Press releases and news notes
Bollywood Actress and International Recording Artist Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls to aim high with UNICEF
NEW YORK/LONDON/MUMBAI, India, 11 August 2014 - New Bollywood Actress, International Recording Artist and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day and to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures programme, which is run in partnership with Barclays.
UNICEF concerned about amendment to India’s Juvenile Justice Act
NEW DELHI, India, 11 August 2014 – UNICEF is concerned about the recent Union Cabinet approval of the Juvenile Justice Act amendment to empower the Juvenile Justice Board to decide whether a juvenile above the age of 16 years involved in a heinous crime is to be tried in a regular court.
UNICEF statement on the gang-rape and killing of teenaged girls in Uttar Pradesh, India
NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 - Last week the United Nations spoke as one to condemn the horrific gang-rape and killing of two young girls in Uttar Pradesh, India. Today, as we hear reports of yet another rape and murder of a 13-year old girl in the same state, UNICEF renews the call for justice: justice for the victims of these brutal crimes, for their families, and for the millions of girls and victims around the world who fall prey to brutal sexual violence.
United Nations condemns gang-rape and murder of teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh and calls for justice
NEW DELHI, 1 June 2014 - The UN in India condemns the brutal gang-rape and murder of two teenaged girls on the night of May 28 in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district and calls for immediate action against the perpetrators and to address violence against women and girls across India.
UNICEF Statement on released national staff in Karachi
KARACHI, 22 April 2014 - UNICEF is pleased to confirm that two of its national staff who were abducted on Thursday evening in Karachi are now safe and well.
Healthier future for millions of children as India becomes polio-free
NEW YORK/NEW DELHI, 11 February 2014 – Today, millions of children have a better chance of a healthier future, as India marks the achievement of moving from being a polio-endemic country to polio-free.
UNICEF statement on the loss of staff members in the Kabul bombing
NEW YORK , 18 January 2014 – Less than one year ago, UNICEF paid tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives for the sake of a better future for all children, with a memorial at UNICEF House. Today, with great sadness and anger, we must add two more names to that list of heroes.
Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Bat for UNICEF
MUMBAI, India, 28 November 2013 – International cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar has become UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia during a signing ceremony in Mumbai, India. In this capacity Mr. Tendulkar will support UNICEF’s work in promoting hygiene and sanitation in South Asia.
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.
UNICEF launches peace-building education initiative preparing Myanmar children to say no to violence
YANGON, 11 October 2013 – In response to on-going waves of inter-communal violence across Myanmar, UNICEF this week launched ground-breaking peace and reconciliation initiatives for Myanmar’s children with a 5 day workshop on peace-building through education. The workshop – conducted with the Ministry of Education – recognises peace and reconciliation is the most important issue facing Myanmar today and will lead to the dissemination of literature nurturing children’s ability as peace agents.
Well-being of more children in India will improve as IKEA Foundation contributes Euro 60 million to UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – UNICEF today announced that the IKEA Foundation has contributed Є 60 million to its programmes in India to improve the health, survival, education and protection of tens of millions of vulnerable children and women.
Ending Preventable Child Deaths before 2035: Bangladesh Call to Action
DHAKA, 21 July 2013 – The Government of Bangladesh today committed to ending preventable child deaths in the country before 2035. This commitment builds on the impressive progress that Bangladesh has made in reducing maternal and child mortality, and improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and children over the past 40 years.
UNICEF condemns rape of 5-year-old in New Delhi, urges stronger measures to improve safety for girls
NEW DELHI, 20 April 2013 – The rape in Delhi where a 5-year-old girl is now fighting for her life is yet another sign that urgent and concerted action is needed to make sure that girls and women in India can feel and be safe on the streets, in school, at work and at home.
UN in India condemns the gang rape of a student in New Delhi
Joint Statement - 31 December 2012
UNICEF, WHO condemn attacks on polio ‘heroes’ in Pakistan
Joint Statement - 19 December 2012
WHO and UNICEF condemn attacks on health workers in Pakistan
Joint Statement - 18 December 2012
UNICEF condemns shooting of school girls in Pakistan
Statement - 10 October 2012
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...
Pakistan: UNICEF reaching 183,000 people daily with safe water; urgently needs funds to continue and scale up flood response
ISLAMABAD, 28 September 2012 – UNICEF has begun reaching 183,000 flood-affected people every day with safe drinking water in Punjab, Balochistan...
IKEA, UNICEF programmes reach 74 million children in India
LEIDEN, The Netherlands/NEW YORK/NEW DELHI, 5 September 2012 - Throughout the month of September, IKEA and UNICEF will celebrate over ten...
Polio eradication worker shot and killed in Karachi, Pakistan
KARACHI/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 21 July 2012 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are deeply saddened by the killing of Mr. Muhammad Ishaq, a local community worker...
Myanmar and UN sign landmark plan of action to release children from armed forces
YANGON, 27 June 2012 – The Government of Myanmar and the United Nations today signed an action plan to prevent the recruitment and use of children by...
New data for Afghanistan show improvements for women, children in health, education and well-being
KABUL, 27 June 2012 – Some significant improvements were made in the health, education and well-being of women and children in Afghanistan, according...
Deaths and injuries to children increase as a result of the on-going conflict in Afghanistan
KABUL, 13 June 2012 – Children in Afghanistan continue to be killed and injured as a direct result of the on-going conflict in the country and these incidents...
UNICEF condemns deadly attack on monitoring team working to provide better education to the children of Afghanistan
KABUL, 10 May 2012 – UNICEF was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the deliberate attack in Paktika province on Tuesday, on a convoy of fifteen staff members from the Department of Education of the Government of Afghanistan. According to reports, five people were killed and seven were injured
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...
UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake visits Bangladesh
UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake visits Nepal
Thirty-five UNICEF-constructed schools inaugurated in flood-affected districts of Southern Punjab
ISLAMABAD, 4 January 2012 – UNICEF and partners today welcomed the opening of 35 new schools in Muzaffargah, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in...
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...
Actor and producer Aamir Khan appointed UNICEF Ambassador
NEW DELHI, India, 30 November 2011 — UNICEF is delighted to announce the appointment of the Padma Bhushan award-winning actor and producer...
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 Goodwill Ambassador Shakira meets adolescent girls in India
UDAIPUR, India, 15 November 2011 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira met today with a group of adolescent girls from impoverished parts of the country...
UNICEF: Life-saving assistance for flood-affected children in Pakistan at risk due to major funding shortfall
ISLAMABAD, 2 October 2011 – Following the monsoon floods that have struck Sindh province for the second year in a row, UNICEF and its...
UNICEF rolls out emergency supplies to vulnerable flood-hit children & families in Pakistan
Islamabad, 14 September 2011 – Vital emergency supplies, including hundreds of thousands of litres of clean water daily, are being rolled out to children and families left vulnerable by severe monsoon floods in southern Pakistan.
UNICEF condemns today’s attack on children in school bus in Pakistan
Statement - 13 September 2011
New monsoon floods double disaster for children still recovering from last year’s devastation in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, 11 September 2011 – Up to 2.5 million children have been affected by severe monsoon floods in southern Pakistan – and with many still recovering from the worst floods...
Pakistan flood survivors struggle to restore their lives amid new disaster fear and humanitarian funds shortage
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD/NEW YORK, 29 July 2011 – A year after devastating monsoon floods hit Pakistan, many of the more than 18 million affected people...
UNICEF and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcome Government of Pakistan’s commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation
ISLAMABAD, June 9, 2011 – In a joint statement with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, UNICEF Pakistan today...
Statement by Peter Crowley, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan, on the Occasion of International Children's Day
Statement - 1 June 2011
UNICEF: Children still at risk as renewed flooding hits Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, February 8, 2011 – UNICEF is dispatching more supplies to support communities hit by renewed, severe flooding in Sri Lanka...
UNICEF Afghanistan mourns the death of Hamida Barmaki
Statement - 29 January 2011
UNICEF: Pakistan floods uncover dire nutrition situation
ISLAMABAD/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 28 January 2011 – Six months after the 2010 Pakistan monsoon floods hit, UNICEF and its partners face another huge challenge...
Sehwag and Sangakkara star in global Think Wise campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
DUBAI, 25 January 2011 - They may be rivals on the field of play, but India opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara have joined together to star...
UNICEF tackles needs of Sri Lankan flood victims
COLOMBO, 13 January 2011 – UNICEF supplies packed into seven trucks have arrived in eastern Sri Lanka, to support the million people affected by massive...
UNICEF: Crisis far from over for Pakistan’s children
ISLAMABAD/GENEVA, 7 December 2010 – More than four months after the worst floods in the country’s history, UNICEF warns that winter will worsen the...
Developing skills and providing employment opportunities for youth in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka 18 November 2010 – Marking the 21st anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Youth Affairs Ministry and...
UNICEF calls for a comprehensive Child Act in Afghanistan
KABUL, 23 November 2010 - Afghanistan needs a comprehensive Child Act fully in line with the provisions and principles of the Convention on the Rights...
134 million Indian children targeted for second dose of measles vaccination drive
NEW DELHI, 9 November 2010 – The Government of India today launched the second dose of measles vaccination in the states of Assam (Morigaon district)...
UNICEF: Underfunding for Pakistan flood emergency jeopardizing life-saving operations for children
ISLAMABAD/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 November 2010 - UNICEF said today that serious underfunding of its emergency operation in Pakistan is jeopardizing...
Awaaz Do digital campaign urges Indians to speak up for the eight million children out-of-school
NEW DELHI, 19 October 2010 – The Awaaz Do on-line campaign was launched today to mobilize Indian society to speak up for the more than eight million...
The United Nations outlines combined strategy to ensure the survival of millions of flood affected people in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, 24 September 2010 – The emergency situation caused by the floods in Pakistan is far from being over and is worsening for the most vulnerable...
Millions affected by the floods in India
NEW DELHI, INDIA, 23 September 2010 – UNICEF and its partners are reaching out to millions of people in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and...
UNICEF issues a new appeal for the 10 million children affected by the flooding in Pakistan
GENEVA, 21 September 2010 - UNICEF today issued a report on the flooding emergency in Pakistan saying that, "with over 10 million children hit by...
UNICEF/WFP chiefs call for renewed support to Pakistan’s flood victims
ISLAMABAD, 31 August 2010 – The Executive Directors of UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the...
UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, to visit flood affected areas of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, 29 August 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, arrives in Pakistan Monday 30 August to tour flood-hit areas and...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on the flooding in Pakistan
Statement - 20 August 2010
UNICEF's life-saving operation in Pakistan in jeopardy due to funding shortfall
ISLAMABAD/GENEVA, 17 August 2010 - UNICEF warned today that serious funding shortfalls are jeopardising its humanitarian operation in Pakistan...
UNICEF: 6 million children affected by the floods in Pakistan; some 2.7 million in need of immediate, life-saving assistance
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD, 11 August 2010 - As the figures continue to rise, UNICEF says that 6 million children have been affected by the floods in Pakistan...
UNICEF appeals for $47.3 million to fund its relief operation in Pakistan - 1.4 million children affected by the flooding
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD, 6 August 2010 - UNICEF has appealed for $47.3 million to fund its relief operation for the millions hit by flooding in Pakistan...
UNICEF sends in life-saving supplies to the millions of people affected by flooding in Pakistan, many of them children and women
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD, 3 August 2010 - UNICEF is sending in life-saving supplies to the millions of people hit by severe flooding in several provinces in...
UNICEF supporting government response to the needs of children affected by floods in central and eastern Afghanistan
KABUL, 2 August 2010 – UNICEF is distributing emergency assistance in the provinces that have been worst affected by recent floods, ensuring that...
Children and women in urban slums worse off than rest of the country, reveals BBS-UNICEF survey
DHAKA, 23 June 2010 – Urban slums have the worst performance regarding women’s and children’s wellbeing and access to basic services compared to...
Day care center dedicated to UNICEF Education Chief killed in Pakistan bombing
GUIMARAS, PHILIPPINES, 31 May 2010 - The Perseveranda So Memorial Day Care Centre opened its doors in the island province of Guimaras on 22...
Lack of funding may force UNICEF to shut down schools for over 19,000 children in IDP camps in Pakistan at the end of April
GENEVA, 16 April 2010 – A severe lack of funding for UNICEF in Pakistan may result in more than 19,000 children displaced by insecurity in north-western...
UNESCO, ILO and UNICEF welcome Right to Education Act
NEW DELHI, 1 April 2010 – UNESCO, ILO and UNICEF today joined forces in applauding the ground-breaking Right to Education Act, legalising the right...
Urgent actions needed to address arsenic threats in Bangladesh
DHAKA, 22 March 2010 - Urgent action is needed to address arsenic contamination of water and food in order to mitigate its impact on the health of...
Against child marriage: children demand their rights for a secure future
KOLKATA, India, 24 February 2010 – Almost 225 children from across West Bengal gathered together today to launch a movement against child...
Bangladesh to vaccinate 20 million children against measles
DHAKA, 13 February 2010 - Bangladesh will vaccinate more than 20 million children against measles during a two-week measles campaign starting...
From military to civilian life – first group of minors discharged from Maoist army in Nepal
SINDHULI, NEPAL, 7 January 2010 - A group of young Nepali men and women will leave their military lives behind and return to civilian life after...
United Nations, Government of Nepal and UCPN-M sign Action Plan for discharge of minors disqualified from the Maoist army
KATHMANDU, 16 December 2009 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Radhika...
Afghanistan first in world to use new vaccine against polio
Kabul, 15 December 2009 – A new vaccine against polio will be used for the first time today in polio immunization campaigns in Afghanistan...
33 million children in Bangladesh live in poverty
DHAKA, 25 November 2009 - 33 million children in Bangladesh - about half of all Bangladeshi children - are living in poverty while about one in...
UNICEF reaffirms vital importance of two-dose measles control strategy
NEW DELHI, 9 NOVEMBER 2009 – In an article published today, UNICEF reiterated the vital importance of administering a second dose of...
CFSI and the Government of Andhra Pradesh partner with UNICEF to support child rights at the launch of the 16th Golden Elephant Festival 2009
DELHI, 4 November 2009 – In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Film Society (CFSI) is...
UNICEF conference rings alarm bells on child poverty in South Asia
DHAKA, BANGLADESH 1 November 2009 – New data presented by UNICEF here today shows that 300 million children are trapped in poverty in...
Statement attributable to UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the attack on the UN guest house in Kabul
Statement - 28 October 2009
Over 100 schools now constructed by UNICEF Pakistan in response to the 2005 earthquake
ISLAMABAD, 28 October 2009 – More than 100 new schools have now been constructed and handed over to the government in Pakistan...
UNICEF Pakistan responds to new wave of displaced children and families from South Waziristan
GENEVA, 23 October 2009 – As conflict moves to the tribal area of South Waziristan, UNICEF and partners are working to ensure that displaced children...
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman defends UNICEF’s voice for children in Sri Lanka
Statement - 7 September 2009
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on July 9 bomb attack in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, 10 July 2009 - "On 9 July, an explosion in the vicinity of a school south of Kabul reportedly killed at least 25 people, including 15 children. This appalling incident follows...
UNICEF: Children and women displaced by conflict in Pakistan need urgent and ongoing support
GENEVA, 3 July 2009 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the condition of thousands of children who have been displaced by conflict, or who remain...
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the loss of a staff member in the Peshawar blast
NEW YORK, 9 June 2009 - “UNICEF is greatly saddened by the death of a much-loved colleague, Perseveranda So, as a result of the bombing of the...
UNICEF appeals for funding to urgently assist displaced children and women in northwest Pakistan
NEW YORK/ISLAMABAD, 26 May 2009 - UNICEF has appealed for an additional $41.4 million to provide urgent assistance to people displaced by...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 19 May 2009 - "It is reported that access to some camps for internally displaced persons within Sri Lanka has become restricted.
Children displaced by conflict in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, 8 May 2009- UNICEF Pakistan expresses deep concern about the situation of several thousand people who have recently fled armed conflict between...
UNICEF fears for thousands of children trapped in Sri Lanka’s conflict
KATHMANDU, 20 April 2009 – As 35,000 people today fled Sri Lanka’s conflict zone, UNICEF said it held grave fears for those children who...
Education experts meet to discuss Child-Friendly Schools in South Asia
KATHMANDU, 18 March 2009 – Education experts from the South Asia region are meeting this week in Kathmandu to discuss and determine what...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation in Sri Lanka
Statement - 17 March 2009
Academy Award recognition for India’s fight to eradicate polio
NEW DELHI, 18 February 2009 - The Final Inch, a film documenting the historic effort to eradicate polio in India, has been nominated for an Academy....
Sri Lanka: More children victims of the conflict, says UNICEF
Colombo, 17 February 2009 – With a growing number of children being recruited by the LTTE and scores of children being killed or injured in fighting...
Increasing number of children injured in fighting in Sri Lanka
Kathmandu, 30 January 2009 – Calling the situation a crisis for children, UNICEF today said that an increasing number of children, some just months old, had been injured in the fighting...
UNICEF condemns attacks on schools in Pakistan
GENEVA, 23 January 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned about increasing number of attacks on school buildings in north-western Pakistan.
Bangladesh introduces new vaccine to prevent severe forms of child pneumonia and meningitis
KHULNA, BANGLADESH, 15 January, 2009 - Today, Bangladesh introduces a new combination vaccine that will protect its children against five killer diseases ...
A year of tragedies and triumphs for South Asia’s children
KATHMANDU, 23 December 2008 -For many of South Asia’s children, 2008 will go down as a year of triumphs and tragedies - a year in which children...
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...
Pakistan earthquake affects about 108,000 people, half are estimated to be children
GENEVA /NEW YORK, 31 October 2008 – UNICEF is providing immediate life-saving assistance to children and women affected by the earthquake...
Historic moment expected as millions and millions of South Asian children prepare to make an ordinary act extraordinary
KATHMANDU / NEW DELHI, 9 October 2008 – In what is thought to be the biggest ever exercise of its kind, more than 120 million children across South Asia...
India’s silent tragedy: maternal mortality finds a voice
NEW DELHI, 7 October 2008 – The stories of women who die in India during pregnancy, delivery or from post-partum complications have largely...
UNICEF, UNESCO, and WHO call on all factions and communities to take Peace day as an opportunity to renew their commitments and respect for Afghan children’s rights to life and education
KABUL, 18 September 2008, - As the International Day of Peace, 21 September, approaches The World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
UNICEF India chief reaffirms commitment towards Bihar’s children
PATNA, 6 September 2008 – With the humanitarian crisis due to unprecedented floods in northern Bihar continuing the UNICEF India Country Representative Karin Hulshof today reaffirmed...
UNICEF relief efforts continue in Bihar, India, as estimates of flood affected rise to over 3 million
NEW YORK, 4 September 2008 - With the number of people affected by the flooding in the Bihar state of India now estimated at 3 million, UNICEF...
UNICEF responds to millions affected by floods in India and Nepal with life-saving supplies
GENEVA/ DELHI/ NEW YORK, 29 August 2008 – Severe floods have destroyed almost a quarter of a million homes affecting at least 2.7 million people in northern part ...
Trapped and neglected - trafficked children in South Asia need the law on their side
KATHMANDU, 27 AUGUST 2008 - All too often child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking are blamed and punished across South Asia, where...
India and China hold the key to world meeting MDGs, says UNICEF flagship report
NEW DELHI/BANGKOK, 5 August 2008 – Global achievement of the health related Millenium Development Goals, the MDGs, depends largely on India’s success ...
Justice for children in detention in Afghanistan
KABUL, 24 June 2008 – A new study on the situation of Children in conflict with law by the Afghan Independent Human Right Commission (AIHRC..
World experts on girls’ education meet in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU, 11 June 2008 – Education experts representing United Nations agencies, donor countries, national governments and non-governmental...
Government of Japan provides US$4.33 million to support maternal and child survival in Afghanistan
KABUL, 5 June 2008 – Health programmes in Afghanistan will receive a boost with a new US$ 4.33 million grant from the Government of Japan.
UNICEF in Myanmar: Rapid response critical to saving lives
NEW YORK, May 5 2008 – UNICEF is undertaking urgent preliminary assessments of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis...
UN Envoy hails progress of Afghan schools during Global Action Week for Education
Kabul, 23 April 2008 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan (SRSG), Kai Eide today lauded the progress made by Afghanistan’s schools during a week of international action calling for the inclusive education of all school age children around the globe.
Policy-makers in South Asia gather to discuss social protection strategies for children
DHAKA, 15 April 2008 - Policy-makers from eight countries of South Asia today gathered in Dhaka for a symposium organized by UNICEF...
Massive measles vaccination campaign wraps up in Pakistan
WASHINGTON D.C., 17 MARCH 2008 —The final phase of a national vaccination campaign to protect the children of Pakistan against measles is being...
Shakira visits cyclone affected areas and UNICEF education projects in rural Bangladesh
DHAKA, December 19 2007 - Celebrated international musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visited Bangladesh between December 17 and 19 to see for herself...
UNICEF reaches cyclone hit children and families with life-saving supplies
DHAKA, 7 December 2007: UNICEF is assisting an estimated 72,000 children and 109,000 families with life-saving supplies, food and shelter for...
Children living in dangerous conditions following the aftermath of Bangladesh cyclone
GENEVA - DHAKA, November 30 2007 - The risk of diarrhoea, acute respiratory infection and other cold related diseases continue to pose a serious...
Teacher resource centres launched in the Maldives
MALE, Maldives, 26 November 2007 – The Ministry of Education and UNICEF celebrated today the inauguration of 20 teacher resource centres (TRCs) across...
UNICEF concerned about looming health threat while stepping up programmes for children affected by Cyclone Sidr
DHAKA, 23 November 2007 - A week after devastating Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh, UNICEF is concerned that hundreds of thousands of children...
Nearly half of affected population in Bangladesh are children, says UNICEF
DHAKA, 20 November 2007 – More than four days after Cyclone Sidr ripped through the coastline of Bangladesh, wreaking carnage upon mostly poor coastal dwelling communities ...
On World Teachers’ Day, UNICEF supports teacher training in Afghanistan
KABUL, 5 October 2007 - To address the shortage of qualified teachers in Afghanistan, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education in training 80 master...
Millions still affected by floods in South Asia
NEW DELHI, 21 September 2007 – Almost three months after rains began, millions of people across Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan are still affected...
Second round of floods expected in Bangladesh
BANGLADESH, 14 September 2007 - Bangladesh is bracing itself for potentially devastating new flooding after major rivers swelled ‘alarmingly’ and exceeded or neared danger levels...
Afghanistan Girls’ Education Initiative gets a boost
KABUL, 13 September 2007 - A three-year plan to promote girls’ education was developed in Kabul this week during a workshop organized by the Ministry of...
Millions of children across South Asia on brink of a health crisis
NEW DELHI, 7 August 2007 – UNICEF today highlighted the looming health crisis facing millions of children as monsoonal rains have left many stranded by floodwaters and in urgent need of fresh water, food and shelter.
Pakistan needs funds now to restore children’s education in flooded southwest
ISLAMABAD, 3 August 2007 – UNICEF is concerned that primary school education could become a casualty of the floods that have affected southwest Pakistan in the wake of cyclone Yemyin in late June.
Millions of people across South Asia affected by monsoonal flooding
NEW DELHI, 3 August 2007 – UNICEF today highlighted the crisis developing across South Asia as monsoonal rains continue to pound northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh, creating havoc and chaos with heavier rains forecast in upcoming days.
Thousands of flood survivors in southwest Pakistan in desperate need of assistance
ISLAMABAD, 20 July 2007 - The United Nations launched a $38 million Flash Appeal on 18 July in Geneva to assist hundreds of thousands of people in southwest Pakistan struggling to survive widespread flooding in the aftermath of cyclone Yemyin, which ravaged Balochistan and Sindh in late June.
UNICEF highlights toll on children from Asian floods
NEW YORK, 11 JULY 2007 - UNICEF today highlighted the immense toll placed on the millions of children in South and East Asia who have been impacted by flooding caused by the monsoon season and cyclones.
Statement by Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan, on the continued attacks on schools and schoolchildren in Afghanistan
KABUL, 10 JULY 2007- “On Monday, July 9, two rockets fired by militants struck a primary school in Kunar province, killing one child instantly and injuring three other children."
Bangladesh declares first ever national Birth Registration Day
DHAKA, 3 July 2007- The Government of Bangladesh has officially declared 3 July 2007 as Birth Registration Day to highlight the importance of birth registration for every child and adult in the country.
UNICEF contributes emergency supplies to help victims of Balochistan floods
ISLAMABAD, 29 June 2007 – UNICEF is handing over emergency supplies of tents, food, medicine and hygiene supplies, and equipment for people affected by floods in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.
New phase of largest-ever measles vaccination campaign begins in Pakistan
WASHINGTON D.C., June 29, 2007 —The government of Pakistan is launching a new phase of the largest-ever national measles vaccination campaign, with a goal of reaching more than 63 million children by March 2008. This campaign will protect millions of children against measles in Pakistan, and will also be a significant step toward reaching the global goal of reducing measles deaths by 90 per cent by the year 2010 (compared to 2000).
UNICEF says Karuna faction “not serious” about child releases
COLOMBO/GENEVA, 27 April 2007 - UNICEF today said that one of Sri Lanka’s battling factions is not taking seriously its public assurances that it is not recruiting child soldiers.
Efforts to eradicate polio in Afghanistan move forward
KABUL/NEW YORK, 25 April 2007 - Afghanistan continues its efforts to eradicate polio in the country. In a nation-wide campaign held from 22-24 April...
UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken draws attention to the critical needs of children in Afganistan
KABUL/NEW YORK, 12 April 12 2007 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Clay Aiken concluded a recent trip to Afghanistan today by heralding the progress being made in children’s education.
UNICEF receives award for work in Afghanistan
JALALABAD/AFGANISTAN, 25 March 2007 - UNICEF was chosen as the top UN agency for its work in the field of education in the Eastern region of Afghanistan by...
Millions of Afghan children head back to school
NEW YORK, 21 March 2007 – More than six million children in Afghanistan are heading back to school this week, as UNICEF and partners are distributing essential school supplies and teaching materials around the country to meet their needs.
Ralph Fiennes & Sharmila Tagore join the fight against AIDS
MUMBAI, 31 January 2007 - At the end of a five day mission to rural Mahrastra investigating the impact of HIV and AIDs, Ralph Fiennes, UNICEF UK Ambassador and Sharmila Tagore, UNICEF India Ambassador, called for an...
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.
30 million people across Bangladesh to benefit from DFID/UNICEF partnership on water and sanitation
DHAKA, 23 January 2007 - The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF signed an agreement worth US$ 62.8 million to support the Government of Bangladesh to implement...
Roger Federer praises progress in tsunami-affected district of India
CUDDALORE/INDIA , 22 December 2006 - On his first official field trip as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, ATP World number one Roger Federer today met with tsunami-affected children...
More UNICEF standard-setting schools open in Indonesia's Aceh
SRI LANKA, 18 December 2006 — Five more permanent schools funded by UNICEF have been completed in Indonesia's Aceh. All five of the new schools are located along...
Roger Federer to visit UNICEF’s tsunami recovery programmes
18 December 2006 - Media Advisory
160 children document their surroundings after their villages were destroyed one year ago
NEW YORK, 5 October 2006 – UNICEF today launched an exhibition of children’s photos in New York to mark the one year anniversary of the earthquake which killed over 70,000 people in Pakistan.
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.
Nepal a world leader in boosting child survival, despite conflict: UNICEF
KATHMANDU, 18 September 2006 - Nepal is one of only seven countries in the world on track to cut child mortality by two thirds between 1990 and 2015.
Statement of Tom Koenigs, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan on today’s suicide attack in Kandahar province
Kabul, 18 September 2006 - Today’s suicide attack in Zherai district, Kandahar province can only be described as an atrocity against the people of Afghanistan.
Zahira Primary (Hambantota) Builds Back Better
COLOMBO, 30 August 2006 - More than 500 children, teachers and parents of Zahira Primary School, in Hambantota district, will today be the proud recipients of new primary school buildings.
UNICEF: Children are victims of the conflict in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO/NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 15 August 2006 – The bombing on Monday of a Vallepuram compound in Mullaitivu district that reportedly killed dozens of girls and wounded many more is a shocking result of the rising violence in Sri Lanka, UNICEF, said today.
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.
UNICEF alarmed as attacks on Afghan schools rise
KABUL/GENEVA, 4 August 2006 – UNICEF warned today that schools in Afghanistan are the targets of increasingly dramatic attacks, noting that reported incidents have spread from the south and southeastern region to all of the provinces and include one missle attack, 11 explosions, 50 school burnings and 37 threats against schools and communities.
UNICEF announces $150 million earthquake recovery plan
ISLAMABAD, 11 JULY 2006 – UNICEF will construct 500 permanent schools and around 70 permanent rural health centres in areas devastated by Pakistan’s October 2005 earthquake, as part of its 150 million dollar contribution to the recovery plan for affected areas.
Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF take the field for children and against AIDS
KATHMANDU/ KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2006 - The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and UNICEF have renewed their international partnership for children. The new agreement continues to promote Girls Education in South Asia and the right of all children to enjoy healthy recreation, but will also now support the Global Campaign on HIV/AIDS ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’.
UNICEF condemns abduction and recruitment of Sri Lankan children by the Karuna group
COLOMBO, 22 June 2006 – UNICEF in Sri Lanka is calling for immediate action to halt the abduction and forced recruitment of children by the Karuna group. Over the past week, the agency has verified reports of thirty cases in Batticaloa district. Reports of abduction and forced recruitment of boys under the age of 18 from the area have increased since March of this year.
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.
Zero tolerance for child sex tourism in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, 18 June, 2006 - A two year action plan to stop the commercial exploitation of Sri Lanka’s children has been launched today. While the exact numbers are not known, it’s estimated that thousands of Sri Lankan children are drawn into prostitution every year, the majority of them boys. These children are exploited by foreign tourists, as well as by local people.
Australian Government contributes US$ 2.6 million to UNICEF-supported Water and Sanitation Project in Puttalam
Colombo, 23 May 2006 – Thanks to the generous contribution of US$2.6 million from the people and the Government of Australia, two thousand families, including 3,500 children, who escaped to Puttalam from the violence in the north and east of Sri Lanka, will have access to clean water and sanitation – vital elements for children to grow up healthy. In addition, thousands of people in the host communities in the Puttalam district will benefit from this UNICEF-supported project, which is led by the Ministry of Nation Building and Development in cooperation with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Ministry of Health.
Escalating violence threatens the safety of Sri Lanka’s children
GENEVA, 16 May 2006 - Sri Lankan children in areas most affected by recent clashes are paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island. Thousands of children are still displaced from their homes following the recent violence in Trincomalee District, in which six children were killed and others injured or severely traumatized.
UNICEF Chief of Emergency Programmes visits Afghanistan
KABUL, 15 May 2006 – UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes Daniel Toole arrived in Afghanistan Thursday on a week-long visit to the country, during which he aims to assess UNICEF’s capacity to respond to sudden emergencies and review the organization’s support to programmes in areas of the country still affected by insecurity.
Afghanistan launches national strategy for children at risk
KABUL, 15 May 2006 – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will launch a new National Strategy for Children at Risk on Tuesday 16 May, designed to improve care and support for the country’s most vulnerable children.
Official statement on attack on UNICEF staff in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, 13 May 2006 - "We grieve at the loss of life, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who were killed and injured yesterday."
Two million children to be reached in Afghan polio immunization drive
KABUL, 1 May 2006 – More than two million children in southern, south-eastern and eastern Afghanistan will be targeted by a new three-day polio eradication drive, to be launched on Sunday 7 May. The immunization campaign comes shortly after the country’s health authorities reported a sixth case of the polio virus in the south of the country this year.
UNICEF Launches Major Water Scheme in Earthquake Zone
MANSEHRA, 4 May 2006 – A major water network scheme constructed by UNICEF was inaugurated today by the Deputy Chairman of the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority, Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed.
UNICEF Concerned that Children a Casualty of Recent Demonstrations
KATHMANDU, April 13 – UNICEF has expressed its deep concern at reports that children have been injured, arrested and detained in the recent demonstrations in Kathmandu and other cities. “Children have no place being near demonstrations that could turn violent,” UNICEF Representative Dr. Suomi Sakai said today.
Agree on one thing next week, urges UNICEF. Agree on children.
KATHMANDU, 12 April 2006: UNICEF has urged all parties to the conflict to agree on one thing next week: children. “Two things happen next week that are of vital importance to the children of Nepal,” UNICEF’s Representative, Dr. Suomi Sakai, said today.
UN Condemns Attack on a School in Kunar Province
KABUL, 11 April 2006 - I am shocked and saddened to have learned that an attack on a school in Kunar province this morning has resulted in the death of six children and wounded fourteen other people.
Bangladesh responds to first case of polio in five years with massive immunisation campaign
Dhaka, 16th March, 2006 - Bangladesh will immunize 18 million children under the age of five years three times in the next three months due to the re-emergence of the poliovirus after an absence of the disease for more than five years. The last reported case of polio in Bangladesh was in August 2000.
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.
As leaders prepare to agree Afghan Compact, UNICEF urges “Women and Children First”
Kabul/London/Geneva, 30 January 2006 – As representatives of more than 70 countries sit down tomorrow with leaders of the Afghan Government to shape the reconstruction framework for the nation, UNICEF is urging delegates to maintain a clear focus on the development needs of children and mothers.
Lao PDR opens first shelter for women, children
The Lao Women’s Union, with support from UNICEF and other international partners, has opened Lao PDR’s first shelter for women and girls who have suffered abuse through domestic violence or trafficking.
Tsunami Generation of Children See Hope for the Future, According to UNICEF Survey
NEW YORK, 22 December 2005 – One year after the tsunami dramatically changed their lives, children in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand feel hopeful about the future, while children in Indonesia are recovering at a slower pace, according to a survey of tsunami-affected children released today by UNICEF.
UNICEF Executive Director Embarks on Year-End Trip
NEW YORK, 6 December, 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman travels to India and the U.K. this week for an international trip that focuses on issues critical to children’s health and protection.
UNICEF and UAE Partners Shaping Model Humanitarian Agreements for Pakistani Children
AMMAN, 28 November 2005 --- An innovative approach to emergency response following the October 8th earthquake in Pakistan has engaged important partners in the UAE in a strategy that combines financial contributions with hands-on action to help meet the needs of children in devastated areas, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said today, following a mission to the Middle East and South Asia.
UNICEF measles immunization campaign to reach 800,000 children of quake-hit Pakistan administered Kashmir
MUZAFFARABAD, 16 November 2005 - In an extensive and accelerated campaign UNICEF is working with WHO and the Ministry of Health targeting 800,000 children under 15 years of age for immunization against measles. The two week long campaign will cover the whole of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PAK) with a focus on the remote valleys where access remains difficult.
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.
UNICEF chief heads to quake-ravaged Pakistan
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 28 October 2005 – On the eve of a two-day trip to quake-devastated northern Pakistan, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today expressed concern over the serious risks still facing thousands of children across the remote region. She also made an urgent appeal for more funding to support the massive relief effort.
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.
UNICEF warns thousands of children are at risk in mountains of Pakistan
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 October 2005 – UNICEF warned today that tens of thousands of children are in peril in remote earthquake-affected parts of Pakistan because of deteriorating weather, injury, and illness.
UNICEF warns against potential exploitation of child earthquake survivors
ISLAMABAD, 17 October 2005 - In the aftermath of the earthquake many children have become separated from their caregivers. UNICEF has responded with concern to reports about children being taken from health facilities by individuals or NGOs, claiming to be able to look after them.
UNICEF flights to earthquake zone in Pakistan
New York/Geneva 14 October 2005 – UNICEF announced today that it has five flights loaded with blankets and nutritional biscuits landing in Pakistan over the weekend, and seven more scheduled for next week and beyond with almost 100,000 blankets.
Bangladesh Measles Campaign reaches 98 per cent of targeted children
DHAKA, 10 October 2005 - Phase one of the recently completed National Measles Vaccination campaign in Bangladesh successfully reached 98 per cent of the target population aged between nine months and ten years of age.
Stalled peace negotiations in Sri Lanka harm children
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 9 September 2004 – A report released today by UNICEF says that the stalled peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is a major impediment to assisting children affected by the country’s two-decade long war.
Afghanistan's maternal and child mortality rates soar
KABUL, 4 August 2005 - While Afghanistan is progressing from a state of emergency to a focus on development, women and children continue to face an "acute emergency'' because of exceptionally high maternal and child mortality rates. "Infant mortality and under five mortality are very high, girls' enrolment is one of the lowest in the world and malnutrition affects almost half of the country's child population," said Cecilia Lotse, UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia, after a a week-long visit to the region.
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 round of child soldier demobilization begins in west Afghanistan
KABUL, 21 July 2005 – The second major phase of Afghanistan’s child soldier demobilization and reintegration campaign got underway in the west of the country this week, with an expected 3,500 children likely to benefit from the initiative in the coming three months.
Six months after tsunami, UN agencies say hardest work lies ahead
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 June 2005 - Six months after the tsunami ripped through communities across the Indian Ocean last December, the development agencies most involved in the recovery effort said the toughest challenges still lie ahead - including the complex issues of where to re-establish housing, how to quickly restore livelihoods, and what to prioritize now that the immediate relief phase is over.
New salt iodisation plant opens in Afghanistan
KABUL, 26 May 2005 – An eleventh salt iodisation plant in Afghanistan began production on Monday in the Bagrami district of Kabul, with the capacity to generate up to 40 metric tonnes of iodised salt per day for the capital’s population and surrounding provinces.
Afghanistan polio immunization targets "missed" children
KABUL, 26 May 2005 – More than 2 million children in 64 districts of Afghanistan cut off by heavy snowfalls earlier in the year, along with districts in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, will be targeted in a special round of polio immunization starting Sunday 29 May. The campaign is a vital step in ensuring that no children are missed in the nationwide effort by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF, WHO and partners to eradicate polio in the country.
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.
UNICEF condemns bombings of schools in Nepal
KATHMANDU, 19 April 2005 - UNICEF has condemned the recent bombings of private schools in Nepal. The bombings follow a call by the student wing of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) for all private schools to close indefinitely from April 15, the start of the new school year.
New campaign strives to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders in Afghanistan
KABUL, 17 April 2005 – With Afghanistan facing a high prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders, including mental retardation, physical stunting and goitre, a new campaign to be launched on Tuesday 19 April will encourage Afghan households to increase their consumption of iodised salt.
UNICEF appeals for fear to be banished from Nepal’s classrooms
NEW YORK, KATHMANDU, GENEVA, 1 April, 2005 – The start of the new school year in Nepal should be a time for all parties involved in the conflict to ensure that violence and fear stay out of the classroom, UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia has urged.
Afghan new year heralds return to school for millions
KABUL, 17 March 2005 – As Afghanistan prepares for its New Year celebrations this weekend, millions of children will also be readying themselves for the start of another academic year, scheduled to begin on 22 March.
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.
South Asia slashes polio cases by nearly half
GENEVA, 4 February, 2004 — The three countries on the Asian continent that still have polio are on target to end the disease this year, their health authorities said today.
MTV Asia AID concert to benefit UNICEF
BANGKOK/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 February 2005 - On her arrival in Bangkok to attend the MTV Asia AID concert, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said she was delighted that MTV had refashioned its annual awards show into a global benefit that enables young people to contribute directly to the tsunami recovery effort.
Back to school in the Maldives
MALE, MALDIVES, 25 January 2005 - Only two weeks after the normal start date for the academic year all schoolchildren are today back in school in the Maldives Islands.
Hundreds of schools destroyed by tsunami
NEW YORK, 14 January 2005 – Children in some of the areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami began returning to school this week even though the disaster destroyed or damaged over one thousand schools and killed thousands of teachers.
Mauritius provides US$50,000 to UNICEF for tsunami relief efforts
MAURITIUS, 12 January 2005 - At a ceremony attended by representatives of several countries affected by the recent tsunami, the Mauritian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Jayen Cutaree, delivered a cheque for US$ 50,000 to UNICEF to aid in the tsunami relief efforts. He also presented an additional US$250,000 to the various countries affected.
UNICEF Ambassador David Beckham launches UNICEF global TV campaign for tsunami emergency appeal
LONDON, 12 January 2005 – Newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, will speak out for the Tsunami affected children in a UNICEF TV campaign urging support for the organisation’s work to meet their immediate and long term needs.
Clinton Foundation and UNICEF launch Tsunami Water and Sanitation Fund
NEW YORK, 10 January 2005 – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today announced the creation of a joint initiative that will bring safe drinking water and sanitation systems to children and families affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
UNICEF mobilizes child trauma experts
PHUKET, 10 January - UNICEF said today that a team of specially trained child trauma experts from Thailand have been mobilized and are now commencing work in provinces hardest hit by the deadly Tsunumi.
UNICEF support gives relief to Somalia Tsunami victims
NAIROBI, 10 January 2005 - UNICEF is providing crucial support to help alleviate the suffering of communities in villages along the coastline of Northeast Somalia (‘Puntland’) most affected by the recent tsunami.
Clinton Foundation and UNICEF to make tsunami relief announcement
MEDIA ADVISORY, 8 January 2005 - On Monday, 10 January 2005, Former President Clinton and UNICEF will make an announcement related to ongoing philanthropic efforts aimed at public health.
How to protect children in the tsunami zone
LONDON, 8 January 2005 – Measures to protect children in the Tsunami zone from exploitation, abuse, and criminal trafficking are needed immediately to prevent them from slipping between the cracks, UNICEF said today, outlining the key steps essential to protecting orphans and other vulnerable children.
Students from Madagascar mobilize funds for tsunami victims
ANTANANARIVO, 6 January 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.
UNICEF launches $144.5 million appeal
NEW YORK, 6 January 2005 - UNICEF is seeking $144.5 million to support urgent humanitarian aid for the estimated 1.5 million affected children in South Asia, many of which have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support. UNICEF has estimated that children account for more than one-third of tsunami deaths.
UNICEF welcomes British Airways support of tsunami relief efforts
NEW YORK, 5 January 2005 – UNICEF welcomes the support of British Airways for making a weekly 747 freighter flight available to UNICEF to get humanitarian supplies to tsunami-stricken countries.
UNICEF identifies key steps to save 'Tsunami Generation'
JAKARTA, 4 January 2005 – Two days ahead of a global conference here to coordinate aid for the countries devastated by tsunamis, UNICEF today proposed four fundamental priorities for children that the agency said are essential to the overall success of the relief effort.
UNICEF supports immunization campaign in Tamil Nadu and Kerala
DELHI, 2 January 2005 – UNICEF is supporting the Governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to launch a measles and Vitamin A immunization campaign targeting children affected by the tsunami disaster. 100,000 children in Tamil Nadu and 15,000 children in Kerala will be immunized as part of the emergency operation over a one-week period.
Bellamy to visit Tsunami zone
NEW YORK, 1 January 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy begins a five-day tour of the worst-affected tsunami zones this weekend, where she will survey the needs of hundreds of thousands of children and assess the UNICEF relief efforts to date.
Hundred of schools damaged in the Maldives
MALE, MALDIVES, 31 December 2004 - Hundreds of schools in the Maldives are now known to have been damaged by the Asian tsunami that struck the archipelago.
Effort to identify unaccompanied children begins
NEW YORK, 31 December 2004 – UNICEF said today it is concerned that children throughout the tsunami-devastated region have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support.
From India: UNICEF distributes rehydration salts to treat diarrhoea
DELHI, 31 December 2004 – UNICEF is launching a fleet of mobile vans across three disaster-hit districts of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry this New Year’s weekend to help families in relief camps prevent and treat any outbreak of diarrhoea, especially among children.
ATP commits $25,000 to UNICEF relief effort
CHENNAI, INDIA, 31 December 2004 – Tournament organizers of the Chennai Open have joined with the ATP to commit financial support to relief efforts benefiting victims of the tsunami which has devastated Southern Asia. The ATP, governing body of the international men’s professional tennis circuit, will donate the $25,000 sanction fee for the tournament and direct it in full to UNICEF emergency relief efforts in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, of which Chennai is the capital.
From Indonesia: First UNICEF relief arrives in Indonesia
JAKARTA, 31 December 2004 - Emergency medical kits for 200,000 victims of the Boxing Day Earthquake and tsunami arrived in Jakarta airport today on route to Sumatra tomorrow.
After the torrents, the next threat is standing water
NEW YORK, 29 December 2004 – UNICEF warned today that without immediate, wide-scale action to provide safe water in the communities hit by Sunday’s massive ocean flooding, millions of people will be at grave risk of water-borne disease.
UNICEF calls for aid to tsunami-struck countries
NEW YORK, 27 December 2004 – UNICEF is rushing relief assistance to the countries hardest hit by massive ocean flooding following Sunday’s earthquake, working to meet the urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people who survived the tsunamis but now need shelter, water, medical supplies and other urgent assistance.
Bellamy: UNICEF ready to respond to quake victims in South Asia
UNICEF country offices circling the Indian Ocean are assessing damage from the Sumatra earthquake that touched off a series of tsunamis early today, killing thousands of people and leaving hundreds of thousands of children and their families in jeopardy.
For Afghan children, learning continues throughout winter vacation
KABUL, 23 December 2004 – While Afghanistan’s formal schools are mostly closed for the winter, and most children in the industrialized world are also enjoying a vacation, nearly 50,000 students in six provinces of Afghanistan are continuing to benefit from education, through a community-based initiative led by the Afghan Ministry of Education with support from UNICEF.
Child soldier demobilization shows results in Afghanistan
KABUL, 16 December 2004 – As the first full year of the UNICEF-supported demobilization and reintegration programme for former child soldiers draws to a close in Afghanistan, nearly 4,000 children have now been demobilized.
UNICEF calls for joint effort to support integration of disabled Afghans
KABUL, 2 December 2004 – Public perceptions of disabled Afghans will be in the spotlight today, with the presentation of preliminary findings from a new report on the issue commissioned by UNICEF and CDAP.
New Afghan leadership urged to put children first
KABUL, 18 November 2004 – On Saturday 20 November, the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Afghanistan’s children will ask their newly elected leaders to put child rights top of the agenda, with the presentation of a new Children’s Manifesto for Afghanistan.
Children in South Asia deserve better protection from sex abusers and traffickers
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 1 October, 2004 - A call to do more to target those supplying children in South Asia for the sex trade and other forms of labour has been made at a meeting in Colombo.
"There should be no hiding place in South Asia for child sex sellers"
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 29 September 2004 - Better enforcement against child traffickers and more cross border cooperation by governments in South Asia is being called for by UNICEF.
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.
For every child, a birth certificate
PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, ANTANANRIVO, 4 June 2004 – For the first time in Madagascar, through the combined efforts of the country’s Presidency, eight ministries, civil society and international partners including UNICEF, the Prime Minister launched a national campaign to ensure that every child receives his or her birth certificate.
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.
UNICEF expresses concern over reports of child abduction and trafficking in Afghanistan
KABUL, 25 September 2003 - The United Nations Children’s Fund today expresses its serious concern over reported incidents of abduction and trafficking of children in Afghanistan.
UNICEF rushes in supplies for earthquake victims
ISLAMABAD, 16 November 2002, In the aftermath of the three earthquakes which jolted the Northern Areas of Pakistan on November 2 & 3, causing considerable loss of life and leaving thousands destitute and homeless, UNICEF responded by sending in a rapid assessment team and providing supplies to evacuees at the makeshift camp at Gonar farm near Gilgit.
UNICEF responds to heat wave in India
NEW DELHI, 6 June 2003 - Severe heat wave conditions in several coastal south districts of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu since 20 May and interior parts of Orissa since 27 May are imperiling the lives of people in the region. Heat wave conditions have also developed in parts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Rajsthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. The maximum temperature recorded in Andhra Pradesh was 47.5 degree centigrade at Gannavaran in East Godavari district on 22 May 2003 while in Orissa it touched 48.1 degree centigrade at Titlagarh on 3 June 2003. (News Note)
Japan gives major boost to education in Afghanistan
TOKYO / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 26 July - The Japanese Government has donated $10.8 million for education programmes for displaced children returning to their villages and refugee children returning to Afghanistan, UNICEF announced today, saying the funds were urgently needed to keep up with the large numbers of children seeking to resume learning.
Final push in 2004 drive to combat polio in Afghanistan
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, 26 September 2004 – More than six million Afghan children under the age of five will be vaccinated against the life-threatening polio virus in the final, three day immunization campaign for 2004 that starts on Tuesday. Every province in Afghanistan will be covered, in a joint initiative between the Afghan Ministry of Health, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
UNICEF confirms death of two child soldiers in LTTE fighting
COLOMBO, 16 April 2004 – UNICEF has confirmed the tragic deaths of two child soldiers in the LTTE fighting that took place in Sri Lanka’s east last week. The children were 17 and 18 year old girls. The 18 year old had been in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since August 2001 when she was just 16. Both girls were in Kanuna’s cadre at the time of their death, but while any child soldiers remain in the LTTE they are also at risk.
UNICEF condemns Nepal school bloodshed
BEIJING / NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 16 October 2003 - UNICEF said today that it is shocked by reports of a military engagement in a school in Nepal that left a number of children dead and wounded.
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.
Salt iodation plant to open in Northern Afghanistan
KABUL, 15 January 2004 – A simple but effective solution for preventing Iodine Deficiency Disorders—iodised salt—will now be more readily available in the Northern Region of Afghanistan with the inauguration next week of a salt iodation plant in Shebergan.
Executive Director of UNICEF says girls in South Asia “cannot afford to wait”
Wednesday, 21 May 2003– UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today arrived in Pakistan, carrying a strong message that until girls’ education becomes an urgent priority in South Asia, the region’s economic and social development will be hindered.Bellamy is in Pakistan for a three-day visit to concentrate attention on education in the region, as part of a global campaign to scale up efforts to achieve the Education for All (EFA) goals. (Press release)
UNICEF says children deserve a sporting chance
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 19 November 2002 – One day after international boxing star Muhammad Ali sent an open letter to the children of Afghanistan, UNICEF today praised the power of sport in children’s lives, saying that it is a key component in their healthy development and an increasingly important tool for reaching out to young people and adolescents.
UNICEF support continues as Pakistan flood waters recede
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, 9 AUGUST 2003 - Over a million people in Sindh and the neighboring Provinces of Punjab and Balochistan have been affected by the worst monsoon rains in recent history which have so far caused nearly 200 deaths, left thousands homeless and transformed drought riven land into vast interior lakes of stagnant water.
Close to 150 child soldiers released by the LTTE
COLOMBO, 13 April 2004 – UNICEF facilitated the release of nearly 150 former child soldiers by the LTTE today in Vakkarai in Sri Lanka’s eastern region. While UNICEF is still working to confirm the total number of children being released, so far the agency has met and registered over 100 children.
UNICEF teams up with partners for girls’ education
PARIS/DHAKA-BANGLADESH/NEW YORK, 21 June 2004 - Major sporting bodies and stars lent their skills and muscle to the cause of girl's education at two international events today. In Dhaka, UNICEF announced a partnership with the Asian Cricket Council and in Paris cheered the finals of the Jetix Kids Cup (formerly Fox Kids Cup).
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.
UNICEF calls for ‘Fair Play for Girls’ in South Asia
NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, 17 December 2003 – The extraordinarily high numbers of children out of school in South Asia, and the disproportionate number of girls, is causing immense damage to the region’s development, UNICEF’s Regional Director, Dr Sadig Rasheed, has told a consultation on education in New Delhi organised by the Baha’I community.
Action Plan for children affected by war
New year of 'Back to School' for millions of Afghan children
KABUL, 18 March 2004 – Immediately following the country’s New Year festivities this weekend, up to 5.5 million school children are expected to return to their classrooms in Afghanistan, as the nation prepares for Back to School celebrations on Sunday 21 March.
Afghanistan's schools triumphantly open; UNICEF calls it 'reminder to all of us'
KABUL / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 23 March 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund today lauded the Afghan Interim Administration for its "relentless commitment to education," as 3,000 schools across Afghanistan threw open their doors to more than 1.5 million girls and boys, many of whom were entering a formal classroom for the first time in six years.
UNICEF issues appeal for Bangladesh flood victims
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BANGLADESH, 30 July 2004 - In the aftermath of the worst floods to hit Bangladesh since 1998, 25 million people are now affected. In the capital, Dhaka, and other population centres the sewerage system has collapsed. 1.5 million people have taken refuge in temporary shelters. Almost 60% of them are children, who are most vulnerable to life threatening water borne diseases.
UNICEF praises Afghan child-soldier innovation
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 September 2003 - UNICEF has hailed Afghanistan’s formal ratification of an international agreement to curb the recruitment of child soldiers.
UNICEF celebrates Afghanistan's 'million girl mark'
KABUL/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 October 2003 - UNICEF said today the entrance of more than 1 million girls into the Afghan school system since the fall of the Taliban is “a testament to the courage and wisdom of the Afghan people, and the generosity of the international community.”
UNICEF rushes assistance to quake-stricken survivors in northern Afghanistan
NEW YORK, GENEVA, 27 March 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) delivered 70 tonnes of emergency supplies to the thousands of quake survivors in the Baghlan province of northern Afghanistan hours after the earthquake hit. Today, a second UNICEF convoy arrived in the worst affected towns of Nahrin and Burka, transporting additional emergency materials - including desperately needed food, medicine and shelter.
UNICEF applauds progress on women's health in Afghanistan
KABUL, 7 November 2003, – Exactly twelve months after the publication of a milestone report on the situation of maternal health in Afghanistan, UNICEF today has applauded its partners on the important progress made in safeguarding the lives of Afghanistan’s women.
Call to increased action for Sri Lanka's war affected children
COLUMBO, 22 January 2004 - A call for more commitment to make lasting improvements in the lives of Sri Lanka’s most vulnerable children has been made in a report that details progress by partners to the Action Plan for Children Affected by War. The report was compiled by UNICEF. It gives an overview on the situation of children affected by war, and details what was done in 2003 to help address urgent needs. The report follows the Oslo, Berlin and Hakone peace talks where the parties asked UNICEF to develop an Action Plan for Children Affected by War to monitor, report on and address child rights violations in the North East. Partners implementing the Action Plan include the Ministry of Social Welfare, Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), ILO, Save the Children in Sri Lanka, UNDP, UNHCR, and UNICEF.
Half a million kids go back to school in Afghanistan
KABUL, 9 September 2004 – As millions of schoolchildren across the world return to the classroom this week, an anticipated half a million boys and girls from the southern and eastern provinces of Afghanistan will also be going back to study, as the second annual phase of the country’s Back to School campaign begins.
Bhutan "Move for Health" walk mobilizes over $1 million
Thimpu / Geneva / New York. 10 October 2002 - There are few Ministers who would walk over 500 kilometers for the health of their country, but Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup, Bhutan's Minister of Health and Education, is different. The Minister has just completed a 16-day walk across the country's difficult terrain, mobilizing attention to the importance of health as well as mobilizing over $1 million dollars (US) for Bhutan's Health Trust Fund.
UNICEF chief urges Nepal to make peace for the sake of its children
Tuesday, 4 February 2003 – For the sake of Nepal’s children, UNICEF today urged parties to the country’s conflict to ensure that the recently announced cease-fire is swiftly followed by a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has had an increasingly severe impact on children and women. (Press release)
2,000 former Afghan child soldiers to be demobilized and rehabilitated
KABUL, 8 February 2004 – An initial group of 2,000 former underage soldiers associated with Afghanistan’s fighting forces will benefit from a reintegration and rehabilitation programme this week, supported by UNICEF. The programme – which follows a successful pilot project in 2003 – begins on February 10 in the north-eastern province of Badahkshan and will be followed by similar exercises in Kunduz, Taloqan, Baghlan and the Central Highlands region throughout February.
South Asian religious leaders establish multi-faith Council to address HIV/AIDS
Faith-based leaders of South Asia, launched a bold initiative to provide leadership and mobilise communities in response to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis, especially among young people.
America's Fund for Afghan Children donates $750,000 for measles
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, 15 October 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have received a donation of $750,000 from America's Fund for Afghan Children (AFAC) to give a final boost to a measles vaccination campaign in Afghanistan and to support other ongoing health initiatives in that war-torn country.
On Int'l Women's Day, Afghanistan's girls catch up on lost years
KABUL, 7 March 2004 – As Afghanistan prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March, the United Nations Children’s Fund has announced that more than 45,000 children – over 80 per cent of them girls – have benefited from special accelerated learning classes organized during the winter school vacation.
UNICEF chief applauds Afghan birth registration effort
KABUL/NEW YORK, 6 October 2003 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, speaking on the second day of a visit to Afghanistan, today congratulated the Afghan Transitional Government for an “unparalleled success” in registering the births of 775,000 children under the age of one.
Over a half-million children get polio vaccination in Northeast Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, 21 October 2003 - Over half a million children in Northeast Sri Lanka were immunized against polio last Saturday during the UNICEF-supported Subnational Immunization Day. The day marked the final round of this year's polio vaccinations, the first of which took place six weeks ago and achieved 96 per cent coverage.
Two years of progress for Afghan women and children
KABUL, 20 November 2003, – Two years since the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, UNICEF this week highlights some of the progress that has been made for the country’s women and children since the start of the reconstruction process.
UNICEF hails South Asian leadership for children
Kathmandu / New York, 5 January 2002 - UNICEF today welcomed the signing of two important conventions on the trafficking of women and children and child welfare by seven South Asian nations. Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka signed the conventions this week at a summit of South Asian leaders in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Indian Government launches Hep B vaccine drive for children
ROME, 11 June 2002 - UNICEF said today that global success in lowering child malnutrition could only be achieved through comprehensive action on numerous fronts - including many not directly related to food.
UNICEF hails new Afghan government; urges investment in children
June 20 2002- We are currently witnessing an unprecedented opportunity for national unity and peace in Afghanistan. This past week delegates came from all over the country to participate in the Loya Jirga in Kabul, a grand assembly convened to nominate a transitional government. The pivotal meeting is a major step toward a democratic society, and reflects the desire of Afghanistan's people for a representative government that will truly strive to fulfill their needs. UNICEF sincerely hopes that the dreadful situation of Afghan children and women, who have long endured the brunt of the decades of deprivation, will be accorded the highest priority. (Offical statement attributable to Carol Bellamy)
Government and LTTE agree on action plan for children
COLOMBO, 11 April 2003 - The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Government of Sri Lanka, local and international organisations met in Kilinochchi on the 10th and 11th April 2003, to agree on an Action Plan to address the needs and care of children affected by war in the North East. The workshop was jointly inaugurated by Mr. Sutha Thangan, Deputy Head of the LTTE Political Wing and Dr. John Gooneratne, the Deputy Director General of the Secretariat for co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) and was facilitated by UNICEF. (News Note)
Indian cricket team spotlight girls’ education campaign in South Asia
The Indian cricket team today took time out from final preparations for the Asia Cup to highlight one of the biggest development challenges facing India and the South Asia region – the millions of children not in school, the majority of who are girls.
Ministers of Health: 'We will finish polio before year's end'
GENEVA, 15 January 2004 - Polio should be relegated to the history books within the next twelve months, Ministers of Health from the six remaining polio-endemic countries declared today at a high-level meeting in Geneva. The Ministers unveiled a bold new plan to immunize 250 million children multiple times during a series of massive polio immunization campaigns in 2004.
Urgent action needed to sustain flood affected children in Bangladesh
DHAKA, 18 August 2004 - Falling water levels after some of the worst floods in the history of Bangladesh have allowed better access to affected populations. After a two day visit to three areas, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Brahmanbaria, UNICEF Representative Morten Giersing said the children he saw were clearly badly affected, showing visible signs of suffering from Vitamin B deficiency and living in makeshift shelters around their former homes.
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.
Afghanistan is among worst places on globe to be pregnant
NEW YORK / KABUL, 6 November 2002 - Surveys conducted by UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in four parts of Afghanistan have found that Afghan women suffer from one of the highest levels of maternal mortality in the world, with almost half of all deaths among women aged 15 to 49 coming as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
UNICEF praises Afghanistan for accepting treaty on land mines
NEW YORK, 29 July 2002 - UNICEF hailed the Government of Afghanistan for deciding today to accede to the Ottawa Convention banning land mines.
UNICEF and cricket in South Asia unite for girl’s education
DHAKA/Bangladesh, 21 June 2004 - UNICEF and the Asian Cricket Council have joined hands on one of the biggest development challenges facing South Asia. With 46 million children out of school in the region, the majority of them girls, the two bodies have agreed to highlight the massive loss this represents for children, society and the progress of countries in the region.
Statement by UNICEF on death of six children in Gardez
KABUL, 11 December 2003, – Following the announcement yesterday that six children were killed as the result of Coalition military activities in Gardez on Friday 5 December, the Afghanistan Country Office of the United Nations Children’s Fund has released a statement.
Japan offers lifeline to Bangladesh flood victims
DHAKA, BANGLASESH - The Government of Japan has agreed to provide 103 million Japanese Yen (approximately US$940,000) to UNICEF Bangladesh for emergency water and sanitation activities, as part of Japan’s $5.9 million flood assistance package for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh flood victims now facing survival struggle
DHAKA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 August 2004 - After overwhelming floods some of the poorest children in the world are trying to rebuild their lives while facing increasing risks of disease. The devastating effects of the continuing Monsoon rains are threatening the development gains made by people in Bangladesh, which is one of the densest populated countries in the world.
India launches largest ever campaign to tackle polio epidemic
Wednesday 5 February 2003 - To combat the largest polio epidemic in recent history, on 9 February India will launch the largest ever mass immunization campaign against polio, targeting 165 million children. (Joint Press release)
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.