News in Brief 10 April 2017 (AM)

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Health workers and volunteers make their way to deliver polio vaccines in the remote village of Bani Mansour in Alhaymah, Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Al-Zikri

UN agencies support Yemen polio campaign

Nearly five million children in war-torn Yemen have been protected against polio as a result of a nation-wide vaccination campaign supported by the World Bank, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The campaign was launched in February and targeted children under five in all governorates of the country.

Some 369,000 children in Sa'ada governorate between the ages of six months and 15 years were also immunized against measles.

WHO noted that before 2006, measles was among the leading causes of death in children under five in Yemen but rates have been driven down drastically thanks to several vaccination campaigns supported by the three partners.

The agency added that the two year-long conflict has "all but destroyed" the country's health system, including programmes to immunize children from preventable diseases.

EU funding provides medical care for Iraqi women and girls

A €5 million contribution from the European Union (EU) will allow the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to scale up emergency medical care to more than 700,000 women and girls affected by the conflict in Iraq.

The agency said the funding, equivalent to nearly US$5.3 million, will be used to provide lifesaving reproductive health services to displaced women and girls in East and West Mosul, among other measures.

The Iraqi army and its allies have recently retaken these areas from the extremist group, ISIL, also known as Daesh.

UNFPA said the EU contribution also supports procurement and running of two mobile delivery units and two reproductive health clinics in retaken districts in East and West Mosul, in addition to similar services in three other governorates.

Japan donation keeps humanitarian air service flying in Sudan

The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$1 million contribution from Japan to the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Sudan used by the aid community in the country.

WFP manages the air service which it says is "vital" both for people in need and humanitarian workers.

UNHAS was established in Sudan in 2004 and has a fleet of two fixed-wing aircraft and three helicopters.

Last year, it carried more than 22,000 passengers from nearly 80 organizations, including UN and NGO staff, government officials, donor representatives and diplomats.

UNHAS also transported 120 metric tonnes of light cargo and performed 13 medical evacuations in 2016.

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