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UNICEF aims to reduce the rates of infant and maternal mortality in Afghanistan
DAIKUNDI PROVINCE, Afghanistan, 19 September 2011 – Few roads lead to Daikundi, Afghanistan. It is the heartland of a hard land - so barren and remote, even the conflict cannot reach it. Ironically for a country at war, it is not violence that puts the lives of mothers and small children at risk but the simplest act of giving life and struggling to survive.

Liberia rebuilds education system after years of civil war
GANTA TOWN, Liberia, 16 September 2011 – War, bullets and bloodshed – words which generations of Liberians are still more familiar with than books or schools. It’s only been eight years since the country knew peace; the scars from its paralyzing 14-year civil war remain visible as its people try to heal. Today, the government is working to rebuild the infrastructure that was completely destroyed – large parts of Liberia doesn’t have roads and millions are living without basic access to water, healthcare or electricity. But ask any Liberian what they need most and the answer is the same – education.

Against the odds, students start school in a Bedouin community on the West Bank
AL-KAABNEH, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 9 September 2011 – Every day, 12-year-old Tahreer Ali walks through a mountainous dirt road in the extreme heat to reach her school. “I enjoy learning, even if it’s difficult to reach my school,” she says.

High-profile Iranian actresses promote breastfeeding in 'Talk to Me' campaign
TEHERAN, Iran, 7 September 2011 – The three-year-old girl with a pair of lace wings runs around the coffee table with her five-year-old brother, laughing out loud, as the camera crew sets up lights and equipment around the apartment. The children’s mother, film actress Leila Hatami, asks them to go and play in their room while she offers pastries and tea to the crew.

Children help younger friends and neighbours prepare for primary school in Ethiopia
NEW YORK, USA, 1 September 2011 – Shefena Gebre Egziabeher, 12, is in the sixth grade and excels at school. “Of all the subjects I take, my favourites are math and English. I like them because they are simple if you apply yourself,” she says.

Improving lives by providing access to safe water in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 23 August 2011 – For seven-year-old Babylove Milande Clement, every new day means tiring walks in the sun across her displacement camp outside of Port-au-Prince to buy safe water for her and her mother. Carefully balancing the water-filled bucket on her head so as not to spill a drop, she makes her way from a water kiosk to the tent where the two live alone.

Exclusive breastfeeding ensures a healthy life for Lesotho’s children
TEYATEYANENG, Lesotho, 22 August 2011 – Malefu Kobisi, 28, is a proud mother of a bouncing seven-month-old baby girl, Qenehelo. For the first six months of Qenehelo life, her mother religiously fed her child with only breast milk - a practice known as exclusive breast feeding.

'Girl friendly/child-friendly' schools provide a brighter future in Mali
BENENA, Mali, 18 August 2011 - At a public meeting in the village of Benena, in Mali’s Segou Region, a gathering of women collectively shot their hands up in the air when asked why girls’ education in their community had been neglected in the past. Florence Koné, wearing a dress made of colorful fabric to commemorate International Women’s Day, stood up with a rush of enthusiasm. “You want to know why previously we didn’t educate our girls?” she exclaimed. “I’ll tell you. We were afraid they might get in trouble - maybe they would get pregnant, maybe they would leave school.”

UNICEF and partners work to break the cycle of malnutrition and disease in DR Congo
KALEMIE, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 5 August 2011 – For the people of Kalemie, living on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, water from the lake is a lifeline – but also poses dangers, especially to children.

Staff profile: UNICEF Yemen Nutrition Officer fights child malnutrition with a passion
SANA’A, Yemen, 5 August 2011 – “I graduated in Liverpool in 2006 with a Master’s degree in tropical paediatrics, and on graduation day, someone asked me what I thought I could do with such a degree in Yemen,” Dr. Rajia Sharhan says, laughing. “I replied that I was going back to treat the children that I once didn’t know how to treat.”

A survivor of polio works to eradicate the disease for Nigeria's future generations
KANO, Nigeria, 4 August 2011 – Aminu Ahmad sits on the side of the road intently watching his young apprentice weld a wheelchair. “This is our workshop and 80 per cent of the people here have disabilities, but we are working hard, just like anybody else,” he explains.

Spreading the word about infant and young child nutrition in Uganda
KIBIITO, Uganda, 2 August 2011 – In the lush district of Kibiito, western Uganda, the morning mists have quickly burned off the banana-covered hillsides by the time mothers have lined up at a local health centre for check-ups. Some women carry children on their backs, wrapped tightly in a colourful tied cloth known as a kitenge. One mother simply balances her baby on her hip, casually shifting him from side to side as the line moves forward.

Cash transfers provide social protection to Zambia's most vulnerable families
LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, 1 August 2011 – The spectacular Victoria Falls, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, draws thousands of tourists from around the world every year. Nearby, but a world away from the luxury hotels, lies Muntumuswana village one of the places where the Zambian Government, UNICEF and other partners are making inroads against the intergenerational cycle of poverty by providing cash transfers to vulnerable families.

UNICEF issues new guidance on promoting gender equality in all programmes
NEW YORK, USA, 26 July 2011 – UNICEF has launched a series of operational guidance documents designed to help its staff and partners promote gender equality through UNICEF-supported programming globally.

'Schools of Quality' reach under-served rural children in Lao PDR
LUANG PRABANG, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 26 July 2011 – Sipai, 10, works diligently at her desk in a fifth-grade classroom in Long Lao village, located 30 minutes outside the beautiful, historic city of Luang Prabang in northern Lao PDR. Outside, rugged mountains encircle the village and rise above the red earth.

UNICEF Regional Director hears the concerns of a gathering of youth in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras 25 July 2011- Adults must make more of an effort to listen to our children, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Bernt Aasen, told a gathering of fifty children and adolescents in Honduras in May.

Mobile schools provide primary education in Sudan’s nomadic communities
WHITE NILE STATE, Sudan, 21 July 2011 – Zahra Mohamed Ahmed, 15, has every reason to feel pleased with herself. She just received the results of the eighth-grade exams she took in March, and they show she got 239 marks out of 280.

In Serbia, early results of household survey show progress and disparities alike
BELGRADE, Serbia, 20 July 2011 – Preliminary results from UNICEF’s latest international household survey suggest visible progress on most indicators in Serbia, including women’s and children’s health, early childhood development and education.

Communities in Mozambique lead the way to safe sanitation
DEWE, Mozambique, 19 July 2011 – Village leader Chingore Manuel Mabeto, 65, remembers the frequency with which cholera outbreaks used to strike his community’s young and elderly residents.

Latest round of immunization fights maternal and neonatal tetanus in Burkina Faso
KAYA, Burkina Faso, 19 July 2011 – Maternal and neonatal tetanus, or MNT, is a swift and painful disease that can threaten the lives of mothers and newborns.

UNICEF and Government of Japan boost 'cold chain' for immunization in Mauritania
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, 18 July 2011 – Thousands of children in this West African nation lose out on crucial vaccinations because there isn’t enough equipment to store the vaccines and drugs. In an effort to improve immunization coverage, UNICEF last week delivered ‘cold-chain’ equipment comprising 118 units of refrigerators and freezers.

Kaski District in western Nepal marks a milestone in sanitation
POKHARA, Nepal, 14 July 2011 – On a warm day recently in Pokhara, the hub of Kaski District in western Nepal, people from different corners of the city congregated around City Hall to celebrate Kaski becoming the country’s first open-defecation-free district.

Health-post network brings basic services closer to rural populations in Niger
MARADI, Niger, 14 July 2011 – The health post of Sarkin Yamma-Sofoua, a rural village in the Maradi Region of south-east Niger, opened six years ago. Ever since then, every day has been a busy one for Chaïbou Balla, the community health agent in charge of the post.

Fighting cholera, a deadly threat to child survival in DR Congo
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 13 July 2011 – “I have never been as worried as during the past three days,” sighs Maman Vombi Sidania. After a night of continuous vomiting and diarrhoea, her granddaughter Mimi, 11, was taken to the health centre in Maluku. There, the girl was diagnosed with cholera – a potential death sentence from dehydration.

South Sudan and UNICEF inaugurate a new ward at the country’s only children’s hospital
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 July 2011 - As South Sudan prepares for its independence, the opening of a new ward at a children’s hospital marks a small but significant step towards tackling the daunting challenges facing public health officials in the region.

Podcast #42: As South Sudan looks to nationhood, education is pivotal
NEW YORK, USA, 6 July 2011 – At the end of this week, on 9 July, Southern Sudan will become an independent nation. Citizens of the newest country in the world, the people of Southern Sudan face immense challenges and immediate threats.

In Kabul, the Government of Japan funds new classrooms to improve education
KABUL, Afghanistan, 5 July 2011 – New classrooms, chairs and desks mean better education at Shirino High School, one of the schools renovated and refurbished with funds from the Government of Japan as part of its ‘1,000 Classrooms’ initiative.

UNICEF report highlights need for doubling child budget in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 30 June 2011 – The children filed one by one to the front of the room, each grabbing hold of the microphone and, before a large audience, pausing thoughtfully before asking questions to the awaiting panel. “I have no parents and I live in a shelter,” said 13-year-old Mohammad Shajun. “There are many children like me. We want to know what the Government is doing to help us.”

Cash transfer initiative breaks cycle of poverty for families in the Philippines
PASAY CITY, Philippines, 29 June 2011 – Despite much discussed economic growth in the Philippines before the global recession, more than 40 per cent of Filipino households live on less than $2 a day. To break the cycle of poverty, the Government has launched a five-year-long conditional cash transfer programme known as the ‘Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme’ or ‘4Ps’.

UNICEF child-led WASH programme reaps rewards in India as hygiene-related illnesses fall
GUNA, India, 28 June 2011 – As they dash from class to the school’s canteen for their midday meal, Mahesh Kushawaha, 13, and fellow students stop and fumble in small plastic containers. But it’s not food they seek. It’s soap.

UNICEF and the European Union combat malnutrition in drought-stricken Uganda
KARAMOJA, Uganda, 27 June 2011 – A passing herd of cattle is a common sight in Karamoja, where the sound of their hooves gets lost in the gusts of wind that carry dust far beyond the village limit.

UNICEF Executive Board session wraps up with a renewed commitment to equity
NEW YORK, USA, 24 June 2011 – The UNICEF Executive Board wrapped up its 2011 Annual Session yesterday with a renewed commitment to delivering results for the world’s most disadvantaged children – even as a decline in core resources challenges UNICEF and its partners to work more creatively.

In South Africa, a neonatal care initiative builds health and saves lives
LIMPOPO, South Africa, 23 June 2011 – It’s a sad fact that 83 per cent of children in Limpopo province live in poverty. So you’d assume that Malamulele District Hospital probably performs poorly – especially since most of South Africa’s infant mortality rates are linked to district hospitals.

UN Secretary-General launches global drive to meet sanitation targets by 2015
NEW YORK, USA, 21 June 2011 – Sanitation and access to proper toilets must be at the centre of discussions on development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering this morning at UN Headquarters that included members of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and other dignitaries.

Renowned photographer Jan Grarup documents UNICEF child survival efforts in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 17 June 2011 – Renowned Danish photographer Jan Grarup recently visited Central African Republic (CAR) to document the challenges facing young children in the country, and how UNICEF responds.

Prime Minister launches UNICEF-supported free and compulsory education campaign in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho, 16 June 2011 – Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and UNICEF Representative in Lesotho Ahmed Magan have been backing a new nationwide campaign to boost school enrolment in the African nation.

Prominent Chadian artists come together in concert to raise awareness about polio
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 14 June 2011 – Some of Chad’s most prominent artists came together last month for ‘Deux Gouttes’, a concert held here in the capital under UNICEF’s auspices, to raise awareness about polio and increase the visibility of the country’s polio immunization campaign.

Donors commit $4.3 billion to scale up GAVI Alliance’s immunization efforts to 2015
LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 June 2011 – UNICEF, a founding partner of the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance), today welcomed the commitment of $4.3 billion by donors at a fundraising conference in London to step up vaccination efforts over the next four years.

New water supply system transforms lives in Lao PDR
KEUNG VILLAGE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 9 June 2011 – It is 4 a.m. and Sinsai, 12, is beginning his day. He starts by collecting water and then helps his mother wash the dishes and clean the house.

UNICEF supports final push to eradicate polio in India
MORADABAD, India, 8 June 2011 – For 14-year-old Paro, it’s a momentous day. She’s the proud leader of the ‘Bulawa Toli’, a group of children who run from house to house, lane to lane, blowing whistles and shouting slogans to herald the arrival of polio vaccinators in their community.

In Madagascar, UNICEF and GAVI work to protect health gains for young children
ANKARIERA, Madagascar, 7 June 2011 – It is late morning at Ankariera health centre. The small three-room clinic – the only facility in a 10 km radius – is ready for a busy day.

At Japan global meeting on development goals, UNICEF Executive Director highlights equity
TOKYO, Japan, 6 June 2011 – Reaching the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children and families is the need of the hour. That was the overarching message conveyed by Executive Director Anthony Lake late last week at a meeting hosted by the Government of Japan and organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the UN Development Programme, the World Bank and UNICEF.

Second round of national campaign against polio targets millions in Democratic Republic of the Congo
KALEMIE, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2 June 2011 – A month after the first round of National Immunization Days 2011, a new five-day Government vaccination drive – supported by UNICEF, the World Health Organization and multiple partners – has reached out to immunize more than 12 million children under the age of five.

UNICEF-supported programme tackles malnutrition on tea estates in Sri Lanka
NUWARA ELIYA, Sri Lanka, 31 May 2011 - A new day beckons in central Sri Lanka’s tea estates. Mother-of-five and picker of tea, Marystella, is up at 5.30 am to prepare the family’s breakfast in their spartan, tiny house.

Early education programme increases access for ethnic children in Lao PDR
BAN LONG LAO MAI, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 27 May 2011 – In Long Lao village in northern Lao PDR, 10-year old Thao Lee starts his morning helping his family with chores. His job is to let out the cows to graze, before sitting down to a breakfast of rice and meat.

The road to equity: UNICEF uses every mode of transport to reach the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, 26 May 2011 – With programmes in more than 150 developing countries, how does UNICEF get resources and services to those who most desperately need them? By any means available.

UNICEF and European Union respond as climate change alters lives in Kenya and Ethiopia
NEW YORK, USA, 24 May 2011 – Climate change seems to be blighting large parts of Africa. The effects are more pronounced than in the industrialized world, and people in developing nations are less able to deal with them.

Indigenous Indian children thrive in child-friendly residential schools
DALEIGUDA, India, 24 May 2011 – Krupasindhuv Pangi knows the challenges that indigenous communities face. At the age of five, his family lost their land when it was taken from them to build a factory.

Communal banks extend credit, empower women and build equity in rural Bolivia
POCOATA, Bolivia, 23 May 2011 – It takes money to make money. Just ask Pilar Rueda, 38, a Quechua mother of two from this remote rural town in the Bolivian department of Potosí. She and much of her community have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty through ‘Bancos Comunales’ – Communal Banks – an innovative project developed by UNICEF.

Health week delivers support to millions of mothers and children in Pakistan
PUNJAB, Pakistan, 18 May 2011 – Mothers and children across Pakistan received a much-needed health boost recently, thanks to the nationwide bi-annual Mother and Child Health Week.

On visit to Ghana, Executive Board members see development progress and challenges
ACCRA, Ghana, 17 May 2011 – Under the shade of a mango tree, out of the searing heat, Kubura Mahamdu bounced her healthy six-month-old daughter, Hajaru, on her knee. She recalled how, just a few weeks earlier, Hajaru began sweating as her temperature climbed. With the nearest clinic a few hours’ walk away, Ms. Mahamdu called a local volunteer health worker who had been trained by UNICEF. The health worker diagnosed and treated Hajaru’s bout of malaria.

In Malaysia, UNICEF equity programme enables undocumented children to enrol in school
KAMPUNG NUMBAK, Malaysia, 16 May 2011 – For residents of the village of Kampung Numbak, on the coast of Malaysian Borneo, home is a community built on stilts above the seaside – a cluster of creaking walkways and steel rooftops.

Belgian Minister President's visit highlights 'Healthy Villages, Healthy Schools' in DR Congo
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12 May 2011 – “Your school has become a model of a modern school, which will hopefully set an example for other students and schools in Congo,” declared Rudy Demotte, Minister President of the Walloon Government and the French Community in Belgium, speaking to residents of Mbimi village on the outskirts of DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.

Polio immunization campaign aims to reach millions in Democratic Republic of the Congo
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 May 2011 – Severine Nabintu, 35, brought her six-month old child to the launch two weeks ago of a national immunization campaign against polio in South Kivu province in DR Congo. “I’ve brought my child to vaccinate him and protect him from polio,” she said.

In Viet Nam, a 'total sanitation' programme makes progress in rural areas
VINH THANH, Viet Nam, 5 May 2011 – Vinh Thanh village is nestled in the rice-producing Mekong Delta region of southern Viet Nam. Residents came together one sunny morning recently to attend a very special performance organized by local health workers.

UNICEF supports a widespread immunization campaign in Occupied Palestinian Territory
EIN AL BEIDAH, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 3 May 2011 – The Ein Al Beidah clinic in northern West Bank was overcrowded as mothers rushed to get their children vaccinated during Regional Immunization Week.

European Union parliamentarians see improving maternal and child health in Uzbekistan
SYRDARYA PROVINCE, Uzbekistan, 3 May 2011 – Sixteen members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) visited Uzbekistan last week, where they heard feedback from beneficiaries of the Mother and Child Health (MCH) project.

UNICEF and partners pursue equity for poor villagers on remote Indonesian islands
NEW YORK, USA, 2 May 2011 – Atubul Dol is one of Indonesia’s most remote villages. It’s on Yamdena Island in the far south-east of the country – much closer to Darwin, Australia than to Jakarta, the capital.

UNICEF-trained volunteers promote exclusive breastfeeding in Republic of the Union of Myanmar
PHYU, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, 26 April 2011 – Daw Than Than Sein, 62, has seen and done it all when it comes to child rearing. She is a mother of 10 and has eight grandchildren.

Government of Japan gives new life to Zimbabwe immunization programme
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 20 April 2011 – Peter Manjoro straps his 11-month-old baby on his back and clutches his sons Ngoni, 5, and Takudzwa, 8, by the hand as they begin the 15-km journey to the nearest vaccination point. For this farm labourer, it is a journey he can afford to take only once year.

Field diary: UNICEF helps provide water to Somalia's drought-hit regions
GALKAYO, Somalia, 20 April 2011 – We set out on a Saturday and headed east from our base in Galkayo toward Hobyo, a coastal town and a haven for some of Somalia’s pirates. After only a few kilometres’ drive we were in a dusty semi-desert, amid scorching earth. The first settlement we came upon was the little village of Bitale, a strategic watering point for livestock. Though the settlement is impoverished it boasts a towering telecommunication mast: a sign of Somalia’s technology boom.

Health workers and community members work together to prevent child malnutrition in Ethiopia
DEDER DISTRICT, Ethiopia, 20 April 2011 – Sartu Abdela, a community health worker in the village of Oda Kebena, holds a meeting for mothers with children under the age of two in a local administration office. The mothers, wrapped in colourful outfits, have come for a monthly nutrition check-up for their children, who will be weighed and have their mid-upper arm circumference measured.

Fighting malnutrition and building capacity for child health in Haiti's camps
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 13 April 2011 – Thanks to UNICEF and its partners, many mothers in Port-au-Prince are now more aware of the dangers even mild malnutrition in early childhood poses to the mental and physical well-being and development of their children.

Improving basic health services and sanitation to help save lives in Togo
SIRKA, Togo, 11 April 2011 – With all the curiosity of a little boy, Abdoulwassai, 3, eagerly follows the daily activities at the construction site where his father works. Just across the road stands a brown and yellow building, the primary health-care centre in the village.

UNICEF and the AusAID support improved sanitation for Palestinian students
HEBRON, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 11 April 2011 – For the first time ever, students at the Al Shioukh elementary school for girls in the West Bank city of Hebron have access to their own sanitation facilities.

Despite security risks, health volunteers vaccinate children against polio in Afghanistan
JALALABAD, Afghanistan, 8 April 2011 – During afternoon prayers, religious leader Abdul Wakil Mowlavzada speaks passionately to the men who have gathered at one of Jalalabad’s largest mosques. They listen intently as he talks about the importance of polio eradication.

UNICEF supports the reconstruction of schools in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 April 2011 – Reconstructing damaged or destroyed schools has been a UNICEF priority since last year’s earthquake. It’s one of the most effective ways of reintroducing normalcy to the shattered lives of children in this small Caribbean nation.

Reviving education in the aftermath of Sierra Leone's civil war
KAILAHUN DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 7 April 2011– Burned-out buildings and bullet holes serve as constant reminders of a turbulent and horrific past in the remote eastern border district of Kailahun, one of the areas that was hardest hit by Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war.

GAVI supports a pneumococcal vaccination programme for Congolese children
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 6 April 2011 – Several hundred spectators gathered this week to witness the Democratic Republic of the Congo introduce a new pneumococcal vaccine to combat pneumonia into its national immunisation programme.

In Ethiopia, UNICEF Executive Director sees equity strategy accelerating development
TIGRAY, Ethiopia, 1 April 2011 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has been in northern Ethiopia this week, witnessing first-hand the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals through an equity-based strategy that reaches out to the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

Young midwives bring new life to remote villages in India
MADHYA PRADESH, India, 31 March 2011 – Sanju Kaim got an unexpected bonus on her first day as an auxiliary nurse midwife in Jhagar in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Alone in the village’s small health centre, she delivered not one baby girl, but twins.

UNICEF report: Rights of women and children remain critical in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 22 March 2011 – Tanaka Zoma, 14, is in seventh grade at Musarava Primary School in Zaka, Masvingo Province. He should be in ninth grade like most of his friends.

Teachers and students thrive in child-friendly schools in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 22 March 2011 – Rubingo Primary School was transformed into a UNICEF-supported centre for learning excellence seven years ago. Since then, teachers and parents have witnessed a significant change.

Construction of proper latrines contributes to cultural change in Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 17 March 2011 – Sanitation remains a cultural taboo in Kyrgyzstan, where it is seen as disgusting and shameful.

UNICEF Executive Director focuses on ending polio and violence during DR Congo visit
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 7 March 2011 – “This vaccination will help my daughter to grown up strong and healthy,” said Aminata, a young Congolese mother. “It seems so simple and amazing.” Last week, while UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake was visiting Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo, Aminata brought her three-year-old daughter to be vaccinated against polio at the Burumba Health Centre there.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director visits programmes for children in Peru
VENTANILLA, Peru, 1 March 2011 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Martin Mogwanja recently visited Ventanilla, an urban district half an hour from the Peruvian capital, Lima, to learn about the living conditions of Peru’s children and adolescents.

Launch of pneumococcal vaccine initiative aims to protect thousands in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 February 2011 - The pneumococcal vaccine was launched this week by Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki at a colourful ceremony in the nation’s capital of Nairobi. The free vaccine will be administered to all children under twelve months of age; protecting thousands of children across the country.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey results begin to roll in worldwide
NEW YORK, USA, 14 February 2011 – The first country to launch the fourth round of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey – or MICS 4 – in November 2009, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was also the first to complete survey field work, to enter, process and analyze the data, and to release a final report – which can be found at childinfo.org.

Two-year campaign aims to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 14 February 2011– As morning broke in the province of Bollikhamxay, health workers made final preparations for a mass immunization drive targeting women and children from surrounding villages. Tucked into the rolling mountainous landscape of Laos, Bollikhamxay is one of many provinces that recently conducted the third round of a national campaign designed to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, or MNT, by 2012.

Focus on UNICEF collaboration with Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
NEW YORK, USA, 10 February 2011 – Every year, some 8 million young children die of mainly preventable causes. An important means of averting these unacceptable deaths – through UNICEF’s collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – was the subject of a special focus session during yesterday’s Executive Board meeting at UN headquarters in New York.

Lake Chad's receding water level heightens risks of malnutrition and disease
BOL, Chad, 9 February 2011 – Yakowra Malloum commands respect as she enters the Sultan’s compound in the centre of Bol. Covered in a bright coloured scarf, with an intricate floral henna design running down her arms, she looks like many of the other women who have gathered in the later hours of a hot sunny afternoon. But this trained pharmacist, who has spent the last 20 years working with the Ministry of Health, is different.

UNICEF Executive Board begins first regular session of 2011
NEW YORK, USA, 8 February 2011 – At the start of its first regular session of 2011, the UNICEF Executive Board today elected Her Excellency Sanja Štiglic, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations, as its new President. Meeting at UN headquarters in New York, the Executive Board delegates set their sights on implementation of an equity-based approach to UNICEF’s programmatic work in 2011 and beyond.

Child Friendly School manual outlines a brighter future for Kenyan children through education
NAIROBI, Kenya, 7 February 2011 - The foundation for key improvements in the quality of teaching and learning was laid in Kenya with the launch of the manual on implementation of the Child Friendly School concept.

At joint meeting, UN agency Executive Boards spotlight equity and development
NEW YORK, USA, 4 February 2011 – At a joint meeting of the Executive Boards of UNICEF and four other UN agencies, Executive Director Anthony Lake this morning called for a global commitment to reaching the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in order to reduce disparities and achieve the Millennium Development Goals – or MDGs – with equity.

Podcast #34: Experts discuss the challenge of achieving universal, quality education

NEW YORK, USA, 4 February 2011 – At the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) held recently in Davos, Switzerland, leaders from business, politics, academia and other fields met to discuss solutions for pressing global challenges, including the challenge of achieving universal, quality education.

 

Regional Director sees progress towards development goals with equity in Syria
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 February 2011 – Syria is making laudable progress towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 target date, according to UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Shahida Azfar, who recently visited Damascus and its environs.

UNICEF Executive Director joins delegation to Angola, stressing commitment to end polio
LUANDA, Angola, 28 January 2011 – Luanda is a study in contrasts, with a busy port reflecting Angola’s status as one of Africa’s largest oil producers on the one hand and overcrowded shantytowns on the other. Many of those who live in the capital’s poorest areas lack access to safe water and sanitation, and live with the constant threat of disease.

UNICEF works with communities to improve key family practices in Niger
GARIN BAWA, Niger, 24 January 2011 – In the courtyard of her family’s compound, Zuliah Baba, 32, goes through her nightly chores under a full moon. The familiar sounds of similar household routines echo through this rural village – chores that are being influenced by an innovative new UNICEF programme, Key Family Practices, which is having a dramatic impact on child health in Niger.

UNICEF and Japan support improved education and health for vulnerable Somali children
BURAO, Somalia, 13 January 2011 – Teacher Faisal Ahmed turns from the blackboard and asks his class of eager teenagers about metres squared and metres cubed. In the third row from the front, Hibaq Abdirahman glances down at the math textbook on the desk before her, then shoots her hand up to explain the difference between area and volume.

UNICEF accelerates child survival efforts as Southern Sudan looks to rebuild
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 12 January 2011 – It is nearly daybreak outside Juba's El Shabbah Children’s Hospital, where a group have women wait patiently to be let in. Soon after sunrise, their patience is rewarded as the hospital springs to life like a well-oiled machine.

Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow urges more help for the world's most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, USA, 11 January 2011 – In a special video message featuring her own powerful photographs, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow urges the world to stay vigilant in reaching the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children before the 2015 deadline to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.

UNICEF-supported health centres combat malnutrition in Niger
TAKIETA, Niger, 4 January 2011 – Seeking shade from the scorching midday heat, a small crowd of mothers who have brought their children in for malnutrition screening gather at the public health centre in Niger’s south-central Maradi Region.

Pakistan launches girls’ education initiative
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 31 December 2010 - In a concerted effort to address gender disparities in education, Pakistan’s Ministry of Education, with the support of the National Commission for Human Development, the UNGEI Secretariat, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and UNICEF, launched the Pakistan Girls’ Education Initiative (PGEI) on 9 December at the Pakistan National Council for Arts.

In Somalia, UNICEF-supported programme treats malnutrition before it becomes life-threatening
HARGEISA, Somalia, 30 December 2010 – Salman Haji, 4, stands in the corner of a tin-walled hut, solemnly staring at the man in the white coat as he searches through an impressive amount of official looking paper spread across a large table in a seemingly random fashion. Eventually, a yellow medical card is found recording the details of Salman’s last visit to this mobile clinic, located on the outskirts of Hargeisa.

UNICEF in 2010: The year in review
NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 – For UNICEF and the world’s children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities. As 2010 draws to a close, it’s worth highlighting some of the moments that made this a year like no other.

Health care and immunization for Palestinian mothers and children in need
HABLEH, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 21 December 2010 – The Hableh government clinic on the West Bank is humming with activity. Today the clinic’s paediatrician is immunizing children, and the benches are lined with women holding children in one hand and, in the other, a ‘Mother and Child Handbook’ designed to track a child’s health and immunization status.

UNICEF supports village clinics to improve maternal and child health across Niger
MARADI, Niger, 15 December 2010 – With babies strapped to their backs and with health cards in hand, women begin arriving soon after daybreak, seemingly from every direction, in the dusty village of Sarkin Yamma Soffoua. By the time the small health post opens its doors at 8 a.m., more than 50 mothers are waiting with their children for regular check-ups or other consultations.

Motorbike ambulances help fight maternal mortality in Southern Sudan
YAMBIO, Southern Sudan, 13 December 2010 – Providing a fast, economical and efficient way to transport pregnant women to hospitals, the new E-Ranger motorbike ambulance - fitted with an attached sidecar bed in which a pregnant woman can sit comfortably - has become a veritable lifeline for Southern Sudan.

Meningitis vaccination campaign targets 12 million in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 8 December 2010 – .By the end of next week, 12 million Burkinabe children and young adults will receive a new meningitis vaccine. The drive to tackle this potentially fatal disease, which infects the lining around the brain and spinal cord, was launched by President Blaise Compaoré in the presence of leaders and ministers from other African countries affected by meningitis.

UNICEF supports large-scale intervention to prevent and treat malaria in DR Congo
DJUMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 7 December 2010 – The first day of Djuma’s mosquito net distribution provided the most festive few hours of two-year-old Nicole Katshinga’s life. It was as if the whole world had come to the remote village in Bandundu Province.

In India, UNICEF Executive Director urges focus on most vulnerable children to save lives
RAMPUR RATNAKER, India, 7 December 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited the Indian state of Bihar today and administered oral polio vaccine to babies brought by their families to be immunized during Village Health and Nutrition Day, which offers integrated health services to villagers once a month.

UNICEF trains health volunteers to promote exclusive breastfeeding in Myanmar
OKTWIN, Myanmar, 6 December 2010 – Bant Bwae Kone village in Oktwin township, located in Myanmar’s Bago Region, is one of the villages selected by UNICEF and the National Nutrition Centre (NNC) at the Ministry of Health in a new initiative to promote exclusive breastfeeding for infants and young children.

Immunization campaign aims to keep Abkhazia region polio-free
ABKHAZIA, Georgia, 3 December 2010- UNICEF, the Abkhaz authorities and the European Union have left no stone unturned in their efforts to keep the region polio-free.

Child-friendly schools create opportunities for all in targeted districts across Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 2 December 2010 – Schools in developed countries might take some basics for granted, including skilled teachers and an atmosphere that is conducive to children’s well-being. But in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and North Africa, few schools took such measures into consideration until recently.

Child-friendly schools improve the learning environment for Angolan youth
SIKATO, Angola, 1 December 2010 – Albano Natal expertly twists and cuts a length of metal reinforcement rod for the school latrine he is helping to build. To watch him work, you would hardly guess that he learned the skill less than a year ago. He beams proudly with the dual satisfaction of a job well done and a new toilet block for his children's school.

Podcast #31: Young people call for post-primary education opportunities
NEW YORK, USA, 29 November 2010 – In efforts to address and prevent the often overlooked global youth population from falling through programming, policy and funding cracks, the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) held a policy roundtable on ‘An Enabling Right: Education for Youth Affected by Crisis’ in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this month.

Community pre-schools as building blocks for access to primary education in Benin
SINENDE, Benin, 26 November 2010 – Despite Benin’s worst flooding in recent history, which inundated two-thirds of the West African country this past fall, UNICEF-supported education initiatives here continue to thrive.

European Union and UNICEF support maternal and child health in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 24 November 2010 – Improving maternal and child health services is a key priority for the Government of Uzbekistan, and UNICEF and European Union support is helping – as highlighted during an EU delegation’s visit to the country last week.

Second phase of polio immunization campaign carried out in DR Congo
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 23 November 2010 – DR Congo took a major step toward eradicating polio this month with the second round of a mass immunization campaign targeting children under the age of five in nine provinces.

In Yemen, community midwives save lives
HODEIDAH, Yemen, 23 November 2010 – Foreegah Ayeesh still remembers the afternoon a few months ago when she was called to check on Amat al-Rahman, who was 17 and pregnant.

UNICEF-sponsored Tour du Burkina Faso pedals a message of child survival
OUGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 18 November 2010 – The recent 24th edition of the Tour du Burkina Faso was a great opportunity for UNICEF to communicate messages on child survival. More than 4 million Burkinabe received information on critical family practices as the tour passed through their towns and villages.

For returned refugees in eastern Afghanistan, a community school make a difference
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, 16 November, 2010 – Until a few years ago, Nadak Bilak, a small village on a dusty plateau in eastern Afghanistan, had no access to safe water and little in the way of infrastructure. Twenty-eight former refugee families who had returned from Pakistan were settled here by the government, living in nothing more than mud houses.

UNICEF supports Beijing high-level conference on child rights in Asia and the Pacific
BEIJING, China, 8 November, 2010 – The conference started in the vast grandeur of China’s Great Hall of the People with one of the land’s most powerful leaders at the helm, and it ended with delegates from 28 countries in Asia and the Pacific symbolically stamping their thumbprints in red on a small screen.

UNICEF and partners respond to re-emergence of polio in DR Congo
KANANGA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 8 November 2010 – Kasai Occidental Province is the epicentre of a recent polio outbreak in the DR Congo, and the provincial capital Kananga is where a three-day immunization drive began at the end of October. Its aim: to reach more than 11 million children in 9 of the country’s 11 provinces.

Angola battles polio outbreak with massive immunization drive
LUANDA, Angola, 5 November 2010 – Little Georgina Luisa de Deus Nzongo smiles, pats her father’s cheek and chuckles like any other baby her age. But Georgina will not be able to run, ride a bike or engage in many other physical activities that her twin sister will enjoy as they grow up. Her legs are paralyzed for life.

African Development Forum builds consensus on climate change and sustainable growth
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 3 November 2010 – Hundreds of stakeholders from across the continent gathered here recently for the Seventh African Development Forum, or ADF VII, to discuss the forum’s theme, ‘Acting on Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa.’

European Union parliamentarians applaud Mother-Child Health project in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 2 November 2010 – Members of Parliament from the European Union visited Tashkent in October to see the positive results that Uzbekistan’s Mother and Child Health (MCH) project has produced – including improvements in safe motherhood and survival of newborns and children under the age of five.

Emergency aid and long-term solutions meet cholera outbreak in northern Cameroon
MOKOLO, Cameroon, 27 October 2010 – At the temporary cholera treatment centre in Mokolo village, northern Cameroon – a series of specially built tents accommodating cholera patients – Aminatou, 14, lies listlessly on a bed, weak from days of severe diarrhea. An intravenous drip is in her arm to stave off extreme dehydration.

Programme of improvements assures quality in mother and child health across Uzbekistan
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan, 26 October 2010 – In the delivery room at the regional hospital here in Namangan one day this past summer, Tukhtabaeva Margubu’s labour with her first child was already well along. Her expression alternated between understandable anxiety and pain from the contractions.

A package of simple changes boosts child survival across Uzbekistan
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan, 18 October 2010 – At the Namangan Children’s Multi-Profile Medical Centre in eastern Uzbekistan, early morning is the busiest time in the admissions department.

Safe water saves lives in Angola
KAMIKOTO, Angola, 15 October 2010 – Deep in the heart of Angola, a boy runs, jumps and splashes with friends in a river. Women wash their clothes under the cool shade of a large tree. A canoe passes by, its owner looking for fish.

Early childhood interventions key to achieving global equity, experts say
NEW YORK, USA, 14 October 2010 – Experts consider the period between birth and three years of age the most vital time for a child’s brain development and the time of greatest vulnerability to survival, nutritional and hygiene risks. But supporting children during these critical years is rarely a priority in national policies, programmes and budgets.

A community-led approach to sanitation and hygiene saves lives in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali, 11 October 2010 – Defecating in the open is still a common practice throughout rural regions of Mali, and in many villages, latrines are constructed only for the elderly or disabled.

Afghan Female Literacy Centres bring knowledge and new priorities to remote areas
NILI, Afghanistan, 11 October 2010 – Around 30 girls and women ranging in age between 12 and 70 sit in a small room in Nili, the capital of Afghanistan’s remote Daikundi province. Some have brought their children to the class, where they are learning to read for the first time.

Candid story reveals success preventing mother-to-child infection in South Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 6 October 2010 – Babalwa Mbono remembers the day in 2002 when she learned that she was living with HIV.  Ms. Mbono, who makes her home in Cape Town, South Africa, was pregnant with her second child. She had just found out that an HIV test administered at the start of her ante-natal care programme had come back positive.

Angolan organization targets most vulnerable in agriculture, HIV and other key areas
XANGOGO, Angola, 5 October 2010 – Large bulldozers removed river sand as workmen rolled fresh tar over the new bridge in Xangongo. The small town is home to little more than a bakery, a gas station and a small hotel for the truckers who haul South African goods into southern Angola. Development has arrived in Xangongo.

Early childhood education centres make strides in Malawi
CHITETA, Malawi, 4 October 2010 – Every weekday morning, Leviticus, 5, wakes his mother early. He is eager to get to the community-based childcare centre, a red brick building in eastern Malawi’s Chiteta village and a 2 km walk from Leviticus’ home.

Fighting Guinea Worm, a waterborne blight in Mali
GAO, Mali, 4 October 2010 – Guinea Worm, a painful parasitic disease, is endemic in northern Mali. Transmitted through contaminated water sources, the illness is just one of many challenges in ensuring safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the country.

Cash-transfer programme in Ethiopia transforms lives of vulnerable families
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 1 October 2010 – Roman Zewdu, 22, styles hair in the salon she opened in the front half of the one-room home she shares with her two younger sisters in Gondar Town.

In Rwanda, pneumonia vaccine fights top killer of children
NYAMATA, Rwanda, 27 September 2010 – It has been a little over a year since Rwanda introduced a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine known as PCV7. The vaccine protects children against one of the most common causes of pneumonia – with encouraging results.

Gaining ground on the Millennium Development Goals, with equity, in Nepal
KAVRE DISTRICT, Nepal, 24 September 2010 – From a distance, perched on a pretty Himalayan hilltop, Shiradi village looks like many other villages in the far west of Nepal, but it’s not.

Community-led water and sanitation projects take root in Nigeria
CALABAR, Nigeria, 23 September 2010 – Esther Etowa’s lively face is quick to break into an engaging smile. Her deep voice can change from a comforting murmur into a boom that can be heard across the width and breadth of a village – a useful quality in Ms. Etowa’s work.

Ghana strives for universal access to primary education by abolishing school fees
NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2010 – School fees are widely recognized as a major barrier to achieving Millennium Development Goal 2 on universal access to primary education. Adams Abdulai Iddrisu is the head teacher at Zoozugu Primary School in the Tamale region of northern Ghana – one of a few countries that has abolished school fees in recent years. He spoke to UNICEF Radio about how taking away the price tag has helped many students stay in school.

MDG summit events close at UNICEF with a call to action on helping the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2010 – At UNICEF’s closing event for the UN Millennium Development Goals summit last night, experts and world leaders gathered to highlight the importance of reaching the world’s most disadvantaged and hardest-to-reach children in order to achieve the MDGs with equity by 2015.

MDG summit events seek progress for all, including the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2010 – The UN Millennium Development Goals summit wrapped up with a strong emphasis on targeting the poorest and most vulnerable communities in order to meet the MDGs by their 2015 target date. In the final stretch of the busy three-day meeting, UNICEF participated in side events on three critical MDG target areas: maternal health, water and sanitation, and education.

On day two, events at MDG summit spotlight HIV/AIDS, nutrition, partnerships – and equity
NEW YORK, USA, 21 September 2010 – UNICEF took part in a packed agenda of side events during the second day of the UN Millennium Development Goals summit, spotlighting progress made and challenges ahead on HIV/AIDS, child health and nutrition.

UN Millennium Development Goals summit kicks off with events on education and child survival
NEW YORK, USA, 20 September 2010 – The United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals – the MDGs – kicked off today in New York with side events highlighting the goals on education and child survival. Discussions echoed the key conclusion of UNICEF’s recent ‘Progress for Children’ report: that an equity-based approach, targeting the poorest of the poor, offers the best hope of achieving the MDGs by their 2015 target date.

Health MDGs can be achieved equitably
NEW YORK, USA, 20 September 2010 – Progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals remains a fierce challenge for many in the developing world. Countries that have seen significant improvements in child and maternal health (MDGs 4, 5 and 6) have done so by refocusing on the poorest and most marginalized children and families.

Partners in Côte d’Ivoire work to reach thousands with safe water
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 20 September 2010 – At a checkpoint on the road leading to Niéméné, Côte d’Ivoire, stand three armed men in uniform. It has been eight years since Côte d’Ivoire was split in two, with Bouaké as the command centre of the rebel-held north, and life here is slowly returning to normal.

Women spearhead water and sanitation progress in Burkina Faso
GANZOURGOU PROVINCE, Burkina Faso, 17 September 2010 – Nurse Roland Nikiéma, 26, needs only to reach for a pile of dog-eared ledgers to produce evidence that his hard work is making headway.

In Ethiopia's parched regions, a water and sanitation programme reaches out
TSAHILO, Ethiopia, 16 September 2010 – Meles Gebregziabhere, 84, cannot remember how many great-grandchildren he has. But his memory is a treasure trove for the children who gather to hear his recollections of their village, Tsahilo, in northern Ethiopia.

Micronutrient supplementation brings new hope for children in Nepal
PALPA DISTRICT, Nepal, 15 September 2010 – Leela Rana has been volunteering as a Female Community Health Volunteer for the past five years. In this role she provides counselling and basic health and nutrition services to members of her community.

UNICEF and partners help Lao PDR Government address ‘alarming’ malnutrition levels
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 14 September 2010 – UNICEF and partners have joined forces with the Ministry of Health in Lao PDR to address worrying levels of malnutrition among children living in remote areas of the country.

Refocusing HIV efforts in sub-Saharan Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 13 September 2010 – In the push to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS by 2015, as called for by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals – a set of internationally recognized targets for reducing poverty worldwide – success may depend on forging connections with young African women, so that they are able to protect themselves and their partners against the epidemic.

Equity in child survival: An opportunity to do things better

NEW YORK, USA, 9 September 2010 - The theme of this year’s flagship ‘Progress for Children’ report, ‘Achieving the MDGs with Equity,’ makes reference to the gap in opportunity between the haves and the have-nots around the world. It is a gap that, in some cases, has widened over the past two decades.

Ghanaian children benefit from UNICEF 'IWASH' project
TAMALE, Ghana, 8 September 2010 – They say it takes a village to raise a child. But children themselves are equally capable of important work, as UNICEF Ghana’s new handwashing project, known as ‘IWASH,’ is proving.

Executive Board session opens with a focus on progress and equity
NEW YORK, USA, 7 September 2010 – The UNICEF Executive Board opened its second regular session of 2010 today with a focus on narrowing disparities in child survival and development within and among developing nations.

In Panama, Casa Esperanza helps children become students and leaders
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 7 September 2010 – Look beyond Panama's famous canal, and you'll find a world where an estimated 55,000 children under 18 are working in the streets, on farms, in fisheries and in coffee plantations.

'Progress for Children' report sheds new light on achieving Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, USA, 7 September 2010 – Addressing the needs of the poorest of the poor is the key to meeting ambitious development goals and reducing global injustice, according to a UNICEF’s latest ‘Progress for Children’ report. The report was released today, during the first day of a UNICEF Executive Board session at United Nations headquarters in New York.

UNICEF and IKEA partner for healthier babies in Jharkand state, India
KHUNTI, India, 2 September 2010 – Bilkani Sangha shakes her head in amazement when she recalls how she first fed her newborn baby. She remembers dipping a cloth into warm goat’s milk mixed with honey and jungle herbs, then slowly dripping the concoction into her tiny child’s mouth.

Life skills courses brighten the future for Syrian Arab Republic's refugees
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 September 2010 – Ibrahim, a refugee from Iraq, admits that he hasn’t been this nervous since his arrival in Syria. His eyes flicker around a large room in the heart the Jaramana refugee suburb, which is filled to capacity with other young refugees.

Christine’s story: Escaping poverty through education in post-earthquake Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 August 2010 – Christine, 14, lives in a camp for displaced people near the international airport here in the Haitian capital. “The only thing I know is that I know nothing,” says this energetic girl, who cites Socrates as her motivation for going to school.

Improved sanitation catches on in rural Ghana one latrine at a time
TAMALE, Ghana, 26 August 2010 – Peering through the doorway of the Chief’s hut in the village of Chirifoyili, into a courtyard littered with earthenware and ceramic cooking pots, it seems nothing has changed in this village for centuries.

Child-friendly schools make a progressive leap in Cambodia
STUNG TRENG PROVINCE, Cambodia, 25 August 2010 – Long Kan Buthom, 11, performs a traditional Khmer dance with ease. Her radiant smile, expressive hand movements and precise choreography come from long hours of practice.

New programme empowers Bangladeshi families to make more informed health choices
BANDARBAN, Bangladesh, 25 August 2010 – Chaity Tripura, 22, is the very picture of serenity as she stands outside her two-room home, cradling her one-month-old daughter in the warm afternoon air.

In a programme expanding across India, UNICEF and IKEA provide life-saving supplements
PAKAULI, India, 24 August 2010 – With promises of “sweet, sweet,” health worker Rita Kumari eases a teaspoon of liquid into two-year-old Kajal’s mouth. “There now, little one, you will be safe and feel better,” said Ms. Kumari. The toddler swallows the last drops of the diluted zinc tablet, a supplement that will help her fight a potentially deadly case of diarrhoea.

National plan for the promotion of water and sanitation under way in Mali
SOUFOUROULAYE, Mali, 19 August 2010 – At the Soufouroulaye Primary School in Mali, a derelict water pump stands dry in the dusty playground, quenching no one's thirst.

Alongside Syrian health workers, UNICEF battles varied causes of malnutrition
AL-HASAKEH, Syrian Arab Republic, 18 August 2010 – Syria’s Al-Hasakah governorate is just minutes away from Mosul, one of Iraq’s most violent cities. Yet one of the biggest challenges facing children here is an alarming rise in malnutrition perpetuated by a constant drought.

Health workers build a network of support for new mothers in Uzbekistan
GULISTAN, Uzbekistan, 18 August 2010 – Two-month-old Abdulaziz is sleeping quietly in the arms of his mother, Dildora Rakhmankulova.

UNICEF-supported child-friendly schools bring education to rural Ghana
TARIKPAA, Ghana, 17 August 2010 – Elizabeth, 12, is fighting to achieve a dream that was once also her father’s – completing an education.

In Côte d'Ivoire, mothers start a club to invest in the future of girls' education
ABOBO, Côte d’Ivoire, 16 August 2010 – Habibata Ouattara was 17 years old when she was removed from school and forced to marry a man her family had chosen for her. Today, as the Secretary-General of a local School Girl Mothers’ Club – known by the acronym CMEF – Ms. Ouattara strives to ensure that girls in her community stay in school and complete their education.

Education reaches girls at a child-friendly school in rural Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt, 16 August 2010 – Yusriya, 13, wears her teacher-made crown with pride. A confident smile spreads across her face as she begins her class presentation on sanitation.