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14 July 2014 — Choosing school over marriage
For Malian refugee girls in northern Niger, early marriage poses risks for girls’ health and for their education. But a new movement is helping them stay out of marriage and stay in school.
16 May 2014 — In the fight against malnutrition, knowledge is power
As part of an EU-UNICEF pilot programme aimed at reducing malnutrition, a community health worker in Indonesia teaches the value of good nutrition and correct breastfeeding practices.
15 May 2014 — Partnering for better nutrition in rural fishing communities in the Philippines
A community-based programme supported by the EU and UNICEF aims at promoting breastfeeding, proper nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet.
14 May 2014 — A joint effort to reach Mali's malnourished children
A partnership between the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department and UNICEF aims to help communities treat malnutrition and provide a more nutritious diet for their children.
13 May 2014 — Afghan villagers struggle to cope with landslides, floods and an uncertain future
Flash floods and landslides in Afghanistan in the past weeks have affected 120,000 people across 16 provinces. An estimated 675 people have been killed, many of them swept away by floods or buried by mudslides.
12 May 2014 — European Union and UNICEF join forces against child malnutrition in the Philippines
Natural disasters, an overreliance on rice and low levels of breastfeeding have left Filipino children among the most malnourished in the region.
7 May 2014 — Typhoon Haiyan: Cash grants help families get by
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan, Rhea Milado, 24, is rebuilding her life with the support of a cash grant provided by UNICEF.
7 May 2014 — How Typhoon Haiyan changed our lives
“We have no water or electricity,” says Sharlotte Agote, a 15-year-old survivor of one of the most powerful typhoons to hit land.
7 May 2014 — Six months after Typhoon Haiyan, still no place to go
“The only thing I really want is a safe place where we can be relocated and for my children to continue their studies,” says 25-year-old Richelle Alcaraz.
1 May 2014 — In the Syrian Arab Republic, mobile teams extend the reach of vaccination effort
Almost six months after the confirmation of the first new polio case in the Syrian Arab Republic, UNICEF continues to support national efforts in tackling the outbreak.
30 April 2014 — Layers of loss: An interview with photojournalist Kate Holt on South Sudan
“Out of the many refugee and displacement situations I’ve photographed, I’ve never had a child say to me, ‘I can’t dream at the moment.’”
28 April 2014 — Displaced by violence, children in the Central African Republic face another threat: malnutrition
Conditions in Bangui’s camps for the displaced highlight the increased risk of malnutrition and disease for those who have come in search of safety.
25 April 2014 — Lives depend on it: Fighting malaria in Chad
Concentrated efforts to fight malaria in Chad mean the disease is facing powerful adversaries: mosquito nets and the dedicated health volunteers who teach communities how to use them.
24 April 2014 — In Kabul, an all-out effort to stop the spread of polio
In February 2014, a young girl in Kabul was found to be infected with the polio virus, the first case in the Afghan capital since 2002. As an immediate response, UNICEF and its partners launched an emergency campaign to stop the virus from spreading.
17 April 2014 — "We try to make the violence disappear": The challenge of teaching amid conflict
In the Central African Republic, where an already weak education system has been further set back by prolonged conflict, one teacher shows her commitment to her pupils – and her country.
11 April 2014 — Broken by Typhoon Haiyan, the cold chain gets up and running again
Dylin Cortez was nine months pregnant when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, destroying health centres and disrupting basic services like immunization. Restoration of the cold chain for storing and transporting vaccines means that her daughter – and children across the region – will now be able to get their routine immunizations.
8 April 2014 — Syrian children with disabilities are back to learning, at Homs school club
A teacher and student at the school, where more and more parents are enrolling their children. As time passes, a growing proportion of children in the school club have physical disabilities related to the conflict.
19 March 2014 — Indonesia: In one girl’s recovery, an island’s triumph over malaria
Thanks to immediate and effective treatment, Adelia, now 9, managed to recover fully from malaria.
18 March 2014 — Foot soldiers in Haiti’s fight against cholera
Working in their own communities, TEPAC water and sanitation agents are foot soldiers in Haiti’s fight against the largest cholera outbreak of the century.
14 March 2014 — Children cannot afford to face another year of Syrian conflict, says Executive Director on visit with displaced families in Homs
At a shelter for displaced families in Homs, Syrian Arab Republic, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake emphasizes the importance of recreation and education for children suffering from three years of conflict.
12 March 2014 — Health care for children and women in remotest Afghanistan
Improving women’s access to medical care is helping reverse troubling trends in Afghanistan, one of the world’s most dangerous places to bear children.
3 March 2014 — Delivering mosquito nets to protect displaced children from malaria in the Central African Republic
With conflict forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes in the Central African Republic, and the rainy season imminent, ensuring that children have protection from mosquitoes that carry malaria grows ever more critical.
27 February 2014 — For Jericho and other children, a space for recovery
Jericho, 12 years old, talks about how a child-friendly space has helped him and other children cope with their trauma as survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
— David Beckham meets young survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in visit to Philippines
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football legend David Beckham spent Valentine's Day visiting children in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
— Reuniting children lost amid the violence in South Sudan
Hundreds of children in South Sudan have been separated from their families, but a family tracing system aims to bring them back together.
— Children released from armed groups in the Central African Republic
Twenty-three children between 14 and 17 years old were released from armed groups in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Thursday. For broadcast-quality multimedia, visit weshare.unicef.org/mediaresources
— Bringing learning to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
Watch children, parents and teachers discuss what it’s been like for Syrian refugee children to return to learning through ‘non-formal’ classes, in Lebanon.
— In the Philippines, children ring in the new school year
The official reopening of schools is a positive step towards recovery in parts of the Philippines still struggling to cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
— In Lebanon, a Syrian-Palestinian refugee girl looks for her path
A Palestinian girl who fled the Syrian conflict with her family tries to adjust to life in a refugee camp in Beirut, but the challenges are many.
— Champion the ChildrenofSyria because they deserve better
Because the Syrian crisis isn't over. Because children's lives are at stake. Because they deserve better than this. Because it's not too late. Because they are the future of Syria.
— We cant risk losing a generation of Syrian children
We can't risk losing an entire generation of children to death, fear and despair, because they are the future of Syria.
— No lost generation we must act now
Don't let news of the Syrian crisis drown out the voices of its children. We can't lose an entire generation.
— Child club helps Nepalese children find their voice
: A children’s club in Nepal gives students different platforms to grow.
— Vital supplies airlifted to Syrian Arab Republic
Vital supplies airlifted to Syrian Arab Republic As Syrians brace for a harsh winter, UNICEF supplies are airlifted from Iraq for the first aid delivery of its kind.
— Syrian refugees in Lebanon brace against the coming winter
Syrian refugee children talk about living in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, now that winter has come.
— Giving displaced children in Afghanistan an education, and an opportunity
Sayed Najibullah, who teaches in the tent school, says students just need the guidance and education to get them back on track.
— In Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, a boy finds solace in caring for birds
Bashir, 13, likes birds so much he could be one himself – energetic and gentle, grounded yet free.
— UNICEF chief gets an up-close look at response efforts in the Philippines
A full recovery from Typhoon Haiyan is still a long way off, but signs of resilience are apparent, says UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
— Mothers in the Niger are screening their children for malnutrition and disease
Mothers in the Niger are using specially designed bracelets to evaluate the nutritional status of their children at home.
— UNICEF Deputy Executive Director visits programmes supporting Palestinian children
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt recently concluded a four-day visit to the State of Palestine, where she viewed and discussed the situation of children with partners and observed UNICEF’s work.
— Community health workers in Côte d'Ivoire play a vital role in preventing new HIV infections among children and in keeping their mothers healthy
Meet Atanase Koukou Kouakou, a community health worker providing vital support for pregnant women living with HIV, in his rural village of Labo, Côte d'Ivoire.
— In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, helping reach zero new HIV infections by reaching HIV-positive expectant mothers
Learn how the Option B+ programme is changing the landscape of HIV treatment among pregnant women – and HIV prevention among their infants – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
— New UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry expresses unconditional support for children
Global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador on 3 December 2013. At a launch event at UNICEF New York headquarters, Ms. Perry said, I really believe in UNICEF... [Children] are innocent, they deserve that innocence, and their happiness and their joy is pure, and it should be maintained.
— UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry Unconditionally
Global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador on 3 December 2013. To commemorate the occasion, UNICEF produced a video showing her at work - and at play - with children around the world, featuring her song Unconditionally.
— Wise Up programme uses theatre to raise awareness among youth in Botswana about HIV/AIDS
Learn how Botswana’s Wise Up programme is amplifying the message of its multimedia campaigns – using theatre to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS among youth.
— In Côte d’Ivoire, ensuring adolescents living with HIV have the care and support they need
Coming to terms with HIV has not been easy for 13-year-old Jean, but support from the NGO Femmes Actives de Côte d’Ivoire (OFACI) is making a positive difference for him and other adolescents living with the virus.
— Rebuilding a life – and returning to school – after Typhoon Haiyan
Watch as 17-year-old Lian Fernandez describes surviving Typhoon Haiyan – and the uncertainties she now faces after the storm, in Tacloban City.
— Upgrades in care save the lives of mothers and newborns in Somalia
In Somaliland, only a third of women giving birth have any kind of skilled personnel with them -- and, in rural areas, the numbers are much lower. Now, a three-year-long programme co-funded by the European Commission that targets maternal and newborn health in Somaliland and Puntland, is slowly changing this reality.
— In Tacloban, vaccination campaign takes aim at deadly diseases
A vaccination campaign led by the Philippine government with UNICEF and WHO is underway in Tacloban, Philippines, targeting families in evacuation centers and outlying communities.
— Malawi’s Option B+ programme is helping to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Lexina Lungu is benefitting from Malawi’s bold new approach to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
— Lay counsellors support Botswana’s health workers – and the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS
Learn how non-medical staff play a vital role supporting Botswana’s health workers – and the Government’s efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
— In South Africa, centre works with vulnerable adolescents to prevent HIV/AIDS infection 3 of 3
Peer educator Terrence Mayisela, 21, encourages adolescent boys to get tested for HIV and to volunteer for medical circumcision. The procedure can significantly reduce the risk of HIV infection.
— In South Africa, centre works with vulnerable adolescents to prevent HIV/AIDS infection 2 of 3
Zandile, 19, participates in a CAPRISA support group where adolescents living with or without HIV can safely open up to one another and freely discuss issues surrounding sex, gender and HIV/AIDS.
— In South Africa, centre works with vulnerable adolescents to prevent HIV/AIDS infection 1 of 3
The Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) supports a comprehensive programme of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in Vulindlela, a rural community fighting high rates of HIV/AIDS.
— In Kenya, a child helpline proves a lifeline for a young victim of rape, and her family
When Christine* was raped, she – and her family – received critical support from a child helpline operated by Childline Kenya to assist children who suffer sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect.
— A milestone in the effort to eradicate polio in Afghanistan
One of only three countries where wild poliovirus remains endemic, Afghanistan has taken a major step toward eradication, thanks in part to the efforts of the health volunteers who go door to door every day to ensure every child is vaccinated.
— Restoring water supply in Tacloban, Philippines, after the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan
Dr. Michael Emerson Gnilo, UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist in the Philippines, talks about the effort to restore the water supply in Tacloban.
— In the wake of typhoon’s destruction, getting water running again
For one UNICEF staff member assessing the damage of Typhoon Haiyan, restoring access to water for families in Tacloban was a more immediate priority.
— Programme provides a full courseload for pastoralist girls in Somalia
Once destined to drop out of school to herd animals, girls in Somalia's rural and pastoral settings are now receiving a basic education.
15 November 2013 — Breast milk banks are a sound investment in the health of Brazil's premature babies
Brazil's breast milk banks are a sound investment in the future of the country, offering a high rate of return by giving health and survival to the smallest of its citizens.
— Mia Farrow visits torn community in the Central African Republic
“UNICEF is working on the ground, doing its best 24/7,” said Ms. Farrow. “But, really, the needs here are so great, they can’t do it alone.”
— Typhoon Haiyan diary Emergency aid makes it way to hardest hit areas
Typhoon Haiyan diary: Emergency aid makes it way to hardest hit areas As emergency relief begins to reach communities in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, a clearer picture emerges of just how much more is needed.
— In Jordan, polio vaccination campaign focuses on Syrian refugee children
The recent polio outbreak in the Syrian Arab Republic highlights the urgency of vaccinating Syrian refugees in Jordan.
— Visiting Lebanon, UNICEF Director pledges continued support for Syrian refugee children
“You can see the extraordinary sadness in their eyes,” says UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake during his visit to settlements and public schools in Lebanon which will soon be hosting an expected 400,000 school-aged Syrian refugee children.
— Philippines field diary The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan
UNICEF's Christopher de Bono reports on the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the challenges facing emergency response efforts.
— Immunization campaign in Nigeria mobilizes a nation for child survival, village by village
Measles is one of the leading illnesses of children under 5 years old in Nigeria. A nationwide campaign is targeting almost 30 million children for vaccination, including those who live in insecure states in the northeast.
— Water for one million Afghan schoolchildren
Access to water and sanitation facilities and lessons on hygiene mean an improved learning environment for Afghan schoolchildren.
— UNICEF Executive Director meets with displaced families during immunization campaign in the Syrian Arab Republic
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake meets with mothers and their children, and those who are trying so hard to reach them, at the Abou Dhar Al Ghifari primary health care centre in Damascus.
— Innovative approaches improve maternal and child health care in Madhya Pradesh, India
Maternal and child health care have come a long way since innovative pilot programmes were started five years ago in Madhya Pradesh, India.
— In northern Iraq, 12-year-old Dima finds a glimmer of hope in a tent school for Syrian refugees
Watch 12-year-old Dima discuss her struggles, including to complete her education, in Kawergosk refugee camp, northern Iraq.
— Big steps towards an open-defecation-free Nepal
In Nepal, districts are in a race to become open defecation free.
— Capturing water fit for drink, in Bangladesh
A new programme provides water fit for drinking and irrigation, in Bangladesh.
— UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow says it's past time for polio to end
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow talks about her personal experience with polio.
— Melissa Kasoke raises her voice for girls' education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Melissa Kasoke, 14, uses her voice to advocate for children, especially girls, to get back to school in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
— A fellowship programme in the Niger gives rural girls access to secondary education
A scholarship programme in the Niger's Maradi and Zinder regions is helping girls write their own destinies.
— Health volunteers help mothers and their newborn babies in Kawergosk refugee camp, Iraq
Souad Sulaiman, herself a Syrian refugee, volunteers for a UNICEF programme helping newborn babies in Kawergosk refugee camp, Iraq.
— Super child health agents are helping Brazil reduce preventable child deaths
Watch Nicole, 9, teach her peer Miguel about the importance of vaccinations. Nicole is part of Brazil's Super Child Health Agent programme, which empowers children with the necessary knowledge to help ensure that both they and their peers stay healthy.
— Schools in the Niger try a new approach to bring more girls into classrooms
In the Niger, UNICEF has been promoting child-friendly and girl-friendly schools that aim to bring in more and more girls to school.
— Two girls in Niger escape the violence of their circumstances 2 of 2
At 15 years old, Barira was married by her parents to an abusive husband. Early marriage remains an issue for girls in Niger - according to UNICEF, one out of three girls are married before age 15.
— Two girls in Niger escape the violence of their circumstances 1 of 2
Child labour rates in Niger reach as high as 43 per cent. Hadiza, like thousands of other young girls, did not have access to school and had to work at age 12 as a maid to take care of her blind grandmother and her little brother.
— International Day of the Girl Child 2013: Innovate to ensure all girls are educated for the twenty-first century
Learn how countries around the world are thinking outside the box – creating innovative programmes, media campaigns and more to solve the problem of girls’ unequal access to education.
— Simple solutions to keep girls in school in Bangladesh
Girls' attendance is high, at Shahid Shudorshon high school, Maulvibazar district, Bangladesh, since new toilet facilities were built with their needs in mind.
— Global interfaith alliance launched for water-secure world
Learn more about the launch ceremony of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), the first global interfaith initiative to promote safe water, sanitation and hygiene. In 2011, some 768 million people still used unsafe drinking water sources.
— Nourishing the children of M'bera refugee camp, Mauritania
A treatment centre in the M'bera refugee camp, Mauritania - the largest camp for refugees fleeing northern Mali - helps Malian families cope with malnutrition.
— Small LED device piloted to empower women and power rural communities in Burundi
Learn how bicycle-powered 'Nuru' LED lights, part of a pilot programme, can bring safe and affordable lighting, as well as opportunities for economic enterprise, to vulnerable groups.
— Evaluating the impact of PLAY in Haiti
A UNICEF programme that features portable playgrounds hopes to heal emotional wounds from natural and conflict disasters.
— On International Day of the Girl Child, a spotlight on innovation
Join American singer and songwriter Katy Perry, who is lending her support for International Day of the Girl Child.
— Using photography to advocate for children UNICEF images from 1990 2013
Watch a presentation that celebrates and reflects on the role of photography in advocating for children’s rights.
— Helping youth associated with gangs create a better future for themselves – and their communities 2 of 2
Girls associated with gangs are at particular risk of experiencing physical or sexual abuse. Falmata*, 18, witnessed the mistreatment of girls when she spent time with members of a gang.
— Helping youth associated with gangs create a better future for themselves – and their communities 1 of 2
Poverty and unemployment leave youths in the Niger at risk of becoming involved with gangs known as 'palaces'. Moctar, 20, discusses his experiences as a palace member.
27 September 2013 — Event calls for more leadership and better coordination of funds to achieve global education goals
Watch highlights from an event marking the first anniversary of the Global Education First Initiative. The event calls for more leadership and better coordination of funds to achieve global education goals.
— During United Nations week, a voice for children with disabilities is heard in corridors of power
Watch how Nguyen Phuong Anh - 'Crystal' - is making her voice heard in the corridors of power at the United Nations and harmonizing messages with big names such as Stevie Wonder to get conventions 'signed, sealed and delivered' by all States.
25 September 2013 — Using innovation to end violence against children
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah speak at the talk Making the Invisible Visible: Using innovation to #ENDViolence Against Children, during the 2013 Social Good Summit in New York.
25 September 2013 — At Education Cannot Wait event, global leaders stress need to fund education - especially in emergencies
A panel of speakers including H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan make strong statements about planning, prioritizing and protecting education for children affected by emergencies and conflict.
24 September 2013 — Join an inclusive world for children with disabilities, urge Stevie Wonder and young Vietnamese advocate Nguyen Phuong Anh Crystal
On 23 September, United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder met with UNICEF advocate and Vietnamese performer Nguyen Phuong Anh to push for greater inclusion for children with disabilities.
23 September 2013 — Plan calls for funds to support education for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and youth advocate Malala Yousafzai came together on 23 September to push for the international community to do more to help Syrian refugee children gain access to education.
17 September 2013 — Kurdish students help prepare Syrian refugee children's return to school in northern Iraq
Watch how local Kurdish students help prepare Syrian refugee children's return to school in the new Arbat refugee camp in northern Iraq.
16 September 2013 — Mix of old and new helps cut child deaths in Uganda
Learn how, with a blend of tradition and technological innovation, Uganda is pushing ahead to reduce child mortality.
13 September 2013 — In Brazil social mothers support mother and baby
Watch how Brazil's Social Mothers programme helps new mothers like Maria best care for their infants and themselves.
13 September 2013 — A Promise Renewed Global progress towards ending preventable child deaths
A new UNICEF report examining trends in child mortality shows that, if efforts aren't increased, the world will not meet Millennium Development Goal 4 - the goal to cut the rate of preventable children's deaths by two thirds, by 2015.