News in Brief 15 January 2016 (AM)

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, highlighting the continued risk of flare-ups of the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone remain at high risk of additional small outbreaks of Ebola in the coming months.

Sierra Leone is still in a 90-day period of enhanced surveillance following its earlier declaration of the end of Ebola transmission in the country.

Teams are now investigating the origin of the case, as well as working to identify contacts and initiating control measures to prevent further transmission.

Significant increase in number of people fleeing Mozambique for Malawi

The number of people fleeing Mozambique and seeking asylum in Malawi has increased significantly over the last several weeks.

That’s according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which says that nearly 1,300 people have recently arrived in the village of Kapise, with another 900 people still waiting to be registered.

The Mozambicans have told UNHCR workers they are fleeing violence between opposition and government forces. Two-thirds of those seeking asylum are women and children.

Malawi already hosts some 25,000 refugees mostly from the Great Lakes region.

More than 12 million children getting a better education thanks to partnership

More than 12 million children in at least 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials.

It’s all thanks to a partnership between the IKEA Foundation along with the Save the Children campaign and the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF).

Since 2003, the IKEA Foundation has contributed Euros 88 million to Save the Children and UNICEF. The money has been used to promote better school attendance for some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children.

Funds have also helped train teachers, provide educational materials and improve child protection systems in schools and communities.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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Source: United Nations