Highlights from the region
Local factory provides home-grown response to malnutrition in the Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 17 April 2013 – A factory in Niamey is transforming the way the Niger responds to the threat of malnutrition. It is also transforming the local economy.
As more and more Malian refugees arrive in Mauritania, UNICEF steps up relief efforts
MBÉRA REFUGEE CAMP, Mauritania, 19 March 2013 – Nightfall in Mbéra refugee camp brings some relief for the refugees and humanitarian workers after a hard day in this hot, dry, remote region.
As the food crisis in Mali worsens, UPS and UNICEF deliver humanitarian aid
BAMAKO, Mail, 21, August 2012 - On 16 August, a large M-11 jet airliner touched down at the Bamako-Sénou International Airport, as the United Parcel Service (UPS) made its first free-of-charge delivery to UNICEF Mali.
Changing habits to avert the spread of waterborne diseases in Togo
LOMÉ, Togo, May 24 2011 - It’s 6 A.M. when Folly Akakpo leaves his home making his way to the communal well in the district of Totsi - amongst the poorest neighborhoods in the capital of Lome.
Ghana launches two new life-saving vaccines
ACCRA, Ghana, 26 April 2012 – UNICEF Representative Iyabode Olusanmi today congratulated Ghana on becoming the first African country to introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines at the same time.
Thirty seconds for a safe night
New synchronised TV and radio campaign promotes the use of mosquito bed nets in six countries across West and Central Africa.
Combatting DRC’s biggest killer disease with insecticide treated bednets
Insecticide treated bed nets – especially those treated to retain their effectiveness for three years or more, are one of the most effective ways of protecting people from malaria.
DRC launches distribution campaign for 13.7 million insecticide-treated nets
Democratic Republic of Congo, 25 April 2012 - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its partners move forward in the fight against malaria.
When the pupil becomes the teacher
GUINEA - There’s a new school in Pamelap, two and half miles along a dusty and rutted road from the capital Conakry. The students in the classrooms are benefiting from a project “Learning Along the Borders”.
The hope of a better life for mother and child with the establishment of manual drilling in Salinated Zones
One of the goals of Millennium for Development is to reduce by half, the percentage of the population without access to clean water by the year 2015. In Guinea twenty-nine per cent of population is without clean water.
Goodwill message delivered by UNICEF Nigeria Assistant Country Representative and Chief of Lagos Office, Mrs. Sara Beysolow Nyanti, at the Family Health Forums on Children with Disabilities
Organized by Special Olympics Nigeria at Oke - Igbo, Ondo State on Saturday, 22 October 2011
Why companies matter to children
DAKAR, Senegal – The validation workshop of the study "The Impact of the Private Sector on Children in Mali - Mapping and analysis of the business community to further a child-focused Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda" was held on September 20
Regional cholera update: Few gains, more work needed to counter growing epidemic
DAKAR, Senegal – In the first 10 months of 2011, reported cholera cases in West and Central Africa (WCA) were at over 85,000, with over 2,500 deaths and an average case fatality rate of 2.9 per cent.
The Japanese Government helps 8,000 children in Congo fulfill their right to education through grant of USD 6.6 million
Today the Japanese Government and UNICEF are signing a new grant agreement to improve education access in Congo.
Responding to humanitarian emergencies in West and Central Africa - Consolidated Appeal 2010
The humanitarian community presented today the Consolidated Appeal (CAP) for West Africa 2010 to the donor community.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 20
On November 20th, we celebrate anniversary of the Convention on the rights of the child.
Progress in child mortality - challenges remain in West and Central Africa
Fact and figures about child mortality in West and Central Africa
Promoting and protecting breastfeeding
In West and Central Africa, exclusive breastfeeding could save hundred of thousands of the three million children under five who die annually.
West Africa synchronized polio campaign
53 million children under 5 are expected to be reached across 8 West African Countries in a coordinated polio immunization campaign. The action is being organized as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Children and Aids
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where about 70% of the total number of people living with HIV (UNAIDS 2007) live, is the most affected region by the HIV epidemics.
Back to School
October marks the start of the school year in many countries in the region.
Food Price Crisis
In the past months, several UN agencies have issued warnings against impending "food riots" because of the acute rise in prices of staples food and other commodities.
Day of the African Child
The theme of this year's Day of the African Child - Right to participate: Let Children be seen and heard - is an excellent one.
Countdown 2015 Report Launch
Leading global health experts, policy-makers and parliamentarians are gathering in Cape Town, South Africa from 17-19 April for the Countdown to 2015 conference and launch of the 2008 report, Tracking Progress in Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival.