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Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola: UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 September 2014 – At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the start of the outbreak in West Africa, according to preliminary UNICEF estimates, and many are being...

Sierra Leone launches three-day, door-to-door Ebola prevention campaign
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2014 – An ambitious public information campaign aiming to reach every household in Sierra Leone with life-saving messages on Ebola will take place 19-21 September in a bid to reduce the spread of the disease...

UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa
GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,400 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa.

Ebola crisis in Liberia hits child health and well-being
GENEVA/MONROVIA, Liberia, 12 September 2014 - As efforts to halt the spread of the Ebola virus intensify, UNICEF warns of its far-reaching impact on children. In Liberia, Ebola has severely disrupted health services for children...

Ebola outbreak: UNICEF continues to rush critical supplies to protect health workers and families
GENEVA/DAKAR/FREETOWN/NEW YORK, 5 September 2014 – A cargo plane of UNICEF medical supplies including protective equipment and essential medicine has just landed in Sierra Leone, part of the children's agency's continued drive to tackle the Ebola outbreak

EU donates € 11.5 million to UNICEF to treat malnourished children in the Sahel
BRUSSELS/DAKAR, 27 August 2014 - The European Union has allocated € 11.5 million to UNICEF to treat over 1 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in five countries of the Sahel.

Statement - UNICEF condemns attack on health facility, killing of aid staff in Central African Republic
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 September 2014 – At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the start of the outbreak in West Africa, according to preliminary UNICEF estimates, and many are being...

African Vaccination Week: highlighting the benefits of immunization
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 September 2014 – At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the start of the outbreak in West Africa, according to preliminary UNICEF estimates, and many are being...

Life-saving information helps reduce spread of Ebola across West Africa
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 September 2014 – At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the start of the outbreak in West Africa, according to preliminary UNICEF estimates, and many are being...

UNICEF and partners race to prevent disease outbreak among children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic / DAKAR, Senegal / GENEVA, Switzerland, 8 January 2014 – An emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui...

UNICEF appeals for accelerating birth registration and certification in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 11 December 2013 – UNICEF and the Government of Liberia today called for accelerated efforts to boost birth registration in the country. “Over ninety percent of Liberian children under five are not registered. Officially, they...

Children targeted in Central African Republic atrocities
BANGUI/DAKAR/PARIS/GENEVA, 6 December 2013 – One year after the start of the conflict in the Central African Republic, 2.3 million children are affected by the crisis...

Communities are key to ending customs that harm children, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2013 – On the Day of the African Child, UNICEF joined the African Union to mark the efforts by African communities to promote social change and end practices that endanger the lives and health of chil

See the child before the disability, UNICEF says
Da Nang, Viet Nam, 30 May 2013 – Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do...

UNICEF appeals for action to "spread the oil dividend" in Gabon
LIBREVILLE, 29 May 2013 – The urgent need to address social inequality in oil rich middle income country like Gabon was highlighted at a workshop (21 to 24 May 2013) organized by UNICEF ... on how to achie

The European Commission and UNICEF aim to prevent mass child death in the Sahel
DAKAR, 29 May 2013 - The European Commission and UNICEF are again combining their efforts to combat severe malnutrition in the Sahel. The aim is to provide life-saving medical treatment for an estimated 437,000 severely malnourished children...

Universal birth registration could be lasting legacy of African Union’s 50th anniversary
ADDIS ABABA, 20 May 2013 – The 50th ‘birthday’ of the African Union is a chance to make a lasting commitment to the continent’s children by giving every child a name and legal status and bringing lasting change and social benefits for over...

European Union and UNICEF support the fight against chronic maluntrition in Niger
Niamey (Niger), 6 May 2013 – On Monday, the European Union and UNICEF signed a financial agreement worth 9.5 million euro (6.2 billion CFA Francs) to fight against child malnutrition in Niger.

Nets are key to cutting malaria deaths and illness – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 25 April 2013 – Malaria still kills 660,000 people every year, most of them African children. Universal coverage of insecticide-treated bed nets is key in making gains against malaria – one of the largest killers of children in the world.

African nations come together to spread the immunization message
BRAZZAVILLE/DAKAR/NAIROBI, 22 April 2013 - Reaching more people and strengthening immunization on the continent is the aim of the third African Vaccination Week (AVW) being celebrated from 22–28 April 2013.

Political support crucial to reach ‘the fifth child’ with vaccines
NEW YORK, 19 April 2013 – One and a half million children would not have died in 2011 had they been immunized, according to UNICEF at the start of World Immunization Week. But one in five children is not being reached with vital vaccines ...

More resources for children and women from income/natural resource rich countries in West and Central Africa
BRAZZAVILLE, 10th April 2013 – The first regional workshop on “UNICEF West and Central Africa Economic and Social Policy Strategy in Middle Income/Natural resource rich Countries” will be organized from 10th to 12th April 2013 in Brazzaville, by UNICEF.

Central African Republic in turmoil - UNICEF calls on all parties to protect children
GENEVA/BANGUI, 26 March 2013 – The lives of 600,000 children in Central Africa Republic are being seriously affected by the ongoing conflict across the country, UNICEF called on all parties to lay down their arms and to ensure the wellbeing of children

Global experts call for lifelong learning as the cornerstone of development
DAKAR, 19 March 2013 - Over 100 representatives from UN agencies, donors, academia and civil society organizations agreed today to put quality lifelong learning at the heart of the development agenda. Participants also mapped out ways to ensure all childr

850,000 children treated in Sahel for severe acute malnutrition in 2012: UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 December 2012 – A UNICEF progress report says that more than 850,000 children are expected to have received life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition across nine countries in the Sahel region during the course of 2012.

On Global Handwashing Day UNICEF says: It’s not complicated, but it’s crucial
NEW YORK, 15 October 2012 – 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.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: Women and Girls, the [in] visible force of Resilience
To actively engage women and girls in the field of disaster risk reduction and to allow them to be actresses of change and not mere victims, is the message promoted during the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day.

Girls’ education conference concludes with strong call to focus on the most marginalized children
Dakar, Senegal, 26 May 2010 – Although great strides have been made to get more girls into classrooms, those still out of school are likely to be from families already suffering social neglect and deprivation.

Global Luminaries Unite to Issue Urgent Call for a Polio-Free World
New and Existing Donors Underscore Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to End Polio Forever

UNICEF and European Commission put children first in emergencies
11 September 2012 – The European Commission will continue to prioritise funding for children in humanitarian emergencies, despite the economic challenges, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Krist

Media Advisory: promoting family based care for children in Africa
Dakar, Senegal, 23 September 2009 – The first international Conference in Africa on family based care will be held in Nairobi from 28-30 September 2009. Experts on children, social workers, NGOS, UN Agencies and government officials are expected.

Global child mortality continues to drop
New York, 10 September 2009 – UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five years of age continued to decline in 2008.

Giving Children an Identity – Right from the Beginning
African Ministers to agree on steps to strengthen civil registration throughout the continent.

UN Agencies warn that cholera epidemic is spreading in West Africa
Dakar SENEGAL/Brazzaville, REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 5 September 2012 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, are warning that the current cholera emergency in West Africa is set to get much worse.

UNICEF and UNAIDS Special representative for Children and AIDS, Princess Mathilde, and Dr. Piot visit Senegal and shine a spotlight on youth leadership.
Dakar, 6-7 December 2008 - In a joint mission to Senegal, Princess Mathilde of Belgium and UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot were active participants in this years 15th International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA).

Cholera upsurge kills more children in the Sahel
As the rainy season unfolds across the Sahel, a recent upsurge of cholera that has killed over 60 people and sickened about 2,800 this year is putting more and more people – especially malnourished children – at risk, UNICEF warned today.

On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF Welcomes New Initiative to Aid Children Affected by Conflict.
NEW YORK, 20 November 2008 – As the world commemorates Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF today welcomes the launch of a new group that aims to amplify the voice of those suffering as a result of conflict.

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”

Women break the silence in DRC - "Stop raping our greatest resource" Campaign
On Sept. 12th and Sept. 19th, UNICEF and V-DAY are organizing two one-day events as part of their joint campaign in the DRC: “Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource: Power to Women and Girls in DRC”.

UNICEF appeals for funds to respond to growing children’s emergency in the Sahel
DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 June 2012 – Appealing today for funding, UNICEF said nearly a quarter million children under 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition received life-saving treatment in the Sahel during the first four months of the year.

Polio eradication shifts into emergency mode: New cases at lowest levels ever, but funding gap threatens progress
GENEVA, Switzerland, 24 May 2012 – Despite the dramatic drop in polio cases in the last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and immunization gaps has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to launch an Emergency Action Plan.

Regional : UNICEF appeals for $237 million for emergencies in West and Central Africa
Dakar, Senegal, 13 February 2008 – UNICEF has launched an appeal for funds to assist emergency efforts in ten countries in West and Central Africa and to bolster emergency preparedness.

Tightening national safety nets for children in Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 7 May 2012 – From 7 to 9 May 2012, the biggest ever international conference on strengthening child protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa brings together more than 300 child protection practitioners from across the continent.

European Commission donates additional 16.5 million Euros to UNICEF’s Sahel appeal as dry season begins
BRUSSELS/DAKAR, 2 May 2012 - Two separate donations have been made to provide treatment for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the ongoing Sahel nutrition crisis in west and central Africa.

Charles Taylor verdict serves as warning to war-time leaders, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 April 2012 – The verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone is a victory for children recruited and used in war and will serve as a warning to other war-time leaders.

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.

UNICEF warns of looming children’s crisis in the Sahel
DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, Switzerland 9 December 2011 – An estimated 1,025,000 children in the Sahel region of Africa face severe and life threatening malnutrition during the coming year according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

Youssou N’Dour marks 20th anniversary as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 24 June 2011 – Grammy Award-winning musician Youssou N’Dour marked his 20th anniversary as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador today by calling for a continued push to help save and improve the lives of the most vulnerable children around the world.

Former President elects to fight childhood malnutrition
DAKAR, Senegal, 21 July 2011 – António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro aims to help combat childhood malnutrition in West Africa through his new role as Nutrition Advocate.

Measles outbreaks threaten progress in child mortality in West and Central Africa
Brazzaville/Dakar, 22 April 2010 – Sixteen countries of West and Central Africa are in the throes of a measles outbreak, with 22,364 cases and 185 deaths, in the year to 28 March.

UNGEI global conference on girls’ education focuses on preventing "56 million wasted opportunities"
Dakar, Senegal, 17 May 2010 – A conference designed to find new ways to ensure that some 56 million children – most of them girls – do not miss out on their right to education opens in Senegal today.

Africa united in fight against polio outbreak
Dakar/Brazzaville, 4 March 2010 - More than 85 million children under five years old will be immunized against polio in 19 countries across West and Central Africa in a massive example of cross-border cooperation.

The power of African football harnessed for children
Dakar, Senegal, 7 January 2010 - Fans of African football around the world will be enjoying the kick of the Cup of Nations in Angola this month.

Emergency action to save lives in West and Central Africa
Dakar, Senegal, 4 February 2010 – Today UNICEF releases its Humanitarian Action Report 2010 which calls for $263 million to respond to the needs of children and women affected by emergency situations in West and Central Africa.

UNICEF urges increased investment in Africa’s children for the continent’s future development
New York/Addis Ababa, 16 June 2010 – Many of the millions of African children who don’t live to see their fifth birthday could be saved with greater investment in basic health services and infrastructure.

UN chiefs unite against female genital mutilation/cutting
New York, 6 February 2010 - Progress has been made in recent years in reducing the incidence of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), largely because communities and families are taking action and calling for change.

World Breastfeeding Week: interview with Felicite Tchibindat, UNICEF Regional Advisor for nutrition
Dakar, Sénégal, 30 juillet 2009 - From August 1 to 7, individuals, organizations and governments around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, an event sponsored by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and supported by UNICEF.

UNICEF highlights child survival on the Day of the African Child
New York, USA, 16 June 2009 - Several African countries have made impressive gains in child survival in recent years but much more needs to be done, UNICEF said today in marking the international Day of the African Child.

Aid Organizations welcome ECOWAS Health Ministers call to intensify fight against malnutrition
Dakar, Senegal, 25 August 2009 - A broad Alliance of aid organizations, collaborating to combat malnutrition in West Africa, welcomes the new ECOWAS Assembly of Health Ministers nutrition resolution in the fight against child malnutrition.

An answer to West Africa's challenges - Child Rights
Dakar, Senegal, 19 November 2009 - A joint ECOWAS/UNICEF argument on the relevancy of child rights to advance West Africa's developement.

Global shock – the impact on west and central African children
Dakar, Senegal, 6 November 2009 - The cumulative effects of the global financial and food shocks on West Africa’s children have been pieced together at a series of meetings of experts convened by UNICEF.

Media advisory: West Africa synchronized polio immunization campaign, February-March 2009
Dakar, Senegal, 25 February 2008 - 53 million children under 5 are expected to be reached across 8 West African Countries in a coordinated polio immunization campaign. | 53 millions d’enfants ouest africains de moins de 5 ans seront vaccinés dans 8 pays.

MINURCAT facilitates joint UN humanitarian mission to Daha (Chad)
MINURCAT and UN agencies facilitated another joint humanitarian mission to Daha, at the Chad/Central African Republic (CAR) border.| La MINURCAT et les agences de l'ONU ont organisé une nouvelle mission humanitaire à Daha.

UNICEF-supported African directors’ films lend an artist’s view on child survival in Africa
Dakar, Senegal, 17 December 2008 – As part of the African continent-wide efforts to help countries accelerate progress on child survival in Africa, UNICEF has commissioned a series of seven signature films by African filmmakers.

West Africa on alert for meningitis epidemic
Dakar, Senegal, 8 March 2009 - A virulent meningitis outbreak affects four countries of West Africa claiming hundreds of lives. | Une épidémie de méningite affecte quatre pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest faisant des centaines de morts.

Children and Aids: Launch of the 3rd Stocktacking Report
New York, 1 December 2008 – Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released today by four United Nations agencies.

West and Central Africa faces worst meningitis epidemic in five years
Dakar, 17 April 2009 - An emergency response to combat a virulent outbreak of meningitis affecting four countries in West Africa has been started by UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies.

Global Handwashing Day - 15 Oct. 2008
Dakar, 13 Oct. 2008 - Children across the Region Unite to Encourage Handwashing with Soap / Des milliers d’enfants à travers la région s’unissent pour promouvoir le lavage des mains au savon

An obligation and a moral imperative to work together to end violence against women and children
NEW YORK, 8 March 2009 - This year, International Women's Day addresses an issue which shames the world.

 

 
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