Results for children
At the end of 2009 and in 2010, UNICEF supported 14 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, which were affected by measles and cholera outbreaks. Countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe were assisted in conducting nationwide measles campaigns in response to the outbreaks.
More than 1,200 Education Cluster partners including from Ministries and civil society organizations were trained in emergency preparedness, response and risk reduction. WASH cholera preparedness and response trainings were undertaken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
UNICEF supported the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1612 on the use of child soldiers by monitoring and reporting on the situation in Burundi, Somalia and Uganda. The organisation also supported regional coordination, the launch of field tools, and the review of good practices in the application of monitoring and reporting mechanisms. In addition, support was provided to the development of Policy Guidance for Protection of Civilians in conflict, with an emphasis on Somalia, in partnership with the African Union (AU).
Moreover, with support from UNICEF, the coverage of treatment programmes for acutely malnourished children under five was increased from less than 10 percent to around 30 percent between 2008 and 2010. Key to this success was community-based case management of acute malnutrition. UNICEF and partners are working together to meet a target of at least 50 percent coverage in acute malnutrition case management.
Also in 2010, UNICEF strengthened the emergency preparedness and response capacity of all 20 countries in the region through training, lessons-learned exercises and contingency planning. Government and partners in Uganda, Rwanda and Comoros received capacity-building support in disaster preparedness.