Day of the African Child 2015


Young people are important actors in ending child marriage in Africa, says UNICEF


Banjul, 16  June 2015Child marriage remains a brutal reality for millions of girls across Africa, denying them the right to live healthy and fulfilling lives.


ECHO provides over half a Million Euros to save the lives of more children in The Gambia with nutrition support

Banjul, 8th May 2015 - The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) is committed to saving the lives of more children in The Gambia through the provision of additional funding to UNICEF, totalling €549,957, as part of its support to the nutrition response in the Sahel. 


Motherhood: a motivating factor for good sanitation and hygiene practices

Mbombeh Secka leads a hard life tending for her children while cultivating garden vegetables and cereals to feed her family as well as sell at the market to support her farmer husband. With such a burden, she is usually unable to give all her children the attention they need. 

“I have 8 children and 6 of them used to get sick often with diarrhoea and vomiting when they were younger,” said 35-year-old Mbombeh. “My youngest children, who are just under 2-years old, hardly ever get sick. I believe that it is because of my knowledge of good sanitation and hygiene practices, which I gained in the past year.”


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