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National Policy on Early Childhood Development Launched
Policy to ensure young children in Uganda develop the foundation required to realize their potential well-being and success throughout their lives.

Media Update: UNICEF response to South Sudan refugee situation (4 August 2016)
Following the recent influx of South Sudan refugees to Uganda, UNICEF is supporting the Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR to provide humanitarian assistance to refugee children and women.

77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF
Some 77 million new-borns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death, UNICEF said.

Media Update: UNICEF response to South Sudan refugee situation (28 July 2016)
Following the recent influx of South Sudan refugees to Uganda, UNICEF is supporting the Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR to provide humanitarian assistance to refugee children and women.

Media Update: UNICEF response to South Sudan refugee situation
Following the recent influx of South Sudan refugees to Uganda, UNICEF is supporting the Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR to provide humanitarian assistance to refugee children and women.

Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children: UNICEF global report
Uganda needs to reduce its under-five mortality rate in poor communities by 6.8% per year to enable it to realize the 2030 target of 25 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to a UNICEF global report released yesterday morning in New York.

On the Day of the African Child, Learner’s Booklets launched to help children protect themselves from violence and conflict
As Uganda celebrates the Day of the African Child (DAC), Learner’s Booklets that will help children protect themselves from all forms of violence, conflict and disasters have been launched by the Government of Uganda.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Swaziland to focus attention on children at risk from regional drought crisis
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Swaziland this week to see how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is helping UNICEF to support and protect HIV-positive children.

President Museveni signs Children Act (Amendment) Bill 2015 into Law
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) congratulates the Government of Uganda on the recent signing of The Children Act (Amendment) Bill 2015 thereby turning it into law.

Uganda receives 714,579 doses of yellow fever vaccine
Uganda has received 714,579 doses of yellow fever vaccine, worth 643,765 US dollars (over shs 2 billion), for an emergency reactive mass vaccination campaign in Masaka and Rukungiri districts.

Government launches child friendly justice handbook to protect rights of children in contact with the law
The Government of Uganda and UNICEF have today launched a child-friendly justice handbook to guide prosecutors and other actors in the criminal justice system, in handling child-related cases in a child-friendly and gender responsive manner.

World Bank Group, UNICEF urge greater investment in early childhood development
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development (ECD) programmes....

Climate change and lack of sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF
On World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children.

Thousands of refugees and Ugandans set to benefit as U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative joins Government and UN agencies in fight against malaria
The United States President’s Malaria Initiative, led by USAID, has joined forces with the Government of Uganda, UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA in the battle against malaria by donating mosquito nets for people living in refugee settlements in Uganda.

KOICA and UNICEF provide ambulances to save lives in Karamoja
The Korean International Cooperation Agency and UNICEF in Uganda have today handed over three ambulances to the districts of Amudat, Kotido and Napak to enable pregnant women access life-saving services or health facilities quickly.

New multi-country initiative will protect millions of girls from child marriage – UNICEF/UNFPA
A new multi-country initiative to accelerate action to end child marriage will help protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls, UNICEF and UNFPA said on International Women’s Day.

UN to build the resilience of communities in Karamoja: FAO, UNICEF and WFP launch joint resilience strategy to improve well-being of Karamojong
Three United Nations agencies in Uganda are implementing a new multi-year resilience strategy to help transform the lives of vulnerable people in the Karamoja region of North Eastern Uganda.

The UK provides one million pounds (UG.Shs 5 billion) to support UNICEF’s response to children affected by El Nino in Uganda
The UK Government through its international development agency, DFID, has provided one million pounds (about five billion Uganda Shillings) to UNICEF to support its emergency preparedness and response to children affected by the ongoing El Nino in Uganda.

First Lady Inaugurates National Task Force on the Adolescent Girl
The First Lady and Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni, has inaugurated a first-of-its-kind National Task Force on the Adolescent Girl.

International Day of the Girl Child: Government and partners launch the ‘National Campaign on Adolescent Girls’
The Government of Uganda in collaboration with the UN in Uganda and other partners will today mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) with the launch of the ‘National Campaign on Adolescent Girls.’’

International Day of Peace: Government and UNICEF promote teaching and learning for peace
UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology, and Sports (MoESTS) have declared 21 September as a day of Learning and Teaching about Peace in all Schools in Uganda, as part of the activities to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

Government launches The Situation Analysis of Children in Uganda Report
The Government of Uganda today launched the Situation Analysis of Children in Uganda report highlighting the urgent need to sharpen investments in basic services to alleviate child poverty and achieve Vision 2040.

Government launches National Strategy to end Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy
The Government of Uganda has today launched its first ever National Strategy to end Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy as the country joins the rest of Africa to celebrate the Day of the African Child (DAC).

Students create innovative Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) solutions to local problems in Acholi sub-region
Students from Makerere, Aalto and Helsinki Universities are developing innovations jointly with school children to address Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) challenges in select schools in Northern Uganda, under the UniWASH project.

World/Africa Malaria Day: 42 Ugandan children still die due to malaria daily
April 25th was World/Africa Malaria Day. Malaria remains the second killer disease among children under five, claiming 42 children daily and 1,095 annually according to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2011.

Facts about Malaria and Children
This year’s World Malaria Day theme is “Invest in the future: Defeat Malaria”. Facts about Malaria and Children.

ECHO provides additional 1 million Euros for UNICEF’s South Sudanese refugee emergency response in Uganda
The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has provided an additional 1 Million Euros contribution to UNICEF to support the agency’s 2015 emergency response to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

Statement by the UN Resident Coordinator - International Women’s Day 2015
This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.

Zero Tolerance Day: Health workers critical in fighting Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)
The UN, Government & other partners, observing the International Zero Tolerance Day to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Nakapiripirit District today, appeal to all health workers to play a leading role in promoting the abandonment of the practice.

UNICEF and Airtel form Pan-Africa partnership to empower children and youth
UNICEF and Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, have entered a partnership agreement to expand their collaboration across 17 countries in Africa.

The Secretary-General - Message On The International Day Of Zero Tolerance Of Female Genital Mutilation
On this International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation, I join my United Nations colleagues in calling upon health workers around the world to eliminate this deeply harmful practice.

2.5m Ugandan children living with disabilities-UNICEF/Ministry of Gender Report
As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a study commissioned by UNICEF & Ministry of Gender reveals that about 2.5m children live with some form of disability in Uganda.

Maid violence against baby: Urgent action needed to end violence against children - UNICEF
UNICEF condemns the actions of a maid recorded to be brutally beating a one and half year old Ugandan child.

16,597 displaced by floods in Ntoroko; OPM, UNICEF provide relief
16, 597 people (2, 423 households), half of them children under 18 years, have been displaced by the floods in Ntoroko district. Children and mothers are the most vulnerable groups among the affected.

PLE pupils from Ntoroko district to stay an extra day in temporary sites due to floods
The 443 Primary Seven pupils displaced by the floods in Ntoroko district, might stay an extra day in the three designated centres as the district authorities establish the extent of damage to their homes.

PLE pupils from Ntoroko district smile after first examination
The 474 Primary Seven pupils in Ntoroko district have a reason to smile after sitting for their first set of examinations; Mathematics and Social Studies today!

Global Handwashing Day: Only 3 out of every 10 Ugandans wash Hands with soap after the toilet
Today is Global Handwashing Day! Handwashing with soap by adults after using toilets has increased to 32% from 14% in 2007 in Uganda, according to the Uganda Water and Environment Sector Performance Report 2014.

MARBURG: UNICEF and WHO support Government’s awareness and surveillance efforts
The Government and partners have stepped up efforts to combat Marburg, a deadly viral haemorrhagic fever.

The fight against the long-term affects of child hunger
Eric Turyasingura chases after a ball made from plastic bags outside his mud-brick home in the mountains of southern Uganda. Yelling in his tribal tongue, Nkore, “Arsenal with the ball!

Launching the Children’s Rights and Business Principles in Uganda
Global Compact Network Uganda, Save the Children in Uganda, the Private Sector Foundation Uganda & UNICEF officially launched the Children’s Rights & Business Principles, which set the standard for how children should be treated by Uganda’s private sector

ECHO Provides 1.9 Million Euro in Emergency Funds to UNICEF in Response to South Sudanese Refugee Influx in Uganda
The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has provided a 1.9 Million Euros contribution to UNICEF to support the organisation’s emergency response towards the South Sudanese refugees’ influx in Uganda.

UNICEF and NTV launch campaign for children in Uganda
UNICEF, the United Nation’s Children’s Agency, and NTV, one of the leading media agencies in Uganda, today launched a major campaign for children in Uganda.

Japan-funded water system provides clean water to 6,000 people in Kotido
UNICEF, the Government of Uganda and the Government of Japan have completed a solar powered piped water system to supply clean water to over 6,000 people in a parish in Kotido district in north east Uganda.

Over half of young Ugandan children live in poverty, says new report on child poverty in Uganda
Fifty-five per cent of children in Uganda under 5 years of age – 3.7 million – along with 38% of 6-17 year olds are living in poverty, according to a new Government of Uganda and UNICEF report on child poverty launched today.

Worldwide nearly six million babies are born and die each year without birth or death certificates
Each year, 5.5 million babies enter and leave the world without being recorded and one in three newborns—over 45 million babies—do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday.

Achieving Universal Child Immunization– A Shared Responsibility
This week, Uganda joins the rest of Africa to observe “African Vaccination Week.” The theme this year is “Vaccination – A shared responsibility.”

African Vaccination Week: highlighting the benefits of immunization
African Vaccination Week 2014 will see an unprecedented effort to vaccinate millions of African children and adults of all ages against deadly and debilitating diseases.

World Water Day - World’s poorest have least access to safe water: UNICEF
World Water Day: 1,400 children under five die each day from causes linked to lack of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Uganda inaugurates global commemoration of 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with a call for innovations to reach world’s most marginalized children
Policy to ensure young children in Uganda develop the foundation required to realize their potential well-being and success throughout their lives.

Japan-funded projects benefit refugees and host communities in Kamwenge
Policy to ensure young children in Uganda develop the foundation required to realize their potential well-being and success throughout their lives.

250,000th U-reporter registered in Uganda
U-report, an innovative SMS-based platform that enables Ugandans to participate and engage in policy-making and governance, has registered its 250,000th member.

1 in 3 children under-five do not officially exist - UNICEF
On UNICEF’s 67th birthday today, the organization released a new report showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately 1 in 3 of all children under-five around the world.

More than 850,000 infants saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents
A new report released today by UNICEF shows great progress has been made to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012 in low- and middle-income countries.

Government of Uganda launches national drive to end preventable child and maternal deaths
The Government of Uganda has launched a major national drive to end maternal and child deaths across the country.

On Universal Children’s Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF
As the world marks Universal Children’s Day-the anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country & at every level of society who are victims of abuse

World Bank and UNICEF partner to innovate for development in Uganda
The World Bank and UNICEF in Uganda today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on utilizing innovations to enhance Uganda’s development.

Statement from the UN Resident Coordinator on United Nations Day
The United Nations in Uganda today joins the rest of the World in commemorating the 68th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

UNICEF Draws on IBM Analytics to Give a Voice to Youth in Africa
IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced a collaboration with UNICEF Uganda on U-report, a free SMS-based reporting tool that allows Ugandan youth to communicate with their government and community leaders using their cell phones.

UNICEF on Global Handwashing Day: A simple solution with far-reaching benefits – the power is in our hands
As the world observes the 6th annual Global Handwashing Day, new figures from UNICEF say 1,400 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.

Joint Press Release: International Day of the Girl Child
This year’s celebrations of the International Day of the Girl Child have been marked with a launch of the first-ever Adolescent Girls Vulnerability Index of the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

UN Joint Statement: Commemorating the International Day of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. Today Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the day as stipulated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981.

UNICEF’s innovative tracing tool helps to reunite more than 60 Congolese children with their families
Over 60 children, who were separated from their families as they fled into Uganda to escape fighting by the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been reunited with their families

Breastfeeding: A healthy start for every child’s life
Today, 1 August 2013, is World Breastfeeding Day. It also marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week, during which UNICEF & other partners join the Ministry of Health to highlight the critical role breastfeeding plays in a child’s survival, growth

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF
During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.

UNICEF scales up response to emergency in western Uganda
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up its emergency response to the influx of over 66,000 refugees who fled into Bundibugyo District, western Uganda to escape fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week.

UN Secretary General and World Bank President Meet Uganda’s U-reporters
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, today met a team of U-reporters at the Protea Hotel Entebbe, to discuss the U-report programme in Uganda and to support the World Bank and UN partnership

UNICEF responds to Kasese floods disaster
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced it has provided a wide range of emergency supplies to help alleviate the suffering of thousands of vulnerable people affected and displaced by large-scale flooding in Kasese District

“Invest in the future; defeat malaria” – United Nations
The United Nations today joined the Uganda Government’s Ministry of Health to reaffirm their commitment to combat malaria, one of the world’s leading life threatening diseases.

Japanese Government Provides Over USD 21 Million in Emergency Response Funds to UN Agencies in Uganda
The Japanese Government today announced it was providing a total of US Dollars 21.2 million to four UN agencies to support their collective response to the refugee situation in South-west Uganda...

Uganda launches vaccine against pneumococcal disease
The Uganda Government today introduces a new vaccine that will potentially save up to 24,000 children who would otherwise succumb to pneumonia – the leading pneumococcal disease – every year.

DFID, UNICEF Launch USD250,000 Safe Water Supply Project in Moroto
A USD 250,000 water supply project was today launched by the UK Government (DFID) and UNICEF in Moroto Municipality, Karamoja sub-region, as part of ongoing efforts to provide clean, safe water to families in the region.

United Nations in Uganda Supports Efforts to Empower Grassroots Girls and Women in Uganda
Today Uganda joins other countries worldwide to observe International Women’s Day. The occasion provides an opportunity to recognize the important contributions and roles women play in the development process.

Government of Uganda on Board in Scaling up Integrated Nutrition through Strategic Partnerships
The Government of Uganda, with the United States Government, through USAID, UNICEF and the EU Delegation today marks an important milestone in advancing food and nutrition security in Uganda through the launch of the multi- sectoral nutrition programmes

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation : Promoting “Zero Tolerance” to Female Genital Mutilation
Uganda joins other countries worldwide to observe the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation today, when the global community rejects the harmful cultural practice of total or partial removal of female genitalia.

Japan-funded Water Project Launched in Kotido Town Council
More than 24,400 residents of Kotido town council in Karamoja obtained access to clean, safe water following the launch of a modern water facility funded by the Japanese Government, today.

Barclays and UNICEF Launch New Global Partnership in Uganda
Barclays and UNICEF today marked the renewal of their highly-successful "Building Young Futures" partnership for a further three years, with an additional £5 million investment from Barclays, by launching a new programme in Uganda.

15 October 2012 - On Global Handwashing Day UNICEF says: It’s not complicated, but it’s crucial
As the world celebrates the fifth annual Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF emphasizes the fact that the very simple act of handwashing with soap can save hundreds of thousands of children who needlessly die every year.

’Zero Violence in Schools’ campaign launched to protect Ugandan pupils from abuse, promote mentoring, positive guidance and not punishment
A national “Zero Violence in Schools” campaign was today launched by the Government of Uganda in partnership with the UNICEF & other child rights stakeholders, to mark the start of concerted efforts to protect children from violence, exploitation & abuse.

1 August 2012 - World Breastfeeding Week 2012: Celebrating Ten Years of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding
Today marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). UNICEF together with the Government of Uganda joins the rest of the world in commemorating the week.

23 July 2012 – Story of drought and food insecurity in Kenya wins first-ever UNICEF-sponsored CNN MultiChoice TV News Bulletin Award
A news report featuring the impact of drought and food insecurity in Kenya today won a UNICEF-sponsored Television News Bulletin Award at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Award Ceremony held in Lusaka, Zambia.

16 June 2012 - UNICEF calls for social inclusion of children with disabilities in Africa
Theme of the Day of the African Child 2012: “The Rights of Children with Disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfill”

25 April 2012 - UN in Uganda: Sustaining malaria control efforts in Uganda is an investment in the nation’s development
On Africa Malaria Day, which coincides today with World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization & UNICEF call for continued commitment by partners to prevent & control malaria in Uganda, which will save lives & improve the wellbeing of communities.

27 March 2012 - Karamoja girl to carry Olympic torch
Catherine Lometo from Lokopo, Moroto District, in Uganda has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to run with the Olympic Torch as a result of her involvement in London 2012’s international sports legacy programme, International Inspiration.

2 April 2012 - UNICEF: Ending child under-nutrition critical to achieving virtually all MDGs by 2015
UNICEF today appealed for the inclusion of nutrition security as an essential element of every national development plan – as critical as clean water and indispensable as education

The 8th March 2012 is International Women’s’ Day and the UN Women’s Regional Programme, Director Ms. Simone Oluch-Olunya acting interim for East and Horn of Africa presents this United Nations Joint Statement in Nebbi District, North Western Uganda.
This year marks the 101st anniversary of the International Women's Day. Worldwide, this day is commemorated every 8th of March to recognize the achievements of women in the economic, political and social spheres.

13 September 2011 - Uganda Telecom Limited and UNICEF team up to tackle Uganda’s Birth Registration problem
Uganda Telecom United (UTL) and UNICEF today announced a partnership to boost Birth Registration in Uganda.

13 July 2011 - Uganda announces elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
Uganda today announced that it has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). The country is the 20th to do so since 2000.

7 December 2010 - A call to action for the total abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in Uganda
Tuesday, November 30 marked Sabiny Cultural Day. It also marked the beginning of something tantamount to torture – Female Genital Mutilation Season.

18 November 2010 - Two Million Ugandan Children Targeted for Polio Immunizations
In response to the polio case detected in the Bugiri district in mid-October, the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF will begin the first round of supplemental polio immunizations from Saturday November 20 to Monday November 22.

UTL Boosts Birth Registration with New MobileVRS
When 15 year old Beatrice Nassanga, a student at Aga Khan High School met Speaker Edward Ssekandi, some months ago, all she wanted was to persuade him to convince Parliament to declare birth registration mandatory for every child in Uganda.

Convention on the Rights of the Child 2010 - Child Rights in Uganda
In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not

15 October 2010 - UNICEF and Partners Promote Handwashing with Soap to Keep Ugandan Children Alive
Today, Uganda celebrates Global Handwashing Day with events throughout the country where children, teachers and government officials will lather up to promote the importance of handwashing with soap.

16 June 2010 - UN Highlights Maternal and Child Survival
Uganda has made progress in maternal and child survival in recent years but more needs to be done, UN agencies said today in marking the International Day of the African Child.



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