Winning hearts and minds for the abandonment of FGM/C
In a small village on the Senegal-Gambia border, Maryam D. and her friends have a unique chance to break with tradition and make history. They have the opportunity to be the first generation of Senegalese women to say no to female genital mutilation...
Drawing to help ease displaced children’s suffering after violence
BOSSANGOA, Central African Republic, 23 October 2013 – Like most children, Felicia, 13, loves to draw. Yet, her pieces of artwork are not about her school and family and friends. With vivid colours, she draws a man lying on the ground dead, burnt houses,
Queen mothers - Advocates for change
UNICEF initiate partnership with traditional leaders who support Communication for Development efforts in Ghana.
Empowered Mothers make educated daughters in Guinea
MANDIANA DISTRICT, Guinea, 11 October 2013 – At the end of her first 12 hour shift in the mining camp, as she slept in the open, exposed to the young miners who came in...
In Ghana, reducing newborn deaths is key to achieving MDG 4
Newborn intensive care units bring specialist care closer to sick babies in Northern Ghana.
Tech Girls find their voice online in Ghana
UNICEF-supported club teaches girls to use the internet and digital cameras to become young reporters in their communities.
In Ghana, headmaster embodies spirit of World Teacher’s Day
October 5 in World Teacher’s Day. On this day, we turn the spotlight onto one committed teacher from Northern Ghana, Tia Anthony. He is a champion of UNICEF’s program to transform schools in Ghana’s most deprived districts into Child Friendly Schools.
Bringing hope to children and fighting malnutrition in Gambia
DUWASU, Gambia, 17 July 2013 - Mariama Jallow watched helplessly as her weak, 4-month-old daughter, Mariatou, throw up the freshly prepared mashed potatoes a few seconds after swallowing it. It did not occur to her or her husband to take Mariatou to...
'My husband gives me money, yet I don’t like this marriage!'
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 23 November 2011 – Fatu Kamara (name changed), 17, from Marampa Chiefdom, Northern Sierra Leone, sings a lullaby for her baby, five month old Salieu, as she sweeps the veranda of her small hut.
In Gambia, good nutrition prevents child morbidity and mortality
KUNDAM DEMBA, Gambia, 17 July 2013 - Sumaila Baldeh’s fever was getting worse and he was crying consistently. His 30-year old mother, Maimuna Baldeh, had tried on several occasions to feed him spoonful of locally made herbal concoction, hoping that it...
Nutrition support saves girl’s life in Gambia
WALLYBA KUNDA, Gambia, 17 July 2013.One-year old Oumou Jawo had been suffering from diarrhoea and occasional vomiting since she was 3-months old but her mother, 25-year old Mariama Baldeh, had never been too worried because the infant would always...
Protecting girls from exploitation and abuse
MAKENI, Sierra Leone, 5 August 2013 – Aminata (name changed) is a 16 year old school girl. She lives with four younger brothers and her grandmother in Makeni, Sierra Leone’s third-largest city.
Immunization campaigns in Benin contribute towards making the world polio-free
COTONOU, Benin, 29 October 2011 – The sun is almost at its zenith when the vaccination team arrives in one of the housing areas of Sekandji, a village located in the suburbs of Cotonou.
Advocating the rights of children in Sierra Leone
BOMBALI DISCTRICT, Sierra Leone, August 2013 – Theresa Koroma, 28, is a social worker for Defence for Children International (DCI) in Bombali District in the North of Sierra Leone. The NGO DCI is one of UNICEF’s partners working on strengthening child...
Fighting violence discipline against children in Ghana
TAMALE, Ghana, August 2013 – Violence is thought to be normal here – it is believed that children need to be trained and controlled, and that they will learn from the pain they receive. We’ve had cases where children are punished for stealing 10 pesewas..
Niger: Inoussa's path to recover from severe malnutrition
Zinder, Niger, 8 June 2010 - There’s a family gathering at the nutrition rehabilitation centre of Zinder, Niger. The doctor is showing Inoussa’s parents snap shots of children who have left the centre having been restored to health.
UNICEF intensifies emergency response in the refugees and returnees’ site of Tissi, in eastern Chad
TISSI, Chad, 15 June 2013 – Damamam Salah Hamad is waiting for her turn to vaccinate Hikbal, her 4-month-old son at the Tissi health centre. On the site of returnees and refugees in Tissi, UNICEF has supported the establishment of a health centre...
Expecting nearly 400,000 cases, partners work to treat severe acute malnutrition in Niger
Magaria, Niger, 28 May 2010 – Souréba, 3, is as light as a bird. Resting on her mother’s knee, the little girl seems indifferent to the noises and movements around her.
UNICEF convenes a high-level round table on harmful traditional practices
Cotonou, Benin, 11 June 2013 - On the eve of the celebration of the Day of the African Child, UNICEF held a high level roundtable discussion on harmful socio cultural practices detrimental to the health and development of girls and boys in Benin.
In Senegal, UNICEF Executive Director cites the urgency of education for all
Dakar, Senegal, 18 May 2010 – Surrounded by the concrete bricks and flood-stained walls of her school, Anta, 11, attends classes and dreams of becoming a paediatrician. She knows she is lucky.
In Central African Republic, newly settled nomadic children go to school
Yaloke, Central African Republic, 13 May 2010 – Fatima Yadik, a mother of 12 and grandmother of 18, recently settled in the Central African Republic town of Yaloké after 60 years with her nomadic community.
Reaching the most vulnerable children in Mauritania
ATAR, Mauritania, 23 April 2013 - Zeinabou and her daughter Meunanan arrived at the Atar Health Centre amidst the celebrations for the 3rd African Immunization Week. Zeinabou has ensured that her little girl has received all the vaccinations.
Military operation in Mali: the protection of children at the heart of concerns
Koulikouro, 13 May 2013 – 450 Malian soldiers, members of the Battle Group “Inter Armes” (GTIA) received a two day training on May 11, 2013 that included a half-day session on the protection of children rights during conflict.
Senegal: health workers strive to get vaccines to vulnerable children
Dakar, Senegal, 29 avril 2010 -In Senegal there are 2,562,825 children that UNICEF and its partners want to reach with the polio vaccine.
Fati Sibdow and Abdullai Abubakari inspire communities to build their own Latrines
NORTHERN GHANA, 09 May 2013 - UNICEF has created a series of personal profiles of the men and women in Ghana who work for children’s survival. Here, Fati Sibdow and Abdullai Abubakari tell their story.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mohmoud Kabil promotes child rights in Mauritania
Nouakchott, Mauritania, 28 April 2010- Three-year old Mohamed, in Dar-Naim, a poor suburb of Nouakchott, calmly received from the hands of the Regional Goodwill Ambassador (GWA) Mohmoud Kabil, the two vaccine drops aiming to protect him from polio.
Kpugli Chief Yakubu Andani Iddrisu inspires his community to build their own toilets
GHANA, KPUGLI, 09 May 2013 - UNICEF has created a series of personal profiles of the men and women in Ghana who work for children’s survival. Here, Chief Yakubu Andani Iddrisu tells his story.
Finding safe water for communities is payment enough for drilling expert Nathan Adams
GHANA, YENDI, 09 May 2013 - UNICEF has created a series of personal profiles of the men and women in Ghana who work for children’s survival. Here, Nathan Adams Junior speaks about his work finding water for communities.
UNICEF and partners transforming lives of children through improved schools in Niger
In a small village on the Senegal-Gambia border, Maryam D. and her friends have a unique chance to break with tradition and make history. They have the opportunity to be the first generation of Senegalese women to say no to female genital mutilation...
Social work can get great job satisfaction says social worker Anne Anglaaere
NORTHERN GHANA, 02 May 2013 - UNICEF details the picture of men and women in Ghana who work for children’s survival. Here, social worker Anne Anglaaere tells her story.
Senegal: text messaging helps improve children’s nutrition monitoring
Pout, Senegal, 27 April 2010 - A program in rural Senegal finds an efficient and effective way to relay important information.
Sierra Leone’s free health care policy sets to reduce maternal and child deaths
Port Loko, Sierra Leone, 6 April 2010 – Gbassay, 2, is attending the peripheral health unit in Rosinta village, Port Loko District with her mother Fatmata.
Nutritionist Braimah Farouk says good food can stop the cycle of sickness in poor children in Ghana
Yendi, GHANA, 2 May 2013 - UNICEF details the picture of men and women in Ghana who work for children’s survival. Here, nutritionist Braimah Farouk tells his story.
Children create change in their communities, thanks to Bernadette Kafari their supportive teacher
Zubzugu and Kpandai, Northern GHANA, 02 May 2013 - UNICEF details the picture of men and women in Ghana who work for children’s survival. Here, school health club co-ordinator Bernadette Kafari tells her story.
Adiza Maida, a committed midwife, encourages women to deliver at the clinic
TOLON, GHANA, 02 May 2013 - UNICEF details the picture of men and women in Ghana who work for children’s survival. Here, midwife Adiza Maida, tells her story.
UNICEF supports Malians displaced by conflict
SÉGOU, Mali, 19 April 2013 – A needle, some dyed straw and a razor blade are all Aicha Dicko needs for some economic relief for herself, her two daughters and six grandchildren.
Health workers are crucial to the success of Sierra Leone’s free health care initiative
Port Loko, Sierra leone, 6 April 2010 – Vandy Kormoh is a community health officer in Petifu village in Port Loko District. He has been in charge of the village’s health post for the past three years.
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.
In Mali, information about breastfeeding is saving children's lives
SIKASSO, Mali, 8 April 2013 – Exclusive breastfeeding saves lives. Aminata Coulibaly, from the village of Kesso, Sikasso region, has seen its impact first-hand.
New safe-water systems in rural Niger enable children to go to school
Chinwaghari Village, Niger, 22 March 2010 – Surrounded by a throng of other children, each carrying empty containers, Fatima Hamouma, 8, walked to the new, modern water taps in her village.
In a relatively quiet region of Mali, programme targets malaria deaths
OUÉLESSÉBOUGOU, Mali, 27 March 2013 – Continuing conflict in the northern part of Mali has had tremendous impact on the country. Mali has also been facing food and nutrition crisis aggravated by the political instability and conflict in the north.
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.
Children decide to be the change agents in their communities through “My School without Cholera” campaign
Maroua (Far North) Cameroon - 28 February 2013 - Children, parents and teachers associations in 200 flood impacted schools in Far North region came together to take pro-active steps to reduce the risks of a new outbreak of cholera epidemic.
UNICEF supplies provide a fresh start for 200 flood impacted schools in Northern Cameroon
Maroua (Far North) Cameroon - 27 February 2013 - It’s an unusually bright and sunny day today, unlike the grey and dreary days of August and September last year when floods destroyed schools in Northern Cameroon.
In Guinea, household water treatment to defeat cholera and diarrhea
Conakry, Guinea, 17 March 2010 - In the small village of Kambaya like in many rural communities in Guinea, the population takes water from unsafe sources that are contaminated with bacteria.
Support in Mauritania for thousands of refugees from conflict in Mali
FASSALA, Mauritania, 5 February 2013 – As conflict rages in northern Mali, thousands of people caught up in the fighting are struggling to survive, trying to escape hardship and reach more secure areas. Many remain stranded.
Reaching the most Marginalized through Equity in Sierra Leone
SIERRA LEONE - January 2013 - Maternal and Child Health Weeks in Sierra Leone help reaching children with limited access to health care.
Essential household items for more than 24,000 Internally displaced families
Goma, DRC, 26 December 2012 - 20 km outside of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu province, Bulengo Internally Displaced Persons site is bustling with families waiting to receive what will assist them during their disp
In Eastern DR Congo, displaced girls and women rebuild their lives after rape
Goma, DRC, 21 December 2012 - Josephine* will never forget that night. Three weeks ago, the 17-year-old girl was asleep when she heard screaming outside. She tried to rush out of her makeshift shed yet two men had already blocked the exit door.
Guinea: a national campaign to stop polio from spreading
Conakry, Guinee, 17 mars 2010 - Yeninka is just 5 years old, but her life just took a turn. This little girl was born in a poor fisherman’s neighborhood in the suburbs of Conakry.
Humanitarian partners and UNICEF help children to relieve pain through art
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 19 December 2012 - Georges attends drawing sessions in a child friendly space managed by UNICEF partner AVSI in Mugunga III, a site hosting several thousand internally displaced persons (IDPs).
UNICEF allows displaced children to continue their schooling in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 2012 - "I’m thankful to UNICEF for giving us a new set of notebooks," smiles Mushasi Muhera, 15. During a distribution campaign this week he received notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers and a ruler.
Selena Gomez calls for life-saving action on behalf of children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 19 April 2012 – Actress, recording artist, designer and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez is lending her star power to UNICEF’s campaign to save lives in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa.
Families in Mali struggle to feed themselves as the crisis in the Sahel worsens
NEW YORK, USA, 9 April 2012 – It’s dinner time in the fishing village of Tako, and Mariam Dianapo is worried about how to feed her five hungry children.
Liberian children use radio to advocate for their rights
Monrovia, Liberia March 8, 2010 – Children across Liberia, on March 7 celebrated this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).
Joint Global Polio Eradication Initiative aims to eliminate polio in Senegal
Dakar, Senegal, 7 March 2010 - When Mamadou Sakho fell ill, neither his mother nor father knew what was ailing the two-year-old.
Humanitarian partners and UNICEF reunify 17 children with their families in Kibumba, eastern DRC
Kibumba, DRC, 18 December 2012 - Niranwabimana Hangi, 45, and her three children were separated for nearly two months. “Today my children were born again,” she smiles. “Please keep doing the great job, finding our lost children.”
Guinea: the weight of the crisis on vulnerable children
Conakry, Guinea, 29 February 2010 - Thursday, a day of consultations at the therapeutic nutrition Unit of the Ratoma Health Community Center , a working-class district in Conakry , the Guinean capital.
Senegal: years of education and outreach lead to historical event for women
Kedougou, Senegal, 21 February 2010 – On February 21, a historic day was realized in Senegal, when an entire region publically declared that they were abandoning female genital cutting, as well as early and forced marriages for young girls.
New hope for Ghana’s newborns
NYANKPALA, Ghana, December 2012 – Midwife Veronica Akurugu previously had to turn away sick newborns that came to her busy clinic in Nyankpala in Ghana’s Northern Region.
Senegal: first-ever regional declaration to abandon female genital cutting and early and forced marriages
Kedougou, Senegal, 21 February 2010 –Dozens of young girls danced as they sang in their local language Malinke about the importance of education.
Liberia: youth radio reporter sings about her love of gospel music
Monrovia, Liberia, 25 February 2010 – Last summer, 11-year-old Amelia got to spend a morning talking and singing with one of the most celebrated gospel musicians in all of Liberia.
Recovering from a child soldier’s life in Chad
Mousorro, Chad, 12 February 2010 - 16 year-old Hameed has a glazed look on his face when he talks about his life as a Chadian child soldier in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.
Mobile cinema helps change attitudes about female genital mutilation/cutting in Mali
Bougounissaba, Mali, 5 February 2010 – When the Cinéma Numérique Ambulant came to Djènèba Doumbia’s village, the young women had no idea how it would change her life.
Communities unite against female cutting in Mali
Bamako, Mali, 4 February, 2010 - It is estimated that 85 per cent of women in Mali have undergone some form of Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C).
Ownership and resilience in the midst of floods
NIGERIA, 28 November 2012 - Baby Jummai Sumaila is 49 days old. He and his mother Khadijat, live in Camp Lokoja in the outskirts of Lokoja the Kogi state capital in north central Nigeria.
Senegal: economic hardship forces 11-year old to quit school
Dakar, Senegal, 1 February 2010 - It was the middle of the day when Abdoul Aziz came home from school in the suburbs of Dakar, Senegal.
In Mauritania, progress made in ending female genital mutilation/cutting
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, 11 October 2012 – Fatima was just a week old when she lost her life to a serious infection following her excision.
Release of child soldiers in Chad ongoing
N’djamena, Chad, 29 January 2010 - A recent release of child soldiers in north western Chad brings the total number of children demobilised since 2009 to 240.
Schools and children face the brunt of floods in North Cameroon
Back to school has acquired a new meaning for children and families reeling under the floods in the Far North and North regions of Cameroon.
Anti-tetanus drive to eliminate a 'silent killer' in Mauritania
Boumbry, Mauritania, 28 January 2010 - The immunization cards in their hands, the 16-years-old Aichatou and her 32-years-old mother Fatimatou go one more time to the site of vaccination against tetanus which has been installed in the village of Boumbry.
Football to promote children’s rights in Cote d’Ivoire
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 18 January 2010 - UNICEF, the Scouts Association and the Ivorian Football Federation signed last Friday a Memorandum of understanding launching the implementation of the Sports for Development project.
Liberian youths report on injustices of education system in Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia, 11 January 2010 – As Liberia slowly recovers from a 14-year-long civil war, its educational system retains some of the lawlessness that reigned during the conflict.
Flash floods in North Cameroon meet fast response from UNICEF Cameroon
5 September 2012 – Northern Cameroon seems to be facing the wrath of climate change like no other region in the country.
Massive bed net distribution in DR Congo
Kisangani, DR Congo , 7 January 2010 – It's estimated that Congolese children under the age of five suffer at least six bouts of malaria each year. More than 90,000 children die of malaria each year.
CAR: Providing education to conflict-affected children in the remote regions
Bocaranga, Central African Republic, 31 December 2009 – After years of conflict in the rural north of Central African Republic, dozens of simple 'bush schools' are helping many children displaced by the fighting to return to full-time education.
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.
Religious leader champions children’s rights in Mauritania
Nouakchott, Mauritania, 14 December 2009 - In mosques around Mauritania, the 20 November prayers were dedicated to children’s rights.
Senegalese 'youth representatives' discuss climate change
Dakar, Senegal, 18 December 2009 - UNICEF Senegal sponsored the country’s presence at the event, which allowed the West African teenagers to participate in meaningful workshops about the effects of climate change.
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.
Guinea: supporting child health amid turmoil
Conakry, Guinea, December 9, 2009 – In Aicha’s arms, a young baby is lying listless and puny. Mohamed, her 9-month son, has been admitted three days ago at the pediatric service of Donka Hospital in Conakry.
Hygiene education for a village in Mali
Fadieda, Mali, 8 December 2009 – The village of Fadieda is at the forefront of a new pilot programme in Africa. It’s one of 15 villages selected by UNICEF and the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation to change the way it approaches sanitation.
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.
Cameroon: income generation grant gives mother living with HIV a new lease on life
Northern Cameroon, 1 December 2009 - Adele’s daughter lays buried in a grave in Adele’s garden in northern Cameroon. She was the second member of the family that Adele lost to HIV/AIDS related illness.
"Invest in us" - children's call in Sierra Leone
Kenema, Sierra Leone, 23 November 2009 - “When I grow up, I want to become a medical doctor. I want to give free medical care for the people who don’t have money”, Samfa Taiwa Saffa, 13, declares.
Maina, the nurse who fights malnutrition in the Chadian desert
Mao, Chad, 08 June 2010 - Mahamat Abakar Sedik is a nurse and he is in charge of Mao’s therapeutic feeding centre in the Kanem region of Chad. Although it misses equipment and qualified staff, the team is working hard to save children’s lives.
Anna Ndiaye, 11, pupil in Dakar, Senegal "I will tell them to stop violence against chidlren"
Dakar, Senegal, 20 November 2009 -- As hundreds of elementary school children gathered, preparing for the celebration ceremony at Point E 2 School in Dakar, Senegal, Anna Ndiaye, 11-years-old, walked calmly through the crowd.
Rising food prices in Mali escalates undernutrition amongst children
Sikasso, Mali, 3 June 2010 – In the far south of Mali, one of the country’s main agricultural areas, the Sikasso region, is rich in fertile soil. But, the children of Sikasso are suffering from alarmingly high rates of undernutrition.
Young 'journalists' broadcast the Rights of the Child in Togo
Lomé, Togo, 20 November 2009 - "When we saw the UNICEF video on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), says Eyram, a 16 years old reporter, we realized that if all children knew the CRC they would be able to express what they live".
Bitter seeds: Addressing the nutrition crisis in Niger
Angalnadinao, Niger, 31 May 2010 – “This year’s harvest was disastrous,” says Ali, the Angalnadinao village chief. “No cowpeas, no millet, no peanuts – nothing, absolutely nothing, was harvested. A total crop failure.”
In Sierra Leone, children demand more commitments to their welfare
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 19th November 2009 – “Government is making frantic efforts to ensure that children’s rights are protected, maternal mortality and under five child mortality rates are reduced.
UNICEF and partners support reintegration of child soldiers in Chad
N’djamena, Chad, 28 May 2010 – For Dowa Samna, 19, working at a garage in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, is a far cry from his former life in the armed forces. The former child soldier recalls that conditions in the military were rough.
Bottom up - Top down: how undernutrition is combatted in Niger
Zinder, Niger, 18 November 2009 - At a UNICEF and ECHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Zinder, in the South of Niger, seventeen months-old Roumanatou Sani is slowly recovering after her three-week stay at the intensive care unit.
Amidst severe food crisis, health and nutrition centres support children in Chad
Moussoro, Chad, 27 May 2010 – Radié Hami holds her baby girl, Achta, close to her as they wait at the new Moussoro health and nutrition centre. The young mother is accompanied by her husband and an uncle.
Nigeria: "Ime", 8, accused of being a witch
Abuja, Nigeria, 17 November 2009 - "Ime" is eight years old. Her stepmother branded her a witch, accusing her of being responsible for her stepbrother’s frequent illness.
In Chad, 102,000 severely malnourished children in need of life-saving care
Moussoro, Chad, 10 May 2010 - There was no question that Hissène needed treatment when he arrived at the nutrition center of Moussoro town. He is a child in the ‘red zone’, meaning that he is severely malnourished.
In Niger, the chief who predicted the food crisis
Foura Guireke, Niger, 6 mai 2010 - People in the village of Foura Guireke look up to their chief. And with good reason. He read the signs before the food crisis engulfed his village.
Community volunteers fight undernutrition in northern Cameroon
Tchontchi, Cameroon, 13 November 2009 – Almost 5 kilos underweight and too undernourished to walk, two-year-old twins Massing Esther and Tito Anna have to be carried everywhere they go in their home village of Tchontchi, in northern Cameroon.
Severe food shortages in western Chad lead to rising malnutrition in children
Mao, Chad, 24 March 2010 – Adam Abdulai is just over a year old, but he can barely move, let alone stand up and walk. He and a dozen other emaciated children lie on mattresses at a feeding centre in Mao, western Chad.
Cameroon - Aichatou'story: the power of birth certificates
Yaounde, Cameroon, 4 November 2009 - "My name is Aichatou Ibrahima. I am 15 years old and it was only in 2007 that I got my birth certificate."
Cameroon: a teenager’s life in jail
Yaounde, Cameroon, 4 November 2009 – "Hi, I’m Stephane and I’m 17 years old. I’ve been in Yaounde Central Jail since July 2008."
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow highlights polio in Chad
N'djamena, Chad, 8 March 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow recently visited Chad to highlight the importance of vaccinating the country's children against polio.
Giving young women in Niger the skills to earn a safer living
Agadez, Niger, 4 January 2010 – Three years ago, Soueba was a young girl collecting animal parts from the slaughterhouse to sell at the local market.
Niger - Maliki Garba: "I like taking part in the reading and writing classes in the minors’ ward"
Niamey, Niger, 5 November 2009 - Maliki has been in custody at the minors’ ward in Niger’s capital’s main prison for two months, therefore placed in a separate ward from adults, and less vulnerable to violence and abuse.
Niger - Mariama, 14 years old, domestic worker
Niamey, Niger, 5 November 2009 - "My name is Mariama Sanda. I am 14 years old, I have been working as a maid since I was 11. My father died 8 years ago. Although my mother has re-married, my step-father is too old to earn a living."
Creating a supportive environment for mothers and newborns in Niger
Niger is addressing the many challenges to maternal health and fighting the odds to create a supportive environment for mothers and newborns.
UNICEF provides free preventive anti-malarial treatment to pregnant women in Togo
Goumou-Kopé, Togo, October 15th, 2008 - In Togo, malaria kills one in every twenty people who contract the disease. Only two in twenty pregnant women receive Intermittent Preventive Treatment.
Togo: Chinea, 15 years old, trafficked and abused
Lome, Togo, 6 November 2009 - In Togo an estimated 29% of children from 5 to 14 years old are used for economic and domestic activities that are considered harmful to their development.
Abolition of school fees in Togo / Abolition des frais de scolarité au Togo
Akodessewa, Togo, 6 Oct. 2008 - The abolition of school fees is a step towards education for all. / La gratuité de la scolarité est un pas vers l'éducation pour tous.
In Mali, Executive Director focuses on undernutrition and impact of climate change
Bamako, Mali, 11 November 2009 – Bisected by the vast and growing Sahara Desert, Mali is a country where food and nutrition security are precarious even in the best of times.
Sierra Leone: Fatmata, 13, discovers the advocacy power of photography
Freetown, 10 November 2009 – Fatmata Shaw, 13, is an active member of the Children’s Forum Network (CFN) in Kabala, an agrarian community in northern Sierra Leone.
Voluntary community workers fight malnutrition in northern Cameroon
Yaounde, Cameroon, 9 November 2009 - Massing Esther and Tito Anna, a set of two-year old twins have to be carried everywhere they go because they’re too malnourished to walk.
Mali celebrates global handwashing Day with live performances and hygiene events
Bamako, Mali, 26 October 2009 – For the country of Mali, global handwashing Day holds special significance.
UNICEF in Space: astronaut and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Frank de Winne talks to school children
Gao Village, Mali, 23 October 2009 – In the village of Gao, some 1200 km away from Mali’s capital city of Bamako, local children were given the special chance to speak to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne – live from space.
Mali: huge efforts to keep children out of prison
Bamako, Mali, 23 October 2009 - Since 2008, they have managed to steer 14 children away from prison, put them back into school or taught them a trade along with literacy classes, as well as reunite them with their families.
Mali: clean water for a hostile environment – an end to Guinea worm disease?
Bamako, Mali, 23 October 2009 - Guinea worm infection is caught by drinking standing water or bathing in water that has been contaminated with small fleas infected with the tiny larvae of the guinea worm.
Girls education in Sierra Leone: "I am so proud I made it!"
Kabala, Sierra Leone, 23 October 2009 – Hawa Marrah, 12, is a pupil of the Islamic primary school in Kabala, an agrarian community in northern Sierra Leone.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director warns of triple threat to child survival in the Central African Republic
Bangui, Central African Republic, 14 October 2009 – On a recent visit to Central African Republic, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson expressed concern over the deteriorating situation of children.
Sierra Leone: reunifying the once lost children
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 October 2009 - "I am so thankful to UNICEF for giving me back my son", says Mama Wuya, a mother who got her son back last year after six years of separation.
Guinea: the soul thieves
Conakry, Guinea, 12 October 2009 - If Koumba struggles to understand the cause of her 10-day-old baby’s death, it is not the case for her other son. "He is dead because of malaria," she says sadly.
Guinea: twice a survivor - the story of baby Aboubacar
Conakry, Guinea, 12 October 2009 - Aboubacar's birth was quite traumatizing, with him being the only survivor among his triplet brothers, who died in birth together with his mother.
Guinea: saved by the motorbike ambulance
Conakry, Guinea, 12 October 2009 - Informed about the serious situation, the person responsible for the local MURIGA (a centre supported by UNICEF that helps people in remote villages) sent a motorbike ambulance to take Mama to Kissidougou Hospital.
Education provides a way out for indigenous children in Republic of Congo
Toangana, Republic of Congo, 7 October 2009 – It’s a sunny morning, and Rufin Kokolo, 8, is getting ready to go to school.He lives in Tosangana village on the outskirts of Impfondo, capital of Likouala province.
Sierra Leone: mothers and babies in danger
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 9 October 2009 - It is past midnight at the Koinadugu Maternal Ward. A woman having a difficult labour is brought in. She looks hopeless.
Cameroon: children fight waterborne diseases in school and in the community
Douala, Cameroon, 6 October 2009 - A group of school children quickly surrounds Sorel Fabiola Mbeutcha Yinkou, 12, as she rolls up her sleeves to prepare for a hand washing demonstration.
Cameroon: Educating youth to tackle HIV/AIDS in the community
Yaounde, Cameroon, 1 October, 2009 - Teacher Sarah Hyoba, 49, quizzes a group of enthusiastic 10 to 11 year olds on HIV/AIDS at the Essos 2 primary school in Yaounde.
Sierra Leone: a new school brings new hope
Kono, Sierra Leone, 24 September 2009 – Susan Mansaray, 14, is a petite, bright young girl.
Mia Farrow highlights child malnutrition in Cameroon
Bazzama, Cameroon, 17 September 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has been witnessing a silent emergency in Cameroon during a weeklong trip here.
Relief effort under way for flood-affected families in Northern Niger
Agadez, Niger, 17 September 2009 – Following unprecedented rainfall in the Northern region of Agadez in early September, parts of its main city, Agadez, as well as three other communes were severely affected.
Sierra Leone: the challenges of putting and keeping children in school
Sierra Leone 31 August 2009 - Three children, obviously less than 10 years old, are camped around Freetown’s Cotton Tree, begging for handouts. A survey shows that 53% of these dropout children have been orphaned of either one or both parents.
Central African indigenous people learn their rights
Lobaye Province, Central African Republic, 7 August 2009 – Pygmy people are the indigenous hunter-gatherers of Central African forests. Because of their short stature and distinct culture, they are marginalized, exploited and even considered to be slaves.
Breastfeeding Week Celebration in Guinea: mommy’s milk is the safest
Conakry, Guinea, 1 August 2009 -Today, August 1st, the conference room of the Donka hospital is full of people who came to celebrate the launch of the World breastfeeding week in Guinea.
Guinea-Bissau: Buba’s story, the shattered dream of becoming a religious chief
Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 30 July 2009 - Buba is one of thousands children who are trafficked every month from Guinea Bissau to Senegal. Thanks to the Reintegration Project Buba got back to family.
HIV: prevention of mother to child transmission expanded in Togo
Lomé, Togo, 21 July 2009 - Thanks to the support of UNICEF, Bè Hospital opened a care center for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in 2003. During her pregnancy, Amivi benefited from free PMTCT treatment.
UNICEF Regional Director in Sierra Leone: “With passion and dedication you will build a new country”
Freetown, 17 July 2009 – Almost eight years after the end of the civil conflict, the new UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Dr Gianfranco Rotigliano visited Sierra Leone from 14th and 17th July 2009.
Faces of progress in tackling malnutrition in Mauritania
Kaedi, Mauritania, 14 July 2009 - A woman in the village told Saar’s mother to get her to the nutrition centre at Kaedi Hospital. The one year old girl was ailing and clearly ill.
Keeping children in school in North of Cameroon
Yaounde, Cameroon, 10 July 2009-Yvonne Nissole became pregnant when she was in fifth grade in 2007 while attending a primary school in Garoua in northern region of Cameroon.
Nigeria: lifting spirits, rebuilding lives
Abuja, Nigeria, 07 July 2009 - Paul Eme is the first son of his father who is the proprietor of a school. Paul was accused of being a witch by his stepmother. His stepmother took him to the Liberty church where the pastor pronounced him to be witch.
Sierra Leone: “School-led total sanitation” approach improves good hygiene practices across communities
Port Loko, Sierra Leone, 07 June 2009 - Practicing good hygiene is anything but a chore for the children of E.M Primary School in Laya, Port Loko district. Fatmata, aged 12, proudly shares how much she enjoys being part of the School Health Club.
Blind children receive trainings on the Sierra Leone child rights Act
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 16th June 2009–Osman Kamara, 16, the youngest of three children in a family of five, was born blind in Freetown and enrolled at the Milton Margai School for the blind at the age of 5 where he has been living ever since.
Niger: fighting against a silent killer called tetanus
Niamey, Niger, 07 July 2009- “When a newborn baby or a mother dies in the weeks following delivery, after suffering from muscular rigidity, spasms, light or noise fearing, the blame is put on evil spirits”, says Kalthouma Daoud, a midwife in her fifties.
Influx of refugees creates silent emergency in eastern Cameroon
Dhahong, Cameroon, 6 July 2009 – On the surface, the refugee situation in eastern Cameroon looks like a success, but it is also one of immense chaos.
In Liberia, children take on an healthy message on air
Monrovia, Liberia, 23 june 2009 - The town of Voinjama, Lofa County in the north of Liberia, was the center of celebration for the 2009 Day of the African Child on 16 June.
Sierra Leone: investing in maternal and newborn health for a healthy future
Waterloo, Sierra Leone, 23 June 2009 - Bringing up a child in a country with some of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates is by no means a simple task.
In Sierra Leone, a drive to reduce newborn deaths
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 23 june 2009 - Baindu and her family were in Kenema to see her relatives during the Mami en Pikin Well Bodi Week (Mother and Child Health’s Week) that took place between the 29th May and 1st June 2009.
Mauritania: drive to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus
Nouakchott, Mauritania, 16 June 2009 - Lalla Vatma, 14, leaves her classroom with some of her classmates. The school headmaster has announced a day earlier the arrival of the tetanus vaccination team.
Improving access to birth registration for children in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 2 June 2009 – It’s Tuesday morning and the children of the heavily populated neighbourhood of Abobo are warming up for a day of study.
Cameroon: promoting skilled attendance at child birth to avert maternal and newborn deaths
Akonolinga, Cameroon, 5 May 2009 – At Saint Luke Hospital in Mbalmayo, 50 kilometers from Yaoundé, Nadege, 21, is admitted at the maternity for premature delivery.
Central African Republic: Children, not witches
Bangui, Central African Republic, 4 May, 2009 – Laurent was 10-years old when he was sent to live with his uncle, aunt and their two little boys in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic (CAR).
UNICEF France’s Young Ambassadors in Togo
Togo, April 25, 2009- Every year, the National Committee of UNICEF France organizes a field trip with a selection of six young ambassadors.
Partnering to roll back malaria in Nigeria's Bauchi State
Bauchi, Nigeria, 22 April 2009 – In Nigeria, malaria causes the deaths of an estimated 250,000 children under the age of five every year.
Therapeutic feeding for malnourished refugee children in Chad
DAHA, Chad, 2 April 2009 – Abderahman keeps a tight grip on the orange plastic cup filled with therapeutic milk – the same milk that recently saved his life.
Aminu, a polio victim speaks out: “Look at me, is this what you want for your child?”
Kano, Nigeria 30 march 2009 – Forty five years old Aminu Ahmed Umar is among 700 polio victims on the streets of the northern nigerian town of Kano.
Burkina Faso: second round of polio immunization concludes
Burkina Faso, 04 march 2009- About 4727 children under 5 years have been immunized in Burkina Faso during the second round of a coordinated polio immunization campaign.
Children of Togo unite to eradicate polio!
Segbé, Togo, 29 February 2009- While 16-year-old Aristos prepares the camera focus, 14-year-old Marie plugs in the microphone and 13-year-old Gisèle conscientiously checks the sound level.
Central African Republic: Birth registration and human rights among Aka pygmy populations
Central african Republic -Marie Elise, her husband and their three children live in a clearing in the forest some ten minutes walk off the main road to the town Mbaiki in the Central African Republic.
Immunizing door-to-door to kick polio out of Togo
VOGAN, Togo, 27 February 2009 - Beneath a blazing sun, Akuba and Afi are pounding manioc in the yard of their compound when two health workers from the Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) arrive.
UNICEF Chad aids families fleeing violence in the Central African Republic
DAHA, Chad, 18 February 2009 – Musa sits quietly on a mat under a shelter, and the bewilderment in his eyes is palpable. The four-year-old has recently arrived in Daha, a small village in south-eastern Chad near the border with Central Afrtican Republic.
A second chance for disabled children in Niger
Niamey, Niger, February 2009-When I first met her, fitted in her new dark-brown, custom-designed prosthesis, the 7 year-old Sharifa was trying very hard, between two iron bars, to learn to walk.
Partnering to change norms and abandon female genital cutting in Central African Republic
Bangui, Central African Republic, 6 February 2009 - “If I can prevent just one girl from having to go through what I’ve experienced, then I’ve achieved something,” Foncy Kongo, 29.
Former traditional practitioner helps moving towards the abandonment of female genital cutting in Niger
Maradi, Niger, 6 February 2009 - Today, aged 25, Hinda remembers the intervention she underwent eight years ago: dangouria."I was so terrified that I did not feel the pain during that very moment.
A childhood lost to violence in Guinea
Conackry, Guinea, 6 February 2009 – Dyaritaou Bah, 23, was married at the age of 14 to a man who was 30 years older that herself. Dyaritaou’s first experience with violence towards women was at age 8, when she was circumcised
In Mali, Child Marriage is a Death Sentence for Many Young Girls
In spite of the abuse and deprivation many girls suffer as a result of forced early marriage, the practice continues to be alarmingly common, with more than 60 million women age 20-24 married before they turned 18 worldwide.
Campaign addresses three leading causes of child mortality in the Central African Republic
Bossangoa, Central African Republic, 6 January 2009 – An extensive multi-media campaign is being carried out in the Central African Republic to generate excitement and awareness about UNICEF’s latest vaccination campaign.
Mothers and Babies Take Vaccines during Sierra Leone’s Integrated Health Week
Makeni, Sierra Leone, 4th December 2008 - Rugiatu Bangura, 16, of Bombali took her one year old son, Osman to the Makeni Town Hall, which had temporarily been converted into an health fair center for the Integrated Health Week.
First Lady of Sierra Leone Urges Mothers to take Preventive Health Measures during the Integrated Health Week
Kenema, Sierra Leone, 4th December 2008 - The First Lady of Sierra Leone launched The Mami en Pikin Well Bodi Week is an integrated package of preventive health services aiming at improving child and maternal health.
Central African Republic: prevention strategies making in-roads, but cases of HIV continue to climb
Bangui, Central African Republic - Each week Eric receives a free supply of HIV medication. The 15-year old orphan and former street-child contracted the virus at birth from his parents.
HIV programs not reaching the Central African Republic’s periphery
Sam Ouandja, Central African Republic - Along the streets here many homes sit waiting for their owners to return. Several days ago an attack on military bases caused nearly half of this city’s about 17,000 residents to flee into the countryside.
Togo - Nadia’s story: from prostitution to rehabilitation
Lomé Togo, 20 November 2008 - Even though she’s only 15, Nadia already has a troubled past. At the age of 13, she became a prostitute on the streets of Lomé to provide for her basic needs.
UNICEF supports the prevention and rehabilitation of child sex workers in Togo
Lomé, Togo, 20 November 2008 - It is 10 p.m. when Roland Awume sets out on his round visiting all of Lomé’s “red light districts” as he does every Friday night in the “Centre la Providence” vehicle.
Burkina Faso: educate girls to prevent malnutrition
Mamata Kabore, 12, wears a green t-shirt bearing the name of her country, Burkina Faso.
Chad: growth monitoring and promotion
After losing her first-born son when he was only two, Seide Douta told herself that she had to go about things differently with her newborn daughter.
Niger: tackling severe malnutrition
The ward houses around 15 beds where mothers sleep next to children who gaze out emptily.
Niger: tackling moderate malnutrition
Hundreds of women and children are queuing behind the health centre in Mari, a village in western Niger.
Mauritania: promoting complementary feeding for young children
After the harvest, the women of Sabou Allah village, 355 km southeast of Nouakchott, prepare what they call the “five measures.”
Mali: promoting exclusive breastfeeding in "baby-friendly" maternities
Clearly exhausted after a difficult delivery, Aminata Lea rests under a bednet in the maternity ward of the health centre in Djenné, 380 km northeast of Bamako, the capital of Mali.
Equatorial Guinea: promoting a culture of peace through sports
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 12 November 2008 - Children, sports and peace are some of the ingredients of the match which took place last 8th September in Malabo, which represented the starting signal for the initiative “Sports and Development".
Promoting girls' education: excellence prizes awarded to deserving girls in Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 04 November 2008 – The jam packed hall of the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown was buzzing with excitement as over 400 girls prepared for the “Award of Excellence” certificates.
Community-based schools provide hope to the children of Sierra Leone
Rogbonko, Sierra Leone, 31 October 2008 - “I want to be a nurse” whispers Isatu “so I can help stop the suffering in my family.”
Massive progress in small measures in the fight against female genital cutting in Gambia
Banjul, Gambia, 28 October 2008 - Collective cooperation and problem solving through consensus building brings about change in the community.
Promoting exclusive breastfeeding to combat child mortality in Gambia
Banjul, Gambia, 28/10/08 - As dawn rises, parting the clouds over Basse like a think blanket being peeled from a lazy bed, the cool breeze blows across the green grass causing gentle ripples over flooded potholes. The march begins.
Gambia: clean water supply brings life and thwarts cholera
Banjul, Gambia, 28 October 2008 - Hawa Jallow is five years old. Her round rosy cheeks bunch-up, exposing her tiny white teeth when she smiles and her eyes shine with life, signaling her happiness and enthusiasm. She was not like this, before now.
Eastern Chad: child animators promote good hygiene practices in Gassire camp
Gassire Camp, Eastern Chad, 20 October 2008 - Eight-year-old Halime lives in Gassire, a camp for internally displaced people near the township of Goz Beida, at the Chadian-Sudanese border.
Eastern Chad: three women, one dream of education
Djabal, Eastern-Chad, 20 October 2008 - “I want peace so I can continue school and become a doctor in my country,” says 13-year-old Manayar, who has been living for four years in Djabal refugee camp, Eastern Chad.
Volunteer parents help fight HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kinshasa, DRC, 20 Oct. 2008 – Bella, a native of DR Congo, returned to this country from Uganda three years ago. After almost a year of sickness, she decided to go to one of the HIV-testing centres in Kinshasa.
Niger: Celebrating Global Handwashing Day in the Heartland
Saran Maradi, Niger, 15 October 2008 - UNICEF, the Government and UNILEVER team up with the communities to promote handwashing with soap in a bid to reduce child mortality.
Promoting girl's education in Niger
In Niger, only one in two girls goes to primary school, one in ten to secondary school and one in fifty to high school. The story of Barira and Choukouria presents the many challenges to girl's education in Niger.
Togo - Damienne’s story: Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention through open dialogue
Damienne, a 17-year-old high school student, has been a peer educator for five years, teaching her classmates about HIV prevention.
Togo : ‘Gender and Equity’ campaign shows success, as more parents are putting girls through school
According to her school principal in Atentou, 12-year-old Céline is a model student.
Togo: Early detection and treatment of malnutrition saves lives
Hundreds of mothers wait in the early morning at a school in Bogou, holding their children and hoping to hear good news about their prospects.
In Niger, rural preschools create a supportive environment for child survival and development
“What I enjoy doing at pre-school is singing and dancing, but most of all drawing” says Roumana, a five year old Nigerien girl interviewed at the signing ceremony.
Senegal child survival days: mobilizing children to bring their bednets for treatment
Dakar, Senegal - It is Sunday morning 09.00 a.m. Not the usual time to see the school yard filled with children and to have teachers present in their class rooms.
Niger: Keeping Malaria and preventable diseases at bay
Madarounfa, Niger, April 2008 - Bassira is 31 days old and doesn’t yet sleep through the night. She often wakes up at around one am.