UNICEF is raising funds to provide life-saving assistance to over 1 million at-risk children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 2 April 2012 – As the hunger season begins in the Sahel region of Africa, UNICEF is launching a massive fund-raising campaign to help the more than 1 million children in danger of dying from severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF races to prevent a major food crisis in the Sahel
NEW YORK, 24 February 2012 – UNICEF is racing to prevent a second major food crisis in Africa in less than a year.
Threat of malnutrition dire in Africa's Sahel region due to increasing food shortages
DAKAR, Senegal, 12 December 2011 – It’s not a tsunami or an earthquake – it is a predictable emergency. UNICEF estimates more than a million children under five will need to be treated in feeding centres for severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of Africa. It is a staggeringly high number, and there is little time to prepare.
Former president fights against childhood malnutrition in West Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 16 September 2011 – Former President of Cape Verde, António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro has made it his mission to make the fight against childhood malnutrition a priority in West Africa. Advocating directly with leaders of West African nations, he aims to place nutrition at the heart of development strategies and advise on approaches to secure policy focus.
In Senegal, Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo addresses violence in schools
DAKAR, Senegal, 20 December 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, known throughout West Africa and around the world for her powerful singing voice, urged students at a Dakar elementary school to speak up about what is often a silent crime: violence in schools.
Senegalese girls forced to drop out of school and work as domestic help
DAKAR, Senegal, 16 November 2010 - When she was eight years old, Aisatou Ba quit school and began working as a maid. Though she begged her parents to let her stay in school, the economic pressure on the family proved too strong. The Senegalese teenager has been cleaning houses and cooking in restaurants instead of studying textbooks and learning arithmetic for the past seven years.
FIFA World Cup 2010 champion Sergio Ramos of Spain inspires children in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal, 20 July 2010 – Just days after becoming a champion as a member of the victorious Spanish national football team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Sergio Ramos chose to spend his time off the field visiting UNICEF projects in Senegal.
In Senegal, UNICEF Executive Director sees impact of community empowerment
THIES, Senegal, 20 May 2010 – “I came to vaccinate my baby,” said Anta Ndiou. “This way, she will grow up healthy.”
In Senegal, UNICEF Executive Director cites the urgency of education for all
DAKAR, Senegal, 18 May 2010 – Surrounded by the concrete bricks and flood-stained walls of her school, Anta, 11, attends classes and dreams of becoming a paediatrician. She knows she is lucky.
Breaking the silence on gender-based violence in schools
NEW YORK, USA, 17 May 2010 – For millions of children worldwide, physical and emotional abuse and gender-based violence are a harsh daily reality.
UNICEF Executive Director speaks out on girls' education and empowerment
NEW YORK, USA, 17 May 2010 – Speaking at an international conference on education and gender equality, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today called for accelerated efforts on behalf of “forgotten children” in the run-up to the 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
In Senegal, innovative vaccine campaign reaches remote communities
Dakar, Senegal, 3 May 2010 – Across Senegal, UNICEF and its partners are working to vaccinate more than 2 million children under the age of five against polio. But with many of these children living with migratory families or in remote island villages, reaching them can prove difficult.
Promoting dialogue amongst young people in Senegal and beyond
DAKAR, Senegal, 7 April 2010 - Mame Arame Mbaye, 17, is part of a group of girls at the John F. Kennedy High School who come to the computer lab each afternoon to exchange ideas with students from many countries. Today, they are writing about their opinions on health and climate change.
Joint Global Polio Eradication Initiative aims to eliminate polio in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal, 17 March 2010 – When two-year-old Mamadou fell ill, neither his mother nor his father knew what was ailing him. They took him to the nearest hospital, but the doctors there said that they needed to take Mamadou to Dakar – the capital of Senegal – more than two hours away.
UNICEF and European Commission support drive to end female genital cutting in Senegal
SOUDIANE BAMBARA, Senegal, 22 January 2010 – Marie, 19, is home for the school holidays and is helping her aunt with the household chores. In the heat of the midday sun, she washes clothes by hand and hangs them out to dry.
Saving underweight babies with human contact in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal, 06 January 2010 - Olivier was born last September at a health post in rural Senegal. He weighed just one kilogram at birth, and his mother, Lourdes Gomez, cried because she thought he would not live.
Senegalese ‘youth representatives’ attend International Climate Change Forum
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 28 December 2009 – Four young people from Senegal were chosen as ‘youth representatives’ at the Children’s Climate Forum in Copenhagen – the run-up event to the COP15 United National Climate Change Conference this month.
Community-based care helps reduce child deaths in Senegal
KOLDA, Senegal, 13 January 2009 – Daddo Sabaly's first four children all died before their first birthday, from either disease or malnutrition. Sabaly lives in the Kolda region of Senegal, which historically has had one of the country's highest rates of infant mortality. Her fifth child, a boy named Abdoulaye, is now five. Her sixth is a healthy nine-month-old girl.
Countdown to 2015: Health centre in Senegal works to reduce child mortality
MOUNTING HAMADY, Senegal, 10 April 2008 – Bintou Sabaly, 21, has given birth to three healthy children in the remote Senegalese village of Mounting Hamady, where no one has access to running water or electricity.
Guinea-Bissau works to put child traffickers out of business
BAFATA REGION, Guinea-Bissau, 26 March, 2008 – At a remote police station in eastern Guinea-Bissau, Amandou Jau, 12, waited patiently to be reunited with his father. Amandou had been rescued from the clutches of a child trafficker who had sought to smuggle him across the border into Senegal.
Senegal’s Child Survival Days focus on malaria prevention
DOUNGA WORO ALPHA, Senegal, 22 June 2007 – In this remote village at the Mauritanian border near Matam, northeastern Senegal, the 2007 Child Survival Days campaign is being remembered as a resounding success.
Abandoning female genital cutting and early marriage in Senegal
KOUMBIDIA, Senegal, 23 January 2007 – The inhabitants of 34 Senegalese villages gathered this month for a public ceremony announcing the abandonment of two traditions they have practiced for centuries: female genital cutting (FGC) and early marriage.
In Senegal, Executive Director sees community action to end female genital cutting
KEUR SIMBARA, Senegal, 13 November 2006 – On a visit to Senegal, Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has witnessed firsthand how UNICEF and its partners are using a community-based approach to empower women and children – notably on the issue of female genital mutilation, or cutting (FGM/C).
Collaborative project saves lives in a remote Senegalese hospital
NIORO, Senegal, 7 September 2006 – Oumou Kalsoum Dramé just concluded her second antenatal visit at the Nioro District Hospital. After a thorough examination, including an ultrasound, the midwife has declared both Ms. Dramé and her future baby to be healthy.
In Senegal, UNICEF and partners work to end the practice of child begging
DAKAR, Senegal, 14 July 2006 – Until recently, Serigne Oumar Diouf had been running a Koranic school here since 1962. “I would send children from my school out begging in the streets of Dakar for most of the day and would give them religious education in the mornings or evenings,” he says.
Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo cites benefits of girls’ education in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal, 24 May 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo walked around the schoolyard visibly at ease, greeting everyone warmly – and with good reason. In time for Senegal’s National Week of Basic Education (22-28 May) the Liberté VI A primary school in Dakar has achieved gender parity: Fifty-two per cent of students enrolled here are female.
West African music stars turn out for US premiere of ‘Roll Back Malaria’ concert film
NEW YORK, USA, 30 March 2006 – At the United Nations headquarters here last night, stars of the African music world and international public health experts put the spotlight on malaria, the single largest killer of children in Africa.
Crisis response meets immediate needs of Guinea-Bissau families displaced by conflict
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 24 March 2006 – “Children don’t care if there is armed conflict going on or not,” says Governor Arlindo Pires of Cacheu Region in Guinea-Bissau. “They are more interested in having their stomachs full of food and playing with their mates.”
Ending female genital mutilation and cutting in Senegal
MATAM, Senegal, 24 November 2005 – The international non-governmental organization Tostan is working in Senegal to create dialogue within communities about female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) through a holistic, basic education programme, conducted in local languages. As a result more than 1600 villages have collectively ended the practice of FGM/C – representing more than 30 per cent of the practicing population.
Senegal launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
DAKAR, Senegal, 25 October 2005 – UNICEF Regional Director Ezio Murzi presided at the launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS in Senegal. Government, business and civil leaders discussed ways to combat the disease which is affecting millions in Africa.
Model school in Senegal uses partnerships to open school doors for girls
DAKAR, Senegal, 2 June 2005 – It is early in the morning and the school yard at Ndiarème B primary school on the outskirts of this city is already bustling. Girls and boys are busy sweeping dusty floors and filling plastic bottles with water for the flowerbeds outside their classrooms.
From a vicious to a positive cycle: Girls’ education in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal, 14 April 2005 – Ndiarème B Primary School is in the poor outskirts of Dakar. The school’s director, Magatte Mbow, earnestly believes that every girl has a right to an education. When she discovered that 8-year-old Aissa was being prevented by her family from going to school, she decided to pay them a visit.
World Health Day 2005: A focus on women
DAKAR, Senegal, 7 April 2005 – “Yesterday I worked a lot. I pounded millet, made food, went to the market. I did all of this after feeling the first pains of childbirth,” says Fatou (not her real name), her eyes widening as she remembers.
Japan Committee’s Flag Project brings together messages from children across the globe
DAKAR, Senegal, 5 April 2005 – In Guédiawaye, a neighbourhood on the poverty-stricken outskirts of Dakar, pupils at the Ndiarème B Primary School are getting ready for a special project. They’re crowding around a white canvas flag - coloured pens in hand - ready to cover it with messages to children in Japan. Among them is a little girl in a pink shirt, brandishing a hot pink pen. Moving forward through the crowd, she writes in big block letters on the flag: “We thank UNICEF for giving us a future.” Next to her a boy writes in red: “Put down weapons so that children can learn.”
African music shines spotlight on malaria
DAKAR, Senegal, 11 March 2005 - Malaria kills one child every 30 seconds in Africa. Grammy-winning Senegalese musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Youssou N’Dour warned journalists of the daily tragedy that Africa faces due to malaria.
Senegalese rap artist Didier Awadi helps promote birth registration
DAKAR, Senegal, 22 February 2005 - There’s an unusual sight in Ms. Ndiaye’s elementary school class in Dakar, Senegal, today. Didier Awadi, a Senegalese rapper, points to the words carefully written on the blackboard, and encourages the students to shout them out.
Global forum meets to discuss water and sanitation for all
DAKAR, Senegal, 1 December 2004 —Hundreds of representatives from the public and private sector are gathering in Senegal this week (29 November – 3 December) for an international forum focusing on water and sanitation needs around the world.
Concern in West Africa as locust crisis worsens
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 3 September 2004 – A 12-country emergency meeting in Dakar, Senegal has decided to use national armed forces to help combat the devastating spread of desert locusts in West Africa.