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World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF
World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF Babies from the best places to be born up to 50 times less likely to die in the first month of life NEW YORK, 20 February 2018 – Global deaths of newborn babies re

UNICEF seeks $3.6 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in 51 catastrophic humanitarian crises
$32.8 million of appeal for children in Afghanistan as part of country’s Humanitarian Response Plan KABUL, Afghanistan, 30 January 2018 – UNICEF appealed today for $3.6 billion to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to 48 million children living

Afghanistan introduces rotavirus vaccine to protect infants and young children against severe diarrhoea
KABUL, Afghanistan, 27 January 2017 - The Government of Afghanistan today introduced rotavirus vaccine to prevent the spread of rotavirus, the most common cause of severe and fatal diarrhoea among infants and young children throughout the world. The vac

Finland contributes €2 million to UNICEF’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene programme in Afghanistan
Funds will enable children and families in Afghanistan to access safe drinking water, sanitation, healthy environments and improved hygiene practices. KABUL, Afghanistan, 11 January 2018 – The Government of Finland has contributed €2 million (approximate

Japan donates 17.7 million USD to provide life-saving vaccines for children and promote rural development in border area in Afghanistan
Joint Press Release Japan donates 17.7 million USD to provide life-saving vaccines for children and promote rural development in border area in Afghanistan Kabul, November 27, 2017 – Japan has announced the new projects to help eradicate polio and prev

World Children's Day
PRESS RELEASE It’s World Children’s Day in Afghanistan Over 130 countries provide a platform for children to speak out about their concerns; advocate for children being left behind KABUL, Afghanistan, 20 November 2017 – UNICEF today commemorates Worl

Government of Italy boosts efforts to eradicate polio and improve child nutrition in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 14 November 2017 – The Italian government today contributed 4.3 million euros to eradicate polio in Afghanistan and improve the nutritional status of children under the age of five. Of this amount, 2.5 million euros will go to UNICEF a

Statement by UNICEF South Asia Regional Director, Jean Gough, from Afghanistan and Pakistan border
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan, 13 November 2017 – “The town of Spin Boldak on Afghanistan’s southern border with Pakistan is at the epicentre of the global effort to eradicate polio. “This year, only Afghanistan and Pakistan have recorded wild poliovirus cas

United Kingdom Announces further $15m Funding to Improve the Lives of most vulnerable children in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 09 November 2017 – The United Kingdom today announced £10 million (over US$15 million) to help protect and improve the lives of children affected by ongoing violence and insecurity across Afghanistan. Over 5.3 million children are c

Nili, in Daykundi was declared as the country’s first ‘open defecation free district'
KABUL, NILI, Afghanistan, 02 November 2017 – Although the number of children under five years dying from diarrhea each year in Afghanistan has dropped below 10,000 for the first time, the disease still claims the lives of 26 children each day across the c

First ever ‘Girls’ Hygiene Day’ held in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 30 AUGUST 2017 – The first ever ‘Girls’ Hygiene Day’ in Afghanistan was marked today with a high level event at the Marble Palace under the slogan, ‘Nothing can stop me going to school’, to raise national awareness of the importance...

UNICEF and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan review progress of Country Programme of Cooperation
KABUL, Afghanistan, 23 July 2017–A mid-term review of the Country Programme of Cooperation (2015-2019) between UNICEF and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) was held today in Kabul to discuss progress in achieving key results...

Investments in poor children save more lives per dollar spent, new UNICEF study says
NEW YORK, 28 June 2017 – Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money, saving almost twice as many lives for every US$1 million spent as equivalent investments in less deprived groups...

Australia donates US$2 million for UNICEF’s humanitarian response to Children on the Move in Afghanistan.
KABUL, Afghanistan, 20 June 2017 - The Government of Australia today contributed US$2.2 million (AUD 3,000,000) for UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Afghanistan. The funds will support critical child protection, health, nutrition and water, sanitation...

Global leaders unite to bring polio one step closer to eradication
ATLANTA,12 June 2017 – Today, global health leaders gathered at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta to reaffirm their commitment to eradicating polio and pledge US$ 1.2 billion to finance efforts to end the disease.

Refugee and migrant children stranded in European transit countries suffer psychologically in the face of uncertain future - UNICEF
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 4 May 2017 – Nearly 75,000 refugees and migrants, including an estimated 24,600 children, currently stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Western Balkans are at risk of psychosocial distress caused by living in a protracted stat

Expanding access to vaccines is crucial for saving thousands of children’s lives across Afghanistan
KABUL 24 April 2017 – World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan by the Ministry of Public Health, WHO and UNICEF, together with national and international partners supporting immunization services in the country.

UNICEF and UNHCR welcome EU policy to protect migrant and refugee children
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 12 April 2017 - UNICEF and UNHCR today welcome a new policy guidance from the European Commission as an important milestone for the protection of migrant and refugee children.

At least 65,000 children released from armed forces and groups over the last 10 years, UNICEF
KABUL, Afghanistan, 21 February 2017 – At least 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups in the past 10 years, UNICEF said today as leaders from around the world gather in Paris on the anniversary of the Paris Commitments ...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of ICRC workers in Afghanistan and SARC workers in Syria
NEW YORK, 8 February 2017 – “We are saddened and outraged by the cruel killings today of six workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan, and two workers for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Aleppo, Syria.

Government of Japan commits US$ 12.4 million to provide life-saving vaccines and prevent the spread of infectious diseases in Afghanistan
KABUL, 13 December 2016 – The Government of Japan pledged $12.4 million today to Afghanistan to help eradicate polio and prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in the country. This is in addition to over $75 million of funding provided...

New UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan
Newly-appointed UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan, Ms. Adele Khodr, on Tuesday, 13 June 2016 presented her credentials in Kabul to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Financial and Administrative Affairs, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha.

Accelerated efforts needed to close the immunization gap in Afghanistan: life-saving vaccines must reach everyone
KABUL, Afghanistan, 25 APRIL 2016 – World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan at an event attended by H.E. Minister of Public Health Dr Ferozuddin Feroz and key national and international partners supporting immunization activities...

Education and healthcare at risk for children in Afghanistan
KABUL, 18 April 2016 – Children in Afghanistan increasingly struggle to access healthcare and education, the UN said in the report released today, ‘Education and Healthcare at Risk – Key trends and incidents affecting children’s access to healthcare ...

Kandahar Inaugurates New Regional Vaccine Storage Facility
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, 3 April 2016: The Ministry of Public Health and UNICEF today inaugurated a new regional vaccine storage facility in Kandahar for the Immunization Programme.

Afghanistan Ministries Join Forces to Launch Nationwide Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation
PARWAN, Afghanistan, 31 March 2016 – Afghanistan’s Ministries of Public Health and Education have joined forces to combat high levels of iron deficiency anaemia found in almost 31 per cent of the country’s adolescent girls.

Afghanistan launches use of Chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care to save newborn lives
KABUL, Afghanistan, 2 March 2016 – Afghanistan today launched the use of chlorhexidine, a proven and effective intervention to reduce newborn infections and deaths. When applied to the umbilical cord within hours of birth and in the critical first week ..

Government of Japan and UNICEF to provide life-saving vaccines for children in Afghanistan
The Government of Japan today committed US$15.6 million to Afghanistan to help eradicate polio and prevent the spread of other vaccine-preventable diseases in the country.

Statement: UNICEF responds to the attack on polio social mobilizers in Kandahar
UNICEF expresses deep sorrow at the attack on two women who were working as social mobilizers to support polio eradication in the city of Kandahar.

Central Statistics Organization and UNICEF Afghanistan launch Afghan Info Mobile Application
Free app makes accessible key development data on children and women KABUL, Afghanistan, 23 November 2015: The Central Statistics Organization and the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, today launched a new mobile application called Afghan Info...

UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition
Kabul Afghanistan, 18 November 2015 – Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition.

Afghan Cricket Board and UNICEF Unite To ‘Bowl out’ Polio
KABUL, Afghanistan, 2 November 2015 – The Afghan Cricket Board and UNICEF today launched 10-day National Cricket Tournament that brings together the country’s prominent cricket players for sport and to raise awareness about polio vaccinations...

UNICEF Afghanistan and Ghalib University discuss Child Malnutrition at Academic Symposium
KABUL, Afghanistan, 01 November 2015: A one day symposium on child malnutrition in Afghanistan was held today at Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, hosted by UNICEF Afghanistan and Ghalib University.

Inauguration of Vaccine Stores at Kabul International Airport
KABUL, Afghanistan, 27 October 2015 - The Ministry of Public Health with UNICEF support and the assistance of the Customs Department (Ministry of Finance) and airport authorities, has established a new vaccine storage facility at the airport, to...

Afghanistan and Pakistan Earthquake: Children cut off from Aid - UNICEF
KABUL/ ISLAMABAD, 27 October 2015 – Children in earthquake-hit areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan are facing further deadly threats as extreme conditions and insecurity cut off communities from aid - warns UNICEF.

On Handwashing Day Government, UNICEF and Children Start Campaign to Raise Awareness and Prevent Disease
Kabul Afghanistan, 28 October 2015 – To launch of Global Handwashing Day in Afghanistan on Tuesday and raise public awareness of the importance and simplicity of this life-saving action, school students at Manuchiri Girls’ High School in Kabul washed ...

Over 1 million Afghan Children to Benefit from New Injectable Polio Vaccine
As part of the Government of Afghanistan’s ongoing efforts to eradicate polio and strengthen routine immunization, H.E Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan, today formally introduced the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)...

UNICEF and Afghanistan Cricket Board team up for Child Rights
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and UNICEF Afghanistan today signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement to work together to eradicate polio in this country.

Vaccination Week kicks off in Afghanistan: Closing the immunization gap saves lives
World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan at an event attended by the Minister of Public Health and key national and international partners supporting immunization activities in the country.

Afghanistan Government and partners promote health interventions to save lives of 35,000 children by 2020
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, donors and international experts gathered today to review the country’s progress in maternal and child health, and identify ways to save over 35,000 lives of children.

“Safe Water, Better Lives”-the MRRD and UNICEF Afghanistan Celebrate World Water Day
The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) , the sector ministries and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) celebrated World Water Day today to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources in Afghanistan. ...

Government of Korea has pledged its support to health and nutrition services in most deprived provinces of Afghanistan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea has made a commitment today to provide USD 9,128,223 to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support a project to accelerate delivery of community and facility based services....

Sharp increase in the number of child casualties in the conflict in Afghanistan in 2013
According to the United Nations Secretary-General’s global report on Children and Armed Conflict released this week, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of children killed or injured as a result of the conflict in Afghanistan in 2013....

Life-Saving Vaccine Introduced in Afghanistan
As part of the Government of Afghanistan’s ongoing efforts to improve the health of the country’s future generations, H.E Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, today announced the introduction of the lifesaving Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)...

Code Watch 25 years of protecting Breastfeeding
World Breastfeeding Week 2006

Partnership agreement will see vital vaccines and medical supplies provided to Afghan Ministry of Public Health

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Attack Against UNICEF and Other Humanitarian Workers in Afghanistan
Following an attack upon a UNICEF vehicle near Herat on 12 May 2006, and the subsequent death of one UNICEF staff member and an NGO counterpart, and the serious injury to a second UNICEF staffer, the agency’s Executive Director issued the following statement

More than 200 literacy teacher trainees start preparations for delivering vital learning courses

Government and partners commit to improved care and support to most vulnerable children

Week-long visit to review agency’s preparedness plans, explore opportunities for programme delivery in insecure areas.

Major campaign to get underway in wake of new case of virus

Multi-partner initiative will increase effectiveness of vaccination programmes

Week-long trip to focus on progress for women and children, highlight need for renewed commitments

High mortality, low school enrolment and lack of social protection will hold back development

This year, UNICEF aims to provide up to $61 million worth of financial and technical support to a number of Government ministries in the areas of health, education and protection of women’s and children’s rights.

As representatives of more than 70 countries sit down tomorrow with leaders of the Afghan Government to shape the reconstruction framework for the nation, UNICEF is urging delegates to maintain a clear focus on the development needs of children and mother



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