and continue to grow - Only half of needed essential services are available - UN launches USD$434m appeal to reach more than one million refugees
COX’S BAZAR, 4 OCTOBER 2017 – Aid agency …
Humanitarian Organizations call for immediate humanitarian access to those in need:
One month since the 25 August attacks and subsequent security response, INGOs in Myanmar are increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State.
Humanitarian situation:The threat of famine persists with severe drought expected to deepen until the start of rainy season in October .
Food security deteriorating: An estimated 3.1 million people – 25 per cent of the population – are expected to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) through December 2017.The loss of livestock, below average harvests and high food prices are further exacerbating food insecurity.
Overall, there were not major changes in the feeding practices before leaving DRC and after arriving in Angola; the major difference was seen in the number of meals and variety of complementary foods provided to the infants and children.
Mothers seem aware of the importance of breastfeeding, and early initiation of breastfeeding is the common practice among refugees.
New survey reveals alarming malnutrition rates in Turkana, East Pokot, Mandera, Samburu, and West Pokot
Nearly 73,000 children in Kenya are severely malnourished and at risk of dying from drought-related hunger unless urgent aid is made immediately available.
The warning comes as results from joint nutrition assessments conducted by the County Departments of Health and UNICEF, and nine aid organisations working on the ground— including Save the Children—are revealed.
4 million children in need of humanitarian assistance: Despite large scale humanitarian assistance, there is still an elevated risk of famine in some parts of the country due to severe food insecurity, high acute malnutrition as a result of failure of successive rain seasons and disease outbreaks. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate with 6.7 million people still in need of protection and humanitarian assistance.
Conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo ‘one of the worst child protection crises’
WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL -- As new figures paint a devastating picture of life for children affected by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), World Vision says an urgent, rapid response is needed to prevent an escalation of violence.
27th July, 2017: World Vision has joined eight leading international relief organisations to launch the Hunger Relief Fund in response to the 1.4 million children facing starvation across Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and neighbouring countries.
Launched with support from George Clooney and Lily Donaldson, the fund aims to provide life-saving assistance to more than 1.4 million severely malnourished children and 17 million people who at risk of dying of starvation in the coming months without drastic help from the international community.
Worsening situation for children: The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate with an estimated 4 million children in urgent need of assistance (UNICEF, June 2017). A recent assessment from FSNAU-FEWSNET indicates an elevated risk of famine due to a combination of severe food insecurity, high acute malnutrition and high disease burden (FSNAU/ FEWS NET, 29th May 2017).
Deteriorating security situation: Currently there are 2 million individuals internally displaced and 1.9 million are seeking refuge in other countries (3.9 million in total). World Vision asks that all stakeholders work together more than ever before to facilitate peace and security throughout the country and to allow urgent and unimpeded access to humanitarian and development actors in the country.
Increase in need: 3.5 million people are now affected by drought, an increase from 2.7 million in May. The new statistics are a result of an assessment by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group covering 14 of the 23 arid and semi-arid lands counties. A total of Kshs. 11.1 billion (US $10.6 million) will be required for response measures between July and December 2017.
Rising needs: Following poor performing spring rains, the number of people receiving humanitarian assistance has increased from 5.6 million to 7.8 million in the first quarter of the year, and is expected to heighten further in the second half of the year. Increased funding is needed urgently, to address immediate requirements for food and nutrition, as well as clean drinking water.
Number of Affected Expected to Grow: Below-average seasonal rains and a fall armyworm invasion have raised concern about a likely increase in the number of people in need. Currently, 25.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. However, with low rainfalls and the destruction of crops due to fall armyworm, harvest are likely to be low and the number of people who are food insecure is expected to grow.
10 July: Children’s lives have been shattered after years of ISIL control in Mosul – and many will need time to heal from untold violence, World Vision warns today.
Teams of specialist social workers from the aid agency continue to provide emotional support to children in camps outside the city at Child Friendly Spaces.
The aid agency is also helping to rebuild schools inside Mosul and support teachers, so children can re-start their education.
Ian Dawes, Response Manager for World Vision Iraq, said:
The current study aimed to gain a comprehensive understanding of SEV from the community’s perspective and to assess the targeting practices implemented by cash actors in Lebanon. It demonstrated that, according to the community, HH size had an impact on vulnerability, but that that depended on its composition.
The Lebanon Cash Consortium (LCC) is comprised of six INGOs that provide severely socio-economically vulnerable refugees with $175 worth of Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MCA) per month. The LCC uses a formula called the Proxy Means Tests (PMT), which generates a composite score representing economic welfare, to target households eligible for MCA.
Despite improved delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance in many parts of Somalia, the food security situation and nutrition continue to deteriorate rapidly. A combination of severe food insecurity, high acute malnutrition, and high disease burden continues to plague millions. (FSNAU/ FEWS NET, 29th May 2017).
The child protection sector in Syria is comprised of approximately 58 partners including, UN, INGO, Syrian NGO and government agencies operating in 13 governorates. The sector works to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children through strengthening community-based child protection programming, including psychosocial support, providing specialized child protection services, mine/explosive remnants of war risk education and strengthening the capacity of frontline workers and volunteers to respond to child protection issues.
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Recent rains have increased the risk of cholera / acute watery diarrhea (AWD) spreading as people collect unsafe water
A cholera/AWD outbreak across the region has already affected more than 67,000 people
Children are at the biggest risk of contracting cholera/AWD as they have weaker immune systems
The hunger crisis further increases children’s risk of contracting cholera/AWD as lack of nutritious food further weakens children’s ability to fight diseases