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Oct 13, 2017

13 Country Famine - 6 Month Report


Thanks to the immediate response by partners like you, famine has been pushed backin South Sudan. Across the 13 countries affected by this crisis, your support has helped UNICEF and its partners provide critical support to the most vulnerable children, which includes treatment for approximately 744,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

But, the situation across these countries affected by food insecurity –along with conflict, displacement, below-average harvests and soaring food prices–still remains urgent, leaving millions in need of life-saving support such as screening and treatment forchildren suffering frommalnutrition; health services such as vaccinations; water, sanitation and hygiene programs to prevent deadly diarrheal diseases; protection for children affected by the conflict and displacement; access to education; and cash assistance to the most vulnerable families. 


Identified 8,430 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Since January 2017, close to 80,000 children with SAM have been admitted to therapeutic care by UNICEF.

Rehabilitated 32 water points providing over 14,000 people with access to safe water, which includes new internally displaced persons and respond to the current cholera outbreak in Jonglei State.

Established 12 temporary learning spaces and rehabilitated 11 classrooms in Guit, Mayom, Pariang and Panyijiar counties increasing access to education for 1,840 children and adolescents.

Treatedmore than 76,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and provided 500,000 people with safe drinking water and an additional 200,000 people with access to sanitation facilities. UNICEF plans to reach more than 200,000 children under the age of five with treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

Provided close to 100,000 children with lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition since January 2017.

Provided 104,462 children with access to education. All UNICEF-supported schools remained open during the school break, with special catch-up classes in the afternoon for children who missed classes due to drought-induced displacement.

Supported 672,520 women and children under five with emergency life-saving health services by supporting over 100 health facilities and close to 90 mobile health units.

Provided more than 1.58 million people with temporary access to safe water.

With the health system working at the limits of its capacity, the communitymanagement of acute malnutrition program has become even more critical to treat and prevent malnutrition. Over 16,500 children were treated for severe acute malnutrition in May and nearly 7,000 received micronutrient supplementation.

An immunization campaign reached almost 37,000 pregnant women and approximately 323,000 women of child bearing age with the tetanus toxoid vaccine.

Rehabilitated 22 water supply systems and maintenance support to an additional 30 systems to provide 253,000 people with sustainable drinking water.

Over 23,000 internally displaced people received water, sanitation and hygiene support including emergency water supply trucking, installation of water storage tanks and constructing emergency latrines.

A total of 46,839 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition have been admitted into the therapeutic feeding programs, which includes a regular intake of ready-to-use therapeutic food.

Close to 137,000 people have been reached with safe water through various interventions such as rehabbing hand pumps and/or trucking in water. In Borno and Adamawa for example, 41 hand pumps and a solar borehole were rehabilitated to provide access to safe water for 21,446 people.

UNICEF reached 45,317 children with community-based psychosocial support. Message of Thanks


Aug 8, 2016

Twelvefold increase in Zika cases since earthquake

Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas.

According to national data, 80 per cent of the Zika cases are in the province of Manabí where the April 16 earthquake left most damage.  After the earthquake, the proliferation of stagnant waters, and concentration of displaced persons increased the risk of vector transmission.  

Women between 15 and 49 years of age are the worst affected by the virus, accounting for 509 cases in Manabí.

While there have been no Zika-related microcephaly cases in newborns so far, 73 confirmed cases of pregnant women with Zika Virus have been reported.

“We need to urgently scale up the Zika preventative interventions to reduce its transmission and impact on children and their families”, said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador.

UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Public Health on an awareness campaign, and is also working along with the Ministry of Education in order to produce educational material based on Zika Virus prevention for teachers and students.  In addition, impregnated mosquito nets, personal hygiene kits and water tank cleaning supplies will be provided for pregnant women as well as families in the most vulnerable areas. 

Throughout the earthquake affected zones, UNICEF has also supported the emergency with the provision of temporary educational spaces for approximately 12,000 children and 590 “School in a Box” kits have been given for teachers and an additional 23,600 students. Along with humanitarian partners, about 250,000 people have been benefitted through the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene encouragement. 350,000 Zinc tablets have also been provided for 12,500 children under 5 years of age, micronutrients for more than 80,000 and over 250,000 Vitamin A doses, in order to prevent malnutrition and associated health issues. Over 20,000 children have received psychosocial attention through the ¨Return to Happiness¨ methodology.  


May 23, 2016

Humanitarian Appeal for Children (2016)

Children are at the epicentre of today’s global emergencies. Nearly 250 million children live in countries affected by conflict and millions more face risks from natural hazards and fast spreading epidemics. Before, during and after an emergency, UNICEF is on the ground delivering life-saving assistance to children and their families. UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children highlights the situation of children living in the most challenging circumstances, outlines the support required to help them survive and thrive, and shows the results UNICEF and its partners have achieved and are working towards.

Every year, the lives of millions of children and their families are disrupted, upended or nearly destroyed by emergencies. Conflict, human-made disasters and wide-ranging, climate-change events challenge the lives of many who are already vulnerable. In all of these situations, UNICEF is there. This overview offers a clear picture of the many aspects of UNICEF's global work in humanitarian situations.

In 2015, UNICEF responded in the following ways:

  • 2 million children treated for severe malnutrition
  • 11.3 million measles vaccinations
  • Safe water for 22.6 million people
  • Psychosocial support for 2 million children
  • Basic education for 4 million children

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has noted that "the number of children trapped in humanitarian crises around the world is both staggering and sobering."  Humanitarian action is at the core of UNICEF’s work, encompassing effective preparedness, early response and recovery to save lives and protect child rights.

A more in-depth report can be accessed at shows some of our joint efforts and the results achieved in 2015 for children in need of humanitarian assistance, and what we will be working towards in 2016.


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