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Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony first to feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children
International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy are two of the star-studded names who will appear in a global fundraising first at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July to help UNICEF save and change the lives...
No time to lose: New UNICEF data show need for urgent action on female genital mutilation and child marriage
DHAKA, 22 July 2014 – The UK Government and UNICEF are hosting today a first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls.
World Water Day World’s poorest have least access to safe water: UNICEF
DHAKA, 21 March 2014 – Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe drinking water, and after the UN General Assembly declared that water was a human right, over three-quarters...
Bangladesh Cricket Hero Vows to Save Generations by Inspiring Them to ‘Think Wise’ about HIV
DHAKA, 11 March 2014: National cricket idol and THINK WISE campaign spokesperson Shakib Al Hasan today reemphasized his commitment to continue his fight to save generations by inspiring them to ‘think wise’ and to take the right decision about HIV.
Stipend programme enhances primary school enrolment - dropout and efficiency remain challenging
Dhaka, 27 February 2014 – The Bangladesh primary education stipend programme has increased geographical coverage, enrolment, attendance and gender parity in primary education. However, reducing dropout rates and improving class performance requires...
UNICEF supports nutrition mainstreaming at sub-national level
Dhaka, Tuesday, 28 January 2014: UNICEF has recruited an initial group of nine District Nutrition Support Officers (DNSOs) to facilitate and accelerate mainstreaming of nutrition in Bangladesh at district level and below.
Largest Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign Underway in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Saturday, 25 January 2014: For the first time Bangladesh launches its largest ever measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign aiming to reach 52 million children aged nine months to under 15 years to protect them against these infectious diseases.
21st NID to reinforce country’s polio-free status
Dhaka, 19 December, 2013: Bangladesh will immunize around 22 million children aged 0-59 months on 21 December 2013 for bolstering its polio-free status by providing two drops of polio vaccines during the 21st National Immunization Days (NIDs).
One in three children under-five do not officially exist - UNICEF
DHAKA, 11 December 2013- On UNICEF’s 67th birthday today, the organization released a new report showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately 1 in 3 of all children under-five around the ...
Children’s Opinion Poll 2013 calls for proactive role from political aspirants and leaders to realise child rights
DHAKA, Saturday, 6 December 2013: Almost 62 per cent of children who took part in a recent Opinion Poll think that child rights are overlooked by political aspirants and leaders as children do not vote. In Bangladesh, more than 90 per cent children...
Marks & Spencer becomes the first major company to sign-up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project
Dhaka, 03 December 2013 - Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign-up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project. This initiative will improve the health and lives of vulnerable children while cutting carbon emissions that cause...
UNICEF is deeply concerned about children caught up in recent violence
Dhaka, 19 November 2013: UNICEF is increasingly worried about children who have been caught up in recent violent protests and the continued use of children in demonstrations held by political parties in Bangladesh. Alarmingly, a number of children have...
UNICEF and Canada join forces to improve health and nutrition services for mothers and young children in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 15 October 2013: UNICEF and the Government of Canada are joining forces to improve health and nutrition for hard-to-reach mothers and young children. Canada’s support to UNICEF will help strengthen immunization efforts through the introduction..
On International Day of the Girl Child, innovation key to more girls in school and learning
DHAKA, 11 October 2013 – To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.
Meena Media Award 2013: Celebrating Media Excellence in Promoting Child Rights
Dhaka, 24 September 2013: UNICEF honoured 33 media professionals for their outstanding contribution to promote child rights in media during the last one year in the Ninth Meena Media Award 2013.
‘Play Magical Act for Children’ – UNICEF National Ambassadors
DHAKA, 17 September 2013: With a vow to ‘Play Magical Act for Children’ and urging others to do the same – national cricket player Shakib Al Hasan, magician Jewel Aich and film actress Moushumi – have joined forces with UNICEF today as ‘UNICEF National...
Some 35 million more children under five at risk if child mortality goal not met
NEW YORK, 13 September 2013- A new UNICEF report shows that if current trends continue, the world will not meet Millennium Development Goal 4 – to cut the rate of under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015. Worse, if current trends continue...
Make the Invisible Visible: UNICEF urges louder voices and urgent action to fight violence against children
NEW YORK, 31 July 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF today, announcing an initiative that urges ordinary citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more forcefully to fight violence...
UNICEF, the Government of Bangladesh and its partners launch the Child-Focused Budgeting Framework: Investing for Equitable Rights of Children in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Sunday, 28 July 2013: UNICEF in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and Policy Research Institute (PRI) have launched today the Child-Focused Budgeting Framework: Investing for the Equitable Rights of Children in Bangladesh.
Child Equity Atlas: Pockets of Social Deprivation - need for greater policy and budgetary support stressed
Dhaka, Wednesday 24 July 2013: Progress in attaining equity is uneven in Bangladesh despite impressive trends observed in reaching gender parity in education, school enrollment, and youth literacy. Disparities exist in effective coverage of ...
Ending Preventable Child Deaths before 2035: Bangladesh Call to Action
DHAKA, Sunday, 21 July 2013: The Government of Bangladesh today committed to ending preventable child deaths in the country before 2035. This commitment builds on the impressive progress that Bangladesh has made in reducing maternal and child mortality...
UNICEF’s story in 2012: unrelenting efforts for world’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 15 July 2013 – Despite financial concerns in much of the world and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries in 2012, global progress was still made for millions of children last year, according to UNICEFs Annual Report 2012.
See the child – before the disability, UNICEF says
Dhaka, 23 June 2013 – Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report.
UNICEF and Save the Children congratulate the National Parliament of Bangladesh on passing the Children’s Bill 2013
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 June 2013: UNICEF and Save the Children welcome the passing of the Children’s Bill 2013 by the National Parliament of Bangladesh (Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad). The new law is based on the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) and
Child labour robbing millions of health, education and growth, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 12 June 2013 – On the World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF today called attention to the millions of children around the world who are engaged in some form of hazardous or exploitative work, usually at the expense of their health and education
UNICEF Calls On Political Parties to Refrain From Using Children for Political Gain
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 26 April 2013: UNICEF is alarmed to see that children have been in the forefront of recent demonstrations held by political parties in Bangladesh. Over the past few weeks, hartals (general strikes) and demonstrations have been called...
UNICEF/WHO: New plan to address pneumonia and diarrhoea could save 2 million children a year
GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 12 April 2013 – A new Global Action Plan launched today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) has the potential to save up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, some of the leading..
Child Correspondents Join Forces for Children’s Causes
DHAKA, 31 March 2013 – For the first time ever, a ‘Children’s Online News Service’ has been launched today focusing on issues affecting millions of children in Bangladesh, where news stories gathered by children from across Bangladesh will be uploaded...
Children dying daily because of unsafe water supplies and poor sanitation and hygiene, UNICEF says
DHAKA, 22 March 2013 – As the world celebrates World Water Day today, UNICEF urges governments, civil society and ordinary citizens to remember that behind the statistics are the faces of children.
Protect and Promote Key Social Sector Budget for Children
Dhaka, 05 December 2012: UNICEF has urged the Government of Bangladesh to protect and promote key social sector budgets for nutrition, health, education and child protection regardless of the national and global economic environment to help realise the...
UNICEF and European Union Collaborate to Advance Child-friendly Quality Learning
Dhaka, 03 December 2012: UNICEF and the European Union have teamed up today (Monday) to support the Government of Bangladesh in the establishment of an efficient, inclusive, and equitable primary education system delivering child-friendly quality...
Meena Media Award 2012: UNICEF Honours Thirty-two Media Frontrunners
Dhaka, 18 November 2012: The merit of 32 journalists, documentary makers and writers was honoured today (Sunday) by UNICEF for their excellent work in promoting child rights in media during the last one year.
Bangladesh’s under-five mortality rate down to 46 from 139 in two decades
NEW YORK, 13 September 2012 – Countries across the world are making rapid progress in reducing child deaths, demonstrating that it is possible to radically reduce child mortality over the span of two decades, a UNICEF report says today.
Tell Your Tale to Meena
DHAKA, 27 July, 2012: For the first time ever, popular cartoon characters Meena, Mithu and Raju have gone live on radio as presenters interacting live with other children.
World Unites to Accelerate Progress in Ending Preventable Child Deaths
Washington, D.C., 14 June 2012 – Today over 80 governments and a multitude of partners from the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations gather at the Child Survival Call to Action – a high-level forum convened by the governments of...
Drowning in Numbers
Dhaka, 23 May 2012 – A new report states that although drowning is a leading killer of children across parts of Asia, highly effective and cost-efficient programmes to reduce such drowning deaths are not being sufficiently embraced.
Aid gives a major boost to child well-being: ODI report
Dhaka, 17 April 2012: "Progress in Child Well-Being”– a report commissioned from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) by Save the Children and UNICEF shows that aid is a key factor in improving children's well-being across the world.
UNICEF and Japan Join Hands to Improve Newborn Health Care
Dhaka, 07 March 2012: A new partnership between the Government of Bangladesh, Government of Japan and UNICEF Bangladesh was launched today to improve the quality for new born health care.
Cities are Failing Children, UNICEF Warns
DHAKA, 29 February 2012 – Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World.
Nearly 100 million Bangladeshis to benefit from more nutritious vegetable oil
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 9 February 2012: GAIN – the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition – and UNICEF today announced a major multi-sector partnership that will reach an estimated 100 million Bangladeshis with vitamin A fortified vegetable oil.
UNICEF Executive Director Calls for Greater Focus on the Most Vulnerable Children
Dhaka, 11 January 2012 – Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF today concluded a three-day visit to Bangladesh by noting that children who are the most vulnerable and neglected must be the focus of the government’s work for children.
UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake visits Bangladesh
DHAKA, 7 January 2012: UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake starts a three-day mission to Bangladesh today to highlight the challenges faced by children and women.
20th NID to reinforce country’s polio-free status
Dhaka, January 5, 2012: Bangladesh will immunise around 24 million children aged 0-59 months on 7 January for bolstering its polio-free status by providing two drops of polio vaccines during the 20th National Immunisation Day (NID).
Dr. Pascal Villeneuve joins as the new UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 29 December 2011: Dr. Pascal Villeneuve today took charge as the new UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh. As a development practitioner, he brings with him 24 years of experience of working for the betterment of children and women globally.
Female cricket captains befriend HIV infected people, advocate girls’ participation in sports
Dhaka, 21 November, 2011: The skippers of five teams fighting for supremacy in the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2011 met with members of the PLHIV network of Bangladesh at the Mohammadpur office of Ashar Alo Society.
Satellite Television Channels Join Hands with UNICEF to Uphold Child Rights
Dhaka, November 3, 2011: Leading national satellite television channels in Bangladesh have agreed to allocateone minute free air coverage during prime time to promote children’s issues, including hand-washing withsoap, and campaigning against child...
UNICEF report reveals: Young girls face social discrimination as they reach puberty
Dhaka, 25 October 2011: Young girls are being weighed down by social and cultural pressures from society as they reach puberty, although they are relatively free from discrimination up to the age of five in their own households reveals...
Around 18 million children to wash hands with soap across Bangladesh
Dhaka, 15 October 2011. An estimated 18 million children will take part in discussions and demonstrations of hand-washing with soap across the country as part of the Global Hand-washing Day observation on 15 October 2011.
UNICEF Honours Excellence in Media to Promote Children’s Rights
DHAKA, 13 October 2011: UNICEF honoured 29 media personals both from print and electronic streams for their excellence in promoting child rights in the media. The 7th Meena Media Award 2011 was distributed on Thursday at a hotel in the city.
KOICA-UNICEF join hands to scale up home-based essential maternal and newborn care in Tangail
DHAKA, October 5, 2011: UNICEF has received a grant of US$2 million from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to implement the project, "Home-based Maternal and Newborn Care Interventions to Accelerate Progress towards Achieving MDG-4".
Meena day promotes end of corporal punishment
Dhaka, 23 September 2011: Bangladesh will celebrate Meena Day under the theme of ‘Love and Affection can win all – That Punishment can Never Do’ on Saturday, 24 September 2011.
Top Celebrities join hands with UNICEF to Promote Child Rights
DHAKA, August 16, 2011: Two of Bangladesh’s top celebrities – film actress Moushumi and magician Jewel Aich – has joined forces with UNICEF today as ‘UNICEF Advocate for Child Rights’ pledging to support the children of Bangladesh.
UNICEF expresses its heartfelt condolence over death of children in accident
Dhaka, 11 July 2011 - UNICEF Bangladesh has expressed its heartfelt condolence to the families who have lost their children today during a road accident in Chittagong. These unexpected death of young children are huge loss not only for their families but
UNICEF calls to Double Direct Budget Allocation for Children
Dhaka, 26 June 2011: UNICEF has urged the Government of Bangladesh to gradually increase the direct budget allocation for child-related initiatives in the coming years.
UNICEF launches two new Meena cartoons
DHAKA, June 21, 2011: UNICEF launched two new episodes of Meena cartoons today after a gap of seven years, in order to reinforce the power of the iconic animated character in influencing social change.
National Vitamin A Plus Campaign to reach more than 19 million children
Dhaka, 29 May 2011: Bangladesh will conduct a National Vitamin A Plus Campaign (NVAC) today. Life saving Vitamin A capsule will be given to more than 19 million children aged 1-5 years and a deworming tablet will be given to more than 17 million Children
UNICEF says education for women and girls a lifeline to development
DHAKA, 5 May 2011 – Making sure girls and women have equal access to quality education is key to sustainable economic development, UNICEF said today, as the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education.
UNICEF calls for coordinated efforts to end sexual abuse and commercial exploitation of children
Dhaka 29 March 2011: UNICEF calls for coordinated efforts to end both sexual abuse and commercial exploitation of children as child sexual abuse is widely ignored compared to commercial sexual exploitation and child trafficking.
WORLD WATER DAY 2011: Call for concerted efforts to ensure the rights of safe water
Dhaka, 22 March 2010: Amid widening inequalities, rapidly expanding urban areas and increasing unavailability of safe water, speakers urged for urgent action at a national seminar in Dhaka to mark World Water Day 2011.
Facts For Life Bangladesh Edition launched
Dhaka 21 March 2011: The latest edition of Facts For Life which is the most extensively used communication tool in the developing world, was launched today (Monday) at the National Press Club.
UNICEF: Investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity
Dhaka 3 March 2011- Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity, said UNICEF today in its 2011 State of the World’s Children report entitled ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity’.
Young cricketers given opportunity to train alongside World Cup stars
20 February 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh: Young people from across Bangladesh have had the opportunity of a lifetime this week to experience what it is like to be a player at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
New School Feeding Programme to boost learning for Urban Working Children
January 18, 2011, Dhaka – A new school feeding programme launched today for urban working children is expected to improve attendance and completion rates at learning centers.
National Immunisation Day to consolidate country’s polio-free status
Dhaka, January 6, 2011: Bangladesh will immunise more than 22 million children under the age of five on 8 January for strengthening its polio free status by providing two drops of polio vaccine during the 19th National Immunisation Day (NID).
UNICEF and the Commission of the European Union collaborate to tackle desperately neglected problem of nutrition security in Asia
Bangkok/Dhaka, 6 January 2011 – Millions of children throughout Southeast and South Asia are not getting the nutrition they need for proper physical and mental development during childhood or to maximize their productivity as adults, according to UNICEF.
The Government of the Republic of Korea donates Taka 14 crore to UNICEF for maternal and newborn care
23 December, 2010. Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) yesterday donated Taka 14 crore (USD 2 million) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Bangladesh to support home-based maternal and newborn care interventions.
UNICEF calls for an inclusive urban strategy to address inequalities in urban slums
Dhaka, 21 December 2010 – UNICEF and the Centre for Urban Studies today called the Government to include a socially inclusive urban development strategy in its sixth Five-Year National Development Plan to address large inequalities between urban slums ...
MPs urged to address issues preventing girls’ access to education
Dhaka, December 4, 2010 - UNICEF, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) and the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) today called for concrete action by the Members of Parliament to address the issues that still prevent girls from accessi
Meena Media Awards 2010: UNICEF honours best work on children in the media
Dhaka 29 November, 2010. UNICEF today announced the winners of the sixth annual Meena Media Awards, honouring 21 journalists, documentary makers and writers for their excellent work in promoting child rights.
Shakib to champion the cause of HIV/AIDS during Cricket World Cup
DHAKA, November 29, 2010: National cricket idol Shakib Al Hasan today joined an elite group of cricketers from across the world as he was announced the THINK WISE campaign spokesperson for Bangladesh by International Cricket Council (ICC).
Media urged to adopt a code of conduct to cover issues related to children
Dhaka, November 9, 2010: Media professionals were urged to adopt a code of conduct for reporting on issues related to children and to practice ethical journalism today at a seminar on ethical reporting on children jointly organized by UNICEF
Asia-Pacific Governments Commit to Increase Cooperation for Child Rights
6 November 2010, Beijing – Governments from 28 countries across Asia and the Pacific today committed themselves to improving the rights of children in the world’s most populous region by increasing cooperation on issues critical to children’s survival
Working children tell their stories through photos
Dhaka, 25 October 2010 – UNICEF in partnership with Drik Picture Library today launched a photo exhibition, Living in the Urban Jungle - a photographic perspective of working children in Bangladesh at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.
UNICEF paper calls for investing in vulnerable children in order to accelerate poverty reduction in Bangladesh
Dhaka 21 October 2010. Accelerating poverty reduction is possible if socio-economic inequalities and disparities are addressed. To achieve this, one of the best strategies in Bangladesh would be to invest more in the most vulnerable children.
18 Million children participate in Global Handwashing Day
Dhaka, 20th October 2010: Approximately 18 million children will be involved in various activities today in order to promote handwashing with soap as part of the observance of the Global Handwashing Day.
Global Handwashing Day: 2010 ‘More than just a day’ campaign
Dhaka, 30th September 2010 : Millions of school children in Bangladesh will participate in a pledge campaign as part of Global Handwashing Day starting from 1st October 2010.
Sheikh Hasina speaks at UNICEF MDG event in New York
New York, 23 September 2010 : Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, participates in a panel discussion organized by UNICEF at the closing event for the UN Millennium Development Goals summit in New York.
UN Extends Support to 14,000 Aila Affected Families
Dhaka 26 August 2010 : The United Nations (UN) System in Bangladesh has extended its support to 14,000 cyclone Aila affected families still living on embankments in the Cyclone Aila affected areas in Bangladesh.
Children and women in urban slums worse off than rest of the country, reveals BBS-UNICEF survey
Dhaka, 23 June 2010 – Urban slums have the worst performance regarding women’s and children’s wellbeing and access to basic services compared to rural and non-slum urban areas, reveals a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS)-UNICEF survey released today.
Cricketers bowled over by the Healthy Hat-Trick
Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Thursday 17 June : Captains of four of the biggest cricket playing nations in the world – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - took time out from the Micromax Asia Cup here today to commit themselves to playing for a hat trick
Twenty-seven health facilities bag awards for excellence in Emergency Obstetric Care services
DHAKA, June 12, 2010: A total of 27 health facilities from seven divisions will receive best performance award tomorrow (Sunday) during the commemoration of the Safe Motherhood Day for their excellence in imparting comprehensive emergency obstetric care.
Bangladesh celebrates the World Day Against Child Labour
Dhaka 12 June 2010: Eliminating the worst forms of child labour is the most urgent and important task Bangladesh should undertake in line with the new National Child Labour Elimination Policy, said speakers at a National Seminar held today in Dhaka.
National Vitamin A Plus campaign to reach more than 20 million children
Wednesday, 26 May 2010: Bangladesh will conduct a National Vitamin A Plus Campaign next Saturday, May 29, in order to improve the health status of children in the country.
Bangladesh to begin vaccination against pandemic influenza H1N1
Dhaka 4 May 2010: Bangladesh will begin its H1N1 pandemic vaccination program today (Tuesday) targeting 15.6 million people who fall within the priority groups for vaccination against H1N1 pandemic influenza.
Anthony Lake new Executive Director of UNICEF
Dhaka, May 2, 2010: On 1 May 2010, Anthony Lake became the sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, bringing to the position more than 45 years of public and international service.
First annual High Level Meeting for Sanitation and Water for All aims to be a watershed for reaching the MDG targets
Washington D.C./Dhaka, April 23, 2010 - With only five years remaining to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people living without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
Ensuring education of children during emergency is a priority
Dhaka, 6 April 2010: Getting children back to school immediately after emergency is not an option but an imperative, education experts and government officials agreed today in a national consultation titled “Education in Emergencies – A National Priority”
Urgent Action Needed to Address Arsenic Threats in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 22 March 2010. Urgent action is needed to address arsenic contamination of water and food to mitigate its impact on the health of millions of Bangladeshi people, according to a document released by the Government of Bangladesh and th United Nations
Bangladesh to vaccinate 20 million children against measles
Dhaka, February 13, 2010. Bangladesh will vaccinate more than 20 million children against measles during a two-week measles campaign starting tomorrow and ending on February 28, 2010.
'Keu Robena Baire': BTV to broadcast a 26-episode drama to promote inclusive education for all children
Dhaka, January 27, 2010. Bangladesh Television is going to broadcast a 26-episode drama serial “None will be left out" with the aim of promoting quality education and school enrolment for all children.
UNICEF-BBS survey shows huge geographic disparities in reaching the Millennium Development Goals in Bangladesh
Dhaka , January 24, 2010. Despite the overall good progress made by Bangladesh towards achieving the MDGs, a recent survey by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) supported by UNICEF shows huge disparities between the 64 districts of the country.
Bangladeshi Ambassador leads UNICEF Executive Board
NEW YORK, 12 January 2010. The UNICEF Executive Board has elected the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh Ambassador Abdul Momen as President to replace the Permanent Representative of Mali, Ambassador Oumar Daou.
Bangladesh to reinforce its polio-free status through 18th National Immunisation Day
Dhaka, January 9, 2010. Bangladesh will immunise more than 22 million children under the age of five tomorrow (Sunday) in order to reinforce its polio free status by providing two drops of polio vaccine during the 18th National Immunisation Day (NID).
Children’s Climate Forum Declaration : Bangladeshi children join hands with world community
Dhaka, 23 December 2009. Tariqul Islam, one of the participants of Bangladesh has been nominated as Climate Ambassador in the Children’s Climate Forum (CCF) meeting held in Copenhagen from 28 November to 4 December 2009.
UNICEF’s State of The World’s Children commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the rights of the Child
Dhaka, 6 December 2009. 6 Dec 2009. A special edition issue of UNICEF's global flagship report The State of the World's Children, tracking the impact of the CRC and the challenges that remain, was launched today in Dhaka CIRDAP Auditorium
20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Dhaka, 22 November 2009. UNICEF together with the European Commission delegation and Pathshala, South Asian Institute of Photography, today launched a photo exhibition showcasing the works of adolescents from rural Bangladesh.
Do you see my world? Rural life of Bangladesh through adolescent eyes.
Dhaka, 18 November, 2009. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Child, UNICEF in partnership with the European Union delegation in Bangladesh and Pathshala, South Asian Institute of Photography, is launching a photo exhibition in Dhak
Meena Media Awards 2009: UNICEF recognizes media for their commitment to children’s issues
DHAKA, 4 November 2009. A total of 19 writers, presenters, film makers and producers received the UNICEF Meena Media Awards this year.
UNICEF conference rings alarm bells on child poverty in South Asia
Dhaka, Bangladesh 1 November 2009. New data presented by UNICEF here today shows that 300 million children are trapped in poverty in South Asia -almost half of the children in South Asia.
National consultation takes place to review UN Committee’s observations on the situation of children’s rights in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 29 October 2009. The recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding the situation of children’s rights in Bangladesh were examined today.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF BANGLADESH: A UNITED CALL TO ACTION ON VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCIES
Dhaka, October 28, 2009. The Canadian High Commissioner for Bangladesh, Robert McDougall and leading development agencies in Bangladesh launched a new report, “Investing in the Future: A united call to action on vitamin and mineral deficiencies”.
Around 18 million children to wash hands with soap across Bangladesh
Dhaka, 14 October 2009. An estimated 18 million children will take part in discussions and demonstrations of hand-washing with soap across the country as part of the Global Hand-washing Day observation on 15 October2009.
Children’s opinion poll reveals widespread use of corporal punishment in school, home and workplace in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 8 October 2009. According to a recent opinion poll, 91 per cent of children reported receiving physical punishment in school while 74 per cent also reported receiving physical punishment at home.
Global child mortality continues to drop
NEW YORK/Dhaka, 10 September 2009. UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five years of age continued to decline in 2008.
BDInfo to herald a new dawn in the horizon of Digital Bangladesh
DHAKA, August 3, 2009. BDInfo – a national, social and economic database system to store data generated from censuses, surveys, records of management information systems – will be formally launched today (Monday) in the city’s NEC Auditorium at Sher-E-Ban
Birth Registration Day 2009 : Call for accelerated birth registration of vulnerable children
Dhaka 3 July, 2009. National Birth Registration Day 2009 is being observed today with a call to ensure birth registration of the most vulnerable and excluded children, including refugees and children living in the remote corners of the country.
World Day against Child Labour marks the need to tackle the worst forms of exploitation
Geneva /Dhaka, 11 June 2009. UNICEF emphasizes that all children – including girls – have a right to education. Educated girls are more likely to avoid poverty and ensure education for their own children. This can help reduce child labour, in turn.
WHO and UNICEF joint statement on Vitamin A and deworming
Dhaka, Monday 8 June 2009 : WHO and UNICEF offices in Bangladesh would like to reassure parents that Vitamin A supplementation and deworming tablets are safe and effective interventions that contribute to strengthen the health of young children.
UNICEF helps cyclone-hit families
Dhaka, 4 June 2009 : A week after Cyclone Aila hit the fifteen coastal districts of Bangladesh, the magnitude of damages only start to unfold. Among the 4.82 million affected people, children and women are particularly vulnerable.
Vitamin A supplementation campaign for more than 20 million children on 6 June, 2009
4 June 2009 : On Saturday June 6, Bangladesh will conduct a National Vitamin A Plus campaign. More than 20 million children aged 1 to 5 years will be reached with life-saving Vitamin A capsules and 19 million children will receive deworming tablets
Bangladesh presents its report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva
Dhaka, 3 June 2009 : The Government of Bangladesh is presenting today its third and fourth periodic report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the international Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva
Sport is on the agenda in Bangladesh through London Olympics 2012 programme
Dhaka, 15 May 2009 : International Inspiration, a project that forms part of the legacy programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will be formally launched in Bangladesh today, Friday, 15 May 2009 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
Children interview Education Minister in "Our Voice"- BTV's monthly programme
Dhaka, 27 April 2009 : Nurul Islam Nahid, Education Minister of the Government of Bangladesh, will be interviewed by children tomorrow night on Bangladesh Television (BTV) monthly programme "Our Voice" (Amader Kotha).
Bangladesh hosts Asian Conference on arsenic mitigation
Dhaka, April 5, 2009 : Today fifty-three experts and senior Government officials from 12 Asian countries are meeting in Bangladesh to discuss ways of mitigating the impact of arsenic contaminated water which put people at risk of poisoning.
Child malnutrition and household food insecurity remain major concerns for Bangladesh
Dhaka, 29 March, 2009 : One in four households in Bangladesh is food insecure while two million children aged six months to five years are affected by acute malnutrition (wasting: 13.5%), according to a recent survey released today by WFP, UNICEF
Adoption of child labour policy urged
Dhaka, 19 March 2009: Bangladesh needs to adopt a National Child Labour Policy as a matter of urgency and increase budget allocation for inclusive education, participants attending a high level seminar on “Child Labour and Education” recommended today.
Low awareness of maternal healthcare exposes children and women to high risk
11 February 2009 Dhaka : Lack of awareness about antenatal, delivery and postnatal care are predominant factors that put mothers and children’s lives at risk, according to a recent survey on maternal and neonatal health conducted in four districts.
State of the World’s Children 2009 Report: Extreme Risks for Pregnant Women and Newborn Babies in Developing Countries
DHAKA, 29 January 2009 : Speakers at the Bangladesh National Launch call for accelerating Bangladesh’s progress in saving mother and newborn lives
Bangladesh introduces new vaccine to prevent severe forms of child pneumonia and meningitis
Khulna, Bangladesh, 15 January, 2009 : Today, Bangladesh introduces a new combination vaccine that will protect its children against five killer diseases in one injection, including, for the first time, the deadly bacterium Haemophilus influenzae...
Bangladesh introduces new vaccine to prevent severe forms of child pneumonia and meningitis
KHULNA, BANGLADESH, 15 January, 2009 - Today, Bangladesh introduces a new combination vaccine that will protect its children against five killer diseases in one injection, including, for the first time, the deadly bacterium Haemophilus influenzae
Cricket stars visit centre for drug users to raise AIDS awareness
DHAKA, 11 January 2009 : A big surprise awaited the service-seekers of the drop-in centre for injecting drug users (IDUs) in Nayabazar area of the old part of the Dhaka city as international and national cricket players visited the centre on
17th National Immunisation Days to vaccinate 22m children
Dhaka, November 28, 2008: Bangladesh will immunise 22 million children under the age of five on Saturday in an effort to sustain its polio free status by providing two drops of polio vaccine to observe the first round of 17th National Immunization Days ..
World Gathers in Brazil to Reinvigorate Fight against Sexual Exploitation of Children
25 November 2008, Dhaka : Nearly 3,000 participants from over 125 countries are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to exchange lessons and experiences in the fight against child sexual exploitation, review progress, and reinforce commitments.
Meena Media Award 2008: UNICEF Honours Excellence in Bangladesh Children’s media
DHAKA, 11 November 2008 : Nineteen writers, presenters, film makers, directors and producers received the Meena Media Awards 2008 for their outstanding contribution to children’s issues in the print and television media in Bangladesh in the past one year.
FAO, WHO and UNICEF joint statement on Melamine Contaminated Milk
Wednesday 22 September 2008: FAO, WHO and UNICEF offices in Bangladesh would like to express their concern regarding the implication of Melamine Contaminated Milk products on infant and child nutrition and health. FAO and WHO are ready to support the ....
Millions of South Asian children make an ordinary act extraordinary
Dhaka 14 October, 2008 : In what is thought to be the biggest ever exercise of its kind, more than 120 million children across South Asia will wash their hands with soap in the same way to mark Global Hand Washing Day in the International Year of ..
Creating a protective environment for children: A challenge for Bangladesh
Dhaka, October 13, 2008 : Bangladesh will celebrate the Child Rights week under the theme “Creating a protective environment for child development” from 14 to 20 October 2008. The theme refers to the current challenges the country is facing with the ....
The Government of Bangladesh and UNICEF assess progress at mid-term of the Country Programme
Dhaka, 25 September 2008 : The Government of Bangladesh and UNICEF today held the Mid-Term Review of the Country Programme of Cooperation for Bangladeshi Children and Women which covers the five-year period from 2006 to 2010. The overall aim of the ...
Bangladesh promotes inclusive education on Meena Day
Dhaka, September 24, 2008 : Today Bangladesh is celebrating Meena Day under the theme of ‘Inclusive Education – Quality Education to end exclusion’. Bangladesh has recorded remarkable successes in increasing national rates of school enrollment over the ..
Channel I Wins International Children’s Broadcating Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Regional Award
Dhaka, 21 September 2008: UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences have jointly announced the winners of the 2008 International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Regional Awards. Channel I from Bangladesh won ...
Supporting mothers to breastfeed will improve children’s chances of survival, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/DHAKA, 1 August 2008 : On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August), UNICEF, along with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), is recommending the provision of increased ....
Twenty Four health facilities get award for excellence in Emergency Obstetric Care services
DHAKA, July 21, 2008 : A total of 24 health facilities from six divisions under the Directorate General of Health Services – one Upazilla Health Complex and one District Hospital in each division – received best performing award for their excellence ..
Call to prioritize children in the national birth registration campaign
Dhaka 3 July 2008 : Today, for the second time, Bangladesh observed national Birth Registration Day, calling for the prioritization of children in the national birth registration campaign and for a systematic registration of children at birth.
National launch of the State of the World Children 08
Dhaka 3 July 2008 : Strategies that can help reduce the number of children who die before their fifth birthday were highlighted today at the national launch of UNICEF’s flagship report - The State of the World’s Children 2008: Child Survival – in Dhaka
Increase in Australian Aid to Bangladesh to benefit women and children
Wednesday 21 May, 2008 : Australia is expanding its aid to Bangladesh with a four year BDT 520 crore donation to lift the extreme poor out of poverty and improve the health of women and children.
Bangladesh conducts Vitamin A supplementation campaign for 19 million children
Thursday, 8 May 2008 : Bangladesh will conduct a National Vitamin A Plus Campaign. About 19 million children aged 1 to 5 years will be reached with life-saving Vitamin A capsules and 17 million children aged 2 to 5 years will receive deworming tablets.
Policy-makers gather to discuss social protection strategies in South Asia
Dhaka, 15 April 2008 : Policy-makers from eight countries of South Asia gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to examine the role that Social Protection could play in reducing poverty and inequalities in the region during a policy-makers’ Symposium ...
Policy-makers in South Asia gather to discuss social protection strategies for children
DHAKA, 15 April 2008 - Policy-makers from eight countries of South Asia today gathered in Dhaka for a symposium organized by UNICEF on how social protection systems, legislation and policies can contribute towards fulfilling the rights of the child
UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia calls on the Foreign Affairs and Finance Advisers
Dhaka, 13 April 2008 : Mr. Daniel Toole, UNICEF’s newly appointed Regional Director for South Asia, on his first visit to Bangladesh today called on Mr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, the Adviser for Foreign Affairs and Mr. A B Mirza M Azizul Islam.
Bangladesh launches the International Year of Sanitation: Speakers call for improved hygiene practices
Dhaka, 23 March 2008 : The Government of Bangladesh launched the International Year of Sanitation country programme as part of the celebrations for World Water Day 2008. The launch was attended by civil society groups and development partners...
Injury a leading killer of children in Asia: Groundbreaking research highlights need for injury prevention
Dhaka, 11 March 2008 : Children in Asia are at great risk of dying from injuries such as drowning and road accidents. Surveys from Bangladesh, China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam reveal that injury is the leading cause of death and disability ...
Shakira visits cyclone affected areas and UNICEF education projects in rural Bangladesh
DHAKA, December 19 2007 - Celebrated international musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visited Bangladesh between December 17 and 19 to see for herself the post-cyclone Sidr reconstruction efforts and UNICEF education projects.
Sweden to support UNICEF in protection and education of Sidr-affected children
DHAKA, December 11, 2007 : Sweden has made a contribution of 24.3 million Swedish Kronor (approximately US$ 3.5 million) to UNICEF through the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida) to assist the child survivors of November 15 Sidr.
Twenty two writers and producers win Meena Media Award 2007 for outstanding work in Children’s Media
DHAKA, December 10, 2007 : The Meena Media Awards 2007 were distributed among the 22 winning recipients Tuesday in the city amid hopes of further advancing children’s causes in the country’s ever-expansive media landscape.
UNICEF reaches cyclone hit children and families with life-saving supplies
DHAKA, 7 December 2007 - UNICEF is assisting an estimated 72,000 children and 109,000 families with life-saving supplies, food and shelter for the cyclone survivors in Bangladesh.
Children living in dangerous conditions following the aftermath of Bangladesh cyclone
GENEVA - DHAKA, November 30 2007 - The risk of diarrhoea, acute respiratory infection and other cold related diseases continue to pose a serious threat to children in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr which struck Bangladesh on November 15.
UNICEF concerned about looming health threat while stepping up programmes for children affected by Cyclone Sidr
DHAKA, 23 November 2007 - A week after devastating Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh, UNICEF is concerned that hundreds of thousands of children across the affected areas remain vulnerable to the threat of disease
UNICEF is mobilizing US$20 million for immediate and longer term support to Cyclone affected children and women
DHAKA, 20 November, 2007 : UNICEF is substantially increasing support to children and women in the districts worst affected by the recent Cyclone Sidr.
Nearly half of affected population in Bangladesh are children, says UNICEF
DHAKA, 20 November 2007–More than four days after Cyclone Sidr ripped through the coastline of Bangladesh, wreaking carnage upon mostly poor coastal dwelling communities, the official death count now stands at just under 3000 according to the latest govt.
Sixteenth NIDs to provide polio vaccine, Vitamin A and deworming doses to more than 22m children
Dhaka, October 26, 2007: Bangladesh will conduct the first round of 16th National Immunization Days (NIDs) on Saturday, 27 October, during which more than 22 million children up to 5 years of age will be administered polio vaccines and Vitamin A capsules.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors continue to support women and children
DHAKA, October 2, 2007 : Three of Bangladesh’s top sporting idols – national cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful, former national skipper Habibul Bashar, and Guinness Book of Records-famed table tennis star Zobera Rahman Linu – recently renewed their ..
Children use Meena Day to advocate birth registration
September 24, 2007, Dhaka : Children and adolescents assembled today at different parts of the city to celebrate Meena Day with renewed commitment of ensuring birth registration for all children. They expressed their collective commitment through..
Meena Day 2007 Promotes Birth Registration for All
Sept 23, 2007, Dhaka : The rights of children will get a boost today as Meena Day is celebrated across the country. Meena Day is commemorated every year with the aim of highlighting issues that are important to children while also recognizing the ..
Displaced children face rejection from their community and family
Dhaka, Sept 13, 2007 : Children and women rescued from trafficking or hazardous jobs are facing huge challenges integrating with their families and societies due to the lack of a supportive environment.
National consultation held to shape final CRC state party reports
Dhaka, August 2, 2007: The final round of national consultation on the UN Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC) 3rd and 4th State Party report was held in the city today.
Bangladesh MICS 2006: Iodized salt, breastfeeding, immunization coverage, primary school attendance on the rise
Dhaka, 25 July 2007: About four in 10 infants aged 0-5 months are exclusively breastfed; 8 out of 10 households consume iodized salt; about 8 in 10 primary school age children attend school; and about 9 in 10 children aged 12-23 months are protected ...
A mix of entertainment and information promotes girls’ education in Bangladesh
Dhaka, July 11, 2007: “Alo Amar Alo”, a 26-episode television drama serial that promotes girls’ education in Bangladesh, was launched on July 11, 2007. 'Alo Amar Alo', centers around a girl named ‘Alo’ who stops going to school when she completes Class-V
Bangladesh declares first ever national Birth Registration Day
Dhaka 3 July 2007: The Government of Bangladesh has officially declared today 3 July 2007 as Birth Registration Day to highlight the importance of birth registration for every child and adult in the country. One of the main pillars of today’s celebration.
$31 million donation will help Bangladesh to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths
Dhaka, 7th June, 2007 : The health and well being of mothers and newborns has received a significant boost with UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Commission (EC) support worth $31.2 million. The funding will support ...
Bangladesh water and sanitation sector leads the way for Ghana mission
Dhaka 5 June, 2007: A high level government learning mission from Ghana has ended successfully after 10 days in Bangladesh. The 11 member mission from the West African country spent more than a week viewing best practices in the water and sanitation secto
Adolescent Empowerment project changes lives of thousands
Dhaka, April 29, 2007 : Thousands of adolescents across the country have been equipped with knowledge on social issues and life skills-based education through the “Kishori Abhijan” project supported by UNICEF.
UNICEF invites participation in Meena Media Award 2007.
April 12, 2007: Meena Media Award was introduced in 2005 by UNICEF to recognize outstanding work on Child Rights in print and broadcast media to improve the lives of children in Bangladesh. UNICEF-Bangladesh invites participation in Meena Media Award 2007
Netherlands and UNICEF sign agreement to promote birth registration
Dhaka, March 27, 2007: The Netherlands Minister for Development Co-operation and UNICEF signed an agreement to support the Government of Bangladesh in promoting a sustainable and functional birth registration system.
Water and sanitation project launched to benefit 30 million people across Bangladesh
Dhaka, March 21, 2007 : The Sanitation, Hygiene Education and Water Supply in Bangladesh (SHEWA-B) project was formally launched Wednesday to ensure access to improved water supply and sanitation for 30 million people in 34 of the poorest districts ...
ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 to Shine Spotlight on Children and Young People Affected by HIV. Youth-focused HIV Prevention Campaign to Premiere Before Audience of Two Billion.
Dhaka 07 March, 2007: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will team up with UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to highlight the situation of children and young people living...
Despite Progress, Girls Subjected to Violence and Discrimination
Dhaka 07 March, 2007 : Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today on the occasion of the 51st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
UNICEF photo exhibition on CHT begins at Drik on Sunday
Dhaka March 03, 2007: A week-long photography exhibition titled “The Hill Children of Bangladesh” by Mahmud of MAP Photo Agency will kick off at the Drik Gallery at the city’s Dhanmondi area Sunday.
More than 22 million children to be immunized against polio across Bangladesh
Dhaka, March 2, 2007: Bangladesh will immunize more than 22m children under the age of five in order to eradicate the re-emergence of polio. The 1st round of the 15th National Immunization Days will be held on Saturday, March 3rd, while the 2nd round ..
Avian Influenza training will benefit 28 million people
Dhaka, 18th February 2007 : A country-wide training program on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza that will eventually reach 28 million people was launched on Saturday by the honorable adviser for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare...
DFID and UNICEF in partnership with the GoB to improve sanitation and hygiene for 30 million people across Bangladesh
Dhaka, January 23, 2007 : In a simple ceremony held in the city today, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF signed an agreement to support the Government of Bangladesh in implementing improved sanitation and hygiene programmes
Second round of floods expected in Bangladesh
BANGLADESH, 14 September 2007 - Bangladesh is bracing itself for potentially devastating new flooding after major rivers swelled ‘alarmingly’ and exceeded or neared danger levels, according to the governments Flood Forecasting Centre.
Bangladesh declares first ever national Birth Registration Day
DHAKA, 3 July 2007- The Government of Bangladesh has officially declared 3 July 2007 as Birth Registration Day to highlight the importance of birth registration for every child and adult in the country.
30 million people across Bangladesh to benefit from DFID/UNICEF partnership on water and sanitation
DHAKA, 23 January 2007 - The UK DFID and UNICEF signed an agreement worth US$ 62.8 million to support the Government of Bangladesh to implement improved water supply and sanitation programmes reaching 30 million people across the country from 2007-2011.
UAE commits $9 million to help former camel jockeys
International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy are two of the star-studded names who will appear in a global fundraising first at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July to help UNICEF save and change the lives...
New cases of polio prompts further immunization drive in Bangladesh
DHAKA, 4 August 2006 – Only one month after completing three polio National Immunisation Days (NIDs), the Government of Bangladesh has ordered a further three polio NIDs this year in response to at least 10 new cases of polio detected in the country.
Bangladesh responds to first case of polio in five years with massive immunisation campaign
Dhaka, 16th March, 2006 - Bangladesh will immunize 18 million children under the age of five years three times in the next three months due to the re-emergence of the poliovirus after an absence of the disease for more than five years.
Bangladesh prepares for its largest public health campaign: 33.5 million children vaccinated against measles in three weeks
DHAKA / GENEVA, 17th February 2006: Bangladesh is getting ready to mount the biggest Measles vaccination campaign in the world from 25th February-16th March 2006.