<!– About 1.7 million children under the age of five are expected to be acutely malnourished across northeast Nigeria.  Credit: OCHA/Damilola Onafuwa
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   1 July 2022
From northeast Nigeria, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that they are concerned about the worsening food shortages in Muna camp, which is currently the largest camp for internally displacement people in Maiduguri, with a total population of more than 50,000 uprooted people.
The camp has been marked for closure in the coming weeks as part of the Government’s plan to close all camps in the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
More than 30,000 people in Muna camp have not received any food aid in several weeks. We are also concerned about protection issues in the camp, as well as the lack of livelihood opportunities which have forced displaced people to venture to unsafe locations where they are routinely attacked and abducted by non-state armed groups.
The worsening situation in Muna camp is occurring against the backdrop of a serious deterioration in food security in northeastern Nigeria. Some 4.1 million people are at risk of crisis-level food insecurity this lean season, with some 600,000 people projected to be at emergency levels.
Approximately 1.7 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition across the northeast this year. Despite funding shortages, aid workers have reached 1.8 million people in the first quarter of 2022.  However, this year’s Response Plan, which requires $1.1 billion to help 5.5 million people, is only 23 per cent funded.
In Yemen, humanitarian needs remain extremely high despite the current truce, with 19 million people expected to go hungry this year.
The UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen urgently needs additional funds to continue its work. With its current resources, the Mission will be forced to suspend operations at the end of August.
The Mission is an essential service that facilitates the flow of commercial goods into Yemen’s Red Sea ports. Since 2016, it has cleared more than 1,600 ships to ensure essential items such as food, fuel and other commercial goods are able to reach Yemeni men, women and children.
Because Yemen imports nearly 90 per cent of its food, this is essential work. The Security Council has often expressed its commitment to facilitating these imports, most recently in resolution 2624. The Mission has also played an important role in facilitating fuel imports to Red Sea ports during the current truce.
It needs $3.5 million for its operations from September until the end of the year.
The Humanitarian Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani, spoke out today against what she called the senseless attack on a residential building and recreational centre killing and injuring civilians in the village of Serhiivka, near the port city of Odesa.
Rescuers are still trying to find survivors under the debris, and local health workers say at least 20 people were killed, including three children, with dozens injured.
Ms. Lubrani said today’s attack comes only a few days after the strike on a shopping mall in Kremenchuk. She said these are just two unacceptable examples of the heavy toll the war is taking on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
Also in Ukraine, in Donetska oblast, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that more than 100 people were killed or injured in the last week of June alone. While these figures are not verified, we believe they are close to the actual tally. In south-eastern Zaporizka oblast, local authorities say that more than 5,000 families now cannot access gas because of a pipeline having been shelled.
She stressed that parties should comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanin, Najat Rochdi, spoke about the unfortunate dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country.
Our recent assessments show that 2.2 million people need urgent humanitarian support until the end of the year, an increase of 46 per cent compared to last year.
Nearly 2 million people need health services, which is a surge of 43 per cent since August of 2021. Nearly 4 million people risk immediately losing access to safe water due to electricity shortages.
On the education front, more than 135,000 boys and girls struggle to access schooling due to economic vulnerability and child labour. We and our humanitarian partners launched a 12-month Response Plan calling for nearly $200 million last August, and we need an additional $163 million to reach 1 million vulnerable men, women and children.
With these funds, we and our partners have helped more than 665,000 of the most vulnerable Lebanese people, as well as migrants and Palestine refugees in Lebanon.      More than 700,000 people received food assistance on monthly basis, 400,000 people were supported with health services, and some 286,000 people received clean water. 
Also, more than 600 health facilities and water pumping stations were provided with fuel. 
The World Health Organization says that more than 20 per cent of health facilities in the northern province of Cabo Delgado have been destroyed by non-state armed groups, leaving residents without access to basic health care.
Authorities say an additional 95 sites were destroyed by cyclones this year.  Despite these challenges, more than 15.5 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while over 14.5 million people are fully vaccinated, representing more than 95 per cent of all adults ages 18 and above. 
The Government also plans to vaccinate at least seven million children under the age of five against polio in the next phase of the anti-polio campaign, due to start on July 7th. This will be the third round of polio vaccination after cases of the disease were detected in northern Mozambique and Malawi. 

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