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UNICEF steps up lifesaving interventions in north-eastern Nigeria
18 June 2014 – UNICEF is scaling up its support to conflict-affected communities in north-eastern Nigeria to improve health, nutrition, and water and sanitation services.
Crowds turn up for polio vaccinations in Nigeria’s north-east
26 June 2014 – Young women hold their little ones as they sit patiently on wooden benches, awaiting their turn at a health camp that provides polio vaccination and much-needed health care in north-eastern Nigeria.
Out of school and out of luck New Reports show that many will never set foot in a classroom
DAKAR/NAIROBI, 16 June 2014 – Despite major progress over the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa is still home to more than half of all the out-of-school children of primary school-age in the world. Moreover, millions who are in school are learning little
In Nigeria, bringing the message of education for all
13 June 2014 – Kasimu Liman Toro beams with pride as his 12-year-old daughter, Nailatu, talks about her dream: One day, she will become a doctor.
Yandaki Yamma; access to safe water enhances ODF status
March 2014 - At the onset of the SHAWN Project in Katsina State, the news of anticipated improvements in water, sanitation filtered among stakeholders down to the beneficiary populations and plans were gradually made to reach out to the most vulnerable.
The community-led sanitation revolution in Nigeria
5 August 2013 - Betty Torkwase Ikyaator and her team are ‘triggering’ Nigerian communities one by one to stop defecating in the open – and children are healthier, for their efforts.
Polio survivors striving for Polio free Nigeria
1 August 2013 - Polio-stricken since the age of three, 38-year-old Karima Usman struggles to peddle her tricycle with her hands as she navigates the rain-lashed and slushed bylanes of Yamma-II ward of the Katsina Local Government Area.
The European Union and UNICEF sign agreement €44.75 Million (N9 billion) for Health, Water Supply and Sanitation Projects in Plateau, Ekiti, Adamawa and Kebbi States
May 2013 - The European Union and UNICEF signed a five-year contribution agreement for a Rural Water worth €14.75 million (about N3 billion) and a four-year contribution agreement worth €30 million (about N6.75 billion) to scale up improvement in MNCH
Mother of polio-affected girl opens doors to vaccination – and helps rid Nigeria of polio for good
May 2013 - Hafsat may not be able to read, but she never forgets a name, or a child. Her own tragedy was too great. "Where are Hassan, Hassana and the other kids?" Hafsat asks the woman of the house from the doorway.
Nigerian Children mark Day of Prayer and Action for Children (DPAC) with Prayers, Drama and Songs
23 November 2012 - UNICEF supported the Abuja Women of Faith - a network of Christian and Muslim women leaders and an affiliate of Religions for Peace, to organise an interactive session with key stakeholders on "Ending Violence against Children.”
29 June 2012 - The European Union and UNICEF sign agreement for €31 million (Naira 6.5 billion) for Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in six States
29 June 2012 - EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. David MacRae and UNICEF Nigeria Representative Dr. Suomi Sakai signed a five-year contribution agreement for a Rural Water and Sanitation Programme worth €31 million (about Naira 6.5 billion).
Primary health care for all - Lagos State Government launches a ground breaking investment case: Nigeria’s megacity shines a light on the doable and affordable
March 2012 - The investment case – Reducing Disparities in Health Care in Lagos State - seeks to extend coverage of essential health services to all citizens, including to previously unreached areas
Japan Boosts Child Survival in Nigeria with 1.24 Billion Naira
20 March 2012 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today received a grant of JPY 600 Million (approximately US $ 7.85 Million or N1.24 Billion) for Child Survival programmes in Nigeria, donated by the Government of Japan.
The Wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Namadi Sambo Flags off 2011 Sheraton Walk for UNICEF
ABUJA, 23 October 2011- Hundreds of people gathered at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel on Saturday 23, October 2011to participate in the annual Road to Awareness Charity Walk organized by the hotel to raise awareness on the plight of children around the world
Nigerian children to benefit from UK grant to combat malnutrition
September 2011 - On September 29 in Abuja, Head of Dfid in Nigeria, Mr. Richard Montgomery, and Representative of UNICEF Nigeria, Dr. Suomi Sakai, signed a memorandum of understanding to combat child malnutrition in Nigeria. Under this agreement
Communities take charge to end open defecation
September 2011 - Seven-year-old Abdul is a leader among his peers in preventing open defecation (OD) in his community, Unguwar Barmo in Bakori Local Government Area (LGA), Katsina state, Nigeria.
UNICEF Receives 3 Million Euros From ECHO to Fight Child Malnutrition in Northern Nigeria
14 January 2011 - About 54,000 severely malnourished children in seven drought-affected, northern Nigerian states will benefit from emergency aid funded by a 3-million Euro grant from the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) to UNICEF Nigeria.
Sokoto State Governor signs performance contracts with 23 local government chairmen to boost child and maternal survival
SOKOTO, 5 July 2010—The chairmen of all 23 local government areas in the State have now signed performance contracts that itemize measures they agree to take in 2010 to improve child and maternal survival and wellbeing.
Kebbi and UNICEF sign MOU on services to procure health supplies
BIRNIN KEBBI, 24 June 2010—The government of Kebbi State and UNICEF today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for procurement services for primary healthcare supplies, notably ready-to-use therapeutic foods for treating children with malnutrition.
Anthony Lake begins his tenure as UNICEF's Executive Director
NEW YORK, 1 May 2010 - Anthony Lake today begins his tenure as UNICEF’s sixth Executive Director, bringing more than 45 years of public and international service to the position.
Exchange of Notes between Government of Japan and UNICEF
18 August 2009 - "Since the year 2000, the government and people of Japan has donated about N10 billion just through UNICEF to support child survival programmes in Nigeria."
Nigerian First Lady supports maternal mortality reduction with “mama kits”
25 November 2008 - Nigerian First Lady Hajia Turai Yar’Adua has pledged commitment to maternal mortality reduction in Nigeria during a courtesy visit to her office by UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, Dr. Suomi Sakai...
Top policy makers make commitment to improve lives of children and women in Northern Nigeria
17 September 2008 - The Governor of Gombe State and other top policy makers, supported by UNICEF, have given firm commitment to enunciate policies; set up systems; and make adequate budgetary allocations to actualise children and women rights...
Mothers in Lokoto adopt key household practices
September 2008 - Zainab Ali is 32 and a mother of five. She lives in Lokoto, a traditional community in Chachanga Local Government Area of Niger State. She got married at the age of 26 and for her, married life has been somewhat of a challenging experienc
National Launch of 2008 International Year of Sanitation in Nigeria
24 July 2008 - The 2008 International Year of Sanitation in Nigeria was officially launched on July 24, 2008 in Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos as part of the National Council on Water Resources Meeting.
School pupils sustain Universal Salt Iodization (USI) status in Nigeria
July 2008 - This is the story of 9 year old Ike and his role in the 'child-to-child within the school and community’ strategy adopted by UNICEF Nigeria to effectively disseminate useful information on salt iodization to families and communities.
2008 Children's Day celebrations
June 2008 - "We should never allow children to suffer or die when we could have prevented it. This annual celebration is a reminder to all of us that we need to keep our promises to the children of this country..."
Kaduna Polo Club teams up with UNICEF to fight HIV/AIDS - As Emir of Katsina Charity Shield Polo Tournament ends
8 June 2008 - The Polo tournament for the Emir of Katsina Charity Shield organised by Fifth Chukker raised six million naira to support UNICEF’s Children and AIDS programme. The money goes towards providing support to orphans and vulnerable children.
Low coverage of life-saving interventions
June 2008 - The tragedy behind this lack of progress in child survival is that two-thirds of the under-five deaths could be avoided, since life-saving interventions are well known and can be implemented on a large scale.
Girls’ attendance increases with sanitation in schools
April 2008 - This is the story of how the UNICEF water and sanitation hygiene - WASH project has played a major role in facilitating enrolment and retention in schools across the country through the provision of proper sanitation amenities.
Together we can fight the scourge of Malaria
25 April 2008 - The World Malaria Day in Nigeria this year took a new and different dimension with the introduction of a novel feature in the form of the 'Malaria torch.'
Promoting inclusion of physically challenged pupils
April 2008 - The story of how physically-challenged girls were enabled to attend and resume school with the help of wheelchairs and tricycles that were provided by the Girls' Education Project.
Kano State Ministry of Health, Japan Embassy and UNICEF commission vaccine cold store
4 October 2007 - Children’s immunization in Kano State is to benefit from the new vaccine cold room commissioned today in Kano at Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital by the Acting Governor of Kano State...
Private sector and Kanu Nwankwo play football in support of Children and AIDS campaign
3 December 2006 - As the World just marked World AIDS Day, twelve companies and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Kanu Nwankwo engage in a special UNICEF Football Cup match in support of the ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign...
Japan donates N544 million to UNICEF for polio eradication and malaria prevention in Nigeria
23 August 2006 - As Nigeria is still reporting the largest number of poliovirus cases in the world, the Government of Japan today donated N544 million (JPY 495 Million) to UNICEF in order to support the immunization drive...
Millions of Nigerian children devastated by HIV/AIDS
27 May 2006 - As Nigeria celebrates Children’s Day, UNICEF is concerned by the slow progress made in reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on children...
The missing face of AIDS: UNICEF and UNAIDS launch 'Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS' in Nigeria
8 November 2005 - UNICEF, the UN Theme group on HIV-AIDS and the Federal Government of Nigeria today launched in Abuja the Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign...