Press releases and news notes
Eastern and Southern Africa
Thousands of children to be gradually released from armed group in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 January, 2015 – UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilizations of children. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei State, eastern South Sudan. Further phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month.
Government of Somalia ratifies UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – As the world enters into the 26th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Somalia has become the 194th state party to ratify the Convention, setting a course to improve the lives of its youngest citizens.
UNICEF steps up relief efforts for Malawi flood victims as rains continue
LILONGWE/BLANTYRE, Malawi, 19 January 2015 – As heavy rains continue to fall in Malawi, UNICEF is stepping up its relief efforts, airlifting an initial 90 tons of supplies, as it seeks to reach those most in need.
One year after conflict, children still under daily threat in South Sudan
JUBA/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – The future for a generation of children in South Sudan is being stolen by the year-long conflict in the country, which has driven hundreds of thousands of children from their homes, schools and communities; subjecting them to violence, malnutrition and disease, the UNICEF said today.
Give South Sudan’s Children a Healthy Start
JUBA, South Sudan, 14 October 2014 – The South Sudan National and State Ministry of Health, Sanitation and Environment, UNICEF and WFP kicked off a new outreach and a mass-screening campaign today to address the nutrition crisis, which UNICEF says is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
Child malnutrition emergency in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 23 September 2014 – Tens of thousands of children under the age of five remain at risk of malnutrition-related death in South Sudan, despite temporary improvements in the food security situation that were released today by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) group of experts.
UNICEF launches ‘app store for good’
NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 – UNICEF today launched RapidPro – an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services.
Africa will be home to 2 in 5 children by 2050: UNICEF Report
JOHANNESBURG, 12 August 2014 – An unprecedented projected increase in Africa’s child population size provides policymakers with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to craft a child-focused investment strategy that enables the continent, and the world, to reap the benefits of Africa’s demographic transition, UNICEF said in a report issued today.
Children in South Sudan cannot wait for famine before world acts
JUBA, South Sudan, 25 July 2014 - The Executive Directors of UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action, as they met severely malnourished children and their mothers affected by the conflict in the world's newest country.
UNICEF and WFP stepping up assistance to desperate people in remote areas of South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 July 2014 – UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up joint missions to reach desperate people in remote areas of South Sudan where the number of children at risk of death from malnutrition-related causes has increased dramatically and a hunger catastrophe is looming.
Measles threatens thousands of Somali children
MOGADISHU/GAROWE/HARGEISA, Somalia, 10 June 2014 – Outbreaks of measles in several regions have left thousands of Somali children at risk of disability or death if they are not urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
UNICEF, UNFPA stand behind Africa’s biggest anti child marriage push
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 29 May 2014 – UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) welcomed the first African Union campaign to end child marriage launched in Addis Ababa today.
Ending violence against children: Translating data into action
MBABANE, Swaziland, 26 May 2014 – Ways to translate data on violence against boys and girls into concrete measures to stop it will be discussed at a global meeting to be held in the capital of Swaziland, 28-30 May 2014.
Fresh attacks in South Sudan squeeze humanitarian efforts
JUBA, South Sudan, 3 March 2014 – With fresh outbreaks of fighting in South Sudan likely to displace tens of thousands of additional people, UNICEF said today the emergency in the world’s newest nation risks becoming overwhelming. Nearly 900,000 people – half of them children – have already been forced from their homes in South Sudan.
African leaders commit to the rights of people with disabilities
LILONGWE, Malawi, 10 February 2014 – The rights of people living with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, received a boost today at the conclusion of the first ever African Leaders Forum on Disability, as government, civil society and development actors committed to challenge stigma and inequity by seeking their inclusion in the continent’s development agenda.
Dire humanitarian crisis emerging in South Sudan, says UNICEF
BOR, South Sudan, 26 January 2014 – In the wake of the ceasefire signed late last week, UNICEF is warning of a humanitarian crisis unfolding outside Bor town in Jonglei state and other towns in South Sudan.
'Breaking Views with UNICEF' hits the airwaves
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa/NAIROBI, Kenya/FLORENCE, Italy, 16 January 2014 - UNICEF today launched a groundbreaking new TV series: Breaking Views with UNICEF. The series of 26 interviews will air on prime time television from Thursday 16 January, on E News Channel Africa, ENCA, across East and Southern Africa, and on BSkyB in the UK.
Massive campaign to get one million Somali children into school to be launched
MOGADISHU/GAROWE/HARGEISA, 6 September 2013 - The Somali authorities are launching a wide ranging campaign to give one million children and youth access to education as part of an ambitious Go 2 School Initiative.
UN agencies meet in Nairobi to enhance cooperation in global fight against malnutrition
NAIROBI, 26 August 2013 – The UN System Network for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) is holding its first meeting in Africa from 26-28 August in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together experts from various UN agencies working on the continent to drive forward the fight against undernutrition.
Severe drought puts millions at risk in Angola and Namibia
JOHANNESBURG/WINDHOEK/LUANDA, 15 August 2013 – As one of the worst droughts in 30 years grips the southern African countries of Angola and Namibia, the threat of hunger, malnutrition, disease and lost livelihoods is growing.
Children in Somalia to receive new vaccination against deadly diseases
Mogadishu/Garowe/Hargeisa, SOMALIA 24 April 2013 – The Somali authorities have launched today a new five-in-one-vaccine against several potentially fatal childhood diseases which could save thousands of young lives.
Katy Perry teams up with UNICEF and visits children in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 April 2013 – Internationally acclaimed American singer and songwriter Katy Perry has visited Madagascar to bring attention to the situation of children in the tropical island country, one of the poorest in the world and still recovering from a political crisis that began in 2009.
UNICEF seeks nearly US$7 million for tens of thousands of flood victims in Mozambique
MAPUTO, 14 February 2013 – UNICEF is seeking US$6.8 million to meet the needs of tens of thousands of children and women affected by severe flooding of the Limpopo River in Mozambique.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom spends a day with South African Children
CAPE TOWN, 2 December 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom met with children and young people near Cape Town today to learn...
African Ministers to agree on steps to strengthen civil registration throughout the continent
DURBAN, South Africa, 6 September 2012 - Recognizing the crucial role of effective civil registration for social and economic development, Ministers from...
Rwanda wins prestigious commonwealth education award
MAURITIUS, 30 August 2012 – Rwanda today won a prestigious Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award for its work on fast tracking Nine Year...
A year without polio: Angola celebrates victory with a vision to eradicate
LAUNDA, 10 August, 2012 – Today, Angola marks a year without a new wild poliovirus case, moving the world a step closer to the final global goal of eradicating...
Horn of Africa crisis one year on: famine reversed, countless lives saved, but situation of millions of women and children still grave
NAIROBI, 20 July 2012 - A year ago today, the crisis in the Horn of Africa reached boiling point when the United Nations declared famine in two regions of...
UNICEF joins Google in launching the Online Family Safety Centre
PRETORIA, 1 June 2012 – UNICEF has joined Government, civil society, media companies and Google to launch the South African version of the Google...
Break the cycle of disasters for the children of the Sahel and act now, says UNICEF
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 4 April 2012 – As malnutrition reaches emergency levels across the Sahel with at least one million children at risk, UNICEF’s Executive...
UNICEF: Ending child under-nutrition critical to achieving virtually all MDGs by 2015
KAMPALA, 2 April, 2012 – UNICEF today appealed for the inclusion of nutrition security as an essential element of every national development plan...
UNICEF and partners gear up to assist victims of cyclone Giovanna in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 14 February 2012 – UNICEF, the national office for disaster response and other humanitarian partners are gearing up their relief...
DFID provides UNICEF with new funding to help Zambia reach health and environment MDGs with Equity
LUSAKA, Zambia, 9 January 2012 - The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting the UNICEF sanitation and...
Burundi: Government and partners mobilize for food security and nutrition to ensure child survival and development
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI, 14 December 2011 – The first high-level forum on food security and nutrition took place in Burundi between 12 and 14 December...
Investments for children must be at top of African HIV and AIDS agenda
Climate change set to exacerbate child vulnerability in South Africa
PRETORIA, 19 November 2011 – Climate change will exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities of children in South Africa, unless mitigation and adaptation...
Massive humanitarian response to Somalia famine has saved children’s lives
NAIROBI, 18 November 2011 – Following the release of the latest survey findings from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) in Somalia...
UNICEF extremely concerned about the impact of escalating conflict in Somalia on children
NAIROBI, Kenya, 15 November 2011 – UNICEF is extremely concerned about the impact on children of the escalating conflict in Somalia...
Kuwait funds UNICEF for drought affected areas in Somalia
NEW YORK, 10 November 2011 - The State of Kuwait has contributed 250 thousand US dollars to UNICEF in Somalia for humanitarian response to the...
UNICEF commends Rwanda for focusing on adolescents at 7th Annual Paediatric Conference on Children and HIV
KIGALI, Rwanda, 9 November 2011 - At the nation’s seventh annual conference on Children and HIV, UNICEF emphasized the importance of investing in...
UNICEF opens humanitarian warehouse in Dubai for nutrition supplies for Southern Somalia
COPENHAGEN, 4 November 2011 – UNICEF announced the opening of its first humanitarian transit hub for nutrition supplies destined for Somalia...
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit UNICEF’s life-saving emergency supply centre in Copenhagen to highlight desperate plight of children in East Africa
COPENHAGEN, 2 November 2011 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a special visit to UNICEF’s global Supply Centre in Copenhagen today...
UNICEF urges media to hear the voices of children on climate change
PRETORIA, 31 October 2011 - As South Africa prepares for the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate...
UNICEF report: Crisis in the Horn of Africa far from over
NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 October 2011 – The massive international response to the child survival crisis in the Horn of Africa has already shown some positive...
Zambia: “Brothers for Life” Begins to Reach Grassroots
KABWE, Zambia, 18 October 2011 – The National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council has distributed more than 30,000 Brothers for Life posters and brochures...
Most difficult place to grow up: Somalia has the world’s highest child mortality rate
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 September 2011 – Stricken by chronic conflict and recurring drought for decades, Somalia now has the world’s highest mortality rate for children under the age of five...
UNICEF starts food voucher and cash transfer programme southern Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya, 13 September 2011 – UNICEF and its partners are striving to reach children and their families affected by famine and drought in southern Somalia...
UNICEF accelerates support to education as school term starts across Horn of Africa
NAIROBI, 9 September 2011 - As a new academic term began this week in countries affected by the on-going drought in the Horn of Africa, UNICEF...
UNICEF strengthens water delivery to vulnerable communities in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI CITY, 6 September 2011 – DJIBOUTI CITY, 6 September 2011 – As part of the response to the drought crisis in Djibouti, UNICEF launched...
Water-borne diseases are lethal threat to children in southern Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 August 2011 – An urgent multi-sectoral response is being mounted to contain the spread of cholera with an increasing number of...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo to lead a live Q&A on Livestream on the crisis in the Horn of Africa
Media Advisory - 15 August 2011
Education Cluster rapid assessment warns of massive school drop out in Somalia
NAIROBI/GENEVA, 9 August 2011 – With an estimated 1.8 million children aged between 5-17 years already out of school in South and Central Somalia...
The Government of Tanzania announces commitment to address findings on the violence against children survey report
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 9 August 2011 – The results of a pioneering survey led by the Government of Tanzania released today reveal an urgent need...
UNICEF delivering for children of Dadaab as needs in host communities and camps grow
GENEVA/NAIROBI/ DADAAB, Kenya 5 August 2011 - UNICEF is ramping up operations to meet the rising humanitarian needs of Somali children and families...
Saving children in southern Somalia must be first priority
NAIROBI, 29 July 2011 - With an estimated 1.25 million children across Southern Somalia in urgent need of life saving interventions and 640,000 acutely...
Vaccination campaigns for children underway in the Horn of Africa
NAIROBI, 26 July 2011 – This week, UNICEF, the Kenya Ministry of Health and WHO have launched a vaccination campaign for children living in the...
UNICEF plans massive scale up to respond to crises in Horn of Africa
NAIROBI/GENEVA, 22 July 2011 - With famine now declared in two regions of Southern Somalia and malnutrition rates at emergency levels in arid and semi...
Situation in Horn of Africa set to get worse for millions of children
NAIROBI, Kenya, 17 July 2011 – UNICEF has called for an immediate expansion of assistance across the Horn of Africa’s drought affected communities, to address the...
Emergency supplies airlifted to southern Somalia in response to worsening child malnutrition
NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 July 2011 - UNICEF has airlifted emergency nutrition supplies and water-related equipment to Baidoa, Bay region in southern Somalia...
Uganda announces elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
KAMPALA/Uganda, 13 July 2011 – Uganda today announced that it has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). The country is the 20th to do...
UNICEF estimates the lives of over 2 million children are threatened by the crisis unfolding in the Horn of Africa
NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 July 2011 – UNICEF estimates that over two million young children are malnourished and in need of urgent life-saving...
UNICEF calls African governments to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2011 – Thousands of children in Africa are experiencing violence, exploitation and abuse on a daily basis. The situation is...
UNICEF statement on passing of mama Albertina Sisulu
Statement - 3 June 2011
Global launch of the Opportunity in Crisis Report “Preventing HIV from early adolescence to early adulthood” with UN partners and the World Bank
UNICEF welcomes Rwanda’s campaign to eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child
BUGESERA, Rwanda, 13 May 2011 – UNICEF welcomed the announcement yesterday of a national campaign to eliminate the vertical transmission of HIV from mother to child...
UNICEF Distributes emergency supplies to flood-affected families in Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia, 29 April 2011 – UNICEF continues a robust relief operation in the North of Namibia, which has been affected by the heaviest rains and worst flooding in 120 years...
South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and UNICEF bring together experts from Government, civil society and academia to focus the spotlight on children’s rights
JOHANNESBURG, 23 March 2011 – With human rights on the minds of all South Africans this week, the South African Human Rights Commissions (SAHRC)...
UNICEF launches report on the Situation of Women and Children in Zimbabwe
HARARE Zimbabwe, 18 March 2011 — UNICEF and the Government of Zimbabwe today called for action to improve the status of women and children...
UN agencies and partners agree on framework to eliminate transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies
NAIROBI, 17 March 2011 – Key partners working in the area of HIV and AIDS have agreed on a way forward to boost the elimination of mother-to-child-transmission...
Ongoing Somalia crisis is a children’s crisis says UNICEF
NAIROBI, Kenya, 11 March 2011 – Amid heavy fighting in parts of Somalia, UNICEF is seriously concerned about the severe impact on children and young people...
UNICEF, WHO and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation applaud Angolan Government for renewed commitment to polio eradication, pledge support, and urge continued action
LUANDA, 25 January 2011 - As their visit to Angola came to a close today, Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Global Health...
UNICEF and Gates Foundation join forces to support Angola's efforts to eradicate polio
LUANDA, 21 January 2011 - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF today announced that Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, and Dr. Tachi Yamada...
WFP and UNICEF to scale up nutrition to fight child stunting in Southern and Eastern Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 18 January 2010 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF agreed today to work together to reduce levels...
Mozambique eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
MAPUTO, Mozambique - 23 November 2010 – Mozambique has joined the ranks of the 19 countries that have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus...
Two million Ugandan children targeted for polio immunizations
KAMPALA, 18 November 2010 - In response to the polio case detected in the Bugiri district in mid-October, the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF...
Whole populations to be vaccinated in emergency response to polio outbreak
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo/DAKAR, Senegal 11 November 2010 – The first wave of mass polio immunization campaigns -targeting 3 million people...
UNICEF Executive Director launches innovative approach to the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Kenya
NAIROBI, 29 October 2010 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake joined the Kenya Government and other partners on Friday to roll out an innovative...
Social protection needed to protect and support children affected by HIV and AIDS
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA, 20 October - In an effort to forge greater commitment for child sensitive social protection policies, 40 parliamentarians from...
Zimbabwe water and sanitation sector to receive a boost
HARARE, 4 October 2010 - In a collective move to avert the recurrence of waterborne diseases and rehabilitate the country’s water, sanitation and...
UNICEF welcomes Angolan Government campaign to reduce maternal and infant mortality
LUANDA, 25 August 2010 – According to the results of a Government survey released this month, Angola has made significant stride...
Angola launches nation-wide polio immunization campaign
LUANDA, 4 August 2010 - In anticipation of Angola’s upcoming polio immunization campaign from 6-8 August, UNICEF and WHO call for the full...
Horn of Africa once again polio-free, UNICEF and polio partners announce
ATLANTA/EVANSTON/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 July 2010 – The Horn of Africa is again polio-free, with Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda having...
Launch of the National Child Health Week and Measles Campaign in Zambia
LUSAKA, 19 July 2010 – The Ministry of Health in Zambia and partners, including UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), today launched...
World Cup in My Village an enormous success
NEW YORK/CAPE TOWN, 12 July - Thousands of young people in the most remote areas in Rwanda and Zambia watched the 2010 FIFA World Cup...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to visit Uganda
KAMPALA / UGANDA, 9 July 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow is traveling to Uganda this Wednesday to meet with children impacted...
UNICEF Korea and Seoul broadcasting systems team up to leave a legacy for children
INANDA, DURBAN, 23 June 2010 - Amidst the excitement of the Republic of Korea’s progression to the second round of the World Cup, representatives from...
Thousands attend screening of matches in rural Rwanda
NEW YORK/Rubavu District, 25 June 2010 - More than 3000 young people and their families in rural Rwanda watched the opening game of the World...
WHO and UNICEF concerned about measles outbreak in Eastern and Southern Africa
NAIROBI/ HARARE, 18 June 2010 – A steep increase in cases of measles in Eastern and Southern Africa has put recent gains in reducing mortality due...
UNICEF urges increased investment in Africa’s children for the continent’s future development
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2010 – Many of the millions of African children who don’t live to see their fifth birthday could be saved with greater...
UNICEF: Long-term local and international financial support a must to deliver basic services to Somali children
NAIROBI, KENYA, 15 June 2010 – Children in Somalia need sustained and significant local and international financial and material support to ensure...
Launch of campaign on accelerated reduction of maternal mortality in Zambia
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA, 11 June 2010 – The Ministry of Health and its partners including UNICEF are planning to conduct a vigorous campaign to intensify...
First glimpse of World Cup for rural African youth
NEW YORK, 8 June 2010 - Young Africans are passionate about soccer, and some young people in remote parts of the continent will be able to watch...
UNICEF applauds tourism industry’s commitment to stop child sex tourism
JOHANNESBURG, 9 June 2010 - UNICEF applauded the South African tourism and hospitality industry for its significant commitment to put an end to child sex...
UNICEF announces key actions to enhance child protection during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond
PRETORIA, 1 June 2010 - With 10 days to go till the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, UNICEF today launched a comprehensive campaign aimed at...
Towards an AIDS free generation: African countries galvanized to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV
NAIROBI, Kenya, 27, May 2010 – Government representatives from 20 African countries highly affected by HIV/AIDS gathered today in Nairobi to discuss...
World Cup 2010: MXit launches free UNICEF Red Card contact to help keep children safe
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 26 May 2010 - UNICEF South Africa today announced that it has teamed up with popular mobile-based social networking...
Towards virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
President Zuma calls for parental vigilance during the World Cup at the launch of Child Protection Week
PRETORIA, 21 May, 2010 - With twenty days before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™ in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma joined Social Development...
Fight to end African polio outbreak enters second round
DAKAR/BRAZZAVILLE, 23 April 2010 – More than 77 million children in 16 countries will be vaccinated against polio from tomorrow (Saturday) in the critical second round of a synchronized...
UNICEF Executive Director visit to Zambia focuses on the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and young people
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA, 9 April 2010 - On a two-day trip to Zambia, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman advocated for greater HIV and AIDS...
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits the Kingdom of Lesotho
LESOTHO, 8 April 2010 – During a two day trip to Lesotho, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman met with Government officials, visited health...
African Governments urged to adopt Hague Conventions on children
PRETORIA, South Africa, 23 February 2010 - Senior Government officials from 15 States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region will meet in...
UNICEF congratulates Rwanda on being declared first landmine-free country in the world
KIGALI, December 4, 2009 - UNICEF extended its congratulations to the Government of Rwanda today for being the first country in the world to...
UNICEF applauds South African Government’s new HIV strategy
PRETORIA, 3 December 2009 - UNICEF welcomes the momentous and historic decision by the Government of South Africa to greatly expand...
Key outcomes of Rwanda First National Nutrition Summit
KIGALI, November 30, 2009 - At the end of a historic three day Summit to discuss nutrition as a foundation of sustainable development...
Progress as Africa marks ten years since the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child came into force
ADDIS ABABA, 26 November 2009 – “Significant strides have been made in the promotion of child survival, development, protection...
UNICEF and Government of Zimbabwe release new social sectors data
HARARE 24 November 2009 – UNICEF together with the Government of Zimbabwe today released new social development data which revealed...
UNICEF welcomes decision by the Somali Transitional Federal Government to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NAIROBI, KENYA, 20 November 2009 - UNICEF today welcomed the announcement by the Somali Transitional Federal Government that it...
For the first time, Child Health Days reach displaced communities in Afgoye, south Somalia
NAIROBI, KENYA, 11 November 2009 - Somali children and women received a high-impact life-saving health package during the Child health Days...
Zambia launches campaign against gender-based violence
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA 29 October 2009 – Zambian President, His Excellency, Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, today launched the National Communication...
UNICEF provides cars to strengthen services for street children in Rwanda
KIGALI, RWANDA, 22 October, 2009 - UNICEF today provided two jeeps to FIDESCO to facilitate the re-integration of street children in their..
UNICEF concerned about the worsening impact on children of the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa
NAIROBI, 14 October 2009 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the increasing number of children affected by drought and hunger in the Horn of Africa...
UNICEF supports national measles campaign in Rwanda
BUGESERA, RWANDA, 6 October 2009 - To continue a tradition launched in 2008, Rwanda today organized the third round of Mother and Child Health...
UNICEF advancing child priorities Africa-wide through African Union
ADDIS ABABA, 5 October 2009 - Partnership with the African Union (AU) is crucial for the advancement of priorities for children in Africa...
Zimbabwe’s children receive vital education support
HARARE, 14 September 2009 – The Government of Zimbabwe, UNICEF and the international donor community today unveiled a $70 million partnership...
New Regional Director for UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa
GENEVA/NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 25 August 2009 - UNICEF is pleased to welcome Elhadj Amadou Gueye Sy as the new Regional Director for Eastern...
Zambia: MPs pledge action on rights of disabled
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA 19 August 2009 -- Members of influential parliamentary committees in Zambia have pledged to ensure full rights of people living with...
Somali children at high risk as escalating hostilities against aid work cause postponement of life-saving supply delivery
NAIROBI, KENYA, 13 August 2009 – UNICEF today had to postpone the dispatch of hundreds of tons of life-saving nutritional supplies for the prevention...
World Breastfeeding Week celebrated in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 5 August 2009 – The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF and other partners today joined over 120 countries worldwide to...
UN welcomes access to legal aid for child detainees in Rwanda
KIGALI, RWANDA, July 27 2009 - As part of a new initiative launched by the Ministry of Justice, supported by UNICEF and the Dutch Government...
Findings on access to anti-HIV drugs discussed at international conference
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 22 July 2009 — An estimated 4 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the end...
Ministry of Health and UNICEF Zambia join with mobile phone companies for Child Health Week
LUSAKA, 16 July 2009 – To highlight Zambia’s Child Health Week activities, which this year focus on preventing polio, the Ministry of Health and...
Hostilities against aid work in Jowhar put lives of Somali children and women at risk
NAIROBI, 17 June 2009 - UNICEF Somalia is gravely disturbed by the new wave of aggression and hostilities against humanitarian aid work in Somalia which is putting lives of...
African Youth seek more opportunity to voice their opinion
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA / JOHANNESBURG 16 June 2009 – On average, 30 per cent of young people, aged 15 to 17 are afraid to voice their...
HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting concludes in Windhoek, Namibia
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA 14 June 2009 – The 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting concluded after four days of discussions, presentations, and plenary sessions...
Swaziland: Fit for children, one day at a time
MBABANE/SWAZILAND, 1 June 2009 – UNICEF gathered with more than 100 children, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, 7 cabinet ministers...
Ministry of health and UNICEF launch a national campaign against cholera in Guinea Bissau
GUINEA BISSAU, Bissau, 20 April 2009 – A nationwide cholera prevention campaign is underway in Guinea Bissau, which last year saw an...
UNICEF and partners mobilise to counter meningitis outbreaks
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 9 April 2009 – In an effort to save lives and contain the spread of meningitis, the GAVI Alliance has agreed to fast-track...
Securing rights of adolescent girls is critical for achieving development goals
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 8 April 2009 – Parliamentarians are convening today to address the urgent need for accelerated progress in protecting...
Zimbabwe education crisis worsens
HARARE, 10 February 2009 – As the world focuses on the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister and the commencement of a government of national unity...
UNICEF Executive Director visits Zimbabwe
HARARE, 17 January 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, today announced that the United Nations will make available $5 million for the health sector ...
UNICEF: Extreme Risks for Pregnant Women and Newborn Babies in Developing Countries
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 January 2009 - Women in the world’s least developed countries are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth ...
Largest ever, life saving campaign to reach 1.5 million Somali children
NAIROBI, 29 December 2008 – Over 1.5 million children under the age of five and women of child-bearing age across the entire country of Somalia will benefit ...
In the wake of dozens of killings of Albinos in Tanzania, UNICEF urges action and respect for human life
DAR ES SALAAM, 23 December 2008 – Following the spate of gruesome murders of albinos in Tanzania, UNICEF has called...
UNICEF airlifts cholera and health supplies to Zimbabwe
HARARE, 22 December 2008 – UNICEF’s first ever airlift of critical emergency supplies to Zimbabwe has landed in Harare, as Zimbabwe grapples with...
President Chissano launches UNICEF report “The State of Africa’s Children 2008”
NAIROBI, 25 November 2008 - UNICEF’s inaugural report The State of Africa’s Children 2008 was launched today by Former President of Mozambique...
South Africa launches its first ever Vitamin “A” supplementation campaign
PRETORIA, 9 September 2008 - South Africa has launched its first ever national Vitamin “A” campaign, which aims to reach a total of 4 million children over an intensive 12 day period...
Situation worsens for children as relief measures falter in Horn crisis
Nairobi, 5 September 2008 - Children, already casualties of the complex drought, food price and conflict crisis unfolding in the Horn of Africa, are...
UNICEF launches campaign on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
PRETORIA, 2 September 2008 – UNICEF has announced the launch of a new advertising campaign aimed at dispelling stigma on HIV transmission from parent to child.
Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia
NAIROBI, 12 August 2008 – Youth can help curb effects of climate change in Somalia by sharing knowledge, mobilizing communities and taking action...
UNICEF Executive Director announces $3 million for Mozambican children affected by global food price increases
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 1 August 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann. M. Veneman, concluding a 3-day visit to Mozambique ...
UNICEF Executive Director launches tetanus campaign in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 30 July 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded her visit to Madagascar by launching a tetanus campaign ...
UNICEF Executive Director pays first visit to Madagascar to see cyclone recovery
ANALANJIROFO, Madagascar, 28 July 2008 – Ann M. Veneman, on the first-ever visit by a UNICEF Executive Director to Madagascar, spent Sunday in Analanjirofo ...
UNICEF and partners continue delivering nutritional services for Somali children
NAIROBI, 24 July 2008 - While security conditions continue to deteriorate particularly in the Southern parts of Somalia, UNICEF and partners ...
Djibouti women and children in the spotlight
DJIBOUTI, 7 July 2008 – Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa has concluded a three-day visit to Djibouti ...
UNICEF: Soaring child deaths in Greater Horn of Africa must be averted
NAIROBI, 2 July 2008 - A lethal mix of drought, expanding conflict, rising food and energy prices, disease, and high poverty is pushing children and their families ...
Life-saving therapeutic supplies arrive in Ethiopia for emergency relief
ADDIS ABABA, GENEVA, 1 July 2008 – A massive airlift of the ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) Plumpy’Nut arrived in Addis Ababa last night as part of UNICEF’s ...
European Union & UNICEF to launch major water-sanitation project
UNICEF calls for full resumption of services for children in Zimbabwe
NAIROBI, 13 June 2008 – On the eve of The Day of the African Child, UNICEF today expressed its deep concern at the Zimbabwe...
Child health week on course in Zambia
LUSAKA, 12 June 2008- The first round of Child Health Week – held from the 16 - 21 of June –encourages every Zambian family and caregiver...
UNICEF responds to emergency needs of children and women affected by xenophobic violence in South Africa
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 May 2008 - UNICEF South Africa has joined forces with the cities of Johannesburg, Ekhuruleni, and Tshwane, areas...
Violence in Zimbabwe affecting children and relief effort
NAIROBI / JOHANNESBURG, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF today strongly denounced the political violence that has displaced at least 10,000 children in Zimbabwe....
Achievements Offer New Prospects for Success in Global Efforts to Help Africa’s Children
TOKYO, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF today called for large-scale, focused investments in improved health systems for sub-Saharan Africa, to capitalize...
UNICEF responds to emergency needs of children and women affected by xenophobic violence in South Africa
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 May 2008 - UNICEF South Africa has joined forces with the cities of Johannesburg, Ekhuruleni, and Tshwane, areas hardest hit by the violence, to provide...
Djibouti: First country to launch the joint UNFPA/UNICEF global program to accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C
DJIBOUTI, 8 May 2008 – Djibouti First Lady Ms Kadra Mahamoud Haïd launched the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme and Trust Fund to accelerate...
Critical health care fails to reach most women and children in high mortality countries despite gains in fighting child killer diseases
CAPE TOWN, 16 APRIL 2008 – Leading global health experts, policy-makers and parliamentarians are convening in Cape Town today to address the urgent need for accelerated...
UNICEF welcomes signing of Children’s Act into law in South Africa
CAPE TOWN, 8 April 2008 -UNICEF today welcomed the signing of the Children’s Amendment Act by the President of the Republic of South Africa...
UNICEF sends emergency education supplies to Zambia
LUSAKA, 19 March 2008 – As part of its emergency response to assist flood affected Zambian schools, UNICEF, has flown in 58 schools-in-a-box from its supply division in Copenhagen...
A national campaign in Zimbabwe against child abuse
HARARE, 27 February 2008 - The number of reported cases of children being raped in Zimbabwe has increased by more than 40 per cent in the...
Hundreds of thousands of children suffer the consequences of the post-election crisis in Kenya
NAIROBI, 16 January 2008 - UNICEF estimates that at least 100,000 children have been displaced in Kenya since the crisis began with as...
Relief effort underway as number of displaced by Mozambique floods continues to rise
MAPUTO, 14 January 2008 – UNICEF said today it is scaling up its response in central Mozambique as the number of people displaced by...
UNICEF steps up its emergency response to the Mozambique floods
Maputo, 7 January 2008 – UNICEF is stepping up its emergency response in Mozambique as the country is bracing itself for widespread...
New radio soap opera brings children’s issues into Sudanese homes
KHARTOUM, 13 December 2007 - A new radio soap opera called ‘Sika Tawadi’ will be launched in Sudan, bringing children’s...
Netherlands donates US $41 million for safe water and Sanitation in Kenya
NAIROBI, 6 December 2007 - More than 1.3 million Kenyans will gain access to safe water and sanitation for the first time, thanks to the Government of...
Back to school campaign in eastern DRC
GOMA, 30 November 2007 – A UNICEF Back to School campaign in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has provided...
More than four million mothers and children to benefit during Madagascar’s third ‘Mother and Child Health Week’
Antananarivo, 30 October 2007 – Today marks the end of Madagascar’s third Mother and Child Health Week, which was officially launched by the Government...
Improving education in Madagascar by distance education programmes
ANTANANARIVO, 28 September 2007 - The very first of a series of four distance education radio programmes, by the Ministry of Education is being aired this week.
Measles and Malaria prevention campaign in Madagascar
WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 October 2007 - The government of Madagascar, in collaboration with international partners, is launching a national health...
UNICEF highlights needs of flood-affected Ugandans
KAMPALA, 25 September 2007 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern over the situation of some 300,000 people affected by flooding in eastern and...
UNICEF encouraged by Mogadishu meeting on humanitarian access
MOGADISHU, 21 September 2007- On the eve of the International Day of Peace, a delegation from the UN agencies met with the President and...
UNICEF welcomes USAID donation of US$3.9 million for the forgotten children of Somalia
NAIROBI, 3 September 2007 - In the midst of a deteriorating humanitarian situation for the children of Somalia, UNICEF received...
Half a million children to benefit from teachers’ Lifeskills training project
HARARE, 27 August 2007 - Almost 500,000 students will benefit as 1500 primary and secondary school teachers this week begin a HIV and AIDS Lifeskills in-service training...
Ethiopian running legend, Goodwill Ambassador Berhane Adere fundraising in run up to race
ADDIS ABABA, 24 August 2007 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world class runner, Berhane Adere, today launched the Millennium Dream Campaign to raise one...
Progress against Domestic Violence as traditional Chiefs trained
HARARE, 21 August 2007 – Following the historic enactment of Zimbabwe’s Domestic Violence Act, UNICEF, the Government and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers...
UNICEF appoints South African fashion icon Gavin Rajah
CAPE TOWN / SOUTH AFRICA, 11 August 2007 - UNICEF last night announced the appointment of top South African couturier and humanitarian activist Gavin Rajah as a...
UNICEF calls for protection of Somalia's children, warns of unexploded ordnance
GENEVA, 3 August 2007 - UNICEF remains distressed at the impact that violence is having on children in Mogadishu and calls on all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of civilians, especially children.
Somali religious leaders join the fight against polio
NAIROBI, 18 July 2007 – The Puntland Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs, Abdirizak Yasin Abdulle, led 40 religious leaders from North East Somalia in a joint declaration of support for polio prevention and immunization today.
Statement by Dan Toole, Acting Deputy Executive Director, on OPT, Zimbabwe
GENEVA, 16 July 2007 - First, many thanks for joining me today. I want to take advantage of being here for ECOSOC to really talk about a couple of emergencies.
The European Union, UNICEF and the Djibouti government provide clean water to thousands of rural residents
DJIBOUTI, 2 July 2007 – At least 25,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable rural residents will for the first time be able to access clean drinking water close to their homes through a partnership between the European Union (EU), UNICEF and Djibouti’s Ministry of Agriculture. The step will help contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the quantifiable targets to address issues such as poverty, health and environmental sustainability.
UNICEF Congratulates the Government of Madagascar on Two New Laws to Reinforce Child Protection, Including Increasing the Legal Age of Marriage to Eighteen Years
ANTANANARIVO, 28 June 2007 – Today, new ground was broken when the Government of Madagascar’s Parliament approved two new laws; the first a broad bill to ensure increased child protection for vulnerable children throughout the country, and the second to change the legal age of marriage from 14 years for girls and 17 years for boys, to 18 years for both genders.
UNICEF Uganda thanks European Commission for latest contribution
KAMPALA, 26 June 2007 – UNICEF in Uganda today expressed its appreciation to the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO) for its recent contribution of €700,000...
UNICEF says children hit hardest by Zimbabwe’s economic problems
HARARE / GENEVA, 26 June 2007 – UNICEF in Zimbabwe says it is “deeply concerned” about increased suffering for everyday Zimbabweans, particularly...
2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting opens in Kigali, Rwanda
The 2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting opens today in Kigali, and is expected to draw over 1,500 delegates from around the world.
Polio the target for Zimbabwean Health Campaign
HARARE, 6 June 2007 – Two million Zimbabwean children are being vaccinated against polio during the country’s Child Health Days. The campaign, launched on...
UNICEF condemns shelling of Mogadishu hospital and calls for full access for humanitarian aid to displaced families
GENEVA, 27 April 2007 - UNICEF today condemned the mortar shelling of the SOS hospital in Somalia's capital and called for full access for humanitarian aid to the...
Sixth cyclone of the season about to hit Madagascar
Antananarivo, 2 April 2007 – Since December 2006, approximately 450,000 people have become the victims of natural disasters across Madagascar.
Uganda to expand back-to-school campaign to war-affected north
KAMPALA/UGANDA, 28 March 2007 – UNICEF, other United Nations agencies, the Ugandan government and civil society organizations launched a campaign today to...
Africa's Orphan Crisis: Worst Is Yet to Come
JOHANNESBURG/GENEVA, 26 November 2003 – The staggering number of African children already orphaned due to AIDS is only the beginning of a crisis of gargantuan proportions, and “the worst is yet to come,” warned a UNICEF report issued today.
Rwanda launches campaign to keep girls in school
RUHENGERI/RWANDA, 1 March 2007 – A new campaign promoting gender parity in Rwandan schools was launched today by the First Lady of Rwanda and the Rwandan...
Dual emergencies hit Mozambique
MOZAMBIQUE, 27 February 2007 - An additional 10,000 Mozambican children have been made homeless in the last few days by flooding, according to Mozambican authorities, thus...
Steady progress being made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals for Ethiopia’s children
ADDIS ABABA/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 24 February 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today highlighted progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Ethiopia...
Children hardest hit by Cyclone Favio
MAPUTO, 22 February 2007 – Children will bear the brunt of tropical Cyclone Favio, the UNICEF said today as the organisation prepared to respond to the second disaster to hit central...
UN joins forces with government of Mozambique to help flood victims
MAPUTO, 13 February 2007 – The United Nations is stepping up its emergency response in central Mozambique as the number of people seeking refuge in temporary accommodation...
Massive injection for Zimbabwe’s orphans and vulnerable children
HARARE, 15 February 2007 – An historic national partnership was sealed today when 21 non-governmental organizations signed agreements with the...
UN responds to flood-related disease outbreak in Central Somalia
NAIROBI/KENYA, 13 February 2007 – Despite insecurity in Central/Southern Somalia, the UN is continuing to respond to the needs of people affected by an outbreak of acute watery...
UN agencies and Belgian government combine efforts to bolster food security in Northern Uganda
KAMPALA, 8 February 2007 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Uganda today formalised their partnership to strengthen...
UN decries deaths of children in Mogadishu conflict
NAIROBI / KENYA , 5 February 2007 - Forces involved in the Somalia conflict must engage in dialogue to avoid deaths of children and innocent civilians as happened last week when three children were killed in...
Joint Statement on Darfur
17 January 2007 - Over the last two years the efforts of humanitarian agencies in Darfur have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in the region’s conflict.
End the suffering of Somali children
NAIROBI, 12 January 2007 - Peace and stability are urgently needed in Somalia to end the suffering of thousands of Somali children affected by the recent conflict, UNICEF and Save the Children UK said today.
Spain donates 1 million Euros to UNICEF Angola
LUANDA, 18 December 2006 – The Spanish Government has made a timely donation to UNICEF Angola – to support scaling up effective interventions, crucial for maternal, newborn and child survival.
Angolan Youth Music Festival on HIV/AIDS: a new drive towards prevention
LUANDA, 1 December 2006 – About 4,500 adolescent students and young people will gather on the third of December in Luanda during the Youth Music Festival on HIV/AIDS.
UNICEF mourns loss of staff member in Kenya
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 4 December 2006 – UNICEF expressed deep sorrow at the death of staff member Patrick Macharia on December 3rd in Kenya.
5.5 million under five Angolan children will be immunized against polio
LUANDA, 30 November 2006 – Angola will conduct from 2 to 4 December 2006 one more decisive round of its National Immunization Days (NIDs) towards polio eradication, expecting to immunize 5.5 million under five years children in all the 18 provinces.
UNICEF expresses concern about escalating violence in North Eastern Uganda
KAMPALA, 29 November 2006 – UNICEF in Uganda, in view of the continued violence linked to the ongoing process of disarmament in areas of northern Kotido District, expresses its serious concern about the impact of escalating insecurity on the lives of children and families in those locations.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo returns from northern Uganda
27 November 2006 - Media Advisory
22 African countries pledge action now to end violence against women and children
JOHANNESBURG, 27 November 2006 – Twenty two African countries today recommitted themselves to ending violence against women and children on the closing day of a colloquium marking the annual observance of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, in Benoni, South Africa.
UNICEF appoints South African artist Zola as Regional Goodwill Ambassador
ADDIS ABABA, 17 Nov 2006 - UNICEF today announced the appointment of prominent South African singer and actor Zola as a Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Zimbabwe’s ground-breaking plan for girls and orphans and vulnerable children’s education
HARARE, 18 October 2006 – The United Nations in collaboration with Government and civil society will launch the ground-breaking National Girls Education Strategic Plan to increase Zimbabwe’s likelihood of achieving universal primary education and ensuring girls stay in school.
UNICEF launches online Swahili game for HIV prevention
NAIROBI, 30 October 2006 – UNICEF launched its first interactive feature in Swahili today, an online game that empowers young people to make good life choices about and prevent HIV.
Zimbabwe launches ground-breaking national girls education strategic plan
HARARE, 18 October 2006 – The United Nations in collaboration with the government and civil society launched a ground-breaking National Girls Education Strategic Plan to increase Zimbabwe’s likelihood of achieving universal primary education and ensuring girls stay in school.
Ethiopia can beat its biggest killer with historic push - UNICEF
ADDIS ABABA, 28 September 2006 - For the first time in history, Ethiopia has a chance of beating its biggest killer - malaria, UNICEF Ethiopia country representative, Bjorn Ljungqvist, said today.
Orange, France Telecom and UNICEF unite for girls education in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 September 2006 - Orange Madagascar, France Telecom and UNICEF Madagascar signed a US$ 20,000, two-year partnership this morning to promote the education of girls in Madagascar.
African countries partner with Indian scientist to reduce newborn infant deaths
NAIROBI, 21 August 2006 - In an initiative that could herald a reversal in the disproportionately high number of new born babies dying within the first month of birth, seven African countries have partnered with Indian scientist Dr. Abhay Bang to learn about and adopt his home-based approach to caring and treating newborn babies.
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Uganda
NEW YORK/GENEVA/NAIROBI/KAMPALA, 29 August 2006 – UNICEF welcomes the agreement between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to cease hostilities, which is aimed at ending 20 years of armed conflict.
European Union quenches water and sanitation problems for Zimbabwe’s rural poor
HARARE, 23 August 2006 – The European Union has donated 3.7mEuro (approx US$4.7million) to a UNICEF project that will reach 500,000 Zimbabweans with improved sanitation, hygiene and water facilities. The project focuses on those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
1.68 million people reached in response to water-borne diseases
KHARTOUM, 9 August 2006 - An estimated 1.68 million people have benefited from a massive response to growing incidences of acute watery diarrhoea and cholera in the north of Sudan, as the Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the State Governments, NGOs and community partners all step up efforts to safeguard drinking water supplies, improve hygiene and food practices, as well as scale up active case detection and appropriate management.
UNICEF “shocked and outraged” at latest case of child rape in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 1 August 2006 - UNICEF today said it “condemned in the strongest possible terms” news of more horrific sexual child abuse cases in Zimbabwe.
‘A tsunami every six months’
Launch of UNICEF’s Child Alert, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – Written by UNICEF UK Ambassador and former BBC War Correspondent, Martin Bell, the report documents the current situation of children affected by conflict in the run up to Congo’s first democratic elections in 40 years.
Child Alert: Democratic Republic of Congo
LONDON, 24 July 2006 - The conflict and violence that has consumed the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for nearly a decade has killed more people every six months than were killed by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Estimates place the total deaths at four million, although some experts say the figure is far higher. In a report released today in London, UNICEF said that as victims, children have defined this often forgotten, but world’s deadliest, humanitarian crisis in the heart of Africa.
Bringing hope to Angolan children
WASHINGTON, D.C., 12 July 2006 – The government of Angola and its partners in the Measles Initiative, the Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative are launching a major health campaign to provide life-saving interventions for Angolan children. The integrated campaign is targeting more than 3.5 million children with measles and polio vaccinations, vitamin A, de-worming medication, and, in seven provinces, long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). The campaign begins on 12 July in Luanda, with an official launch event on 13 July in Mbaza Congo.
Partners team up in Kenya to fights measles and malaria
WASHINGTON, 8 July 2006 – The government of Kenya has launched a two-phase integrated measles vaccination campaign, targeting more than five million children between nine months and five years of age. In addition to measles vaccinations, the campaign will provide other life-saving health interventions, including polio vaccinations (in select districts), vitamin A and de-worming medicine. Residents in the Nyanza and Western provinces will also receive insecticide-treated nets, proven to be one of the most effective and cost-efficient means of preventing malaria.
UNICEF and partners work to stem cholera toll on northern Uganda’s displaced
KAMPALA, 28 June 2006 – UNICEF in Uganda said today that an interagency response to contain separate cholera outbreaks in two conflict-affected districts of the north was contributing to a reduction in cases, but that more could be done in the area of prevention.
Eritrea to vaccinate all children under five years old against measles in national campaign
ASMARA, 28 June 2006 – The Eritrean Ministry of Health, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is targeting the country’s almost half a million children between six months and five years old in a nationwide measles vaccination and Vitamin A supplementation campaign. The campaign was launched today by Dr. Zemuie Alemu, Director of Family and Community Health.
Australian Government gives UNICEF $9.1 million to scale up support for children affected by AIDS in three African countries
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 23 June 2006 - The Government of Australia has committed US$9.1 million to UNICEF to help the governments of Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania increase the number of children affected by AIDS who are reached by basic services.
WFP and UNICEF: Bleakest malnutrition situation in Somalia in years
NAIROBI, 16 June 2006 – Recent outbreaks of fighting and the worst drought in a decade have pushed many people in Somalia to their limit, creating the bleakest malnutrition situation in years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF warned today.
Angolan youth combat HIV/AIDS in their meeting places
LUANDA, 8 June 2006 – About 1,000 children and adolescents from 13 to 18 years old were enthusiastically crying “Enjoy Life with Safety” during a rally to launch a National AIDS Awareness Campaign for Youth on 7 June at the Independence Square in Luanda.
Cholera Outbreak Poses Additional Threat to Child Survival in Angola
GENEVA, 12 May 2006 – Faced with one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world even in the best of times, Angola is struggling to contain the impact of the current cholera outbreak on children. According to preliminary estimates by UNICEF, approximately 35 per cent of cholera victims are children under the age of five.
Despite Rains, 40,000 Children Still Face Death
GENEVA, 15 May 2006 – UNICEF said today that despite torrential rains in April, tens of thousands of pastoralist children still face death in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions.
UNICEF Lauds Progress for Uganda’s Children, Urges More Must be Done
KAMPALA, 12 May 2006 – On the occasion of the inauguration of H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as President of the Republic of Uganda, UNICEF said that the new government had a critical opportunity to renew the commitment of Uganda to fulfil and protect the fundamental right of all its children and women to access health, education, safe water, shelter and other essential services.
UNICEF Warns that Malnourished Children Still Face Death across the Horn of Africa
WHO: Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director; Keith McKenzie, UNICEF Special Advisor for the Horn of Africa Crisis
WHAT: Press conference to issue Child Alert: Horn of Africa, documenting the current situation of children affected by the drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti. The Child Alert report is the third in a briefing series that presents core challenges for children in a given crisis location at a given time.
Over 1,000 dead from Cholera Outbreak in Angola
LUANDA, May 5 2006 – Over the past three months, a deadly cholera outbreak in Angola has sickened over 26,000 people and killed 1,085, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Angélique Kidjo calls for rapid scaling up of HIV treatment in Zimbabwe
HARARE 28 April 2006 – While on a recent trip to Africa to tour the drought-affected Horn of Africa, UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo visited Zimbabwe and met with children infected with HIV.
New Malaria Treatment Introduced in Somalia
NAIROBI, 25 April 2006 – A new effective treatment has been introduced in Somalia to curb the incidence of malaria, one of the leading killers of children and women, UNICEF Somalia Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen announced today on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day.
Darfur Funding Crisis Threatens Children's Health and Protection
17 MARCH, 2006 –GENEVA/WASHINGTON, DC – UNICEF reported today that severe funding shortages for the Darfur region of Sudan could have a direct and immediate impact on children.
UNICEF Applauds School Exams; Opening of Schools in Northern Zone of Côte d'Ivoire
Abidjan/Dakar/Geneva – 28 February 2006 – After more than 2 school years in which primary and high school students in the Northern Zone of Côte d'Ivoire have not been able to be complete their schooling with official exams at 3 key academic levels – certificate of primary school, certificate of the first cycle of the high school and the final certificate of high school (the so called baccalaureat) - the Government of Côte d'Ivoire has decided to organize these 3 exams in the Northern Zone. This will allow more than 80,000 students to write their exams and continue with their education.
UNICEF, Baylor College Agreement to Improve Access to Pediatric AIDS Treatment in Africa
The UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa and the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) signed an agreement today to work together to improve access to antiretrovirals and other treatments for children living with HIV/AIDS in the region.
Zimbabwe: In fight against HIV, youth hold the key
HARARE, 16 February– As the UN Children’s Fund launched another youth project in Zimbabwe, it again stressed that young people are the solution to further reducing the HIV rate in the country.
Joint mission praises Rwanda’s AIDS response, urges continued leadership, coordination
KIGALI, RWANDA, 14 February 2006 – Leaders from Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, UNICEF and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS today heralded the progress Rwanda is making in their AIDS response and pressed for continued leadership and improved coordination to ensure further success.
Drought creating crisis for children in Horn of Africa
NEW YORK – 7 February 2006 - A major crisis has hit the Horn of Africa, where a severe drought is endangering an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five, UNICEF said today.
The situation for children in Malawi is still dire
Geneva, 31 January 2006 - The humanitarian situation in Malawi remains very serious, due to a deadly combination of chronic poverty, bad weather conditions, bad harvest, a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and an outbreak of cholera.
Malnutrition and disease pose grave risks to children in drought-ravaged areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia
Nairobi, 25 January 2006 – As a severe drought, the worst in a decade, ravages parts of East Africa and the Horn, appeals are going out to the world community for resources for the approximately six million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance in southern Ethiopia, northern Kenya and central and southern Somalia. The drought is taking a high toll on an estimated 1.2 million affected children under the age of five, who are especially vulnerable to the threats posed by malnutrition and disease.
UNICEF: End the Abuse in Zimbabwe
HARARE 23 January 2006 - In the wake of a worsening orphan crisis and accusations this week against a headmaster who allegedly raped six primary school pupils, the United Nations Children’s Fund today repeated its call for communities to speak out against all forms of child abuse.
New Southern Sudan Government and UN Launch Measles Immunization Campaign
JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN, November 28, 2005 - The biggest-ever immunisation campaign in Southern Sudan kicks off today in the capital, Juba.
Uganda expands life-saving tetanus immunizations
KAMPALA, 10 November 2005 – UNICEF in Uganda today announced its support for an expanded campaign to immunize thousands of children and women against the threat of tetanus, with vaccinations being completed in nine, high-risk districts throughout this month.
High stakes for Malawi's children as malnutrition rises
Nairobi, 14 October - Severe malnutrition is alarmingly on the increase among under-five children in Malawi but many could yet be pulled back from the brink if needed funds arrived to support the efforts of government and UN relief agencies.
Zimbabwe’s HIV infection rate falls, but much still to be done
HARARE, 11 October, 2005 – Zimbabwe’s HIV rate has fallen, making it the first country in Southern Africa – the epicenter of the global epidemic – to show a decline.
Botswana: Turning the tide against measles
MOLEPOLOLE, 4 October 2005 – As noted in UNICEF’s recent Progress For Children report, few things yield greater benefits for the health, wellbeing and survival of a child than immunization. This message is being imparted to communities around Botswana as a country-wide Measles and Vitamin A campaign gets underway to immunize all children aged between 9 months and 5 years of age. A collaboration of UNICEF, WHO, the Ministry of Health, Botswana/USA Partnership, Botswana Red Cross Society as well as faith-based organizations, the campaign will run from 3 – 7 October 2005.
Children, the Focus for Islamic Solidarity
A new report says action is urgently needed to tackle a range of problems facing over 600 million children in the Islamic world, from poverty and disease to education and protection.
HIV/AIDS campaign in Angolan schools
LUANDA, 05 September 2005 – In its daily column “Falou & Disse” (Spoke and Said), the 13th August 2005 edition of Jornal de Angola National newspaper featured responses of two students among eight interviewed about the importance of sex education.
Norway donates US$7 million to education in Angola
LUANDA, 19 August 2005 – The signing of an agreement contemplating financial support for the improvement of primary education in Angola took place on Friday the 19th between the Government of Norway, represented by Alida Andresen, Interim Trade attaché of that country’s embassy in Angola, and UNICEF, represented by the agency’s Representative in Angola, Mario Ferrari.
Against odds, Zimbabweans keep their children in school
HARARE 23 August – Against great odds, Zimbabwean parents and caregivers are keeping their children in school, and in some cases increasing national enrolment, UNICEF said today. At the same time, the UN Children’s Fund called on international support for Zimbabweans to ensure this positive culture does not disappear in the face of harsh economic realities.
Japan donates US$ 5 million to counter malaria outbreak and spread of polio in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 15 August 2005 – The Government of Japan today donated US$ 5 million to UNICEF to help wipe out polio and prevent an epidemic of malaria across Ethiopia.
In wake of Zimbabwe demolitions, UNICEF calls for global support to alleviate crisis facing children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 JULY 2005 – In the wake of a report by the United Nations Special Envoy regarding home demolitions and evictions in Zimbabwe, UNICEF today repeated calls for an immediate end to the operation and for full humanitarian access to more than 585,000 people who have been made homeless.
Call to ban corporal punishment wraps up South Africa meeting on violence
JOHANNESBURG, 20 July, 2005 - A three-day preparatory consultation on the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children ended today with a call for a total ban on corporal punishment.
5,500 children die in Eastern and Southern Africa every day
NAIROBI, 15 July 2005 - A disproportionately heavy burden of child deaths weighs on families in eastern and southern Africa. Every day 5,500 children under the age of five die across the 21 countries of the region and the majority of the deaths are largely preventable.
UNICEF and UN-Habitat to provide shelter for Tsunami victims in Somalia
NAIROBI 19 July 2005 - Starting next month UNICEF and UN-HABITAT will jointly implement a project to provide shelter for over 2400 people living in the Tsunami-affected town of Hafun, North Eastern Somalia.
New UNICEF Chief Heads to Kenya, Uganda
GENEVA, 19 July 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman travels to Africa this week to spotlight development efforts in Kenya and the plight of Ugandan children caught up in that county's northern conflict.
UNICEF calls for end to compassion fatigue over Ethiopia’s dying children
ADDIS ABABA, 6 July 2005 – Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the Live 8 concerts in the run up to the G8 summit meeting, donors are showing increasingly worrying signs of compassion fatigue over the plight of Ethiopia’s severely malnourished and dying children, UNICEF warned today.
UN calls for observance of days of security in Sudan during polio vaccination campaign
KHARTOUM - 6 July 2005 -- On the road to eradicate poliovirus, WHO, UNICEF and national and international NGOs are joining efforts with the Sudanese Ministry of Health in order to conduct an additional immunization campaign. WHO reported that as of 10 April 2005, 152 polio cases have been identified in 18 of Sudan’s 26 states since mid-2004 when polio first reappeared after a three-year hiatus.
UNICEF steps up action in Zimbabwe, though concerned that all affected cannot be reached
GENEVA/HARARE, 24 June 2005 – UNICEF today further stepped up its operations to reach the children and women currently affected by Operations Restore Order and Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe.
Study highlights rape in Northern Uganda's largest IDP camp
GULU, UGANDA, 15 JUNE 2005 – A new study on sexual and gender-based violence has identified rape, the sexual abuse of children and physical assault as being among the most common forms of sexual violence inside the Pabbo internally displaced persons camp in Gulu District, the largest and one of the oldest such settlements in northern Uganda’s conflict-affected districts.
Somalia launches emergency polio immunization campaign
NAIROBI, Kenya - On 17 June, Somalia will launch a nationwide polio immunization campaign, to urgently protect the country's children from life-long paralysis caused by the disease. The campaign comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) Office for the Eastern Mediterranean issued a stark warning that Somalia could become re-infected with polio from nearby Ethiopia and Yemen, the latest two of 16 previously polio-free countries re-infected due to an ongoing outbreak in west and central Africa. Somalia has been polio-free since October 2002.
On the Day of the African Child: Africa’s chronic emergencies struggling for attention
NEW YORK, 14 June 2005- Midway through the year some of Africa’s most intractable emergencies are seriously under funded. Only two out of ten countries with recurring emergencies are on track to reach UNICEF funding targets, but most will barely make it half way.
UNICEF suspends activities in Somali region affected by Tsunami
NAIROBI, KENYA, Friday 27 May 2005 – Effective yesterday, UNICEF suspended its operations through its office in Bossaso, Northeast Somalia (‘Puntland’), UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch announced in Nairobi, Kenya.
UN leaders call for more action as Southern Africa enters a critical phase
JOHANNESBURG, 25 May 2005 – Three United Nations leaders today called for the world to refocus its attention on the chronic problems and humanitarian needs of millions of people in southern Africa, especially children.
New UNICEF Executive Director begins three-country visit in Southern Africa
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 20 May 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman makes her first field visit as head of the agency next week, touring three southern African countries where the lives of children are increasingly under threat from an AIDS-driven crisis and where the number of children affected by AIDS is the highest in the world.
First global report on efforts to roll back malaria highlights progress and challenges
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 – More people are accessing prevention and treatment services for malaria, sparking hope that the number of people who become sick and die from malaria will begin to decline.
Breaking the silence around family violence in the Indian Ocean Region
MADAGASCAR, Monday, April 25, 2005: In the lead up to regional and global consultations on violence against children, delegates from Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles and La Reunion, gathered for a three day meeting in Antananarivo to discuss the situation affecting children in their region as well as ways to tackle the problem.
Partnership gains ground in the fight against malaria
GENEVA/ LUSAKA / BRUSELS / WASHINGTON DC, 21 April 2005— A single word has become the touchstone for hopes that a successful battle can be waged against malaria in Africa: partnership. At a time when funding to fight malaria is still sorely lacking, a kaleidoscope of organizations, governments, businesses and celebrities in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, united under the banner of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, have made unprecedented gains over the past year.
Ministry of Health and UNICEF mobilize 1,500 scouts to inform about Marburg
LUANDA, 15 April – Tomorrow, 1,500 scouts mobilized by the Ministry of Health with the support of UNICEF, will go around Luanda informing its inhabitants of the Marburg hemorrhagic fever.
Norway provides major boost to education in Madagascar
Antananarivo, Madagascar, 15 April 2005 - At a signing ceremony yesterday in the presence of the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, the Government of Norway donated US$ 6 million to UNICEF to improve the quality of primary schooling in this country.
Give every mother and child a chance
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI, 7 April 2005 – World Health Day 2005 focuses on the health of mothers and children, and on the World Health Report 2004 release.
UNICEF lauds Somali leader’s pledge to pay primary school teachers
BOSSASO, Northeast Somalia, 6 April 2005 - UNICEF has praised a pledge by the President of Puntland (Northeast Somalia) Mohamud Muse Hirsi “Adde” to inaugurate salary payments for primary school teachers.
UNICEF supports campaign to prevent spread of Marburg in Angola
LUANDA, 28 March 2005 - UNICEF is supporting WHO and the Angolan Ministry of Health in its efforts to prevent the spread of an epidemic caused by the Marburg virus that has killed 111 people, including 92 children under 15 years of age. While the outbreak is mainly concentrated in the northern province of Uige, 5 cases - 2 resulting in deaths- have already been reported in Angola’s capital, Luanda.
Zimbabwe’s forgotten children
HARARE / JONANNESBURG, 17 March 2005 – As the world focuses on the upcoming Zimbabwean elections, UNICEF today released startling new statistics which call for politicians and donors to defend children as rigorously as they defend democracy.
Children victims of brutal slaughter
NAIROBI, KENYA, 15 March 2005 - UNICEF is appalled by the brutal slaughter of at least 16 children in clashes in Mandera District, Kenya, today.
Three million Angolan children targeted by live-saving health days
LUANDA, ANGOLA, 14th March 2005 – Angola’s commitment to reduce child mortality through routine vaccination and increased access to basic health care moves up a gear.
Measles deaths drop by nearly 40 per cent over five years
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 4 March 2005 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced that countries are on target to halve deaths from measles, a leading vaccine-preventable killer, by the end of the year. Global measles deaths have plummeted by 39%, from 873 000 in 1999 to an estimated 530 000 in 2003 .
Polio immunisations begin in Uganda
KAMPALA, 26 February 2005 – The first of two rounds of immunizations to protect more than a million children in Uganda against the threat of polio begins today in 15 districts of the country bordering Sudan, in a campaign led by the Ministry of Health with the support of UNICEF, WHO and other partners.
Polio immunizations begin today in Uganda
KAMPALA, UGANDA, 26 February 2005 – The first of two rounds of immunizations to protect more than a million children in Uganda against the threat of polio begins today in 15 districts of the country bordering Sudan, in a campaign led by the Ministry of Health with the support of UNICEF, WHO and other partners.
Malaria: biting back in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 22 Feb 2005 – Despite impressive advances made against malaria in Zimbabwe during the mid and late 1990s, UNICEF today warned that the country’s children are once more under threat from the disease.
EC and UNICEF join hands to support education in Somalia
NAIROBI, 31 January 2005 – Education prospects for Somali children are to benefit from a European Commission grant of 4.5 million euros, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch, said today following the signing of an agreement between the two bodies.
African health leaders vow to keep polio eradication goal
GENEVA, 13 January 2005 — Following a year in which Africa grappled with an escalating polio epidemic, ministers of health of the key affected countries today concluded that the spread of polio was slowing in most countries.
Students from Madagascar mobilize funds for tsunami survivors
ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR, January 6, 2005 - Some thirty students from a local school in the nation’s capital cramped into the UNICEF Representative’s Office in Antananarivo today to present funds they had donated and collected from other students to help child survivors of the Asian Tsunami Disaster.
Danny Glover visits mine-affected Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 27 November 2004. - UNICEF’s new Goodwill Ambassador, Danny Glover, on his first visit to Ethiopia, today called on the three nations that continue to stockpile anti-personnel mines, to ratify the Mine Ban Treaty immediately.
Effort to protect Darfur's children is failing
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 November 2004 - UNICEF said today that reports of violence against women and children, in and around Darfur's camps for civilians displaced by fighting, seems to be increasing rather than diminishing.
Children: the new media consumer in Madagascar
ANTANARIVO, 15 November 2004 - A study, launched today, by the Minister of Communication and the National Statistics Institute, in the presence of government officials, UN agencies and the nation’s media, revealed that 76% of all households in the country listen to the radio; 32 percent watch TV and 27 percent read newspapers.
Religious and traditional leaders from across Africa rally for child survival
DAKAR, 18 October 2004 – Religious and traditional leaders and senior media representatives from across the continent are gathering here this week to explore how their unique influence in hard-to-reach communities can boost immunization rates and support child survival efforts in Africa, where two-thirds of child deaths are entirely preventable.
"The return and reintegration of child soldiers in Sudan: the challenges ahead"
NAIROBI, KENYA, 30 September, 2004 - About 20,000 children have been demobilised from the ranks of southern Sudanese rebel forces since 2001, according to UNICEF. An article published this week in the journal "Forced Migration Review" (Oxford University, UK) summarises a major evaluation of child demobilisation in Sudan commissioned by UNICEF.
47 children, formerly abducted by LRA, come back home
KAMPALA, 27 August 2004 – UNICEF in Uganda today urged civilian and military authorities responsible for receiving 47 formerly abducted children – repatriated today from southern Sudan by the International Organization for Migration, after their abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) – to ensure the children’s rights remain protected.
Ten years after genocide, Rwandan children suffer lasting impact
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 6 April 2004 – Ten years after the genocide in Rwanda that took the lives of 800,000 people, the country’s children continue to struggle with the lingering impact of the atrocities, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF intensifies support in fight against cholera in Mozambique
MAPUTO, 27 January 2004 – With the cholera outbreak in Mozambique affecting more and more people, UNICEF has intensified its support to the affected locations in close collaboration with the local authorities, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and NGOs. “The prevention activities are key to limit the impact of the current outbreak. UNICEF is supporting the door-to-door information campaign by activists in Maputo City, the provision of posters on cholera prevention and their dissemination in the schools of the capital,” UNICEF Representative Marie-Pierre Poirier said on Tuesday. In addition, UNICEF is supporting radio discussions on cholera prevention, broadcast by the Child-to-Child-radio network of Radio Moçambique.
UNICEF to Security Council: Children should not fight wars
NEW YORK, 20 January 2004—Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF today condemned the appalling violations of the rights of children in times of war. Addressing the annual Security Council meeting on children in armed conflict, she called on Council members to work harder to end the use of child soldiers, the killing and maiming of children, abductions, attacks on schools and hospitals, and sexual violence against boys and girls.
Zambia's measles campaign reaches record numbers
LUSAKA, 26 August 2003 – In one of the biggest health campaigns in Zambia’s history, nearly 5 million children between the ages of 6 months and 14 years were successfully vaccinated against measles. During a Measles Campaign Awards ceremony on 21 August, the Minister of Health, Dr. Brian Chituwo, announced that 4,955,647 children had been immunized, representing coverage of 108 per cent (Target: 4,600,916). The National Measles Campaign, which was held from 7-13 June, is part of a larger global effort to halve the number of measles deaths by 2005.
UNICEF deplores increased targeting of children in Somalia
Nairobi, 20 June 2003 - The targeted killing of three girls in Baidoa on Wednesday and the hijacking of a busload of children in Mogadishu last week are abominable acts that require the strongest condemnation by all Somalis, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch, said today.
Mozambique: 55 children perish daily from unsafe water
MAPUTO/ GENEVA, 20 June 2003 - In Mozambique, unsafe water and poor sanitation is killing almost 55 children every day. The country has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world: 246 out of every 1000 live births die within their first five years. Thirteen per cent of these deaths are directly attributable to a lack of access to clean water, proper sanitation and poor hygiene practices. (Press Release)
UNICEF issues global challenge to world leaders
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 August 2002 - UNICEF today issued a bold challenge to world leaders attending the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Noting that access to clean water can save the lives of millions of children, UNICEF's Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, called on leaders to ensure that every school, in every corner of the world, be equipped with clean water and separate sanitary facilities for boys and girls over the course of the next decade.
Unicef welcomes release of Ugandan children
NEW YORK, 14 June 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the release of nearly 100 women and children by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), but called for the unconditional release of thousands more children still held.
Where are the Missing Ugandan Children?
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 4 April 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund expressed grave concern today over the fate of thousands of children that the Ugandan government said were abandoned in southern Sudan over the weekend by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA.)
Vaccines and logistical support to boost services in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 23 October 2003 - The British Department for International Development (DFID) pledged 1.88 million pounds to UNICEF Zimbabwe today to secure urgently needed vaccines and logistical support for the country’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) from January to June 2004. The funding comes at a time when the health system, once one of the best in the region, is deteriorating as the combination of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the economic crisis and the severe food shortages have left drugs and health workers in short supply and unable to cope with growing needs.
Burundi's children back to school after years of conflict
BUJUMBURA, 14 October, 2004- A “Back to school” campaign was launched today by the Government of Burundi supported by UNICEF in collaboration with other UN agencies. The objective is to boost the primary school enrolment in Burundi where the net school enrolment rate only reaches 56 per cent. The campaign is targeting approximately 440,000 children through the distribution of 350 metric tonns basic school materials.
UNICEF: Global response to children and AIDS grossly inadequate
WINDHOEK / NAIROBI / GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 26 November, 2002 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said the global response to the crisis of children orphaned by AIDS is grossly inadequate. Without a greater sense of urgency and collective action, millions more children will put themselves at enormous risk in their struggle to stay alive.
Communities roll up their sleeves to roll back malaria
GENEVA/NEW YORK, April 25, 2002 - In celebrating Africa Malaria Day, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization and other Roll Back Malaria partners have commended a new government-led initiative that is providing rapid, appropriate, effective and affordable malaria treatment to poor populations in some African countries.
Zambia to hold symposium on child sexual abuse and violence against women
MEDIA ADVISORY, 11 June 2004 - The symposium aims to initiate dialogue on gender-based and sexual Violence. Zambia recognizes that if the region is to respond to the epidemic effectively, it must confront the cultural practices, strengthen legislation and policies and challenge the factors that perpetuate these human rights abuses in this dangerous era of HIV/AIDS.
Africa fighting back against “hidden hunger” in children
JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2004 – A report released today says that Africa is fighting back against vitamin and mineral deficiencies, saving millions of women and children from death and debilitation through simple, cost effective strategies such as fortifying staple foods. But millions of children can still be helped if current strategies and partnerships are extended to reach every country and every child.
Against the tide, Angola pushes for polio-free status
LUANDA, 27 August 2004 – In the same week as three African countries were re-infected with polio, Angola today takes another step towards being declared polio-free when it begins the immunisation of five million (under five) children.
Madagascar launches campaign to end child sex exploitation
MADAGASCAR, 10 December 2003 - At the official launch of a national campaign to end child sexual exploitation in Madagascar, UNICEF and ILO presented the resumes of three studies that highlighted the sexual exploitation of children in Madagascar. According to the UNICEF-sponsored study, between 30 per cent to 50 per cent of all sex workers in two of country's main cities, Nosy Be and Tamatave, were children under the age of 18.
Spread of wild polio battled in Sudan with additional immunization campaigns
Khartoum/Geneva/New York, 7 October, 2004 – With confirmation of eleven polio cases in Sudan in 2004, including in the capital city of Khartoum, the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization, Rotary International and the UN Children’s Fund renewed their efforts to battle the crippling and sometimes fatal disease with additional immunization days beginning on Sunday.
Somalia could halt spread of AIDS, says UNICEF representative
NAIROBI, Wednesday, 24 September 2003 - Somali communities, local authorities and international partners have an opportunity to ensure that HIV/AIDS does not spiral out of control in their country, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch said today at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA).
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to visit Kenya and Senegal
MEDIA ADVISORY, 12 February 2004 - In Kenya, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte will assess progress in education one year after the Kenya government eliminated primary school fees. He will visit a Nairobi primary school and meet with government and business leaders to discuss the achievements since school fees were abolished and highlight the challenges that remain, particularly the schooling and care of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the need to get more girls enrolled in school. On Friday, February 20, Harry will travel to Senegal for a one-week visit during which he will attend a regional conference on birth registration and stress the importance of this issue for protecting the rights of children.
New child-friendly MDGs launch and youth writer competition
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 22 October 2004 – As part of the UN week celebration, UNICEF Representative, Bjorn Ljungqvist, today launched UNICEF’s child-friendly version of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a young artist/writer competition promoting how Ethiopian youth can achieve the MDGs.
Angola launches bold plan to roll out routine immunisation
LUANDA/New York, 22 SEPTEMBER 2003 – In an audacious move to reduce Angola’s child mortality, the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO have launched a program to fast-track the implementation of routine immunisation across Angola.
Bellamy urges attention on Uganda's displaced people crisis; Calls on LRA to release children
KAMPALA, 25 May 2004 – Arriving for a four day visit to conflict troubled Uganda, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy called on both the Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army to protect children, noting that the number of people displaced by the fighting has tripled in just the past 24 months.
Massive teacher training to send 1 million Angolan children back to school
LUANDA/GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 24 OCTOBER 2003 – Angola will take one of its strongest peacetime strides next week when the first stage of the country’s massive teacher training is launched.
A snapshot - the night commuters of northern Uganda
UGANDA, 28 May 2004 - The thick grasslands, glittering streams and rich fields that surround Gulu town in northern Uganda, belie the harsh life that most people lead in this province. Over the past year, a surge of attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army has driven nine of every ten inhabitants into Internally Displaced camps that are scattered throughout the land. Well over a million women and children have been affected, and the number is growing each day.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Kenenisa Bekele wins gold in 10,000 meters
ADDIS ABABA, 23 August 2004 – The UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office congratulates Olympic gold medal winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) Kenenisa Bekele upon his victory in the 10,000 meters in Athens.
In a first for Madagascar, 90 school children present action plan to National Assembly
ANTANANARIVO, 13 May 2004 - In a first for Madagascar, 90 students from schools in Fianarantsoa and Antananarivo, two of the country’s six provinces, arrived at the National Assembly this morning to present their “dossiers” to both the President and Deputies of the National Assembly.
Improved health system for returnees in Burundi
A Memorandum of Understanding on Health Interventions and Health System Reinforcement related to the voluntary repatriation of refugees and reintegration of the affected populations to Burundi was signed today by UNICEF, UNHCR and WHO.
Somali youth selected for Real Madrid football camp: Sports for Peace
NAIROBI, 9 June 2004 - Four young Somalis have been selected to attend a two-week summer football camp at one of the world's most famous football clubs, Real Madrid F.C. of Spain. The Real Madrid Summer Camp takes place from 18 to 31 July 2004.
FMOH and UNICEF join forces to promote safe breastfeeding
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 6 August 2004 – Dr. Tesfanesh Belay, Head of the Department of Family Health for the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), and Bjorn Ljungqvist, UNICEF Representative, held a press conference today affirming the importance of breastfeeding to protect babies against such potential killers as diarrhoea.
More than one million children get “school kits” in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR, 7 September 2004 – Amidst much fan fare, smiles and camera flashes, first-time school goers in the nation’s capital received their own "school kit" at a ceremony attended by numerous officials from the Ministry of Education as well as UNICEF’s Chief of Education.
UNICEF rolls out Child-to-Child Survey to get all children in school
ADDIS ABABA, 15 June 2004 – In honour of the Day of the African Child, UNICEF officially launched a child-powered, global project to account for children not in school in order to accelerate the enrolment of all girls as well as all boys.
UNICEF condemns attack on refugee camp in Burundi
NEW YORK, 18 August 2004 - The senseless massacre of mostly Congolese refugees that took place in a transit camp in Burundi on the night of August 13-14 is a brutal reminder of the fact that women and children bear the brunt of violent conflict, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF: Jessica Lange returns from DRC, B-Roll available Monday
UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador actress Jessica Lange has been visiting war-stricken eastern Congo this week, meeting children and women affected by the conflict. The focus of her visit is on sexual exploitation and rape of women and children in DRC. Lange became a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.'s children's agency in June, and the four-day trip to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is her first assignment. Northeastern Congo is still reeling from heavy fighting and brutal human rights abuses. Rebels and soldiers prey on defenceless civilians, killing, raping, looting and even eating parts of their victims.
UNICEF fears for Ugandan children as cease-fire collapses
NAIROBI / GENEVA, 30 April 2003 – I am deeply concerned by the recent breakdown of the limited cease-fire in northern Uganda and by reports in the past few days of renewed abductions of children and women by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). (News Note)
Angola has a National Strategic plan against measles
LUANDA, 11 September 2002 - Angolan children from 6 months to 14 years old will be vaccinated during a massive campaign implemented by the Ministry of Health as part of the Government Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Measles Mortality. The campaign was made possible with the support of UNICEF, WHO and other partners.
UNICEF, WHO call for Uganda cease-fire for mass immunisation against measles
KAMPALA, 7 October 2003 - The Country Representatives of UNICEF and of WHO in Uganda appeal to all belligerents in Uganda to cease all hostilities between 14th and 21st October to allow for the mass immunisation of children against measles.
Drought increases risk of malnutrition in Northern Somalia
NAIROBI, 6 January 2004 - In response to severe drought in parts of the Sool and Sanaag regions of northern Somalia, UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies begin a second phase of emergency interventions this week.
Children face drought in Eritrea and Ethiopia
GENEVA/NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA/ASMARA, 6 December, 2002 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today warned that drought-related illnesses in the Horn of Africa are severely affecting the population, and that women and children, "are already in the teeth of this destructive drought."
Support sports to promote peace in Somalia, says UN
NAIROBI, 6 August 2004 – In the run up to the return of four Somali youth from a two week summer football camp at Real Madrid F.C. of Spain, the UN Country Team appeals to the international community to support sports initiatives among the youth in Somalia as an effective tool to promote peace-building.
Thanks to FIFA, football is more than just a game
PARIS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 May 2004 - On the 100th anniversary of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, UNICEF congratulated the organization for harnessing the power of soccer to improve the lives of the world’s neediest children.
ECHO donates 1.6 million euros to UNICEF for Zimbabwe's children
HARARE, ZIMBABWE, 20 September 2004 - The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) in Zimbabwe has contributed EURO 1,600 000 to UNICEF for providing targeted assistance to the country’s most vulnerable women and children.
Alyssa Milano passes her first test for UNICEF
LUANDA, 10 May, 2004 – UNICEF National Ambassador Alyssa Milano today called on the developed world to get behind UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS work in Angola. On the first day of her week-long visit to Angola, 31-year-old Milano met with young, HIV positive women, explored a Voluntary, Testing and Counseling (VCT) clinic in Luanda, and visited a Luandan hospital. At the VCT clinic Milano had a HIV test, but said it was an opportunity available to far too few Angolans.
Measles campaign kicks off for Sudanese refugees in Chad
N'DJAMENA, CHAD, 4 March 2004 - UNICEF Representative, Mr Cyrille Niameogo, and the Minister of Public Health, Mrs Aziza Baroud, today launched a campaign to vaccinate nearly 90,000 children, many of them refugees from Sudan living in eastern Chad against measles, the biggest vaccine-preventable killer disease in the world. The launch took place in Iriba, a small town located at more than 1000 km of the capital city N’Djamena.
First Day Hospital for children living with HIV/AIDS opened in Maputo
MAPUTO, 24 May 2004 – UNICEF is confident that the opening of the first Paediatric Day Hospital in Mozambique will boost treatment opportunities for children living with HIV/AIDS in the country.
UNICEF Ambassador Jessica Lange shocked and deeply moved by systematic rape of women and children in eastern DRC
LONDON/NEW YORK/GENEVA/KINSHASA, 11 August 2003 – Shocked and deeply moved by the brutal and sometimes systematic rape of women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Lange said today that the world can no longer ignore the atrocities that are being committed daily against the women and children of DRC.
UNICEF Uganda thanks Italy for funding to humanitarian response
KAMPALA, 10 August 2004 – UNICEF in Uganda today expresses its appreciation to the Government of Italy for its recent contribution of US$624,220, made toward the United Nations Consolidated Interagency Emergency Appeal for 2004. UNICEF is pleased to announce that the contribution will strengthen the agency’s ongoing accelerated response to the most urgent humanitarian needs of the internally displaced population (IDP) in northern and eastern Uganda, including the most vulnerable children and women.
Better bednets provide new hope in reducing malaria
ARUSHA, TANZANIA, 17 November 2004 – New technologies for malaria prevention and treatment, combined with an increase in available funding, are fuelling optimism in the fight against malaria.
Over 74% of Madagascar children vaccinated against measles
Antananarivo, October 4th – More than two weeks into the nation’s largest ever vaccination campaign, WHO and UNICEF are confident that all the country’s 111 districts will be reporting a measles vaccination coverage of at least 95% -- the amount needed to prevent a potential measles epidemic in the country.
Angola's measles campaign a standout success
LUANDA 17 May 2003 – With just a few days remaining before the end of Angola’s National Measles Campaign, UNICEF looks set to reach records numbers of children. (News Note)
Leaders talk about HIV/AIDS and children
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 24 September 2004 - More than 150 senior African and European Parliamentarians convened to discuss how parliamentarians can address the impact of the AIDS pandemic on children.
Children must have access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care
NEW YORK, 3 September 2004 - The growing number of children living with HIV/AIDS must be a central concern of accelerated efforts to provide scaled-up treatment and care for those living with the disease, health and development experts said today.
Uganda to host 2004 East Africa Workshop on orphans
MEDIA ADVISORY, 14 April 2004- Representatives of 9 East African countries will convene for a workshop on scaling up and strengthening national responses to the region’s Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) crisis. The workshop has been organized by the Government of Uganda, with the support of UNICEF, USAID and Family Health International. The five-day workshop will provide technical guidance to the participants and build their skills on ways to accelerate national responses to the crisis. It will build upon three previous workshops held in Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.
Call for increased production of long lasting insecticidal nets for malaria control
JOHANNESBURG, 23 Sept 2004 – In an effort to narrow the gap between supply and demand of long lasting insecticidal nets, agencies working in malaria control are today meeting with the private sector in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss accelerated production and distribution.
Bellamy heads to Uganda to tackle issues for children
MEDIA ADVISORY, 21 May 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will meet with representatives of the Government of Uganda, donors, and non-governmental organisations to discuss strengthening the national, regional and international response. In south-western Uganda, Ms. Bellamy will see the progress achieved in programs supported by the Government of Uganda and UNICEF, particularly in the area of community-based development.
Humanitarian crisis in Lesotho continues for third year
MASERU, 4 March 2004 – Hundreds of thousands of people in Lesotho will require international assistance for a third consecutive year due to the combined impact of another devastating drought and the worsening HIV/AIDS epidemic, warned James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa.
UNICEF donates relief items worth KSHS 1.3 million to flood victims in western Kenya
NAIROBI, May 7, 2003 -The United Nation’s Children’s Fund has today made a donation of relief items for flood victims in Western Kenya worth $ 17,500 (Kenya Shillings 1,312,500). The donation made to the Government of Kenya includes life-saving oral redydration salts, drugs for cholera, intra-venous fluids, de-worming syrups, 5000 mosquito nets and 100 cooking sets. An earlier consignment of 400 cooking sets has already been delivered. These items will benefit the residents of the areas identified as critical, which include Budalangi (Busia), Nyando, Kisumu, Rachuonyo, Baringo and Nyatike (Migori). (News Note)
UNICEF calls on Angola to lead by example
Monday, 21 April 2003 - UNICEF today urged the Angolan government to support the nation's nascent peace process with increased spending on health and education for children.(Press release)
Asian and North African countries close to ending polio, announce accelerated plans to 'mop-up' new cases
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 17 May 2004 - Asian and North African countries could be polio-free within months, while west and central African countries must change track to stop the virus, according to data presented in Geneva today by Health Ministers from the world's six remaining polio-endemic countries. The ministers announced a two-pronged strategy to further accelerate eradication activities in both areas.
UNICEF applauds start of May 2004 "Child Days" in Uganda
KAMPALA, 29 April 2004 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Uganda today congratulates the Ministry of Health for announcing a new initiative to further improve the health status of Ugandan children and women. “Child Days,” which the Ministry will formally inaugurate 3 May with the support of UNICEF, WHO and other partners, focuses on accelerating routine health service activities using outreach systems in place at the district level, and to do so twice a year.
Lang Lang applauds Tanzania’s drive against malaria
KILIMANJARO/NEW YORK, 6 August 2004 – On his first visit as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Chinese virtuoso pianist Lang Lang said Tanzania is a shining example of what governments and local communities can do in the fight against malaria – a disease which currently kills over one million people every year, most of them under five years old and living in sub-Saharan Africa.
UNICEF gears up emergency response in drought affected areas in Kenya
NAIROBI, 3 August 2004 – In response to the drought emergency recently declared in Kenya by President Mwai Kibaki, UNICEF is seeking funds to scale up its response in the drought affected areas across the country. The UNICEF crisis appeal is seeking to raise more than 8 million US dollars to support the Government’s efforts to alleviate the consequences of the drought on the most vulnerable groups, children and women.
UNICEF Executive Director in Seoul, following DPRK visit
MEDIA ADVISORY, 10 March 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy’s visit will highlight results for children that are being achieved with UNICEF support in DPRK, as well as the challenges that remain.
Madagascar launches one of Africa's largest ever measles campaigns
TAMATAVE, MADAGASCAR, 13 September 2004 - At a ceremony this morning, the President of Madagascar, in the presence of his government, international partners, the Diplomatic Corps and thousands of well-wishers, officially launched the largest immunization campaign this country has ever seen.
Donors can help save 6 million children in Southern Africa crisis
NEW YORK, 18 July 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund today urged the world community to help save the lives of more than 6 million children who are at immediate risk of death in southern Africa due to a crippling combination of natural and man-made crises.
Successful partnerships drive development in Angola
LUANDA-GENEVA 23 June 2003 – Just 15 months after a cease-fire ended three decades of devastating civil war, Angola has taken two significant steps on its long road to recovery. Campaigns in health and education, backed by UNICEF and supported by all levels of Government, are proving vital in restarting the development of social services in Angola. (Press Release)
Amid conflict, a "Miraculous" victory over polio for Somalia
NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 28 March 2004 - With the last case of polio reported in 2002, Somalia has been removed from the list of polio-endemic countries. As a major polio immunization campaign begins, UNICEF is calling this achievement a “miraculous victory for children over conflict and devastation.”
Polio campaign targets 2.1 million Ethiopian children
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 16 October 2003 – A house-to-house polio campaign targeting 2.1 million children under five years of age is being launched tomorrow by the Ministry of Health as part of the Sub-National Immunisation Days (SNIDs).
Angola's biggest-ever health campaign launched
LUANDA 21 April 2003 - Angola today launched the biggest health campaign in the country's history. The National Measles Campaign will inoculate seven million Angolan children against a highly contagious disease the kills more young Angolans than any other preventable ailment. (News Note)
UNICEF donation helps Ethiopia dig for water
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 19 October 2004 – UNICEF handed over two shallow well drilling rigs to the Government today to be used in the drought-prone regions of Afar and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).
Botswana launches emergency polio campaign
NEW YORK, 10 May 2004 - The Minister of Health of Botswana today kicked off a massive emergency immunization campaign in the southern African nation of Botswana, following the re-introduction of poliovirus into the country from Nigeria in February, after a 13-year absence. The campaign is deemed critical to protect the country's children from further spread of the poliovirus.
Angola's biggest-ever education campaign introduces 250,000 children back to school
LUANDA, 6 February 2003 - On Monday 10 February, the biggest education campaign in Angola's history takes its most important step when almost 250,000 Angolan children return to school. The size and scope of 'Back to School' underlines the fact that education is being unswervingly endorsed as the engine to drive Angola's long-term recovery. (News Note)
MOE and UNICEF host workshop to promote keeping Ethiopian girls' in school
19 February 2003, NAZRETH, Ethiopia - The Ministry of Education (MOE) and UNICEF are kicking off a workshop today to develop innovative strategies and an action plan to promote girls' education in five regions that have wide gender gaps and low girls' school enrolment rates. (News Note)
Lang Lang takes on malaria
Lang Lang is going to Tanzania to help raise awareness about the impact of malaria.
UNICEF congratulates Uganda on new database outlining key indicators on children
UNICEF today congratulated the Government of Uganda on formally launching a national database that provides wide-ranging and updated information on social development in the country, including those directly linked to the lives of children and women.
Stakeholders meet to develop Ethiopian strategy on OVCs
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 5 August 2004 – Key stakeholders representing all eleven regions in Ethiopia have come together to assess the scale and scope of programmes for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in Ethiopia, identify key gaps and constraints and develop strategies on scaling up interventions.
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