Press releases and news notes
Sierra Leone launches three-day, door-to-door Ebola prevention campaign
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2014 – An ambitious public information campaign aiming to reach every household in Sierra Leone with life-saving messages on Ebola will take place 19-21 September in a bid to reduce the spread of the disease with the help of community members. UNICEF has provided the Government-led campaign with technical and financial support, including information materials.
Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, northern Syria
AMMAN/CAIRO, 17 September 2014 - “UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children occurred in areas where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on announcement of support for Ebola prevention and treatment by the US Government
NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 - “This is great news for the millions of people in West Africa, particularly Liberia, threatened by Ebola. A rapidly escalating emergency like this requires a massive, urgent and global response.
UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa
GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,200 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa. This is part of a broader, six-month appeal for $979 million that governments and humanitarian agencies require to fight the disease.
Despite dramatic progress on child survival, 1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes
New York, 16 September 2014 – Child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, during which time the absolute number of under-five deaths has been slashed in half from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, according to a report released today by UNICEF.
Pre-embargo briefing on latest child mortality figures and how faster progress can be achieved
NEW YORK, 12 September, 2014 - Briefing on latest global, regional and national child mortality estimates and UNICEF’s annual A Promise Renewed report.
Ebola crisis in Liberia hits child health and well-being
GENEVA/MONROVIA, Liberia, 12 September 2014 - As efforts to halt the spread of the Ebola virus intensify, UNICEF warns of its far-reaching impact on children. In Liberia, Ebola has severely disrupted health services for children, caused schools to close and left thousands of children without a parent. Children are dying from measles and other vaccine preventable diseases and pregnant women have few places to deliver their babies safely.
Ebola outbreak: UNICEF continues to rush critical supplies to protect health workers and families
GENEVA/DAKAR/FREETOWN/NEW YORK, 5 September 2014 – A cargo plane of UNICEF medical supplies including protective equipment and essential medicine has just landed in Sierra Leone, part of the children's agency's continued drive to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
UNICEF airlifts 68 tonnes of supplies to Liberia, ramping up Ebola response
MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 August 2014 – A cargo plane carrying 68 metric tonnes of health and hygiene supplies from UNICEF landed in Monrovia early Saturday morning, bringing urgently needed supplies to combat the worst Ebola outbreak in global history.
Misconceptions fuel Ebola outbreak in West Africa
GENEVA/DAKAR, Senegal, 11 July 2014 – As the Ebola-related death toll rises above 500 in West Africa, UNICEF and its partners are expanding their activities across the region to halt the spread of the disease by combating rumours, fears and misconceptions.
Newborns move to the top of the child survival agenda
JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 – At the conclusion of a global forum here focused on preventing maternal, child and newborn deaths, UNICEF said the commitments made by governments and public and private sector organizations have the potential to transform the outlook for newborn babies, millions of whom die each year.
UNICEF and partners vaccinating over 1.1 million people in Guinea to halt meningitis outbreak
CONAKRY, Guinea, 16 June 2014 – This weekend, the Government of Guinea, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF completed a vaccination campaign in the country’s Eastern Region where a recent meningitis outbreak has already caused at least 52 deaths since the beginning of the year.
Cholera cases rapidly multiplying in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 19 May 2014 – The caseload of cholera is rapidly increasing in South Sudan and the deadly, highly contagious disease appears to be spreading, UNICEF said today.
Life-saving information helps reduce spread of Ebola across West Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 10 April 2014 – Together with Ministries of Health and other partners across seven countries in West Africa, UNICEF is using text messaging through mobile phones, radio shows, TV programmes and door-to-door campaigns to disseminate life-saving information in an effort to contain the often-fatal Ebola virus.
First mass vaccination campaigns start since polio found in Iraq
AMMAN, 6 April 2014 – Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt today, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over the next five days.
UNICEF steps up response in Guinea as Ebola reaches capital
CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 28 March 2014 – Amid an Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF) outbreak, four cases in Conakry have been confirmed yesterday by the Guinean Government. In Guinea’s capital and across the rest of the country, UNICEF is ramping up its activities in support of Guinean authorities to prevent the often fatal disease from claiming even more lives.
UNICEF swiftly responds to Ebola outbreak in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 26 March 2014 – With an Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF) outbreak declared in the Southern part of Guinea, 11 suspected cases of children infected have been reported, three of whom have died. In an effort to prevent the severe, often-fatal disease from spreading further, UNICEF immediately rushed in aid and delivered health supplies to the most affected areas.
UNICEF, government vaccinating over 1.7 million children in Guinea amid measles outbreak
CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 11 February 2014 – As the death toll and the number of suspected cases of measles continue to rise in Guinea, UNICEF and the Government of Guinea have kicked off a massive emergency campaign to vaccinate over 1.7 million children in an effort to stop the spread of measles throughout the country.
New handbook to enhance new-born and child care in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 4 February 2014 – Over 30 community health workers, county health directors, senior health ministry officials and programme staff are field testing the new World Health Organization/UNICEF handbook on new born and child care. The three-day workshop is facilitated by experts from UNICEF, WHO and Save the Children.
European Commission’s Humanitarian Office supports fight against child malnutrition in Sudan with grant of €2 million for UNICEF
KHARTOUM, Sudan/ BRUSSELS, 22 January 2014 - UNICEF Sudan will receive €2 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office to help in the fight against child malnutrition in Sudan.
Measles outbreak threatens children's lives in Guinea
CONAKRY, 21 January 2014 – UNICEF and its partners have begun to organize a campaign to vaccinate over 1.6 million children to stop a measles outbreak in Guinea amid growing number of cases among children especially in the capital Conakry.
One full year of no polio cases in the Southern Region of Afghanistan
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, 19 November 2013 – Afghanistan’s Southern Region has today, for the first time ever, reached one full year without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, giving a boost to the country’s fight against the crippling disease. This milestone will encourage the polio effort in the Eastern Region, which continues to fight an outbreak of polio that has seen nine cases reported so far this year.
Grass-roots movements key to ending world’s toilet problem: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 November 2013 – Toilets are still out of reach for more than one-third of the global population, with devastating consequences to the health and development of children, UNICEF said on World Toilet Day.
Research finds baby boys are at higher risk of death and disability due to preterm birth
NEW YORK, 17 November 2013 – A series of ground-breaking global studies on preterm birth and disability released to time with World Prematurity Day finds that baby boys are at a higher risk of death and disability due to preterm birth than baby girls.
Fifth Annual World Pneumonia Day Marks Successes and Challenges in Tackling #1 Killer of Children
BALTIMORE, USA, 12 November 2013 - Global health advocates today commemorated the fifth annual World Pneumonia Day by calling on global leaders to scale up existing interventions and invest in new diagnostics and treatments to defeat pneumonia. Each year, pneumonia kills more children than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Pneumonia took the lives of nearly 1.1 million children under 5 in 2012 alone, with more than 99 percent of these deaths in developing countries, where access to healthcare facilities and treatment is out of reach for many children.
Over 20 million children to be vaccinated in Syria and neighbouring countries against polio, say WHO and UNICEF
GENEVA, NEW YORK, 8 November 2013 – The largest-ever consolidated immunization response in the Middle East is under way to stop a polio outbreak, aiming to vaccinate over 20 million children in seven countries and territories repeatedly.
UNICEF and senior Syrian officials agree on urgency of reaching more war-affected children, as UNICEF Executive Director visits Syria
DAMASCUS, 29 October 2013 - Following 'businesslike and encouraging' discussions, senior Syrian officials and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake agreed on the importance of reaching hundreds of thousands of children in some of the worst-affected parts of war-torn Syria with life-saving vaccines, including those against polio, as Mr Lake ended a two-day visit to Damascus.
UNICEF on Global Handwashing Day: A simple solution with far-reaching benefits – the power is in our hands
NEW YORK, 15 October 2013 – As the world observes the 6th annual Global Handwashing Day, new figures from UNICEF say 1,400 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.
Senegal provides free access to health services for 2.5 million under-five children
DAKAR, 4 October, 2013 – On 1 October, 2013, Senegal launched its initiative providing free of charge access to health services to children under five. As many as 2.5 million Senegalese children will benefit from this measure that aims at accelerating reduction in child mortality by 2015, particularly for the poorest.
UNICEF and its partners respond to a resurgence of malaria cases in Chad
AM-TIMAN, Chad, 26 September 2013 – In response to a resurgence of suspected cases of malaria in several parts of Chad , UNICEF in collaboration with WHO, is implementing an integrated response to support efforts already made by the Government in areas where the resurgence is highest.
WHO issues new HIV recommendations calling for earlier treatment
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 June 2013 – New HIV treatment guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier. Recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. The move could avert an additional 3 million deaths and prevent 3.5 million more new HIV infections between now and 2025.
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa
GENEVA, 25 June 2013 – A new report on the Global Plan towards elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive has revealed a marked increase in progress in stopping new infections among children across the Global Plan priority countries in Africa.
UNICEF Steps up Prevention Efforts as Cholera Outbreak in Mali Threatens Thousands in Conflict Affected North
BAMAKO, 28 May 2013 – A cholera outbreak in Gao region has claimed two lives and left another 20 people needing urgent treatment. This is the first outbreak of the disease in Mali since the start of the rainy season. With the Ministry of Health, WHO and other partners UNICEF is stepping up assistance to affected communities in Asongo district as well as prevention and awareness-raising activities.
Remarkable Progress in Reducing Child Mortality and Improving Maternal Health
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 May 2013 - Some of the world’s poorest countries have managed to cut maternal and young child mortality rates by half or more, according to a new report from Countdown to 2015.
Emergency measles vaccination campaign to protect 125,000 children in Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 21 May 2013 – UNICEF and its partners are mounting an emergency measles vaccination campaign in Bangui, the conflict-hit capital of the Central African Republic, after eight children tested positive for the disease in April.
Universal birth registration could be lasting legacy of African Union’s 50th anniversary
ADDIS ABABA, 20 May 2013 – The 50th ‘birthday’ of the African Union is a chance to make a lasting commitment to the continent’s children by giving every child a name and legal status and bringing lasting change and social benefits for over 1 billion people in Africa, UNICEF said today.
Landmark reached in fight against tetanus, as over half of 59 priority countries declare victory, partners say
NEW YORK, 15 May 2013 – Tetanus, one of the most deadly diseases a mother and her newborn can face, has been eliminated in over half of 59 priority countries, the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative partners announced today.
2.4 billion people will lack improved sanitation in 2015
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 13 May 2013 – Some 2.4 billion people – one-third of the world’s population – will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015, according to a joint WHO/UNICEF report issued today.
Mass vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid measles outbreaks
AMMAN/GENEVA, 30 April 2013 – UNICEF and partners have stepped up vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid a number of measles outbreaks in a region already struggling to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people affected by the Syrian crisis.
UN Agencies in DPRK Urgently Require US$29.4 Million to Respond to Critical and Life-saving Needs
PYONGYANG/BANGKOK, 29 April 2013 - The World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO), Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) appeal for urgent funding to be able to meet the most critical and life-saving needs of the people of DPRK in the areas of Health and Nutrition up to the end of the year.
Global Leaders Support New Six-Year Plan to Deliver a Polio-Free World by 2018
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 25 April 2013 – Today, at the Global Vaccine Summit, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) presented a comprehensive six-year plan, the first plan to eradicate all types of polio disease – both wild poliovirus and vaccine-derived cases – simultaneously. Global leaders and individual philanthropists signaled their confidence in the plan by pledging close to three-quarters of the plan’s projected US$5.5 billion cost over six years. They also called upon additional donors to commit up front the additional US$1.5 billion needed to ensure eradication.
Nets are key to cutting malaria deaths and illness – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 25 April 2013 – Malaria still kills 660,000 people every year, most of them African children. Universal coverage of insecticide-treated bed nets is key in making gains against malaria – one of the largest killers of children in the world, says UNICEF on World Malaria day.
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.
Better supply systems key to reach all children with life-saving vaccines
GENEVA, 18 April 2013 ― In advance of World Immunization Week, global experts are highlighting strategies to further advance progress on the Global Vaccine Action Plan that was endorsed by the World Health Assembly, 2012. Better supply and logistics systems are essential to reach the estimated 22 million children in developing countries who are still not protected from dangerous diseases with basic vaccines, according to a special immunization issue published today by Vaccine.
Political support crucial to reach ‘the fifth child’ with vaccines
NEW YORK, 19 April 2013 – One and a half million children would not have died in 2011 had they been immunized, according to UNICEF at the start of World Immunization Week. But one in five children is not being reached with vital vaccines due to social or geographical exclusion, lack of resources, weak health systems or conflicts such as those raging today in Syria and parts of West Africa.
Mass measles and polio immunization campaign starts in Jordan
AMMAN, 17 April 2013 – Amid rising concern over the risk of disease outbreaks, a mass vaccination campaign has been launched at Za’atari refugee camp, where over 100,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded conditions.
Global Conference Stresses Urgent Need to Prioritize the Health of Newborns
JOHANNESBURG, 15 April 2013 – Representatives from over fifty countries gathered today for the opening session of the first-ever Global Newborn Health Conference (#Newborn2013) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Progress shows that stunting in children can be defeated – UNICEF
DUBLIN, 15 April 2013 – A new UNICEF report issued today offers evidence that real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth – the hidden face of poverty for 165 million children under the age of five. The report shows that accelerated progress is both possible and necessary.
UNICEF/WHO: New plan to address pneumonia and diarrhoea could save 2 million children a year
GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 12 April 2013 – A new Global Action Plan launched today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) has the potential to save up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, some of the leading killers of children under five globally.
Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, to the High Level Dialogue on Health in the Post-2015 Agenda
GABARONE, Botswana, 4 March 2013 – “Who said that: ‘Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have’?
Pakistan is first South Asian country to launch vaccine against childhood pneumonia
ISLAMABAD, 9 October 2012 – Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Minister of Inter-Provincial Coordination announced today the introduction of a new vaccine to protect...
UN Commission sets out plan to make life-saving health supplies more accessible
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 26 September2012 – A new plan and set of recommendations to improve the supply and access of life-saving health supplies...
UNICEF supplies to help 120,000 people in northern Mali against cholera
BAMAKO, 16 July 2012 – UNICEF is sending 20,000 water, sanitation and hygiene kits to the North of Mali as part of its emergency response to a cholera...
First Mother-and-Baby Friendly Hospital in the Pacific
HONIARA, 30 April 2012 – The Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today declared the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, Solomon Islands “Mother-and-Baby Friendly”.
UNICEF marks World Malaria Day
NEW YORK, 25 April 2012 – Despite great progress in the fight against malaria, the disease remains the third largest killer of children globally, UNICEF said today on World Malaria Day
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UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria
Statement - 7 February 2012
India records one year without polio cases
ATLANTA/EVANSTON, Ill./GENEVA/NEW YORK/SEATTLE, 12 January 2012 – India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, tomorrow...
Call to Action: A Cholera-Free Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic)
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...
UNICEF: Saudi Arabia provides critical support for polio eradication in Niger
NIAMEY, 16 December 2011 – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed US$1,588,000 to UNICEF Niger to support polio eradication. The funds...
Amitabh Bachchan launches new Polio Communication Campaign
MUMBAI, India, 15 December 2011 - Lauding India’s unprecedented progress against polio, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Polio Eradication...
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...
UNICEF warns of looming children’s crisis in the Sahel
DAKAR/GENEVA, 9 December 2011 – An estimated 1,025,000 children in the Sahel region of Africa face severe and life threatening malnutrition during the...
Unparalleled global progress in HIV response but sustained investment vital
GENEVA, 30 November 2011 - Global progress in both preventing and treating HIV emphasizes the benefits of sustaining investment in HIV/AIDS over the...
Ghana eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
ACCRA, Ghana, 21 November 2011 - The Government of Ghana today announced that it has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), bringing the total...
Measles Initiative hails GAVI decision to fund Rubella campaigns
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 17 November 2011 - Today the Measles Initiative applauds the GAVI Alliance board decision to fund rubella campaigns in the countries...
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...
UNICEF and partners push for scaling up of the community-based health workforce for emergencies
GENEVA, 20 October 2011 - UNICEF and its partners are calling for the urgent scaling up of community-based health workforces because of their potential...
Massive push to protect populations from malaria in Somalia’s south central regions
NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 October 2011 - An estimated two and a half million people in Somalia, already suffering from drought, famine and conflict, are at risk...
UNICEF fights “one of the worst ever” cholera outbreaks in West and Central Africa
DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 October 2011 – UNICEF is calling for a redoubling of efforts to combat cholera outbreaks that are claiming lives and affecting large...
UNICEF responds to new cholera outbreak claiming lives in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 5 October 2011 ― UNICEF is taking part in an emergency response to an outbreak of cholera in two prefectures which has...
Burundi introduces vaccine against pneumococcal disease
BUJUMBURA, 20 September 2011 – Burundi today intensified its efforts in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases, through the introduction of the...
12,000 fewer children perish daily in 2010 than in 1990 – UNICEF, WHO
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 September 2011 – The number of children under five years of age dying each year declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said today, releasing the latest estimates on worldwide child mortality.
UNICEF on World Malaria Day: Preventable and curable, but still killing 800,000 every year
NEW YORK, 25 April 2011 – Malaria is the third single biggest killer of children globally. An estimated 800,000 people die every year...
UK Government boosts funding for UNICEF to improve children's health and education
NEW YORK, 6 March 2011 – The UK Government will almost double its core funding for UNICEF, after a recent aid review found the agency highly effective in...
PLoS Medicine: Poor sanitation and water kill more than two million children annually
LONDON, 16 November 2010 - A new series published today in leading medical journal Public Library of Science Medicine reveals that poor sanitation...
UNICEF is distributing medical and sanitation supplies in Artibonite, Haiti where cases of acute diarrhea are reported
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, October 21, 2010 – UNICEF, alongside the Ministry of Health, DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement) and...
Chad: UNICEF’s emergency response to one of the worst cholera epidemics in 10 years
N’DJAMENA, CHAD, 6 October 2010 – Floods in Chad since July have resulted in one of country’s worst cholera epidemics in 10 years, forcing UNICEF and...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, welcoming the G8 Muskoka Initiative on maternal, newborn and under-five child health
Statement - 25 June 2010
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann Veneman launches Facts for Life, a guide for healthy childhood
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ MASERU, LESOTHO, 7 April 2010 – During a visit to Lesotho, a country entirely landlocked by South Africa, UNICEF Executive...
Christopher Kennedy Lawford visits Ukraine to advocate for Hep C prevention and treatment
KYIV, 16 March 2010 – Christopher Kennedy Lawford paid a visit to Ukraine on 14-17 March 2010 to discuss with senior health officials, civil society...
WHO/UNICEF launch new action plan against pneumonia, the leading killer of children
NEW YORK, 1 November 2009 – More than five million children could be saved over six years if a comprehensive plan to tackle pneumonia is adopted...
Government of Japan provides $2.95 million to health programmes to fight infectious diseases in DR Congo
KINSHASA, 4 September 2009 – Under the patronage of Mr Mwami MOPIPI MUKULUMANYA, Minister for Public Health in the Democratic Republic...
UNICEF Executive Director launches first-ever National Child Health Week in Nigeria
ABUJA, 31 July 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman and the Nigerian Health Minister, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin...
Government of Japan provides $5.6 million to health programmes in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 29 July 2009 – The Government of Japan will sign a new agreement with UNICEF tomorrow, making available US$ 5.6 million...
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...
Global health leaders to address urgent crisis of prematurity and stillbirth
SEATTLE, 21 April 2009 - Every year around the world, more than three million stillbirths occur, and more than one million babies die...
UNICEF launches campaign to protect children and women from bird flu in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 16 April 2009 – A media campaign launched by UNICEF in Dushanbe today aims to protect children and women in...
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...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on World Health Day 2009
Statement – 7 April 2009
Four million Rwandan children targeted for life-saving interventions
RWANDA, 24 March 2009 - During a week long campaign launched today by the Minister of Health, children and women across Rwanda will be reached...
New nutrition policy for northern states of Sudan to strengthen child health, reduce mortality
KHARTOUM, 19 February 2009 - Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health will unveil a new nutrition policy covering the 15 northern states of the countrY...
Japan provides US$2.9 million in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 11 February 2009 - The Government of Japan provided US$ 2.9 million for “the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases” in support...
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 ...
Good potential of early childhood education and care should not be compromised by poor quality services,according to a new UNICEF study
FLORENCE, 11 December 2008 – A far-reaching change is coming over childhood in the world’s richest countries, says a study released today by the UNICEF Innocenti....
Morocco to host fourth edition of UNICEF’s Regional Media Forum on children’s issues
Amman, 18 November 2008 – Morocco is hosting a 3-day regional media forum from 25-27 November, bringing together leading journalists, broadcasters...
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...
International Development Agencies ‘Unite for Nutrition’ call for continued commitment and leadership
NEW DELHI, 19 November 2008 - On the eve of Universal Children’s Day, International agencies and donors made a joint commitment to support the...
Joint statement on maternal and newborn health
Statement - 25 September 2008
Guinea Bissau: UNICEF provides support to fight cholera epidemic
GUINEA BISSAU, 15 August 2008 – UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health of Guinea Bissau in fighting a cholera epidemic that has quickly...
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 welcomes spotlight on a major cause of childhood deaths in latest WHO Bulletin
NEW YORK, 1 May 2008 - UNICEF today welcomed the launch of a comprehensive review of research into childhood pneumonia,
World Health Day 2008 - UNICEF cautions about the impact of climate change on the health of women and children
NEW YORK, 7 April - The impact of climate change could fall disproportionately on women and children, UNICEF cautioned today, on the occasion of World Health Day 2008.
UNICEF immunises 100,000 children and women in camps in southern Somalia
AFGOYE-MOGADISHU CORRIDOR, 5 December 2007 - Approximately 47,600 children under five and 56,000 women who live in camps along the Mogadishu-Afgoye corridor will...
UNICEF helps to combat cholera outbreak in Iraq
AMMAN/ERBIL, 29 August 2007 – UNICEF has rushed emergency aid to help victims of a cholera outbreak in Suleimaniya and Kirkuk in northern Iraq.
European Commission and UNICEF agreed to support Ghana’s effort to eradicate Guinea Worm with a €20 million project
GHANA, 29 May 2007 - The European Commission (EC) and UNICEF today announced a total of € 20 million euro assistance for guinea worm eradication in nine...
Media critical in fight to prevent pandemic flu
GENEVA, 13 February 2007 - As the threat of bird flu once again confronts Europe and Central Asia, UNICEF is holding a series of high-level symposia on pandemic flu with...
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...
UNICEF launches EU-sponsored 240000-euro project against avian flu in Kazakhstan
ASTANA/KAZAKSTAN, 6 February 2007 - The European Commission announced this week it will allocate 240,000 Euros to prevent the spread of avian flu in Kazakhstan...
UNICEF completes construction of first health and development centre in Aceh
BANDA ACEH, 26 January 2007 – UNICEF has completed construction of the first of the 227 mother-and-child health centres it is building in Indonesia’s tsunami-devastated Aceh province and earthquake-hit Nias Island.
IKEA, Save the Children and UNICEF joint campaign: ‘A smile is worth so much’
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children will join forces for children worldwide again this year, following a successful 2005 effort that raised over €2 million euro for life-saving programs through its “€1 is a fortune. . . A child’s smile is worth so much” campaign.
Serena Williams joins the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, 6 November 2006 – On her first trip to Africa, tennis great Serena Williams called on all children and pregnant women in Ghana to protect themselves from the killer disease malaria by consistently sleeping under bed nets.
Ghana’s bid to save 20,000 young lives
ACCRA, 1 November 2006 – In an unprecedented attempt to save the lives of 20,000 infants and children in the coming year, Ghana today began nationwide distribution of 2.1 million long-lasting bed nets as part of a massive integrated child health campaign.
Thailand launches national Avian Influenza awareness, prevention campaign in schools
BANGKOK, 10 October 2006 - A nationwide school-based campaign aimed at helping Thai children and their families protect themselves from the threat of Avian Influenza was launched Tuesday by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
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.
UNICEF calls for children to be at centre of regional action on hygiene
Islamabad, 20 September 2006 - Children should be placed first in the debate on improving hygiene standards in South Asia, UNICEF told a top level meeting of policy makers today.
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.
Government of Japan makes renewed investment in child health in the north of Sudan
KHARTOUM, 21 August 2006 - The Government of Japan is contributing a further $US 4.5 million (¥ 517 million) to support child and maternal health programmes in northern Sudan, including the Darfur region, through a partnership with the Sudanese Government of National Unity and UNICEF.
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.
WHO and UNICEF tackle problem of missing essential medicines for children
GENEVA, 10 August 2006 — The first international Expert Consultation on Paediatric Essential Medicines, jointly held by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, today delivered a plan to revise existing essential medicine formulations to include the right dose and presentation for children.
New cases of polio prompts further immunization drive in Bangladesh
DHAKA, 4 August 2006 – Only one month after completing three polio National Immunisation Days (NIDs), the Government of Bangladesh has ordered a further three polio NIDs this year in response to at least 10 new cases of polio detected in the country.
Agencies join forces to inform and educate on avian flu and human pandemic risks in the Americas
WASHINGTON, D.C., 25 July 2006 ― A new push to communicate on the threats of avian influenza and a possible human pandemic was launched today by representatives of international agencies, at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters in Washington.
Annual drive to prevent diarrhoeal deaths gets underway in Afghanistan
KABUL, 19 June 2006 – In an effort to control outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease during the summer, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health will launch its annual public awareness campaign this week, backed by UNICEF. The campaign aims to safeguard the health and hygiene of urban households in a country where nearly a quarter of deaths amongst children under the age of five are the result of diarrhoeal disease.
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.
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).
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.
Bangladesh prepares for its largest public health campaign: 33.5 million children vaccinated against measles in three weeks
DHAKA / GENEVA, 17th February 2006: Bangladesh is getting ready to mount the biggest Measles vaccination campaign in the world from 25th February-16th March 2006. An estimated 33.5 million children aged between 9 months and under 10 years will be vaccinated during the 20 day period.
With an Additional US $1 Billion Per Year, Immunization Could Save Ten Million More Lives in a Decade
NEW DELHI, 9 December, 2005 — According to global immunization experts, ten million additional lives could be saved through child and maternal immunization between 2006-2015 at an average annual cost of US $1 billion, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman on her visit to quake-ravaged Pakistan
MUZZAFARABAD, Sunday 30th October, 2005 - Ladies and Gentlemen, today I witnessed the extraordinary scale of devastation and the breadth of human suffering during this short visit to the heart of the earthquake zone. The impact this has had on the children of this vast and ruggedly beautiful land is of particular concern.
Children in Darfur in better health but more needs to be done
KHARTOUM, 20 October 2005 – The global acute malnutrition rate among children aged 6-59 months in Darfur has improved from 21.8 per cent in September 2004 to 11.9 per cent in October 2005 as a result of a sustained and integrated humanitarian assistance programme.
Wednesday in UNICEF House: Launch of report on children in South Asia
The Report presents the condition of health in South Asia and its link to poverty reduction and economic growth. In-depth analysis of the experience of three South Asian countries: India, Bangladesh and Pakistan is included. The report also focuses on the health situation in all seven South Asian countries: Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
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.
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.
Governments welcome new WHO/UNICEF global immunization strategy that aims to avert millions of deaths
GENEVA, 25 May, 2005 - Governments meeting at the World Health Assembly officially committed to adopting an ambitious new global strategy to fight vaccine-preventable diseases, which kill more than two million people every year, two-thirds of whom are young children . The Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) was designed by the WHO and UNICEF.
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.
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.
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.
UNICEF urges adversaries to allow health drive in Nepal
LONDON/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 4 March 2005 – UNICEF called today on all parties to the conflict in Nepal to help facilitate the transport of vaccines, Vitamin A and de-worming drugs, which have been held up in the recent transport shutdown in the country.
Bellamy remarks at launch of Lancet series on newborns
LONDON, 1 March 2005, I am very pleased to be here representing UNICEF and the committed individuals from across UNICEF who played such a key role in the development of this series. The focus of this series on neonatal deaths is important and timely.
Afghan religious leaders benefit from child rights awareness
KABUL, 12 September 2004 – 7,800 religious leaders from the western provinces of Afghanistan will start to receive awareness-raising and sensitization training on children’s rights, as a new round of workshops gets under way on 13 September in a joint initiative between the Afghan Ministry of Religious Affairs and UNICEF.
Unity in Belize: parties endorse plan for kids
BELIZE CITY, 7 September 2004 - The Prime Minister Hon. Said Musa and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dean Barrow endorsed a National Plan of Action for Children and Adolescents, 2004-2015 (NPA) during a brief ceremony at the Radisson Fort George in Belize City at 8:00am today.
After 21 years of war, the children of Southern Sudan need more than a lifeline
NAIROBI/RUMBEK, 16 June 2004 - A girl born in southern Sudan has a better chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth than of completing primary school. To put it another way, one in nine women dies in pregnancy or childbirth but only one in a hundred girls completes primary school.
Bombing in Nepal destroys crucial vaccines
KATMANDU, NEPAL, 23 September 2004 - UNICEF notes with grave concern recent reports of the destruction of a health facility in Panchawati VDC in Udayapur, Nepal.
UN Condemns the Detention of Health Workers in Sudan
New York, 1 April, 2002 - The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have condemned the recent detention of fourteen health workers in Sudan, saying the incident represents a major setback to the polio eradication effort in Sudan and other countries affected by conflict.
Climbing every mountain in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN, 27 September 2004 - Almost 3 million children and young people or some 50 per cent of the total population of Tajikistan will be immunized against measles over the coming two weeks in the first ever campaign of its kind in the country.
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.
National diarrhoea week gets underway in Afghanistan
KABUL, 25 May 2003 -- This week is National Diarrhoea Prevention Week in Afghanistan, a country where diarrhoeal disease is responsible for over 50 per cent of deaths amongst children under the age of five. The summer months are traditionally those when the disease is at its height, and so prevention campaigns are of critical importance in reducing the risk of death at this time of year. (News Note)
UNICEF: Protecting children is key to their health
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 4 April 2003 - As the world prepares to mark World Health Day this Monday UNICEF said today that tens of millions of children suffer long-term damage to their health every year from exploitation, abuse, and violence - hazards that are often overlooked in public health planning. (Press Release)
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.
Freezing temperatures in Peru threaten children
NEW YORK, 28 July 2003 – UNICEF is rushing emergency medicine, blankets and baby bodysuits to children in Puno, Peru, where thousands of young lives are in danger because of extreme weather.
New health facilities and training to provide vital lifeline to women in northern Afghanistan
KABUL, 3 June 2004 – Women in northern Afghanistan are to be provided with improved obstetric care services following the opening of the region’s first Centre of Excellence in emergency obstetric care on Saturday 5 June.
UNICEF urges citizen watchdog for Haitian aid
Washington/Geneva/New York, 16 July 2004 – UNICEF said today that a citizen watchdog is the best way to support accountable reconstruction in Haiti.
A mountain of a health effort
GENEVA, September 23 2004: This week Nepal launched one of the largest public health campaigns ever undertaken in the country, with the aim of saving the lives of 2,500 children each year.
Taking early childhood nutrition to heart
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 September 2004 – Healthy hearts begin in childhood, according to new studies linking good nutrition for children under the age of five to reduced risk of heart disease later in life.
UNICEF: Breastfeeding can save over 1 million lives yearly
NEW YORK, 30 July 2004 – On the eve of World Breastfeeding Week UNICEF said that by expanding the number of women who exclusively breastfeed during their child’s first six months, at least 1.3 million infant lives could be saved this year.
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)