UNICEF: Over 64, 000 children received psychosocial support so far in 2018
During the first half of 2018, over 64,000 girls and boys received psychosocial support through community and school-based Child Friendly Spaces, UNICEF reported on Friday.
UNICEF said it is working to scale-up its programme of mainstreaming of psychosocial services and violence prevention in schools to build the resilience and well-being of the most vulnerable children.
” Escalating conflict in Derna severely impacted the 125,000 residents of the city including an estimated 55,000 children.” It added.
UNICEF responded by distributing 1,000 children kits (containing hygiene and recreational supplies) benefiting 1,000 displaced children in AlBayda and Sheehat, explaining that an additional 1,000 hygiene kits and 5 recreational kits will be distributed through the Libyan Red Crescent benefiting 5,450 children and families.
It also said that over 80 cases of measles have been reported across various cities in Libya.
“UNICEF is working with the Libyan government and partners to conduct a nationwide measles immunization campaign.” The report on UNICEF’s website explained.
UNICEF Libya office said it continues to face a funding gap of 71.5 percent in its Humanitarian Action for Children.
“Without urgently receiving additional funds, UNICEF will not be able to meet the education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation and child protection urgent needs of the 245,000 people, including 165,000 children, which are targeted in 2018.” It warned.