UNICEF issues press releases to inform on the agency's activities in Somalia. On this page are press releases from UNICEF and others issued by the UN and other organizations with a relevance to Somalia.
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UNICEF pays tribute to colleagues killed and injured in Somalia attack
21 April 2015 - With great sadness, UNICEF can now release the names of the four colleagues who were killed in a horrific attack as they travelled to work yesterday in Garowe, northern Somalia.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on attack in Garowe, Somalia
20 April 2015 - “The horrific attack on our UNICEF colleagues today in northern Somalia is an assault not only on them but on the people they served. Our immediate thoughts are with the families of the four staff members who were killed...."
Somalia has been polio free for six months but UN says vaccination campaigns must continue as risks remain
19 February 2015: Somalia is marking six months since the last polio case was seen in the country following an outbreak that affected 199 people, mostly children.
More brutal and intense conflicts leave children increasingly at risk of recruitment
12 February 2015 – Children are increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups as conflicts around the world become more brutal, intense and widespread, UNICEF and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said today.
Over 730,000 people across Somalia face acute food insecurity despite improvements in some areas
29 January 2015 – Despite improved food security following the Deyr harvest, improved livestock conditions, and mostly stable staple food prices, a large number of people across Somalia will be acutely food insecure through June 2015.
The President: “Advancing and protecting children’s rights advances and protects Somalia’s future”
20 January 2015 - Today, HE The President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, signed the Convention for the Rights of the Child.
Government of Somalia ratifies UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
20 January 2015 – As the world enters into the 26th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Somalia has become the 195th state party to ratify the Convention, setting a course to improve the lives of its youngest citizens.
With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children
8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences.
Somali Government and partners renew commitment to end preventable deaths of mothers and children
19 August 2014 – The Somali Federal Government, with support of 3 United Nations agencies and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, today launched two important initiatives and a report to ensure the health and wellbeing of mothers and children
Somalis to work together to end child marriage and female genital mutilation for girls and women
23 July 2014 – Government officials, private sector and civil society organizations from all three Somali regions are joining the global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and all forms of female genital mutilation/cutting for all girls.
Polio transmission still not yet over in Somalia
22 July 2014 – Despite an ongoing intensive vaccination campaign, four new cases of polio have been confirmed in Somalia this year bringing the total number of those affected since the outbreak began in May 2013 to 198 – most of them children.
Central Emergency Response Fund allocates $1.4 million to fight measles outbreak in Somalia
14 July 2014: The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$1.4 million for an emergency campaign to combat the outbreak of measles in Somalia, that has already left thousands of children at risk of disability and death.
EU support reduces child mortality in Somalia
09 July 2014 - The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department is providing three million Euros to UNICEF Somalia to help reduce child mortality caused by severe acute malnutrition and diarrhoea...
Drought conditions set to worsen Somalia food crisis
8 July 2014: “The latest assessments from the Food and Agricultural Organization warn that the food crisis in Somalia will deteriorate in the coming months, with drought conditions already observed in parts of the country due to a poor rainy season.
Measles threatens thousands of Somali children
10 June 2014 – Outbreaks of measles in several regions have left thousands of Somali children at risk of disability or death if they are not urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
Essential Package of Health Services launched in Somalia to improve maternal and child health
6 May 2014 – The Somali Federal Government with the support of three United Nations agencies today launched a major new scheme to provide a comprehensive range of free health services to all Somalis.
News note: Agreement signed to improve water service delivery to towns in Somaliland
28 March 2014 – Residents in four towns in Somaliland can look forward to improved water service delivery following the finalization of an agreement between the Somaliland Ministry of Water Resources, UNICEF and the European Union.
Recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict must end
6 March 2014 – The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed conflict and UNICEF unveiled a new effort to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict by 2016.