Press releases and news notes
West and Central Africa
UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 April 2014 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in Chibok Borno State on Monday night, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.
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.
Renewed violence threatens thousands of trapped children in Central African Republic
DAKAR, Senegal 28 March 2014 – With a new wave of fighting and vicious attacks in Central African Republic this week threatening vulnerable families, UNICEF warns that thousands of children, from both Muslim and Christian communities, are especially at risk. UNICEF has confirmed reports of the deaths of at least three children in an attack last night. In the past week of violence, eight children injured by grenade and gunfire have been treated.
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 supplies 150,000 mosquito nets in Bangui as rainy season approaches
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal, 14 March 2014 – Ahead of the rainy season due to start next month in the Central African Republic (CAR), UNICEF is providing 150,000 mosquito bed nets for 75,000 people displaced in the capital, who have lost their homes because of the conflict.
Central African Republic: Drinking water restored to over 183,000 people ahead of the rainy season
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal 5 March 2014 – Just ahead of the onset of the rainy season, which increases the risk of water-borne diseases like cholera, UNICEF and its partners have restored safe and chlorinated drinking water for more than 183,000 displaced people across the Central African Republic (CAR).
Over 76,000 people displaced from Central African Republic into Chad facing crisis
N’DJAMENA, Chad/DAKAR, Senegal, 4 March 2014 – As the humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic continues to spill over into neighboring countries, UNICEF is raising the alert that more than 76,000 people, mostly women and children, fleeing the violence from CAR into Chad are in urgent need of additional assistance.
Abducted children reunited with family in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 3 March 2014 - Four children – two girls and two boys – were reunited with their father by officials from UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), after being abducted by a militia, during which time they were threatened to be killed.
UNICEF condemns killing of students in northeastern Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal, 26 February 2014 - UNICEF expressed its outrage at the brutal killing yesterday of some 45 children, between 13 and 17 years old, by unidentified gunmen at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Nigeria.
Horrific cruelty and violence against children in Central African Republic must end: UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR, Senegal, 13 February 2014 – UNICEF officials in the West Africa region said today they are horrified by the cruelty and impunity with which children are being killed and mutilated in the Central African Republic.
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.
Central African Republic: UNICEF and partners set up temporary classrooms for over 20,000 displaced children in capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, 4 February 2014 - More than 20,000 children in Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, will start classes in temporary learning spaces after violence forced them to flee their homes and closed down their schools.
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.
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.
Central African Republic’s children urgently need healing, hope and funding, says UNICEF chief
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 20 January 2014 – Over the past 72 hours, senseless violence has resulted in many deaths and created tension throughout the Central African Republic in the lead-up to today’s vote to select an interim president of the country.
UNICEF: Child combatants reported in South Sudan conflict
JUBA, South Sudan, 17 January 2014 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern about the use of children as combatants in the ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan.
Central African Republic: 23 children released from armed groups
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, 17 January 2014 – Twenty-three children between 14 and 17 years old were released from armed groups in Bangui on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days.
ECHO and UNICEF join forces for crisis affected children to go back to school
BAMAKO/BRUSSELS, 15 January 2014 - The Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (ECHO) is providing EUR 3 million for children’s education in crisis affected in Mali.
Liberia begins protecting its children against pneumococcal disease
MONROVIA, Liberia, 9 January 2014 – Children across Liberia are now receiving protection against one of the leading vaccine-preventable killers of children as the country today celebrates the introduction of pneumococcal vaccine (PCV).
UNICEF and partners race to prevent disease outbreak among children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic / DAKAR, Senegal / GENEVA, 8 January 2014 – An emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui is underway at major displacement sites in the capital.
Children being brutalized in the Central African Republic: UNICEF
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 30 December 2013 - Attacks against children have sunk to a vicious new low, with at least two children beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped the capital since early December.
UNICEF: Urgent action needed to prevent child deaths from malnutrition in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 24 December 2013 – Officials in UNICEF Bangui today expressed ‘extreme concern’ that recent waves of violence in the Central African Republic will cause a sharp increase in children suffering severe malnutrition, putting their lives and future health at risk.
Relentless violence against children in the Central African Republic is an affront to humanity: UNICEF
New York/Bangui, 16 December 2013 - As violence continues unabated in the Central African Republic, the horrific killing, abuse and harm being inflicted on children are an affront to humanity, UNICEF said today.
Largest relief airlift lands in Bangui since violence began
BANGUI/DAKAR/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 13 December 2013 - About a week after deadly clashes killed hundreds and displaced many tens of thousands in the capital city of Central African Republic, the largest humanitarian cargo flight arrived in Bangui today carrying 77 metric tons of UNICEF emergency supplies.
UNICEF provides emergency supplies to treat children injured in Central African Republic fighting
BANGUI/DAKAR, 9 December 2013 – UNICEF has distributed emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Bangui following clashes in recent days that have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced.
Children targeted in Central African Republic atrocities
BANGUI/DAKAR/PARIS/GENEVA, 6 December 2013 – One year after the start of the conflict in the Central African Republic, 2.3 million children are affected by the crisis, and children are increasingly becoming the victims of violence and forced recruitment amidst ongoing atrocities.
Liberia commemorates Universal Children’s Day with a prayer and commitment to end violence against children
Monrovia, LIBERIA, 20 November 2013 - Church bells tolled and moazins in mosques called out for salaat (prayer) at noon today, as Liberians observed a minute of silence and prayer for every child who has suffered of rape, and committed themselves to protect children against violence.
Universal Children’s Day: Make violence against children history in the DRC
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20 November 2013 – On Universal Children’s Day, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and Armed Conflict, UNICEF and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) called for better protection of children affected by conflict-related violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Central African Republic: UNICEF calls for an investigation into the alleged killings of children
DAKAR/BANGUI, 12 November 2013 – Alarmed by the renewed violence in Central African Republic affecting civilians, in particular women and children, UNICEF today urges the transitional government to carry out a full and immediate investigation into the recent allegations of killings.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to visit Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 1 November 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will travel to Central African Republic next week to help highlight the plight of children as new fighting is making an already dire humanitarian situation even more precarious.
Central African Republic: Amidst new displacements, UNICEF running low on life-saving supplies
BOSSANGOA, Central African Republic, 29 October, 2013 – With increasing numbers of people displaced by violence across the Central African Republic, UNICEF warns that growing needs will exceed available emergency supplies in the coming weeks.
Central African Republic: Seventy per cent of school children still not in classrooms
BANGUI, 18 October 2013 – Seven out of 10 primary school students in the Central African Republic have not returned to school since the conflict started in December 2012, according to a recent survey by UNICEF and partners.
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.
Emergency assistance reaches children and women affected by recent violence in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 1 October 2013 - UNICEF is delivering emergency assistance to some 5,500 families newly displaced by the recent violence in the northwestern prefectures of the Central African Republic. The majority of the displaced are women and children now living in deplorable conditions with no access to safe water, nor shelter.
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.
UNICEF gears up to help over 500,000 Malian children return to school
BAMAKO/DAKAR, 3 September 2013 – With the new school year in Mali starting on the 1st of October, UNICEF is scaling up efforts to give a school place to half a million children whose lives were disrupted by the conflict, seasonal flooding and nutrition crisis.
Declaration of humanitarian coordinator and agencies of the United Nations
KINSHASA / GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, August 24, 2013 – The Humanitarian Coordinator, along with United Nations humanitarian agencies including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) strongly condemn the killing of innocent civilians by military strikes during the fighting between the Congolese Army (FARDC) and M23 rebel group.
UNICEF and partners bring medical supplies, assistance to displaced Congolese
KINSHASA, 22 August 2013 – Responding to the urgent needs of thousands of displaced persons and their host community in Nobili, North Kivu, DRC, UNICEF and Merlin delivered 3.5 tons of medical/nutritional supplies to the area on Friday, August 16, as part of the OCHA/UNICEF-led Rapid Response to Movements of Population (RRMP) program.
UNICEF-chartered cargo plane delivers life-saving humanitarian supplies to Central African Republic
BANGUI, 26 July 2013 – A UNICEF-chartered cargo aircraft loaded with 52 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies touched down today in Bangui, Central African Republic.
Nutrition security in Gao: An Alarming Situation
BAMAKO, 23 July 2013 – The humanitarian community is raising the alarm on the rates of acute malnutrition in Gao, Northern Mali. Mali’s Ministry of Health and its partners, including UNICEF, have just published the results of a nutrition and mortality survey (SMART methodology), conducted for the first time since the crisis began in this conflict stricken region. The study reveals a dire nutrition crisis, making it extremely difficult for the most vulnerable and children under age five, in particular.
Snapshot of child misery emerges from UNICEF missions in CAR
GENEVA/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 2 July 2013 – Hundreds of thousands of children across the Central African Republic (CAR) are without nutritious food, basic medicines, medical care and schooling as violence continues in the country, UNICEF said today.
DR Congo aims to save the lives of 430,000 children and 7,900 mothers by 2015
KINSHASA, 31 May 2013 – The Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Félix Kabange Numbi Mukwampa, today launched a comprehensive approach to health with the aim of saving the lives of 430,000 children under five years of age and some 7,900 mothers by 2015 under the banner of A Promise Renewed.
41 children are released from armed groups in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 29 May 2013 – Forty-one children were released on 27 and 28 May in the capital Bangui following a series of meetings between UNICEF and the President of the Central African Republic Michel Djotodia. The children are between the ages of 14 and 17, among which seven are girls.
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.
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.
UNICEF condemns the re-recruitment of child soldiers and killing of a child in Central African Republic
YAOUNDE/BANGUI/GENEVA, 10 May 2013 – UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the re-recruitment and the killing of a 17-year-old boy.
More children killed in Central African Republic amid escalating violence
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 17 April 2013 – In the face of intensifying violence in the Central African Republic, including on a playing field and at a church, more and more children are being killed and injured, says UNICEF. UNICEF is calling on all armed groups to stop actions that are putting civilian lives at risk, either through fighting or by preventing humanitarian aid reaching those in need.
UNICEF condemns new recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 12 April 2013 – UNICEF has clear evidence of the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic and is warning leaders that such practices represent a grave violation of international law.
UNICEF provides 73 motorbikes for water and sanitation projects as part of accelerating efforts to reaching the Millennium Development Goals
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 12 April 2013 – Today UNICEF handed over 73 motorbikes to 20 NGOs implementing water and sanitation projects in Sierra Leone. The bikes will be used for monitoring and implementation of water and sanitation projects aiming at building or rehabilitating wells and sanitation facilities in schools, health centers and communities.
UNICEF flies emergency aid to conflict-stricken Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR/GENEVA, 9 April 2013 – A special UNICEF-chartered flight carrying over 23 tonnes of essential drugs, obstetric supplies and water tanks arrived yesterday in conflict-ravaged Central African Republic capital city of Bangui, two weeks after the seizure of power by an armed rebellion.
UNICEF in Central African Republic: 2 million children now affected by conflict and insecurity
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, 29 March 2013 – Following looting and insecurity in the conflict-hit Central African Republic, 2 million children remain without access to basic social services and are exposed to violence. Even more children will be deprived if the situation in the country does not stabilize rapidly.
Central African Republic in turmoil - UNICEF calls on all parties to protect children
GENEVA/BANGUI, 26 March 2013 – The lives of 600,000 children in Central Africa Republic are being seriously affected by the ongoing conflict across the country, UNICEF warned today. The agency called on all parties to lay down their arms and to ensure the wellbeing of children.
Media advisory: Post-2015 Global Education Meeting in Dakar, Senegal
The global meeting will bring together 75-100 education experts, representing governments, UN, multilateral and bilateral organizations, civil society/NGOs, youth and the private sector. It will discuss achievements and challenges of both the Education For All goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 and develop recommendations to make education a priority in the post-2015 agenda.
Two-thirds of victims of left-over munitions in Mali are children
BAMAKO/GENEVA, 5 March 2013 – UNICEF is warning of a rising threat to communities in Central and Northern Mali from ammunition and explosive devices. Since April 2012, 60 victims of explosive remnants of war have been reported , with children making up two thirds of the total. The level of risk is likely to further increase when displaced families start returning home to areas that have seen the worst of the conflict.
Conflict and crisis in Mali disrupt schooling for some 700,000 children
BAMAKO, 22 February 2013 – The crisis in Mali has disrupted the education of some 700,000 Malian children, leaving 200,000 still with no access to school both in the North and South of the country, according to UNICEF and educational authorities in Mali.
UNICEF Mali: Supporting women and children through an emergency
BAMAKO, 15 February 2013 – Mali has been facing a serious food and nutrition crisis aggravated by political instability and conflict in the north since last year. As a result nearly 400,000 people have been forced out of their homes, including some 230,000 internally displaced and over 160,000 refugees who have crossed into Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria. Schools have closed; health centres have been looted; and serious child rights violations have taken place.
UNICEF scales up operations in Central African Republic to reach children in need of assistance because of conflict
BANGUI, 28 January 2013 – UNICEF is working with partners to bring emergency assistance to people in need after weeks of conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) that affected 1.79 million people and left 800,000 in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Keep children in Mali out of harm’s way, says UNICEF
Statement - 18 January 2013
UNICEF calls for cessation of child recruitment in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 4 January 2013 – UNICEF said today that it had received credible reports that rebel groups and pro-government militias are...
Largest distribution of essential items in years starts to displaced in eastern DR Congo
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 21 December 2012 – With heavy rains underway in eastern DR Congo, more than 23,800 displaced families today began receiving essential items including plastic sheeting, blankets and clothing in the largest distribution of such items in years in North Kivu province.
UNICEF supports emergency evacuation of vulnerable children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, 18 December 2012 ― Following a rebel attack in the Northeast of the Central African Republic and threats of more in surrounding areas...
DR Congo: Over 600 schools looted or damaged by conflict this year
KINSHASA, 10 December 2012 – New clashes in the North Kivu province have more than doubled the total number of schools affected by conflict this year to...
UNICEF calls for the protection of children in Eastern DR Congo
KINSHASA/GOMA, 19 November 2012 – Heavy clashes around Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between M23 rebel fighters and...
ECHO gives €1.9 million to UNICEF to respond to sudden emergencies
BANGUI, 2 October 2012 ― UNICEF said today the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) had agreed...
Pau Gasol: "Thanks to everyone’s help many lives are being saved"
N´DJAMENA, 31 august 2012 - Pau Gasol, Silver Medalist at the 2012 Olympics, the two-time NBA champion and a UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003...
Pau Gasol: I’m in Chad to remind people that one million children are at risk in the Sahel because of the nutritional crisis
N'DJAMENA, 24 August 2012 - Pau Gasol, Silver Medalist at the 2012 Olympics, the two-time NBA champion and UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003, is in...
UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah calls for the end of recruitment of children in armed groups in Central African Republic
N’DELE, Central African Republic, 24 August 2012 – At the end of his five-day mission to the Central African Republic, UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by...
UNICEF raises the alarm in Mali over recruitment of children
BAMAKO/GENEVA/DAKAR, 17 August 2012 - UNICEF has received credible reports that armed groups in the north of Mali are increasingly recruiting and...
UNICEF needs $133 million to respond to crises for children and women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
KINSHASA, 7 August 2012 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern for vulnerable people, especially women and children, in the Democratic Republic of...
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...
Violence against children mounting in Mali – UNICEF
BAMAKO/GENEVA, 6 July 2012 - UNICEF today expressed grave concern over the situation in northern Mali, where evidence shows children are being killed...
Children released by armed group in northern Central African Republic
AKOURSOULBAK, Central African Republic, 22 June 2012 – UNICEF welcomes the release of 32 children by the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace...
UNICEF needs $146 million to assist children and women in the Sahel in 2012
NEW YORK, 22 June 2012 – UNICEF urgently requires US$146 million to address the humanitarian needs of children and women in the Sahel in 2012...
UNICEF joins EU talks to scale up aid for the Sahel and increase people’s resilience
BRUSSELS, 18 June 2012 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt today joined the European Union in talks in Brussels to address the Sahel...
Triple disaster threatens children in Northern Mali
BAMAKO, MALI, 8 May 2012 – UNICEF says that children in the north of Mali are among the most vulnerable in the Sahel region, confronted not just by the food and nutrition crisis from the prolonged drought, but also by displacement and the effects of armed conflict in that part of the country.
The Central African Republic organizes the African Week of Vaccination
BANGUI, Central Africa Republic, 4 MAY 2012 - Following other countries in Africa, the Central African Republic is organizing its African Week of Vaccination from the 4 to 10 May. This is the second round of a campaign that was very successful in April 2011.
Break the cycle of disasters for the children of the Sahel and act now, says UNICEF
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 4 April 2012 – As malnutrition reaches emergency levels across the Sahel with at least one million children at risk, UNICEF’s Executive...
Central African Republic launches national immunization campaign to eradicate polio
BENZAMBE, CAR, 24 February 2012 – A national immunization campaign to eradicate polio was launched today in the Central African Republic...
Mia Farrow launches polio vaccination campaign in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad 17 February 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow participated today in the launching ceremony of the national polio...
President Sirleaf launches Children’s Law of Liberia
MONROVIA, 4 February 2012 – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf today officially launched the Children’s Law of Liberia to protect children and their right to...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the unfolding crisis for children in the Sahel
Statement - 22 December 2011
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...
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...
Government and the UN train to better serve Congo’s indigenous populations
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of The Congo – 21 November 2011 – Government officials, heads of UN agencies, and representatives of indigenous...
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...
European Union grants 2.4 million Euros to UNICEF in support of the Social Cash Transfer Programme in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 17 November 2011 - Eleven year old Edward from Bomi County is an exceptional student and dreams of becoming an engineer..
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...
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the Bombing of UN HQ in Abuja, Nigeria
Statement - 26 August 2011
The Japanese Government helps 8000 children in Congo fulfill their right to education through the grant of $6.6 million
BRAZZAVILLE, 20 June, 2011 – ‘More than 8000 children excluded from the formal school system will have access to basic education programs thanks to...
UNICEF and Government of Niger launch process for a new child protection system
NIGER, NIAMEY 16 June 2011 – On the occasion of the Day of the African Child, the government of Niger and UNICEF are pulling their forces together to...
UNICEF leads community forums against polio in eastern Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 18 May 2011 – In an effort to eradicate polio in Chad, UNICEF is stepping up its social mobilization efforts at the grassroots levels by mobilizing...
Côte d’Ivoire: More than 85 per cent of schoolchildren back in class in North
ABIDJAN, 12 May 2011 – Over a month after schools officially reopened in the Center, North and West regions (CNO area) of Côte d’Ivoire, a report released...
UNICEF ready to help over one million children in Côte d’Ivoire resume school
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 25 April 2011 – UNICEF is ready to assist over one million children to return to school after months of disruption to the education system, caused by the political and security crisis...
UNICEF, EU to improve Guinea Bissau water infrastructure
Bissau, 18 April 2011 – A joint project to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene to 60,000 people was launched by the Government of Guinea Bissau...
UNICEF airlifts over 60 tons of relief supplies to Côte d’Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 15 April 2011 - UNICEF is airlifting over 60 tons of medical, nutrition, education and water and sanitation supplies to Côte d’Ivoire where...
UNICEF delivers supplies in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, 12 April 2011 – UNICEF has been able to deliver supplies in the embattled city of Abidjan in Cote D'Ivoire for the first time in weeks. The supplies included...
DR Congo introduces new vaccine against one of its leading causes of child death
KINSHASA, 4 April 2011 – In an effort to drastically improve the chances of children reaching their fifth birthday, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today....
UNICEF appeals for $51 million to meet urgent needs of children in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia
GENEVA/ABIDJAN, 18 March 2011 – UNICEF is appealing for US$ 51 million to meet the rapidly growing humanitarian needs of children and families devastated by...
UNICEF calls on DR Congo to protect children against violence, abuse, disease
GOMA / NEW YORK 4 March 2011 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today visited Goma in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo to advocate for...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on OHCHR Report on Remedies and Reparations for Victims of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Statement - 3 March 2011
UNICEF Executive Director to DR Congo as polio outbreak spikes
BRUSSELS/NEW YORK/KINSHASA, 28 February 2011 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake will arrive in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the...
European Union contributes €6.6 million to help achieve the MDGs on reducing child mortality and improve maternal health in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 4 February 2011 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Office (ECHO) has provided €6.6 million ($8.1 million) to support UNICEF...
UNICEF Liberia – Measles campaign underway in Nimba County
NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia, 1 February 2011 – A measles vaccination campaign targeting all children in Nimba County, which hosts over 30,000 refugees from the Ivory...
UNICEF: National and community leaders in Côte d’Ivoire must put children first
DAKAR/GENEVA, 18 January 2011 – UNICEF is calling on leaders in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure that all children are protected from violence, that they have continued...
UNICEF Congo: Law for indigenous populations welcome milestone
BRAZZAVILLE, 31 December, 2010 – UNICEF today hailed a groundbreaking new law that gives Congolese children belonging to indigenous populations – until now the...
The government of Niger and its partners determined to continue their efforts against child malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, NIGER, 28 December 2010 - Despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, the nutritional situation of children remains alarming in Niger where more...
Japan boosts child survival in Nigeria with $10.4 million
ABUJA, Nigeria 10 December, 2010 - UNICEF today received a grant of US $ 10.4 Million for Child Survival programmes in Nigeria. Donated by the Government...
UNICEF and partners launch emergency funding appeal for polio outbreak in Congo
NEW YORK, 23 November 2010 - UNICEF, Rotary International and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched an emergency appeal for $23.5...
Whole populations to be vaccinated in emergency response to polio outbreak
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo/DAKAR, Senegal 11 November 2010 – The first wave of mass polio immunization campaigns -targeting 3 million people...
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...
On the shores of Lake Chad, UNICEF intensifies its fight against malnutrition
N’DJAMENA, CHAD 28 September 2010 – Usually considered a breadbasket for Chad, the region on the northern shore of Lake Chad is now affected...
UNICEF sounds alert over alarming rates of child malnutrition in Chad
N’DJAMENA, CHAD 24 September 2010 – An expanded programme to save the lives of children is being put in place after a survey of under-5s revealed...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Statement - 24 August 2010
UNICEF sending urgent supplies to women and children affected by Cameroon’s worst cholera outbreak in six years
YAOUNDÉ, CAMEROON 10 August 2010 - UNICEF has joined WHO, UNFPA, WFP and UNHCR in sending urgently needed supplies to thousands of...
New child protection framework adopted in The Republic of Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, 29 June 2010 – A new child protection framework has been announced by President Denis Sassou Ngesso. The announcement was...
UNICEF and WFP appeal for urgent mobilization of the international community to fight child malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, NIGER, 24 June 2010 – The nutritional situation of children in Niger has deteriorated considerably in the last 12 months, according to the results...
Financial threat to global supply of vaccine puts 120 million at risk of yellow fever
NEW YORK 16 June 2010 – More than 120 million people will remain at risk from yellow fever if planned mass vaccination campaigns are not carried out...
Six central African countries reassure commitment towards children in the sub-region by signing the N’Djamena Declaration
N’DJAMENA, CHAD 9 June, 2010 – Six Central African countries showed historic commitment to ending recruitment of child soldiers and to support social...
Regional conference on ending recruitment and use of children in armed forces and groups: contributing to peace, justice, & development
European Union €5m cash injection boosts UNICEF fight against Niger nutrition crisis
NIAMEY, NIGER, June 1st 2010 – The European Commission (EC) has contributed €5m to stop the escalating nutrition crisis in Niger. UNICEF Niger and...
New effort by UNICEF, Central African Republic to cut malaria child deaths
BANGUI, 28 May 2010 – More than a million mosquito nets are being distributed in the Central African Republic in a bid to protect children and pregnant women...
Girls’ education conference concludes with strong call to focus on the most marginalized children
DAKAR, SENEGAL, 26 May 2010 – Although great strides have been made to get more girls into classrooms, those still out of school are likely to be from...
UNGEI global conference on girls’ education focuses on preventing “56 million wasted opportunities”
DAKAR, Senegal, 17 May 2010 – A conference designed to find new ways to ensure that some 56 million children – most of them girls – do not miss out on...
Africa united in fight against polio outbreak
DAKAR/BRAZZAVILLE, 4 March 2010 - More than 85 million children under five years old will be immunized against polio in 19 countries across...
Liberia launches its situational analysis report on human trafficking
MONROVIA, LIBERIA, 1 March, 2010 – The Government of Liberia on Thursday launched the report entitled “Situational Analysis of Human Trafficking...
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to travel to Chad to highlight polio
NEW YORK/GENEVA/N’DJAMENA, CHAD, 26 February 2010 – Internationally acclaimed actress, humanitarian and UNICEF Goodwill...
Forced recruitment of child soldiers in DRC
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 12 February 2010 – As the world celebrates the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers, UNICEF...
Cash transfers to the most vulnerable households in Liberia
BOMI COUNTY (LIBERIA), 4 February 2010 – The Government of Liberia with support from its partners – UNICEF, the European Commission...
UNICEF delivers relief items to refugee population in Northern Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 12 January 2010 – On January 7th and 8th, UNICEF started the delivery of 19.8 tonnes of nutrition...
UNICEF laments death of children in Bauchi, and deplores the exploitation of vulnerable children
ABUJA, NIGERIA, 30 December 2009 — UNICEF laments the death of the children in clashes that erupted in Bauchi on 28 December. Observers...
Largest-ever yellow fever vaccination campaign targets nearly 12 million people
Geneva / New York, 17 November 2009 – The largest-ever yellow fever mass vaccination campaign is set to kick off next week across three...
Benin: UNICEF supports successful repatriation of 26 trafficked children to their home country
COTONOU, November 14, 2009 – Following collaboration between the authorities of Benin and Gabon, and with the technical and financial support...
UNICEF Executive Director raises child health and child rights in Mali
NEW YORK, 9 November, 2009 - On a three day trip to Mali, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman met with Government officials, visited...
60,000 people leave displacement camps in eastern DRC, about one million in need of humanitarian assistance
GOMA, DRC, 14 October 2009 – 60,000 people or ninety per cent of those living in six official displacement camps near Goma in North Kivu have returned...
UNICEF Regional Director visits Burkina Faso in support of victims of the recent floods
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO, 13 October 2009 - Regional Director Gianfranco Rotigliano visited Burkina Faso from 11 to 14 October to renew UNICEF’s...
Benin: $1 million of essential supplies and equipment to encourage efforts for reducing maternal and child mortality
COTONOU, October 8, 2009 – UNICEF Representative in Benin, Dr. Souleymane Diallo, handed over to the Minister of Health, Dr. Issifou Takpara, a set...
UNICEF: Mia Farrow highlights Cameroon’s forgotten victims of child malnutrition
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON 13 September 2009 - The internationally acclaimed actress and humanitarian activist Mia Farrow, arrived in Cameroon today with a...
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, Ann M. Veneman visits Dungu, a community terrorized by the LRA
LONDON, 31 August, 2009 - On the final day of her five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met...
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman calls for peace and security for the people of eastern DRC
Goma, DRC, 29 August 2009 – On her second day in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF Executive Director...
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman decries continued rape and violence against women and children in the DRC
BUKAVU, DRC, 27 August 2009 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met with victims of rape and violence in the eastern provinces of the Democratic...
UNICEF Executive Director announces $500,000 for social protection programs in The Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)
BRAZZAVILLE, The Republic of the Congo, 24 August 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, in her visit to The Republic of the Congo...
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman to visit Democratic Republic of Congo
UNICEF: Malnutrition among children in southern CAR alarming
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, 11 August 2009 – UNICEF today expressed alarm at the rising rates of acute malnutrition among children...
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits northern Nigeria and announces $1.8 million to address malnutrition
ABUJA, NIGERIA, 3 AUGUST 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, concluding a visit to the northern states of Kebbi and Sokoto in Nigeria...
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...
UNICEF Chief commemorates Breastfeeding Week by promoting better nutrition and child health in Nigeria
KEBBI STATE, NIGERIA, 31 July 2009 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman emphasized the contribution that breastfeeding can...
UNICEF welcomes release of child soldiers and urges further demobilizations in Central African Republic
BANGUI, 7 July 2009 – UNICEF today confirmed the demobilization of 182 children who have been released by the rebel group...
UNICEF supports Child Health Days in Guinea Bissau that provide key interventions
BISSAU, 6 July 2009 – UNICEF Bissau is supporting a nation-wide vaccination campaign aimed at protecting children against killer diseases...
Is West Africa ready for children’s Ombudsmen?
BAMAKO, 23 June 2009 - This is the question being posed in Bamako by experts as they meet to encourage the development of Ombudsmen for...
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...
Synchronized polio campaign kicks off across eight countries in West Africa
DAKAR / Senegal, 27 February 2009 - Fifty-three million children under five are expected to be reached across eight West African countries in a...
UNICEF welcomes release of 85 children from armed forces in North Kivu
GOMA/GENEVA, 3 February 2009 - UNICEF welcomed today the release of 85 children by the Mayi Mayi armed group in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
UNICEF highlights deteriorating situation of children and women in eastern DRC
KINSHASA, 31 December 2008 - The escalation of conflict and upheaval of people from their homes and shelters have led to further violations of children's and women’s rights ...
First emergency supplies airlifted into Goma
GOMA, 11 November 2008 - The first four planes carrying supplies to curb cholera and respiratory infections have arrived in Goma. These first...
UNICEF scales up emergency response as children suffer from resumed fighting in North Kivu
GOMA, 18 September 2008 - Increased fighting over the last two and a half weeks is causing more suffering to...
UNICEF Executive Director announces $1.7 million for the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, GHANA, 3 September 2008 - During her three-day visit to Ghana, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced an additional $1.7 million...
UNICEF Executive Director announces $1.7 million for the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, GHANA, 3 September 2008 - During her three-day visit to Ghana, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced an additional $1.7....
UNICEF Executive Director’s Togo visit focuses on education
TOGO, 2 September 2008 - Ann M. Veneman, on the first ever visit by a UNICEF Executive Director to Togo, promoted the importance of education to advance development.
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...
Japan boosts child survival in Nigeria with $8 million grant
ABUJA, 20 June 2008 - UNICEF today received a grant of N940 Million (US $ 8.04 million) from the Government of Japan for child survival programmes in Nigeria.
Experts gather at UNICEF to review major yellow fever campaigns in Africa
NEW YORK, 28 May 2008 – Global health experts who make up the International Coordinating Group set up to fight yellow fever are gathering at...
UNICEF feeds 44,000 children in Somalia
NAIROBI, 14 May 2008 - Amid worsening drought conditions, soaring food prices and mass displacement of people due to conflict, UNICEF has started...
Malnutrition at emergency levels in Pinga Health Zone, North Kivu, DRC; UNICEF and partners set up emergency nutritional response
GOMA, 7 May 2008 - Malnutrition rates are at emergency levels in the Pinga health zone in northwestern Masisi Territory, North Kivu, DRC due...
UNICEF and partners launch Girls’ Education Initiative in Nigeria
BAUCHI /NIGERIA, 28 March 2008 - In a concerted effort to address gender disparity in girls’ education in northern Nigeria, UNICEF and partners today launched...
UNICEF, V-Day put rape in Democratic Republic of the Congo front and center
NEW ORLEANS, 12 April 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and playwright and V-Day founder Eve Ensler today announced a partnership focused on ending rape o....
UNICEF launches State of the World’s Children 2008 in Guinea Bissau
BISSAU, 1 April 2008 – The Portuguese version of UNICEF’s annual flagship report The State of the World’s Children 2008: Child SurvivaL...
Statement by the Office of Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan on Attacks Against Humanitarian Actors
Khartoum, 26 March 2008 - The humanitarian community in Sudan is raising its voice today against intolerable attacks that are putting the humanitarian...
10,000 health workers stop polio in one of most dangerous places on earth
GENEVA, 25 March 2008 – Somalia is again polio-free, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced today, calling it a 'historic achievement...
The Government of Japan donates US$4 million to support the rehabilitation of schools and health centres in the Republic of the Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, 24 March 2008 - The Government of Japan has announced a grant of more than US$4 million, or 1.8 billion francs CFA, via UNICEF...
Adequate sanitation: The key to curbing cholera
SOMALIA, 20 March 2008 - On the occasion of International Water Day, UNICEF Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen, took the time to highlight...
UNICEF Executive Director first UN agency head to visit Sierra Leone since the September 2007 elections
FREETOWN, 29 February 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman today participated in President Ernest Bai Koroma’s launch of...
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman concludes visit to Liberia announcing more than $19 million in assistance
MONROVIA, 27 February 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded her three day visit to Liberia announcing more than $19 million....
The hopes of Kenya’s children hanging in the balance
NAIROBI, 25 January 2008 - The hopes of hundreds of thousands of Kenyan children and their families hang in the balance as the two leaders in...
As violence ebbs, UNICEF joins other agencies in providing aid for up to 100,000 people in Kenya
NAIROBI, 9 January 2008 - As the unrest that rocked Kenya quells, UNICEF and other agencies are rushing to provide aid for up to 100,000 people...
Massive displacement in North Kivu following attack near IDP camps
GOMA, 13 November 2007 – An attack by unidentified troops today in North Kivu has caused panic resulting in some 45,000 displaced persons fleeing...
Cholera in Goma IDP camps in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
GOMA, 12 November 2007 - According to health workers 439 cases of cholera were suspected at the end of October in five IDP camps west of Goma...
Zimbabwe’s HIV infection rate continues to fall
HARARE, 31October 2007 – New data shows that Zimbabwe’s HIV rate continues to drop, giving it one of the most significant and rapid declines of any country in the world.
Measles campaign a success in Zambia
LUSAKA, 31 October 2007 - More than 2.1 million children, aged nine months to five years were immunized against measles during a week long integrated...
UNICEF and Confederation of African Football promote education at African Cup of Nations
ACCRA, 19 October 2007 – UNICEF and the Confederation of African Football will use the power of football during the upcoming African Cup of Nations...
UNICEF South Africa unveils a three year partnership with Soccerex
JOHANNESBURG, 20 September 2007 - UNICEF South Africa and Soccerex, the premier business convention for football worldwide...
International Peace Day commemorated in DRC with mass child survival campign
KINSHASA, 21 September 2007 - UNICEF and partners commemorated the International Peace Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by launching...
Heavy flooding affects West Africa
NEW YORK, 21 September 2007 - The exceptionally heavy seasonal rains have displaced large populations in the West and Central African regions.
On visit to native Benin, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo urges parents to send daughters to school
COTONOU, 13 September 2007 - Full of energy and passion Angélique Kijdo, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just finished a visit to her native country of...
UNICEF warns of critical levels of malnutrition amongst Somali children
NAIROBI, 12 September 2007 - Following a recent nutrition survey, UNICEF and its partners estimate that 83,000 children in central and southern Somalia suffer...
60,000 displaced people in Eastern DRC receive UNICEF assistance
KINSHASA, 11 September 2007 - Fighting in North Kivu is threatening the lives of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tens of thousands of children have been displaced in the last...
V-DAY, UNICEF call for end to rape, sexual torture against girls in eastern DRC
NEW YORK, 6 August 2007 - Highlighting the issue of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), renowned playwright Eve Ensler has chronicled her first-hand encounters with women in eastern DRC, where sexual violence has become a routine weapon of war.
Far too many children still at risk of malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, 31 July 2007 – On the onset of the lean season, when communities are most vulnerable, still too many children are at risk of malnutrition.
UNICEF provides water quality testing equipment to the Liberian government
MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 July 2007– UNICEF today provided the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy, Water Quality Testing Laboratory equipment and reagents for use at the Liberian Hydrological Service in Monrovia.
Water and sanitation to be provided to thousands of displaced children in Eastern Chad
TOKYO, 20 July 2007 - Some 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Eastern Chad, including 18,000 children, will have better access to clean water and sanitation as a result of emergency funding of $1.18 million from the Government of Japan to build new boreholes and communal latrines.
UNICEF Hands Over Anti-Malaria Drugs to the Government of Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia 29 June 2007 — UNICEF, along with the French Embassy in Liberia, has donated a consignment of anti-malaria drugs to the Government of Liberia. This shipment represents a total of 678,858 treatments at a total cost of $389,000.
UNICEF applauds verdict passed by the Special Court for Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/SIERRA LEONE, 20 June 2007 – Today marks a major milestone in the annals of Sierra Leone as the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) handed down the first...
Education offers ‘window of hope’ for AIDS-affected children
NEW YORK, 18 June 2007 – Sub-Saharan Africa, which continues to be ravaged by HIV and AIDS, has been making education a priority in the response to the epidemic.
Central African Republic signed child soldiers reintegration agreement
GORDIL/CAR, 16 June 2007 – UNICEF, the Government of Central African Republic (CAR) and the Assembly of the Union of Democratic Forces (UFDR) rebel group have today...
Sierra Leone Approves the National Child Rights Bill
FREETOWN/ SIERRA LEONE, 7 June 2007 - The approval of the National Child Rights Bill by the Sierra Leone Parliament on Thursday 7 June is huge step forward for children’s rights.
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...
UNICEF has begun negotiations for the release of child soilders in North-Eastern CAR
BANGUI, 18 May 2007 – UNICEF announced on Thursday that negotiations have started with non-state armed groups for hundreds of child soldiers enrolled in the north-east of the Central...
UNICEF and Chad sign agreement to demobilize child soldiers
N’Djamena, Chad, 9 May 2007 – UNICEF and the Government of Chad signed an agreement today for the demobilization of child soldiers throughout the country. The accord, signed by UNICEF Representative...
Scaling up Child Survival in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/SIERRA LEONE, 16 April 2007 - The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, WHO, UNICEF and other partners are launching a week long Integrated Child Survival Campaign on Maternal and...
UNICEF mounts an emergency response in Birao following the humanitarian coordination appeal
BANGUI, 21 March 2007 – A major humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the Central African Republic (CAR) is prompting UNICEF to launch an emergency response to provide immediate...
Jimmy Carter escalates efforts against Guinea worm in Togo
NEW YORK, 26 January 2004 - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and his wife, Rosalynn, will travel on behalf of The Carter Center to West Africa Feb. 2-6, 2004, to call international attention to the need to eliminate the last 1 percent of Guinea worm disease remaining in the world. The Carter Center team will visit Togo and Mali and be joined in Ghana by World Health Organization Director-General Dr. LEE Jong-wook and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam. The Carter Center, UNICEF, and WHO are lead partners in a worldwide coalition that has helped countries reduce incidences of the disease by 99 percent, from 3.5 million in 1986 to approximately 35,000 today. Ghana Minister of Health Dr. Kweku Afriyie will host and guide the visiting delegations during a tour of villages with Guinea worm disease.
“Broken Dreams”: Film director Idrissa Ouédraogo supports birth registration campaign in West and Central Africa
OUAGADOUGOU/DAKAR, 28 February 2007 - A new film promoting birth registration debuted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso this week as part of FESPACO...
Musicians campaign for a clean Ghana
ACCRA, 1 March 2007 – During a recent three-day trip to the Northern Region of Ghana, renowned musical artistes Rocky Dawuni, Samini (formerly Batman) and a host of other...
Liberia: Visit of the Executive Boards of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and WFP
MONROVIA, 23 February 2007 - The Executive Boards of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population...
UNICEF and Mia Farrow call for security and expanded humanitarian action for Sudanese refugees and displaced Chadians in eastern Chad
N’DJAMENA/CHAD, 23 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow accompanied by UNICEF Chad Representative, Stephen Adkisson, concluded her trip in eastern Chad to camps of Sudanese refugees and...
UNICEF and Mia Farrow draw attention to critical needs of children in looming humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR, 19 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow and UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma, concluded a trip...
Presidential Medal of Honour awarded to Mia Farrow during mission to Central African Republic
BANGUI, 13 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow was today decorated by Central African Republic President, His Excellency Francois Boizize, with...
Partners meet to discuss education and national reconstruction in Liberia
NEW YORK, 12 February 2007 – Representatives from major bilateral foundations, civil society groups and other education partners will meet in New York this week to...
UNICEF: Interviews available on occasion of Liberia Partners’ Forum
12 February 2007 - Media Advisory
Fight against Malaria - A priority in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, 27 November 2006 -The first nationwide campaign of Impregnated Mosquito Net distribution and net impregnation is being conducted free of charge by the Government of Guinea-Bissau with the support of its main partners, including UNICEF.
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.
Pediatric treatment against AIDS launched in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, 25 October 2006 - One year after the Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS Campaign, Guinea-Bissau, today launched a pediatric treatment effort against AIDS to ensure that the needs of infected and affected children are met.
More than 500,000 Liberian children targeted in vitamin A and deworming campaign
MONROVIA/LIBERIA, 4 September 2006 – The Government of Liberia and UNICEF have launched a five-day campaign to administer Vitamin A supplementation and deworming tablets to more than 500,000 children under the age of five.
Japanese support for polio eradication and malaria prevention in Nigeria
ABUJA, 23 August 2005 - The Government of Japan donated US $4.2 million (JPY 495 million) to UNICEF today to support polio immunization and malaria prevention in Nigeria. The country accounts for nearly 70 per cent of the world’s polio cases and 400,000 Nigerian children die each year as a result of malaria, the leading killer of children in Afica. Around 20 per cent of children die before their fifth birthday.
Campaigning for child nutrition in the Sahel region
NIAMEY, 8 August 2006 – One year after the mobilization of the international community in support of Niger’s food and nutritional crisis, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma, is calling for vigilance towards the nutritional vulnerability of children in the Sahel region. Guluma is addressing the international community to campaign for child nutrition in the Sahel.
UNICEF and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare working to expand reach of vaccination coverage
MONROVIA, 27 July 2006 – In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, UNICEF has turned over new four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, and computers to the Government of Liberia. The supplies will be used to support the Ministry’s Expanded Programme of Immunization and Environmental Health Sections as well as all 15 of Liberia’s County Health Teams.
UNICEF and Ministry of Education provide 10,000 school benches to Liberian schools
MONROVIA, 17 July 2006 – In partnership with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF is constructing 10,000 three-seat benches for distribution to 100 government schools in five counties. A combined total of 30,000 students in Bong, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Montserrado and Nimba Counties will benefit from this donation.
The 2006 ‘All girls to school’ campaign launched in Benin
COTONOU, 15 June, 2006 – Two Ministers, Agnes Van Ardenne, the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation, and Colette Houeto, Beninese Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, got on the back of a ‘zemidjan’, sporting the yellow shirt of the notorious taxi-motorcycles of Cotonou, blazoned with the logo of the campaign ‘Toutes les filles à l’école’, or ‘All girls to school’.
Cameroon launches community programme for home-based care of families affected by HIV/AIDS
YAOUNDE, 2 June 2006 – Cameroonian Professor Dominique Obounou Akong, the Representative of the Minister of Public Health, presided over the launch of a community programme for home-based care of families affected by HIV/AIDS at the Chantal Biya’s Foundation’s headquarters in Yaounde. Among the two hundred people attending the ceremony were representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, community volunteers and officials from the Ministry of Public Health as well as Chantal Biya’s Foundation.
UNOPS and UNICEF rebuild schools in four counties
MONROVIA, 17 May 2006 – UNICEF and its partner, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), have completed the rehabilitation and refurbishment of 13 government schools in four Liberian counties.
UNOPS & UNICEF rebuild schools in four counties
MONROVIA, Liberia, 17 May 2006 – UNICEF and its partner, UNOPS, the United Nations Office for Project Services, have completed the rehabilitation and refurbishment of 13 government schools in four Liberian counties.
UNICEF Warns Malnutrition on Rise for Niger’s Children
NIAMEY, May 12 2006 - Several reports reveal that the number of malnourished children arriving at UNICEF-supported nutritional rehabilitation centres is increasing. Between 1 January and 4 May 2006, 64,593 malnourished children have been admitted in the nutritional rehabilitation programmes, of which 53,931 were suffering from moderate acute malnutrition and 10,662 from severe acute malnutrition.
Official Statement on the Attack on Staff Member
NEW YORK, 8 May 2006 — UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today issued the following statement in reaction to an attack Friday on a UNICEF staff member in Chad during an attempted vehicle theft:
Liberia to Launch Girls’ Education National Policy
MONROVIA, 17 April 2006 – The Government of Liberia will launch its National Girls’ Education Policy tomorrow. The policy calls for a collective effort to reach Millennium Development Goal 2: universal primary education for every Liberian child.
Regional partners join efforts in West and Central Africa to increase access to quality education for girls
Dakar, April 13 - The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) Regional Network for West & Central Africa was launched today in Dakar, Senegal by a wide partnership of UN agencies, national and local governments and non-governmental organizations. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne Chaka- Chaka, participated in the launch of the network. “The challenges we face in terms of access to education for girls in this region are enormous, but they are achievable when we join all our efforts,” she said at the launch.
UN Girls' Education Initiative launch in Dakar
DAKAR, 11 April 2006 - The complexity of the issues preventing girls from accessing school requires a diverse group of partners to address them with the goal of moving girls’ education forward, at every level and in every setting. The United Nations family is launching the United Nations Girls' Education Iniative and participants are meeting to kick off the new partnership.
Criminal charge in child soldier case a milestone in protecting children
Friday’s arrest of Thomas Lubanga by the International Criminal Court, on a charge of conscripting and enlisting children and actively using them in hostilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sends an important message that the international community will not tolerate the use of children in armed conflict, UNICEF said. It shows the high priority that the international community gives to combating crimes against children.
Japan Provides $6.78 Million to Liberia’s Children
MONROVIA, Liberia, 1 March 2006 - The Government of Japan has contributed US$6.78 million to UNICEF to help provide more than 5,000 demobilized children associated with fighting forces with a basic primary school education or vocational skills training. The funding will also be used by UNICEF and its partners to provide 300 Liberian schools and 50 health centres with new water and environmental sanitation services.
Government of Japan provides US$2.256 million to Liberia’s children
MONROVIA, Liberia, 12 January 2006 -- The Government of Japan has contributed US$2.256 million to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, to protect Liberian children from infectious diseases, including malaria and acute respiratory infections.
Niger: More than 300,000 children saved from malnutrition in 2005, but work is far from over
NIAMEY, NIGER, 21 December 2005 - A recent survey conducted by the government of Niger, the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta and UNICEF confirms that the children of Niger still face high levels of malnutrition.
Benin Measles Campaign Marks Culmination and Success of Measles Initiative Five-Year Goal
WASHINGTON, December 12, 2005 — The Benin campaign will mark the culmination and success of the Measles Initiative’s original goal of reducing measles deaths by vaccinating 200 million children in more than 40 countries, and preventing 1 million children from dying from measles over five years.
African Parliamentarians Convene for Historic Conference on Ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
DAKAR, SENEGAL, 4 December 2005 – Parliamentarians from across Africa have convened in Dakar, Senegal for a landmark conference to learn about female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and discuss what they can do to help end the dangerous and violent practice.
Children’s Rights Not Respected in Cote D’Ivoire’s Ongoing Military and Political Crisis
ABIDJAN, Cote D’Ivoire, 21 November 2005 – As the world celebrates the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF is calling attention to the plight of the children in Cote D’Ivoire and the continued widespread violation of their rights as a result of the ongoing three-year-long conflict.
Massive international effort stops polio epidemic across 10 west and central African countries
Geneva/New York/Atlanta/Evanston, 11 November 2005 - Public health experts have confirmed that a polio epidemic in ten countries in west and central Africa - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Togo - has been successfully stopped. The epidemic has paralysed nearly 200 children for life since mid-2003, but no new cases have been reported in these countries since early June. At the same time, polio eradication efforts are intensifying in Nigeria, where extensive disease transmission continues, as part of a mass polio campaign across 28 African countries beginning today.
Despite high knowledge levels about HIV/AIDS, Liberian youth still at risk
Monrovia, LIBERIA, 25 October 2005 - In a new finding, a UNICEF Liberia-commissioned study says many young Liberians have a high-level of knowledge about HIV/AIDS and its transmission but continue to engage in risky behaviour. The study also reveals that many young people harbor high levels of misconception and stigma towards people living with the virus.
UNICEF Offers Sympathies After Death of First Lady of Nigeria
NEW YORK, 24 October 2005 - UNICEF expressed deep regret today at the passing of Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, the First Lady of Nigeria, who died on Sunday after undergoing surgery.
New tools move polio eradication drive into final phase
NEW YORK, 12 October 2005 - Strong advances in the remaining polio endemic areas and the recent introduction of new tools have moved the global polio eradication effort into its final phase in all but one country of the world. The conclusion reached this week in Geneva by the Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication (ACPE), the independent, technical oversight body of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, is that polio could be finished within the next six months everywhere, except in Nigeria.
UNICEF-supported school launches feeding programme in Nigeria
ABUJA, 27 September 2005 -- As the new school year starts in Nigeria, the Ministry of Education chose a UNICEF-supported school to launch a major national programme, aimed at providing one meal per day to all pupils during schools days. The President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, kicked off the Home-grown School Feeding and Health Programme, at Science Primary School Kuje, near Abuja, on Monday 26 September, 2005.
Children, the Focus for Islamic Solidarity
A new report says action is urgently needed to tackle a range of problems facing over 600 million children in the Islamic world, from poverty and disease to education and protection.
UNICEF trains 85 health workers to treat under-nutrition in Niger
MARADI, NIGER/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 August 2005 - UNICEF Niger and the Ministry of Public Health of Niger are now conducting a second round of capacity-building training of national health workers in Niger in the management of severe and moderate under-nutrition of children.
French government donates life-saving supplies to UNICEF Niger
NIGER, 30 July 2005 - The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Douste-Blazy, arrived in Niamey, Niger this morning, accompanying an air-transport of 1.7 tons of essential drugs, including antibiotics, anti-malarials and de-worming tablets, as well as special oral re-hydration salts for the treatment of diarrhea in severely malnourished children. An estimated 160,000 children in Niger are suffering from moderate under-nutrition & another 32,000 children are suffering from severe under-nutrition.
32,000 children in Niger face ‘mortal threat’
Niamey/Geneva/New York – 29 July 2005 – UNICEF has issued an additional emergency appeal for US$14.6 million to care for 32,000 children suffering from severe under-nutrition and 160,000 children suffering from moderate under-nutrition in Niger and to help stop a deadly cycle of starvation.
Niger food crisis increases child deaths
NIAMEY/GENEVA - 12 July 2005 - Acute malnutrition rates have risen to 13.4 per cent in southern Niger Maradi and Zinder Regions, with 2.5 per cent of this group identified as severely malnourished children under age five, says UNICEF quoting recent nutrition surveys by the UN and several NGOs.
Millions of orphans in Nigeria need care and access to basic services
Abuja, 15 June 2005. “African Orphans: our collective responsibility”: the theme for this year’s commemoration of the Day of the African Child on June 16 is drawing attention to the tragic situation of millions of orphans throughout the continent. According to a recent study published by UNICEF in 2004, “Children on the Brink”, there were 43 million orphans in Sub-Saharan African in 2003, an increase of more than one-third since 1990.
On the Day of the African Child: Africa’s chronic emergencies struggling for attention
NEW YORK, 14 June 2005- Midway through the year some of Africa’s most intractable emergencies are seriously under funded. Only two out of ten countries with recurring emergencies are on track to reach UNICEF funding targets, but most will barely make it half way.
UNICEF responds to food crisis in Niger
NIAMEY, 13 June 2005 - UNICEF announced today that it is providing US$222,000 (116 million francs CFA) worth of therapeutic food and growth monitoring equipment to the Nigerien Government to strengthen efforts by the Government and other partners involved in managing the food and nutrition crisis affecting the most vulnerable groups in Niger -- particularly children.
Benin and Nigeria pledge to fight child trafficking
Cotonou / Abuja, June 9, 2005 - UNICEF congratulates the Governments of the Republic of Benin and the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the signing today, in Cotonou, of a "Cooperation agreement to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons with emphasis on trafficking in women and children.”
Nigeria’s Children’s Day: UNICEF calls for accelerating progress on girls’ education
ABUJA, 27 May 2005. Today millions of children across the nation are celebrating Nigeria’s Children’s Day on the theme: “Educate the girl child, educate the nation”. UNICEF welcomes the choice of this theme and joins all Nigerian children in calling on policy makers, local authorities, religious and traditional leaders, school authorities, the media and all Nigerian parents to accelerate progress on educating girls.
Integrated approach to child survival achieving important results
GENEVA, 16 May 2005 – An integrated approach to child survival designed to deliver a package of lifesaving health services for children in hard to reach communities has shown remarkable results, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced today at the World Health Assembly.
Africa responds to close down polio epidemic
DAKAR/NAIROBI/HARARE, 13 May 2005 – Africa is responding aggressively to close down a polio epidemic that has spread the virus as far as Indonesia in recent weeks. Countries across the west and central belt and the Horn of Africa are participating in the third in a series of pan-continental immunization drives this year to immunize all children against the virus.
Nigeria making Progress towards polio eradication goal
ABUJA, 11 May 2005 – As Nigeria launches the third round of National Immunization Campaigns in 2005, a recent expert review of Nigeria’s polio eradication programme reaffirmed that the country is making strong progress towards the end-2005 goal of stopping polio.
UNICEF alarmed by cholera outbreak in Sao Tome
LIBREVILLE/AGUA GRANDE DISTRICT/GENEVA, 10 May 2005 - In response to an outbreak of cholera, UNICEF has rushed medical supplies to Sao Tome, where nearly 80 per cent of the island’s total population is at risk to the deadly disease.
UNICEF alarmed by cholera outbreak in Sao Tome
LIBREVILLE/AGUA GRANDE DISTRICT/SAO TOME e PRINCIPE/GENEVA, 10 May 2005 - In response to an outbreak of cholera, UNICEF has rushed medical supplies to Sao Tome, where nearly 80 per cent of the island’s total population is at risk to the deadly disease.
First global report on efforts to roll back malaria highlights progress and challenges
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 – More people are accessing prevention and treatment services for malaria, sparking hope that the number of people who become sick and die from malaria will begin to decline.
Niger food shortages threatening Children, UNICEF calls for urgent funding
GENEVA/NIAMEY, 22 April 2005 – UNICEF today called for urgent funding to feed 800,000 children between under five years of age caught in the throes of a food crisis due to an ongoing plague of locusts and insufficient rainfall.
Partnership gains ground in the fight against malaria
GENEVA/ LUSAKA / BRUSELS / WASHINGTON DC, 21 April 2005— A single word has become the touchstone for hopes that a successful battle can be waged against malaria in Africa: partnership. At a time when funding to fight malaria is still sorely lacking, a kaleidoscope of organizations, governments, businesses and celebrities in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, united under the banner of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, have made unprecedented gains over the past year.
UN mourns loss of Social Mobilisation activists in Uige
LUANDA, 15 April 2005 – The UN expresses deep sorrow at the deaths of the young social mobilisation volunteers hit by a lightning yesterday in the province of Uige while providing much needed information and advice on the Marburg virus to the population at risk.
Stakes remain high in drive to wipe out polio in Africa
DAKAR/NAIROBI, 8 April 2005 – With the polio virus’ high-transmission season just months away, African countries are redoubling their efforts this week to reach 100 million children in the second of a series of three immunization drives scheduled for 2005. This second round, from 9-12 April, aims to contain the epidemic before the virus begins to spread most rapidly in the July to September high season.
UNICEF, CONADER and partners disarm 2,914 children in DRC
BUNIA, ITURI DRC, 4 April 2005 - UNICEF today confirmed that 2,914 children associated with armed groups have passed through the seven Disarmament and Community Reintegration (DCR) sites in Ituri District since September 2004, in addition to the 399 children (337 boys; 62 girls), received by child protection agencies in Ituri District prior to the 1 September 2004 start of the DCR process. The Congolese government body, CONADER (Commission Nationale de la Demobilization et Reinsertion), coordinates the disarmament process.
UNICEF and partners intensify fight against cholera in DRC
BUNIA, Ituri District, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1 April 2005 – UNICEF is intensifying its emergency activities in collaboration with partners to fight a deadly cholera outbreak at the Kafe internally displaced persons (IDP) site in Ituri District, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as at the Tche and Tchomia IDP sites.
Dakar rocks to roll back malaria
DAKAR, SENEGAL, 10 March 2005 – Excitement—and commitments—mounted today in Dakar in the run-up to AFRICA LIVE: The Roll Back Malaria Concert, the star-studded, two-day music event taking place on March 12 and 13 in the Senegalese capital that will reach a billion people worldwide.
Clashes reignite disaster for children in Democratic Republic of Congo
LONDON/GENEVA, 4 March 2005 - UNICEF said today that renewed fighting in the eastern DRC has cut vital aid to tens of thousands of civilians who had been earlier displaced by fighting.
Measles deaths drop by nearly 40 per cent over five years
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 4 March 2005 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced that countries are on target to halve deaths from measles, a leading vaccine-preventable killer, by the end of the year. Global measles deaths have plummeted by 39%, from 873 000 in 1999 to an estimated 530 000 in 2003 .
UNICEF calls for action on Congo terror
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15 February 2005 - UNICEF says that the number of civilians uprooted by fighting in Ituri district, Eastern Congo since the beginning of this year has risen dramatically over the past week.
African health leaders vow to keep polio eradication goal
GENEVA, 13 January 2005 — Following a year in which Africa grappled with an escalating polio epidemic, ministers of health of the key affected countries today concluded that the spread of polio was slowing in most countries.
Cote D’Ivoire gets emergency measles vaccination over Christmas
ABIDJAN, 23 December 2004 – A measles vaccination campaign for some 20,000 children in the central Ivorian sub-prefecture of Prikro kicked off today and will continue through 26 December.
Nigeria to lead the way in girls' education
Abuja/New York, 8 December 2004 – One of the world’s largest girls’ education projects will be launched tomorrow in Nigeria, supported by a $50 million grant from the UK Government.
Religious and traditional leaders from across Africa rally for child survival
DAKAR, 18 October 2004 – Religious and traditional leaders and senior media representatives from across the continent are gathering here this week to explore how their unique influence in hard-to-reach communities can boost immunization rates and support child survival efforts in Africa, where two-thirds of child deaths are entirely preventable.
Reintegrating children associated with fighting forces in Liberia a "success"
MONROVIA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 August 2004 – Just four months after the launch of a massive disarmament campaign, almost 85 per cent of about 5,800 demobilized children have gone home to their families. Over 115 children were reunified this week.
Bellamy lands in Liberia for a three-day visit
MONROVIA, 23 August 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy landed in Liberia today for a three-day visit to assess progress in reintegrating children formerly associated with fighting forces with their families.
Polio experts warn of largest epidemic in recent years, as polio hits Darfur
GENEVA, 22 June 2004 - Epidemiologists of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative today issued a stark warning that west and central Africa is on the brink of the largest polio epidemic in recent years. The warning follows confirmation today that a child was paralyzed on 20 May by polio in the Darfur region of the Sudan, a country which had not seen the disease in more than three years. The virus is closely linked genetically to poliovirus endemic to northern Nigeria, which has spread through Chad in recent months.
UNICEF welcomes special court ruling establishing child recruitment a 'war crime'
NEW YORK/FREETOWN, 17 June 2004 – The Special Court for Sierra Leone recently ruled that the recruitment or use of children under age 15 in hostilities is a war crime under customary international law. This landmark ruling may result in the first ever conviction for the recruitment of child soldiers. UNICEF welcomes the Court’s decision as a bold effort to hold perpetrators accountable for serious crimes against children.
UNICEF backs the re-commencement of DDRR in Liberia
GENEVA/ MONROVIA, 16 April 2004 – With the re-commencement of the disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation, and reintegration (DDRR) of fighters of Liberia’s warring factions on15 April 2004, UNICEF is mobilizing resources to provide immediate care and reintegration support to the estimated 15,000 children who will come through the demobilization process.
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.
George Weah in New York, directly from Liberia trip
NEW YORK, 4 January 2004 - George Weah , UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and international soccer star, is in New York, and is available for interviews, along with UNICEF’s top officials for Liberia.
The promise of Liberia's back-to-school effort
MONROVIA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 September 2003 - UNICEF today urged the war-weary people of Liberia to fully support the campaign to return Liberian children to school.
UN calls for cessation of hostilities and protection of children in Liberia
DAKAR, MONROVIA, Tuesday, 22 July 2003. "We urgently appeal to the leaders of all parties involved in the conflict in Liberia to stop all hostilities immediately. We are deeply concerned by the dramatic deterioration of the situation in Monrovia and by the unacceptable mobilisation of children and women, in violation of all agreed international norms and standards. Some of the actions against children and women constitute crimes of war under the Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Jimmy Carter calls for urgency in fight against Guinea worm in West Africa
Tamale, GHANA , 4 February 2004 – Today 650 kilometres north of Ghana's capital city, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and senior officials from The Carter Center, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF made a historic visit to the endemic Guinea worm village of Dashie to urge Ghana to finish the eradication of Guinea worm disease.
UNICEF to set up Child Friendly Spaces in war-torn Liberia
Monrovia, Abidjan, Geneva, 26 February 2002 - UNICEF, together with its partners, is seeking to ensure that children's rights are protected in the present wave of insecurity in Liberia. It is particularly concerned that children not be drawn once again into an adult conflict - as they have been in the past.
Communities roll up their sleeves to roll back malaria
GENEVA/NEW YORK, April 25, 2002 - In celebrating Africa Malaria Day, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization and other Roll Back Malaria partners have commended a new government-led initiative that is providing rapid, appropriate, effective and affordable malaria treatment to poor populations in some African countries.
African Union leaders launch largest-ever, cross-border polio campaign in history
DAKAR, GENEVA, NEW YORK, 2 October 2004 – More than 80 million children will be immunized against polio in 23 countries across sub-Saharan Africa (22 countries in West & Central Africa, plus Sudan), as part of the single-largest, public health campaign in history.
Malaria is alive, well & killing more than 3000 children a day in Africa
Friday, 25 April 2003 -- The Africa Malaria Report, released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), says the death toll from malaria remains outrageously high - with more than 3000 African children dying daily. It also stresses that new effective anti-malarial drugs are not yet accessible to those who need them and that only a small proportion of children at risk of malaria are protected by highly effective insecticide treated nets. The report, officially launched by President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya in commemoration of Africa Malaria Day, gives a continent-wide picture of the struggle against malaria and highlights the urgent need to make effective anti-malarial treatment available to those most at risk. (Press release)
West Africa mobilizes for final assault against polio
DAKAR / NEW YORK / GENEVA, 23 February 2004 - One month after an emergency meeting of Health Ministers committed to end polio transmission in 2004, Africa is responding with a massive, synchronized polio immunization campaign, aiming to vaccinate 63 million children over the next few days.
Airlifts carry humanitarian assistance to Bunia, DRC
16 May 2003 - Since Sunday 11 May 2003, UNICEF has been involved in regular airlifts of essential humanitarian aid to Bunia, as an immediate response to the acute on-going crisis. So far, six flights carrying 8.5 tons of humanitarian assistance have been dispatched from Goma with the assistance of the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO,) MONUC and UNICEF. (News Note)
Child survival threatened by instability in Cote d’Ivoire
DAKAR - 11 November, 2004 - As civil unrest continues to engulf Cote D’Ivoire, UNICEF again calls on all parties to the conflict to ensure basic services and humanitarian access throughout the country. Water and electricity to large parts of the north have been cut for over a week.
Measles vaccination for 3.5 million children in Guinea
CONAKRY, 8 November 2003 - UNICEF Guinea, working in close cooperation with WHO and the Ministry of Health, is launching a nationwide measles vaccination campaign targeting all children in the countryside between the ages of 6 months and 14 years old. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the incidence of death from measles to zero in Guinea. Worldwide, this campaign aims to eliminate measles for good.
Canada ups ante by $10 million (CAN.) in fight against measles in Africa
NEW YORK, 2 April 2004 - UNICEF today welcomed Canada’s donation of an additional 10.5 million Canadian dollars toward reducing child measles deaths in war-torn countries in Africa. The funds are targeted at the countries where children are at a greater risk of measles because of a mosaic of emergencies including war, conflicts, natural disasters and devastated health care systems. Recipient countries include Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mali and Niger.
UNICEF to protect health of Sudanese refugees in Chad
CHAD, 23 January 2004 - In response to the rapidly deteriorating situation of Sudanese refugees in Chad, UNICEF is moving ahead on a series of activities, including a measles campaign for nearly 86,000 children from six months to 14 years old (refugees and host population), as well as a Vitamin A distribution, in coordination with MSF Belgium and MSF Holland.
Children’s rights threatened in Cote d’Ivoire violence
15 million children to be immunized against polio in Nigeria as disease spreads
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 October 2003 - A new polio outbreak spreading from Nigeria to neighbouring countries is putting 15 million children at risk, requiring a massive immunization campaign across five countries in west and central Africa. Beginning today, hundreds of thousands of volunteers and healthworkers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Togo will aim to reach every child in those countries with polio vaccine in just three days.
DRC : UNICEF dispatches essential materials to Bunia to assist victims of renewed fighting
13 May 2003 - UNICEF has sent two plane-loads of relief items from Goma to Bunia in the north east of the Democratic Republic of Congo to assist the victims of the resumed fighting in the area. (News Note)
Statement from UNICEF on new polio case in Côte d' Ivoire
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 25 February 2004 - Côte d’Ivoire, polio-free for the last four years, has reported a polio case - and investigations are ongoing to confirm that the virus was imported from Nigeria. If confirmed, Côte d’Ivoire will be the eighth African country to report a child infected by Nigerian polio. This is further proof of the unnecessary suffering caused by the ongoing suspension of polio immunization activities in the Nigerian state of Kano. Children living in Kano State have been denied the polio vaccine since August 2003, creating an open channel for polio to spread back into the rest of Nigeria and across west and central Africa.
After war, it’s Back-to-School for Liberian children
GENEVA/NEW YORK/MONROVIA, 3 November 2003 - UNICEF today said that it expects hundreds of thousands of children to return to studies during Liberia’s Back-to-School campaign – thousands of them for the first time in their lives.
Human trafficking, including children, affects nearly all African countries
COTONOU, BENIN 23 April 2004 – Trafficking of human beings affects every country in Africa for which data is available, either as countries of origin or destination, according to a report issued today by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence.
Peace process falters for child soldiers of Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 July 2003 - UNICEF says that the re-integration into civilian life of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone is under threat by flagging support from international donors.
UNICEF rolls out Child-to-Child Survey to get all children in school
ADDIS ABABA, 15 June 2004 – In honour of the Day of the African Child, UNICEF officially launched a child-powered, global project to account for children not in school in order to accelerate the enrolment of all girls as well as all boys.
UNICEF starts measles vaccinations in Congo
Geneva, December 17, 2002 - UNICEF today kicked off a major campaign to vaccinate 3.5 million children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo against measles.
Polio in West Africa at crisis point, says Bellamy
ACCRA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 December 2003 – The alarming spread of polio in West Africa is now the biggest threat to global eradication of the disease, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy told leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) today.
Guinea: a window on West Africa’s war-weary children
CONAKRY/GENEVA, 4 November 2003 -- UNICEF today said that reports from border monitors and NGOs reveal that Guinea is becoming a burgeoning refuge for thousands of children fleeing West Africa’s wars.
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 to vaccinate 1.4 million children in Liberia for measles
MONROVIA, 17 February 2004— UNICEF today said that it plans to support the vaccination of almost half of Liberia’s population against measles, by inoculating 1.4 million children by the end of this year.
Africa stakes the end of polio on mass immunization drive, but conflict halts campaign In Cote d’Ivoire
DAKAR/HARARE, 18 November 2004 - At a crucial stage of the global polio eradication effort, the second round in a series of massive cross-border polio immunizations starts this week in 24 African countries.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to visit Kenya and Senegal
MEDIA ADVISORY, 12 February 2004 - In Kenya, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte will assess progress in education one year after the Kenya government eliminated primary school fees. He will visit a Nairobi primary school and meet with government and business leaders to discuss the achievements since school fees were abolished and highlight the challenges that remain, particularly the schooling and care of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the need to get more girls enrolled in school. On Friday, February 20, Harry will travel to Senegal for a one-week visit during which he will attend a regional conference on birth registration and stress the importance of this issue for protecting the rights of children.
Schoolchildren join AIDS campaign in occupied Côte d'Ivoire zone
Abidjan, April 2, 2003 - Nearly two thousand school children turned out in their Sunday best for sing-songs, poetry, stand-up plays and comic relief to launch a major HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in the occupied zone of northern Cote d'Ivoire at the weekend. The 1,850 school children who took part in the opening ceremony at the Chateau d'Ahougnanssou School, Bouake, are the spearhead of the Unicef-assisted campaign that will reach 50,000 learners in the district with life-saving and peer-support messages. (News Note)
UNICEF convoy brings relief to forgotten children in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIJIAN, April 10, 2003 - After seven months of isolation due to fighting, a UNICEF convoy delivered a consignment of medical supplies and relief food for children in the severely-stricken north-eastern district of Bouna, 600 km north-east of Abidjan. (News Note)
Belafonte urges West Africa to redouble birth registration efforts
DAKAR, 23 February, 2004 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte today appealed to African countries to redouble their efforts at registering births, calling birth registration a fundamental human right. Fifty million births went unregistered globally in 2000 (out of 130 million). In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of births - 17 million children - went unregistered.
WHO/UNICEF respond to yellow fever emergency in Liberia
MONROVIA, 24 February 2004 – International health agencies announced Tuesday that they were joining forces with the Liberian government to combat a yellow fever emergency. The World Health Organization and UNICEF are launching an emergency mass immunization campaign together with Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
Call for increased production of long lasting insecticidal nets for malaria control
JOHANNESBURG, 23 Sept 2004 – In an effort to narrow the gap between supply and demand of long lasting insecticidal nets, agencies working in malaria control are today meeting with the private sector in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss accelerated production and distribution.
Back to school program underway in Liberia to reach 750,000 children
MONROVIA, 23 October 2003 – Distribution of the first batch of 4,662 School-in-the-box kits is set to begin today for 372,960 Liberian children, initially among six counties: Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Margibi. The Back to School supplies, valued at US$1.3M, are being transported from the Free Port of Monrovia to Careysburg and Todee children.
Over $4 million needed for Sudanese refugees in Chad
CHAD, 13 January 2004 - About 90,00 Sudanese refugees are in Chad along the border with Sudan to escape the fighting in Darfur. Movements along the border began in July 2003 with the highest concentration between the border towns of Adré and Tiné. So far, assistance to refugees has been minimal. The raining season, expected to start in June, will render the whole region almost inaccessible, making a quick humanitarian response necessary. UN agencies will require over US$4 million to meet emergency needs.
Eyes on Bunia
BUNIA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 21 May 2003 - Since Sunday, 11 May when UNICEF and partners began the first airlift of emergency humanitarian aid into Bunia to assist, UNICEF has been moving swiftly to ensure the safety and protection of children.
Kano State rejoins polio eradication campaign
Abuja 20 July 2004 – UNICEF and its partners congratulate the Kano State Government for making a decision in the best interest of Nigerian children. The country is now united in the fight against polio and has the unique opportunity to spare future generations from this crippling disease.
George Weah, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visits Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 12 April 2004 – Former International soccer star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, George Manneh Weah, will be visiting Sierra Leone under the auspices of Kallboxx Production to participate in a number of social and commercial events. UNICEF Sierra Leone and Ambassador George Weah will seize the opportunity to organise a series of social mobilisation activities that will enhance the dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS to adolescents and youths and to give an added thrust to Sierra Leone’s HIV and AIDS prevention programme. Ambassador Weah will be accompanied by equally renowned former international Dutch soccer star, Ruud Gullit and a team of Dutch journalists.
Fighting back against polio in Nigeria
ABUJA, November 16 2004 - Every child must be reached during the upcoming National Immunization Day (NID) in Nigeria which kicks off on 20 November.
Third phase of measles campaign underway in Côte d' Ivoire
COTE D’IVOIRE, 23 January 2004 – UNICEF will launch the third phase of its mass vaccination campaign against measles on 23 January in the northern districts of Odienne, Tengrela, Boundiali, Korhogo and Ferkessedougou, targeting over 450,000 children from 6 months to 14 years of age, adding to the almost 1.5 million children vaccinated last year in the central areas of the country. Simultaneously, vitamin A will be distributed to children under 5 years of age. UNICEF’s aim is to reach and protect these children before the measles season peaks in March.
Africa fighting back against “hidden hunger” in children
JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2004 – A report released today says that Africa is fighting back against vitamin and mineral deficiencies, saving millions of women and children from death and debilitation through simple, cost effective strategies such as fortifying staple foods. But millions of children can still be helped if current strategies and partnerships are extended to reach every country and every child.
Children's rights threatened in Cote d'Ivoire violence
DAKAR, 12 November 2004 - UNICEF concerned about reports that children have been involved in recent street violence in Abidjan and elsewhere in Cote d’Ivoire.
UNICEF UK report reveals changing face of child trafficking
LONDON, 30 July 2003 - The face of child trafficking to the UK is changing, with children being transported from an increasing number of countries and traffickers widening their operations with new methods and destinations, said UNICEF UK in a new report published today as part of its End Child Exploitation campaign.
Bellamy to African Union: Investing in children must be Africa's first priority
MAPUTO / GENEVA, 8 July 2003 – A day before arriving in Mozambique to attend a summit of African leaders, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said that the only chance for sustaining development and progress in African countries is for their leaders to invest in children – and to do so "early and often."
UNICEF deplores violence against children and women in DRC
Friday, 6 June 2003 – Alarmed by recent reports that thousands of women and girls are being brutally raped, mutilated and killed in the Ituri province of Eastern Congo, UNICEF said today that all actors - political and military – must put an end to such acts. (Press release)
Years of fighting, day of fun
MONROVIA, 23 April 2004 – Less than a week after turning over their weapons to UN peacekeepers, hundreds of boys in a remote Liberian town declared today they would not wage war anymore, then lined up to shake hands and talk with their idol, global football star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador George Weah.
West Africa launches final assault on polio
New York/Geneva, 12 November 2002 -- With West African countries in the midst of vaccinating millions of children against polio, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, Aventis Pasteur, has donated 30 million doses of oral polio vaccine to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
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.
Child sex tourism and exploitation increasing in The Gambia
BANJUL, 5 May 2004 - A report released today by the Government of The Gambia and UNICEF reveals that sexual abuse and exploitation of children is on the rise in the tiny West African nation that is a favorite destination for tourists from several European countries.
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.
On Africa Malaria Day, UNICEF calls for increased availability of new drugs at affordable price
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 April 2004 -- Using its global supply network to play a lead role in the global fight to reduce malaria deaths, UNICEF today called on pharmaceutical firms and donor countries to get behind an initiative to introduce a life-saving new drug to hundreds of millions of people affected by the disease each year.
A pinch of salt can go further In West Africa
DAKAR, 19 October 2004 – Some 30 per cent of West African children are still missing out on the enormous benefits of iodized household salt, UNICEF announced today at a meeting of West African leaders and health and industry officials.
Côte d' Ivoire measles campaign at 1 million children mark
ABIDJAN/GENEVA, 10 February 2004 - The crisis that split Ivory Coast in two in September 2002 has devastated the health care system in the north and west, and disrupted routine vaccinations throughout the country, leading to higher mortality rates among children from treatable diseases, including measles. In response to this threat to children’s lives, UNICEF and its partners are currently completing the third emergency measles vaccination campaign of the past year for children aged 6 months to 14 years. The number of children vaccinated against measles through UNICEF-supported emergency campaigns in Ivory Coast has now reached one million.