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  Child Poverty in the Middle East and North Africa 
From measurement to action
Conference Report
15-17 May 2017

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   التقرير العربي حول الفقر المتمدد الأبعاد 

يمكنكم تحميل التقرير من خلال الرابط
   Arab Multidimensional Poverty Report

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  أطفال العراق محاصرون في دوامة العنف - بلا مفر 

يمكنكم تحميل التقرير من خلال الرابط
   NOWHERE TO GO: Iraqi Children Caught in Cycles of Violence - Three years on

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   معاناة أطفال سوريا في الحضيض بعد ستّ سنوات من النّزاع


  Hitting Rock Bottom: Children's suffering in Syria at its worst.

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   Progress for children with equity in MENA

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It has been one year since world leaders committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global agenda to improve the lives of all people, particularly the poorest, by 2030. This ambitious global agenda addresses a range of social rights including education, health and social protection. Building on their global commitments, countries must take ownership and establish national frameworks for these goals, including putting appropriate data systems in place for tracking and measuring progress.

This publication is a first attempt to consolidate available statistical evidence for the period 1990 – 2015, which demon­strates progress and achievements of MENA countries in the realization of the rights of their children. But it is not merely about numbers and percentages, because behind any statistics are the lives and well-being of thousands or millions of children.

By focusing on MDG and SDG indicators relevant to children, the publication serves as a basis for assessing the achievement of the global MDG targets and for the setting of national SDG targets for the next 15 years. Rather than presenting regional averages, the report uses data at the national and sub-na­tional level. Inter-country and in certain instances intra-country comparisons, building upon available data, help identify disparities between countries as well as in-country inequalities, thus pointing to the most deprived children.

The publication identifies some data gaps in a number of areas relevant to children, partic­ularly in the context of the SDG agenda and its indicators’ framework. Therefore, it can serve to substantiate in-country dialogues and inform specific commitments to strengthen national statistical systems. 

  الجائزة الاقلينية للاعلام حول حقوق الاطفال 2016

إضغط هنا لتحميل المبادئ التوجيهية باللغة العربية
إضغط هنا لتحميل استمارة الترشيح باللغة العربية

  Regional Media Awards 2016: Children's Rights

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  Child Online Protection in the MENA Region


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UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENARO)

   UNICEF Djibouti Humanitarian Situation Report June 2017

 A high rate of 17.6 per cent of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) is recorded among Yemeni refugees residing in Markazi camp. UNICEF is providing support for the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) cases and ensuring that preventive and curative services are provided.

 About 30,000 (90 per cent of target) children under the age of five received one dose of Vitamin A supplementation since the beginning of the year. A total of 2,566 (46 per cent of target) children under the age of 5 suffering from SAM were treated.

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   UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report April 2017

 A resurgence of the cholera outbreak was reported during the final week of April with over 14,000 suspected cases in 18 governorates. Currently, more than 24 million people are at risk. Health, WASH and C4D partners, including UNICEF, have revised and scaled up an integrated operational plan for the next six months to control the outbreak, prevent further spread, and minimize the risk of recurrence.

 In April, 154,325 children from 6 to 59 months were screened for acute malnutrition through routine nutrition services; of these, 18,596 children were treated for SAM and 20 were referred by UNICEF mobile teams to inpatient treatment programmes due to medical complications.

   UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report May 2017

• UNICEF and partners supported the treatment of 4,394 suspected cases (1,243 of these were children under the age of 18) of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) in White Nile State. 75 deaths related to the AWD outbreak were reported in the state.

• Critical levels of acute malnutrition with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate of 15.7 per cent and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) of 5 per cent were identified in Jabel Marra area, and an immediate inter-sectoral response is required.

  UNICEF Iraq Humanitarian Situation Report April 2017 

• Mosul retake: since 17 October 2016, UNICEF has supported delivery of multi-sector emergency response (MSEP) reaching 1,044,444 individuals (178,668 families) in 16 re-taken communities in Ninewa.

• In April, the Rapid Response Mechanism consortium reached 400,825 people including 188,388 children with life-saving supplies.

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   UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report April 2017 

• Over 95,000 South Sudanese refugees including 61,750 children are estimated to have arrived in Sudan since the beginning of 2017, surpassing the UNHCR projection of 60,000. A threefold increase of 180,000 refugees is now anticipated for 2017.

• UNICEF supported the treatment of 898 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) in White Nile state, 356 of these were children under the age of 18.

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   UNICEF Sudan Education Sector Bulletin December 2016 - March 2017 

In this bulletin: 

Education Offers Hope for Darfur’s Conflict Affected Children

In the Spotlight: Life Changing Ap-proach Through Education Child Clubs Programs

From the Field: Returnees and IDPs Education Humanitarian Response

   UNICEF Iraq Humanitarian Situation Report March 2017

• UNICEF has supported WASH infrastructure in 17 of the 35 emergency camps and transit sites for newly-displaced people. In March, these sites are serving an estimated 33,860 newly- displaced people (18,623 children).

• In March, RRM partners reached 623,568 vulnerable people on the move including 342,962 children across 6 governorates including Ninewa.

   UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report March 2017

  • As the conflict in Yemen enters its third year, children and their families are struggling to survive. Without access to basic services, every ten minutes a child dies of preventable causes and many more are dying from conflict related causes.
  • Two years since the escalation of the conflict, Yemen is witnessing the highest numbers of malnourished children. Nearly 2.2 million children severely and acutely malnourished are now 11 times more at risk of death as compared to their healthy peers.
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   UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report February 2017

  • With 17.1 million food-insecure people in Yemen - 7.3 million of them in need of emergency food assistance to survive – the country is currently on the brink of famine. 462,000 children under 5 are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition and require immediate assistance.
  • Intense hostilities continued in the western coast forcing more than 55,000 people to leave their homes. UNICEF and partners continue providing lifesaving assistance to displaced children and their families and supporting basic services. Some locations are unreachable due to security constraints.
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   UNICEF Iraq Humanitarian Situation Report February 2017

  • Military operations to re-take western parts of Mosul city started on 19 February 2017. The UN estimates that around 750,000 civilians are still residing in the western section of the city. Humanitarian actors are deeply concerned about the situation of civilians, including 412,000 children.
  • Since 19 February, more than 31,500 people (14,800 children) are newly-displaced from West Mosul. The majority of people have been directed into new IDP camps in south Ninewa.
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   UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report February 2017

  • For the first time since April 2010 access was granted to Belle El Sereif locality in East Jebel Marra. An inter-agency assessment estimated the number of displaced children at 8,385.

   UNICEF Libya Humanitarian Situation Report January - March 2017 

  • In the first quarter of 2017, more than 10,000 children have attended community-based psycho-social support services in Child Friendly Spaces or in schools. This support allows them to return to a normal routine, by offering access to structured activities, games and informal and non-formal education.

UNICEF Iraq Humanitarian Situation Report January 2017

  • Between 17 October 2016 and 29 January 2017 UNICEF has supported delivery of a multi-sectoral emergency response packages, including water treatment tablets and hygiene items for adults and babies, for 514,900 individuals (84,900 families) in re-taken communities in northern Ninewa.

   UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report January 2017

  • UNICEF’s 2017 Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal for Sudan launched in January amounted to US$ 110.25 million to respond to children’s humanitarian needs across the country. According to the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Su-dan, an estimated 5.8 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, in-cluding over 3 million children.

   UNICEF State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report October - December 2016

  • The situation in East Jerusalem remains tense. Child protection concerns continue as a result. During the fourth quarter, 220 arrests of children in East Jerusalem were documented by Wadi Hilweh Centre. UNICEF reached 195 children in conflict with the law (88.6 per cent of those identified) with legal support through the Wadi Hilweh Centre. Protection of civilians continues to be a main humanitarian concern. According to UNOCHA, from 13-26 December, Israeli forces injured 72 Palestinians, including at least eight children.
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   UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report December 2016
  • With slow progress on a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Yemen, millions of children and their families will continue to suffer from the consequences of hostilities, interruption of public services, and ever more diminished livelihoods. The risk is that thousands of children will continue to face death from preventable causes.
  •  Nearly 2.2 million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished and 462,000 suffer from severe acute malnutrition – almost a three-fold rise over 2014 levels.
   UNICEF Libya Humanitarian Situation Report December 2016

  • 1,283,794 children were vaccinated in the second round of the nation wide polio campaign. In preparation for this campaign UNICEF procured and delivered 1.8 million doses of polio vaccines to the National Centre of Disease Control in Libya.
  • 390 girls and 410 boys in hard to reach areas in the cities of Al Ghat and Barakat benefited from the implementation of recreational activities organised by the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Libya.
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      UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report December 2016 

• An important interagency assessment has taken place from 27 to 31 December 2016 in Bau and Kurmuk localities of Blue Nile State to assess the humanitarian situation, including the needs related to child protection, education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.

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     UNICEF Libya Humanitarian Situation Report November 2016 

  • The Humanitarian Country Team finalized Libya Humanitarian Response Plan 2017 with a total budget of US$151.5 million to respond to the humanitarian needs of 980,000 people.

    UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report November 2016 
  • 10.3 million children out of 18.8 million people are affected by the ongoing conflict in Yemen 
  • 1.4 million children have been displaced 

   UNICEF Iraq Humanitarian Situation Report October 2016 

  • On 17 October the Government of Iraq announced the start of military offensive to re-take Mosul in northern Ninewa, held by ISIL since mid-2014. As of 31 October, almost 18,000 individuals were displaced from areas surrounding the city. At least 47 percent of these were children under 18.
   UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report October 2016 

  • By the end of October, the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) has confirmed 71 cholera cases in 11 governorates. At least 7.6 million people are at risk, nearly 40 per cent are children under 15.

   UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report October 2016 

  • For the first time in six years, UNICEF secured access to Golo, Jebel Marra (Central Darfur) to undertake an education assess-ment from 19-22 October 2016. The initial report indicates ur-gent assistance is needed for 3,739 children in five schools and 9,000 out of school children. This area has been inaccessible to humanitarian interventions since 2010.

   UNICEF Libya Humanitarian Situation Report September 2016 

  • The United Nations estimates that 79,400 people (including 32,000 children)
are in need of immediate life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection
services as a consequence of the military activities in Sirte.

   Iraq Crisis Flash Update #1: Mosul Response

  • As of 31 October 17,748 people - around half of them children under 18 - are newly displaced as a result of military operations to retake the city of Mosul, Ninewa governorate. In addition, an estimated 5,400 people have been temporarily displaced, but have since returned to areas newly under control of government security forces.

  سبتمبر 2016  تقرير الوضع  الإنساني في اليمن

  • يستمر الوضع التغذوي في اليمن بالتدهور في ظل تفاقم الوضع الاقتصادي وتردي النُظم الحكومية،

    ما جعل ملايين الأطفال والأسر في اليمن عرضة لخطر فقدان الحصول على الخدمات الأساسية .

    لتحميل الملف اضغط هنا
   UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report September 2016 

  • 9.9 million children affected out of 21.2 million people affected 

   UNICEF Yemen Cholera Outbreak Situation Report #2 October 2016 

  • 31 confirmed cases of cholera in six governorates 

   UNICEF State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report July - September 2016 

  • The Gaza strip experienced a series of airstrikes and shelling during the month of August, the most intensive attacks since the ceasefire in August 2014. The violence in the West Bank including East Jerusalem also increased recently. There were more than 250 clashes between Palestinians and Israeli Security Forces (ISF), leaving more than 300 Palestinians and more than 15 Israelis, including a number of ISF personnel, injured. There were more than 15 stabbing incidents reported.

   UNICEF Iraq Humanitarian Situation Report September 2016 

  • With the official start of the new school year scheduled for 29 September in areas not affected by insecurity, UNICEF and the Iraqi Ministry of Education launched a nationwide Back to School campaign. About 1 million school-aged children are internally displaced. 70 per cent have missed a school year.

   UNICEF Yemen Cholera Outbreak Situation Report #1 October 2016 

  • 11 cases of Cholera confirmed in Sana'a 



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