Humanitarian Action for Children
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In southern Angola, an estimated 2.3 million people continue to face food insecurity and are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the worsening and prolonged drought conditions. The rains have failed for the last eight months, with less than 50 millimetres of rain recorded during this period. More than 421,000 people are food insecure in the 23 communes surveyed. This number is projected to increase to nearly 562,000 by February 2020, with 50 per cent of communes classified as experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity.
Global acute malnutrition prevalence is 9.8 per cent and 5.6 per cent of children are severely malnourished. Affected populations have seen their livelihoods deteriorate significantly, and already fragile livelihoods are expected to worsen in the coming months due to poor harvests and limited access to food during the lean season.
Across the country, there are reports of loss of livestock and family assets, increasing water scarcity, sharp rises in food prices in local markets, drops in school attendance, school closures, increasing child protection risks and health emergencies,5 such as measles, polio and scabies outbreaks. In addition, the 10,000 refugees in Lunda Norte continue to require support.
Key planned results for 2020
379,907 children under 5 years screened for malnutrition
150,000 children aged 0 to 14 years vaccinated against polio
25,000 affected children accessing formal or nonformal primary education
Funding requirements for 2020
In collaboration with government line ministries, civil protection departments and national and international non-governmental organizations, UNICEF is providing life-saving and protective humanitarian assistance in Angola, through a timely, effective and integrated package of nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection and education services. UNICEF is supporting the Government's humanitarian response through the provision of essential drugs and vaccines, as well as nutrition, WASH and communication for development supplies.
At the national and sub-national levels, UNICEF is building on its strategic presence by supporting assessment, response and monitoring of humanitarian interventions, while strengthening humanitarian coordination and government services.
UNICEF is leading measles and polio vaccination campaigns, including related communication for development and social mobilization activities. The humanitarian strategy emphasizes the targeting of vulnerable communities in programme implementation and through geographic and programmatic convergence in child-centred sites to deliver equitable and integrated WASH, education, health and nutrition services for those children and families most impacted by drought.
UNICEF interventions will focus on schools, hospitals and health centres, including in the provision of safe drinking water, to promote complementarity and foster synergies between government and partner services, maximize the use of resources and achieve greater results for children.
Humanitarian Action is at the core of UNICEF’s mandate to realize the rights of every child. This edition of Humanitarian Action for Children – UNICEF’s annual humanitarian fundraising appeal – describes the ongoing crises affecting children in Angola; the strategies that we are using to respond to these situations; and the donor support that is essential in this response.