Combatting severe acute malnutrition in Phnom Penh’s vulnerable communities
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 8 November 2016 – Yin Seiha is 15 months old. She lives with her mother Chea Sok in one of Phnom Penh’s slum communities, in a single room hut that floats on the Tonle Sap River. Smiling and playing with her one-year-old neighbour, it’s hard to believe that this is the same child that a month ago was struggling to live and in need of urgent treatment.
Working with communities to curb malnutrition in Sierra Leone
PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone, 3 November 2016 – It’s a rainy morning in Gbombana village, Port Loko district, but several women – and some men – have braved the downpour to get to the health centre. They have come for the weekly meeting of the Gbombana Mothers’ Support Group, a community platform for parents to share experiences and advice on infant and young child nutrition.
In Angola, keeping yellow fever cases at zero
LUANDA / CACUSO / CUANHAMA, Angola, 31 October 2016 – At the Lombe health centre in the town of Cacuso, Isabel, 10, sits slightly removed from a group of people who are waiting to be vaccinated for yellow fever. Shy and alone, she looks at the team of vaccinators not knowing what to do.
In Cambodia, bringing essential care to children and mothers in remote communities
PREAH VIHEAR PROVINCE, Cambodia, 24 October 2016 – Min Phath, 27, lies down on a colourful mattress under the thatched roof of Tmat Peoy’s community centre in Preah Vihear Province, northern Cambodia. Chhim Ren, a trained health midwife from the Takoeung Health Centre, gently examines her belly.
Community leaders unite against malnutrition in Burundi
MUGINA, Burundi, 30 September 2016 – “I don’t know what is happening with my little child. She is not eating well and has lost her appetite little by little. We are worried and I don’t like to see her suffering,” says 34-year-old Donavina Ndereyimana, a mother of five. She lives in Mugina, a poor community in the province of Cibitoke, and is one of the many mothers there who knows the anguish of having a child with severe acute malnutrition.
Preventing measles and rubella in Namibia's remote communities
ZAMBEZI REGION, Namibia, 21 September 2016 – For the next three weeks, Jackson Muhanda, his wife Rosemary and their three infant grandchildren will camp together along the shores of Lake Liambezi in Namibia. They will be joining hundreds of other men and women who rely on this huge body of water to make a living.
A healthy start for babies born in displacement camps in Iraq
DEBAGA CAMP, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, 16 September 2016 – On a late summer morning, Debaga camp is thronged with people. The camp was built to house around 5,000 individuals, but the population has grown to more than 36,000 in less than six months as displacement increases from villages and towns near the city of Mosul.
A day in the life of a community midwife in Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 10 August 2016 – At 8:20 am, I arrived at the Bani Hushaysh District, due east of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. The journey had started in the city at 7:00 am, and I was joined by UNICEF colleagues and staff from the Sana’a Governorate Health Office.
In Guinea-Bissau, exclusive breastfeeding protects the lives of infants and mothers
BIANGA, Guinea-Bissau, 2 August 2016 – The village of Bianga is located in Guinea-Bissau’s Cacheu Region, near the Cacheu river that feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. It is nearly 100 km from the capital, Bissau, and accessed by a bumpy dirt road that disappears under the dense canopy of cashew and palm trees. The only sound to be heard is the call of birds and the drone of cicadas in the afternoon heat.
In South Sudan, child malnutrition worsens as conflict hinders response
JUBA, South Sudan, 4 August 2016 – Before the fighting that shook South Sudan’s capital of Juba last month, staff at the Al Sabah children’s hospital were admitting about 30 children a day for the treatment of malnutrition. Today that number often surpasses 80.
In drought-stricken Ethiopia, stopping measles in its tracks
TIGRAY REGION, Ethiopia, 27 April 2016 – The little girls and boys line up at the Mereb Mieti Health Centre, rolling up their sleeves and baring their arms in turn as the nurse deftly administers the measles vaccine.
In Sierra Leone, saving lives with early infant diagnosis of HIV
KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 20 July 2016 – On a sunny day eastern Sierra Leone, Gladys Gassama gently welcomes a middle aged woman into her counselling room with a broad smile.
Fighting malnutrition in Pakistan with a helping hand from children abroad
MUZAFFARGARH, Southern Punjab, 7 July 2016 – It was only seven weeks ago that Haseena Fiyyaz walked into the Mehmood Kot Basic Health Unit (BHU) with her 10-month-old boy, Younas, in her arms. One could easily see that not only was the child frail and underweight, but so was the mother.
Families welcome vaccination campaign in Yemen
AL MUKALLA, Yemen, 22 June, 2016 – When two young health workers knocked at his door to vaccinate his seven grandchildren, Abdul Aziz Mohammed Basaad welcomed them into his home. Many parents simply bring their children to the door to be vaccinated, but Basaad’s offer of a brief rest in an air-conditioned room and a glass of juice and cold water were his way of showing his appreciation.
Making strides to improve maternal health in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 26 May 2016 – It’s antenatal care day at the George Brook Community Health Centre in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. A group of pregnant women chat and giggle as they sit on a long wooden bench in the corridor, each waiting her turn to see the midwife. In the delivery room, 28-year-old Zainab Turay struggles to handle the pain as her second child makes his way into the world.
Saving lives during childbirth in rural Liberia
KONOBO, Liberia, 12 May 2016 – Deep in the heart of Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, a newborn baby lies on a bed in the Konobo rural health centre. She is wrapped in a red and black lappa – a traditional Liberian cloth – and nurses and midwives come over periodically to check on her.
In Yemen, US$100 can save a life
SANA’A, Yemen, 5 May 2016 – Nestled in the heart of one of Sana’a’s many congested slums, is a single room with cold, bare walls that 33-year-old Nabeelah calls home. Inside, there is one bed, an open toilet and a small kitchen that can barely fit one person.
For female health workers in India, a new digital tool puts data at their fingertips
VIJAYAWADA, India, 20 April 2016 - For more than two decades now, 45-year-old Padmavati has been visiting pregnant women, mothers and newborn children in the Vijayawada district of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. With her, she carries several hardback paper registers – one for each village she visits – and carefully logs healthcare data as she goes.
Boosting birth registration in Pakistan with mobile phones
THATTA DISTRICT, Sindh Province, Pakistan, April 2016 – In Nabi Bukhsh Baloch, a rural community in Pakistan’s Sindh province, the entire village has come together to celebrate its newest resident. Mai Hajiani and her husband Ameer Bukhsh have just welcomed a baby boy, Darya Khan. In rural communities like this one, the birth of a child calls for joy and celebration, with festivities sometimes continuing for days and weeks, especially if it’s a boy.
Clubs, books and tape: The low-tech solutions saving children’s lives in Sierra Leone
ROGBONKO, Sierra Leone, 13 April 2016 – It’s eight o’clock on a Saturday morning, and the Rogbonko village centre fills with cheerful song and laughter as women gather around a simple picture book. This is the weekly meeting of the Rogbonko mothers’ support group, where pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and mothers with young children from the community come together to learn about nutrition.
The midwife of Mukalla, Yemen
MUKALLA, Yemen, 29 March 2016 – Entesar Saeed Bamoumen is a household name, here in the Roukeb district of the port city of Mukalla. You’ll see her criss-cross around the streets with her signature medical bag.
A lifeline for mothers and babies in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 29 December 2015 – Marie Tarawally disembarks slowly from the motorbike taxi, holding baby Yusufu. The two have travelled seven miles along the dusty roads that connect their village, Robuya, to Pate Bana Marank community health centre, in Bombali district, northern Sierra Leone.
Podcast #86: Peacebuilding through early childhood education
NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 November 2013 – Evidence shows that the early years of life are strong predictors for individual health and development, as well as cognitive and social-emotional development.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow says it's past time for polio to end
NEW YORK, United States, 24 October 2013 – There was a time when polio was one of the most feared diseases in the world. There was a time when, each year, thousands of children were left paralysed by this highly infectious virus.
In Brazil, a doctor's decades-long fight for child survival still going strong
FORTALEZA, Brazil, 14 October 2013 – “I still remember years ago the moment that it really struck me how bad the situation was,” recalls Anamaria Cavalcante. “I was working as a paediatrician in the neonatal unit of the Albert Sabin State Children’s Hospital here in Fortaleza. One day, I heard a scream and the crashing of cups coming from the emergency unit."
Early Childhood Peace Consortium launched at UNICEF
NEW YORK, United States of America, 25 September 2013 – “In every language, there is a word for peace; in every language, there is a word for children,” said Senior Adviser in the Early Childhood Development Unit at UNICEF Dr. Pia Britto, opening the launch of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium on 20 September at UNICEF House in New York.
Tackling malnutrition in Uganda with homegrown solutions
KICUZI, Uganda, 17 May 2013 – Peter, Erik and Dalton Butetera are huddled in a corner of their hut while health worker Beatrice Asaba prepares millet porridge at their home in Ibanda District in southwestern Uganda. Despite their different ages – Peter is 4, Erik 3, and Dalton only 2 years old – the brothers are nearly the same size. All three children are malnourished, and their physical similarity is the result of stunting.
Finding local solutions in a regional food crisis
DORI, Burkina Faso, 17 May 2013 - After 35 days at Dori Hospital, 15 of them in a coma, 2-year-old Mariama now weighs 6.5 kilograms and is on the road to recovery. When she arrived, she weighed just five kilograms and was suffering from severe malnutrition with complications. Over the last two years, this referral hospital in the hot and dry north of Burkina Faso has seen a steady flow of such cases, as a large-scale nutrition crisis across nine countries of the Sahel region has left more than a million children at risk for or suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Lenny Kravitz asks for your help in saving children from preventable diseases
NEW YORK, United States of America, 13 May 2013 – Four-year old Shahadat was crippled by polio when he was only 2. It came on suddenly, paralyzing his entire body. Shahadat can move his left leg, but he will never regain the use of his right leg. Living in cramped quarters near India’s capital, New Delhi, he faces a lifetime with a permanent handicap. Shahadat will never run home from school, chase a ball and live a life he deserved.
In Chad, anatomy of a vaccination campaign
WEST MONGO, Chad, 10 Jan 2013 - Four of Toma Mamout’s seven children died young, one from polio. Her loss became Ms. Mamout’s calling – working to encourage mothers in Chad to vaccinate their children.
Despite Ghana's booming economy, the poorest face challenges from malaria to child mortality
18 December, 2012, Accra – The poorest rural children are being left behind in Ghana’s booming economy, according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) report released in November by the Ghana Statistical Service, in collaboration with UNICEF. The survey found stark gaps between the survival, health and education of children in rural areas in the north of the country compared to those who live in the Greater Accra Region.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi campaigns for an end to preventable child deaths
NEW YORK, United States of America, 14 December 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi makes an urgent plea to strengthen efforts in child survival to save the lives of thousands of children dying every year from preventable causes.
As leaders gather to discuss vaccines at the GAVI Forum, the United Republic of Tanzania introduces new vaccines for pneumonia and diarrhoea
MOROGORO, United Republic of Tanzania, 6 December 2012 – As the mercury crept up to the upper range of the 30s (C) and the humidity approached 100 per cent, Upendo Philip, 24, and her 1-month-old baby Ustant crammed onto a motorbike with a driver, a cousin and her baby. They made their way to the Melela Health Facility 25 km away from their tiny village of Meleo, in Morogoro Region, 200 km south of the nation’s capital.
Executive Director Anthony Lake discusses UNICEF's drive towards the finish line - an AIDS-free generation
NEW YORK, United States of America, 30 November 2012 - As countries across the globe observe World AIDS Day this year, they do so with two dates in mind. One is 1 December – the day of the event itself.
In Haiti, kangaroo mother care helps stabilize the health of premature babies
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 16 November 2012 - Marie Michelle François lies on a bed in the neonatal unit. Her newborn baby is strapped to her stomach in a stretchy wrap. His head is covered with a thick knit hat, despite the sweltering heat. Born at 32 weeks, he is one week old and weighs less than three pounds. His eyes flutter, but he does not awaken.
World Pneumonia Day places emphasis on biggest killer of children
NEW YORK, United States of America, 9 November 2012 – Monday, November 12th marks the fourth World Pneumonia Day. UNICEF is calling for a greater effort to eradicate the disease, which is the biggest killer of children under 5 years old.
In India, Formula 1 star and UNICEF Ambassador Fernando Alonso says hand-washing is a simple solution to saving millions of children's lives
NEW DELHI, India, 5 November 2012 – Formula 1 driver and UNICEF Ambassador Fernando Alonso visited the village of Tugarpur, Uttar Pradesh, to promote hand-washing with soap.
Acclaimed illustrator Sophie Blackall joins the fight to abolish measles
NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 October 2012 - Acclaimed illustrator Sophie Blackall has designed a series of posters for the Measles and Rubella Initiative.
Community workers take healthcare to the hardest-to-reach villages in Namibia
OPUWO, Namibia, 18 October 2012 - In its quest to ensure that no child die from preventable diseases, the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia, with the support of UNICEF and development partners, has deployed 34 health extension workers as public service employees to extend healthcare and social welfare services from health facilities into the community.
In the Central African Republic, UNICEF and partners bring healthcare to displaced families
OBO, Central African Republic, 17 October 2012 – In a hospital pediatric ward, three babies are recovering from malaria. Moris Mbodoli is looking after his son Anissa. “When Anissa had fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, I brought him here. We have been here for three days now. He is getting better and will be able to leave today,” he says.
UNICEF requires US$900 million to meet the needs of children and women worldwide
New York, United States of America, 17 October 2012 - UNICEF has revised its Humanitarian Action for Children appeal upwards by 14 per cent to US$1.46 billion for 2012.
CNN and UNICEF raise awareness of the silent emergency of child stunting
New York, United States of America, 16 October 2012 - CNN has partnered with UNICEF to put the international spotlight on the global crisis of stunting, or low height for age in children. About 165 million children under the age of 5 suffer from stunting, with more than 90 per cent of them living in Africa and Asia.
In Malawi, compulsory universal birth registration protects children from abuses and opens access to social services
LILONGWE, Malawi, 10 October 2012 - Newborn Joshou Nandola is bundled warmly in a big woolly blanket. Joshou’s name is written on his birth report. Joshou will know his birthday.
UNICEF and partners respond to the refugee situation in Maban, South Sudan
BUNJ, South Sudan, 5 October 2012 - You can hear the heavy rains outside the hospital in Bunj, in Maban County, South Sudan. Inside, Dr. Evan Atar treats 2-year-old Mustapha for severe malnutrition.
In Cambodia, a push to bring healthcare to remote areas
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 4 October 2012 - Baby Moeun has just come into the world. Though he doesn’t know it, he has a difficult journey ahead of him.
In Japan, football star Makoto Hasebe appeals for support for the world's children
TOKYO, Japan, 3 October 2012 - “This will become the symbol of our town’s recovery,” said mayor of Minami-Sanriku Cho Jin Sato of the town’s new kindergarten.
In remote regions of Bangladesh, community health workers break barriers to healthcare
SUNAMGANJ, Bangladesh, 3 October 2012 – Rita Rani Boidda walks for miles every day in Sunamganj district, in one of the most remote regions of Bangladesh. She goes from door to door, navigating narrow lanes under the scorching sun, in the pouring rain, sometimes along a flooded terrain.
In the Republic of Korea, parliamentarians reaffirm their commitment to reducing preventable child deaths
SEOUL, Republic of Korea, 1 October 2012 - This fifth birthday party was not a typical one, here at the Korean National Assembly building. Nearly 100 dignitaries and university students gathered to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Korean Parliamentarian Friends of UNICEF (KPFU).
Nutrition takes centre stage at United Nations headquarters
NEW YORK, United States of America, 27 September 2012 - Nutrition was the focus of a high-level event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations headquarters, New York.
United Nations Secretary-General hosts high-level polio meeting
NEW YORK, United States of America, 28 September 2012 - Yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted the most important meeting on polio eradication of the past 20 years.
In Nepal, a national plan has been launched to improve maternal and child nutrition
KATHMANDU, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, 27 September 2012 – Nepal took a historic step last week as diverse sectors came together in pursuit of a common goal – to reduce undernutrition.
United Nations Commission lays out plan to improve access to life-saving health supplies for women and children
NEW YORK, United States of America, 26 September 2012 - Members of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children today submitted a new plan and set of recommendations seeking to increase the supply of, and access to, life-saving and affordable medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable women and children.
In Cambodia, village health volunteers provide critical help for pregnant women and newborns
KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia, 24 September 2012 – Eighteen-year-old Srey Neang is eight months pregnant with her first child. Because there are few employment opportunities in her village, Ms. Neang and her husband work in a neighbouring village in Kampong Thom. A labourer in a rice field, Ms. Neang has had little access to health services and information.
Issue of The Lancet on child and maternal health highlights equity and accountability
LONDON, United Kingdom, 20 September 2012 - A week after UNICEF and partners released data showing that rapid progress has been made in reducing the number of children dying before the age of 5, and with the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, the call is louder than ever to reach the estimated 19,000 children who still die every day from mostly preventable causes.
Education a first step to improving nutrition security in Burkina Faso
OUAHIGOUYA, Burkina Faso, 10 September 2012 - A thin dusting of bright green shoots covers the sandy plains around Ouahigouya, in northwest Burkina Faso. Recent rains have broken a three-year drought, and vegetation in this arid region has come to life.
Survey results: Child malnutrition rates remain alarming in Chad
WADI FIRA, Chad, 30 August 2012 – The fire that broke out at the Biltine health centre in Chad’s Wadi Fira region was something these people could ill afford.
Fragile newborns survive against the odds
TAMALE, Ghana, 7 August 2012 - Awintirim Atubisa spent the first two months of his life tied to his mother’s chest in a cloth ‘pouch’, just like a baby kangaroo. When he was born, six weeks premature, he weighed 1.3kg and was at risk of hospital-acquired infection, severe illness and respiratory tract disease.
'RapidSMS' and mobile apps create waves of change in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Zambia
MAZABUKA, Zambia, 10 August 2012 – In a cubicle at Nameembo Rural Health Clinic in southern Zambia, Gloria Moonga quietly holds her six-week-old son Issac Simooya. Nurse Eklina Chibenga pricks the infant’s tiny toe to collect five dime-sized circles of blood onto a sheet of paper.
Child Friendly Spaces Restore Normalcy in Syrian Children’s Lives
HERMEL, Lebanon, 20 July 2012 – 13-year-old Hiba* has a determination rarely seen in a child of that age. “I want to go back home, I loved it back there in Syria,” she says. “For now, I want to do French classes here to be able to go to school. I have lost one year. I do not want to lose another one.” Her classroom in Syria was destroyed by a bomb, an act she witnessed, but she remains strong and looks to the future. “This is all I wish for - to go back to school.”
Zimbabwe Education system on the road to recovery
CHEGUTU, Zimbabwe 11 July, 2012—Owen Simon from Bryn School in Chegutu District towers above most of his fellow Grade 5 classmates. At 16 years old, Owen should be in his second year of secondary education but due to circumstances beyond his control, he finds himself in Grade 5.
Pneumococcal vaccine launched in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 31 July 2012 – At Kuwadzana Polyclinic, in a surburb of Harare, 3-month-old Joe Mahachi was the first child to receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV 13), which protects children against pneumonia, the world’s leading killer of children under age 5.
In Yemen, a community volunteer overcomes obstacles to helping malnourished children
HODEIDAH GOVERNORATE, Yemen, 31 July 2012 – Mona Ali Aiash, a community volunteer in Deer Aiash Village of Hodeidah Governorate, conducts bi-monthly house visits to families with children under age 5.
Outpatient services save the lives of severely malnourished children in Nigeria
KATSINA, Nigeria, 20 July 2012 – The first rains have arrived in northern Nigeria. Tufts of guinea corn are peeking out from the soil. Farmers are optimistic that this year’s growing season will yield good results – yet hundreds of children are packed into a community clinic near Katsina, seeking treatment for severe acute malnutrition.
Ahead of major international conference, UNICEF stresses need for innovation to eliminate new HIV infections
NEW YORK, USA, 19 July 2012 – As experts gather in Washington, D.C., on 22 July for a major international conference on rolling back the HIV and AIDS epidemic, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake will host a leadership forum on the need for innovation to eliminate new HIV infections in children.
UNICEF, EU and the Government of Uzbekistan recommit to equitable health care for mothers and children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 19 July 2012 – UNICEF, the Government of Uzbekistan and the European Union (EU) signed today a tri-partite agreement for the implementation of phase II of the EU-UNICEF Development Cooperation Programme ‘Improvement of Mother and Child Health Services in Uzbekistan (IMCHS)’. The agreement embodies a joint commitment by the three partners to strengthen health governance, improve quality of care for mothers and children, and promote health-seeking practices among families and communities.
In India, women-led self-help groups empower women and improve health
VALSAD, Gujarat, 16 July 2012 – Twenty-two-year-old Sharuben Kurkutiya feared her family would not be able to save the money needed to have her first child delivered at the local hospital in her remote village of Ozharaifaliya in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
In Yemen, therapeutic feeding centres treat child malnutrition, educate parents
SANA’A, Yemen, 13 July 2012 – Odai is recovering from severe malnutrition. At 4 years and 10 months old, he weighs a mere 10 kg. He had experienced bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea for weeks. Eleven days ago, his grandmother, Katiba, brought him to the therapeutic feeding clinic at Sana’a Sabeen Hospital.
In Yemen, landmines and unexploded ordnance pose grave threats to children
SANA’A, Yemen, 12 July 2012 – Ten-year-old Ameed doesn’t enjoy leaving the house so much anymore, but today he has to. His father is taking him to the hospital. Two months ago, he stepped on a landmine, which destroyed one leg and maimed the other. Now, the pain has gotten worse.
UNICEF and partners support the distribution of food supplements for children at risk of malnutrition in Mauritania
KIFFA/BOUGHADOOUM, Mauritania, 9 July 2012 – At 8 a.m., 22-year-old Tahya Mint Bowbe, her 11-month-old son Cheikh and her 3-year-old sister Aminte Mint Bowbe waited in a queue of children and women at the health centre in Kiffa. They were there to participate in a malnutrition screening for children under age 5 and a blanket feeding program providing food supplements to all children aged 6 to 24 months.
State-of-the-art care for Gaza's infants
GAZA CITY, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 6 July 2012 – On a sunny day in Gaza, Mirfat Ali cuddled her 10-day-old baby Mahmoud. With the sun pouring in from the window, her concern slowly eased: her infant had finally stopped coughing.
In Ethiopia, health services are protecting drought-affected children from malnutrition
KORRE ROGICHA, Ethiopia, 3 July 2012 – Shilime Erbo, a single mother of two, sits outside her hut in Korre Rogicha Village, contemplating their family’s future.
In Zimbabwe, a weeklong immunization campaign focuses on ending preventable diseases
SEKE, Zimbabwe, 27 June 2012 – At 10 a.m., Seke Rural North Clinic was a hive of activity. It was the first day of the National Immunization Days, a countrywide immunization campaign, and the turnout was huge.
Social mobilization campaigns help reduce child mortality in Madagascar
TULEAR, Madagascar, 25 June 2012 – Onja is a star, the lead singer of Tinondia, one of Madagascar’s most famous bands. Eliane, by contrast, is not famous at all. Eliane grew up in the poor, glamour-less world of a slum in the south-western city of Tulear.
UNICEF engages community leaders and parents to increase vaccine coverage and eliminate polio
KAGANGA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 21 June 2012 – Since 2010, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has had 193 polio cases.
Saving children from malnutrition in drought-affected Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 18 June 2012 – One-year-old Liliane Juelma was diagnosed with malnutrition in May. “She was with diarrhoea, vomiting, breathing problems and fever,” said her mother, Justina Cambovio, 25. “I had to rush with her to the hospital.” Liliane was admitted at the therapeutic feeding center in Huambo, Angola.
Child Survival Call to Action summit closes with commitment to eliminate preventable child deaths
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 16 June 2012 – Ethiopia’s Minister of Health opened the second day of the Child Survival Call to Action conference in Washington, D.C, by encouraging countries to take ownership of new international momentum to reduce child mortality.
Child Survival Call to Action challenges the world to reduce child mortality
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 14 June 2012 – United Sates Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged international leaders gathered at Georgetown University to commit more resources and effort to reduce the numbers of deaths of children.
In Kenya, maternal shelters are part of a broad package of care designed to reduce child mortality
GARISSA, Kenya, 14 June 2012 – The moment the labour pains set in for Shagaa Issack, the caretaker shifted her full attention to the mother. The caretaker, at the maternal shelter in Kenya’s North Eastern Province, helped Ms. Issack slowly make her way to the Garissa Provincial General Hospital, just 300 metres away.
In DR Congo, UNICEF supports efforts to help child labourers return to school
KIPUSHI, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 13 June 2012 – Sweat is running from 16-year-old Bitshilwalwa Bukula’s forehead as she tries to smash a rock into smaller pieces. A small plastic canopy offers some protection from the harsh midday sun, but the work is hard.
In Malawi, Health Surveillance Assistants provide a life-saving link between communities and the health care system
CHIMPHANGA VILLAGE, Malawi, 11 June 2012 –Blessings Makono has been up since 8 a.m. conducting a ‘village clinic’ outside his house. Ten women are seated on the dusty floor, their babies tightly wrapped on their backs with the traditional chitenje cloth.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo calls for help in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 11 June 2012 – As conditions in the Sahel region of Africa continue to worsen, international recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo has added her voice to the movement to save the lives of more than 1 million children under age 5 who are at risk of deadly severe acute malnutrition.
In Lao PDR, a UNICEF-supported workshop helps health workers tackle malnutrition
SEKONG PROVINCE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 11 June 2012 ¬– Nearly 40 local nurses and doctors have gathered at the Health Department in Sekong, a rural province in southern Lao PDR.
In Indonesia, community-based approaches tackle deadly childhood diseases
NUSA TENGGARA TIMUR, Indonesia, 7 June 2012 – In Loli Village, Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, Sua Augustinus Hauloni is feeling much happier about his family’s health.
With pneumonia and diarrhoea vaccines, Rwanda makes gains in child survival
RUTONDE/KIGALI, Rwanda, 6 June 2012 – With heavy breathing, fever and no appetite, 8-month-old Elie Noikumwenagyo arrived at the Rutonde health clinic in rural Rwanda. There, he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
In Uzbekistan, children learn proper hand-washing to prevent worms and other diseases
FERGHANA VALLEY, Uzbekistan, 5 June 2012 – Some 900,000 children between ages 6 and 11 received deworming tablets during Hygiene Promotion and Deworming Week, and event held in Andijan, Ferghana and Namangan provinces of the eastern Ferghana Valley.
Post-natal home visits improve newborn survival in Gaza
GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 1 June 2012 – Every year, an estimated 1,600 babies die in the first four weeks of life in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Most of these newborns deaths could be prevented if mothers and newborns’s health was systematically evaluated, and if young mothers received advice on how to best care for their children.
In Lesotho, reaching all pregnant women with health services to eliminate paediatric HIV infections
PHELINDABA, Lesotho, 30 May 2012 – Thato* and her husband Thabang Peli* are both living with HIV. They are healthy, thanks to the antiretroviral therapy that they take regularly. And thanks to preventative therapies, both of their sons, ages 5 years and 9 months, were born free from the virus.
In New York, UN Commission convenes to increase access to life-saving health products for children and women
NEW YORK, USA, 24 May 2012 – The United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children convened in New York this week to finalize recommendations for urgent action to help women and children around the world.
In Bangladesh, early childhood education is a strategic investment for the future
NEW YORK, USA, 24 May 2012 – Five-year-old Shawpona lives in a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In this overcrowded urban community, row after row of straw and iron shacks are squeezed tightly together. Living conditions are difficult.
Increasing demand for vaccination services in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 24 May 2012 – In the past, parents would wait for vaccinators to visit their homes on National Immunization Days (NIDs). But this recent round of immunizations saw throngs of mothers arrive at the Munuki Primary Health Care Center to have their children vaccinated – an indication that parents are increasingly motivated to protect their children from deadly but preventable diseases like polio.
Legendary bike race Giro d’Italia supports UNICEF’s ‘Believe in Zero’ campaign
ROME, Italy, 23 May 2012 – Giro d’Italia, the legendary bicycle road race for professional cyclists, is supporting UNICEF’s ‘Believe in Zero’ campaign, a global movement to eliminate the 7.6 million deaths among children under age 5 that occur every year.
UNICEF report reveals drowning is a leading cause of child death in parts of Asia
LAP VO DISTRICT, Viet Nam, 22 May 2012 – It is every parent’s nightmare. Their child is missing. Friends and family are frantically searching. Minutes turn to hours. So it was for Mrs. Nguyen Thu Thao when her 9-year-old son Tong went missing from their village in the south of Viet Nam.
Ghana Health Service and UNICEF encourage mothers to deliver with help from skilled birth attendants
TAMALE, Ghana, 14 May 2012 – Midwife Doris Azuma Bugri was sitting on the veranda of the Moglaa clinic, in northern Ghana, when she saw a pregnant woman walk into a compound across the street.
In Ghana, a cash transfer programme seeks to help the country's poorest families
TAMALE, Ghana, 10 May 2012 – Azara Abukari once prayed she would never again have to serve her family the brew of hot water, salt and pepper that had become their standby meal.
In rural Ethiopia, UNICEF and ECHO support community-based nutrition services for children
HARAMAYA, Ethiopia, 9 May 2012 – At one month old, Hannan Mohammed Ibrahim lost her twin sister. Soon after, their mother, Sephora Adem, fell seriously ill.
Community health workers provide crucial health services in Ghana's remote communities
TAMALE, Ghana, 9 May 2012 – One morning about 10 years ago, Afakiba Azure’s daughter, Ndepoka, started vomiting. She did not stop for three days. On the fourth day, Ms. Azure strapped the 10-year-old girl to her back and walked 10 hours to the nearest hospital. But in spite of the nurses’ efforts, Ndepoka died.
Community-led sanitation saves lives in rural Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 8 May 2012 – “It was a night in April,” explained Annour. “Our child began to vomit and have diarrhoea repeatedly. We gave him water, thinking that it would pass, but it went on. No one in the village health centre knew what it was, so we decided the next morning to take him to the hospital in N'Djamena – but he died on the way.”
Swedish singer and songwriter Laila Bagge visits children living in the slums of Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 3 May 2012 – For Laila Bagge, the Swedish singer and songwriter, visiting the residents of T and T colony, a slum in Dhaka, was a life-changing experience. During her three-day trip, Ms. Bagge also visited a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space, a place for children to play and learn, and she spoke to children about their experiences growing up in urban poverty.
Ghana launches vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhoea, the country's biggest child killers
ACCRA, Ghana, 27 April 2012 – Alimatu Mohammed drove for three hours on a rattling minibus to get her son treated for severe diarrhoea at a hospital this week.
On World Malaria Day, DR Congo launches a mass distribution of mosquito nets
LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 25 April 2012 – Today, on World Malaria Day 2012, a new mass campaign was launched, aiming to distribute 13.7 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) to help protect people against malaria.
Slow but steady results in Angola’s fight against malaria
LUANDA, Angola, 25 April 2012 – Today, 25 April, is World Malaria Day, an event that calls attention to the critical need bring malaria under control.
UNICEF report calls for more focus on protecting adolescents
NEW YORK, USA, 24 April 2012 – UNICEF has appealed for more to be done to protect the world’s adolescents from violence, disease and illiteracy.
Innovative delivery system improves the distribution of supplies to displaced families in DR Congo
MIKETO CAMP, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12 April 2012 – The sun beats down mercilessly on the Miketo Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), but the people still wait patiently for their names to be called.
Micronutrient Days fight Viet Nam’s 'hidden hunger'
BINH THANH TRUNG, Viet Nam, 11 April 2012 – It is 7 a.m. and Binh Thanh Trung commune’s health centre is buzzing. Today is Micronutrient Day and over 700 children are expected to participate.
South Sudan faces challenges providing maternal and child health care
TORIT, South Sudan, 10 April 2012 – It was a busy morning in the maternity ward of Torit Civil Hospital, Eastern Equatoria State. Three newborns were welcomed into the world, all in good health. Surrounded by family members, Lugina Michael let out a sigh of relief.
In Lao PDR, media workshop encourages positive, holistic early childhood development
VIENTIANE, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 28 March 2012 – Stunts by a miniature red buffalo stole the show at a recent ceremony held to screen new media productions for children in Lao PDR.
Podcast #54: What does it take to educate a girl?
NEW YORK, USA, 5 March 2012 - Significant progress has been made towards providing education for all, yet according to UNESCO an estimated 67 million children still remain out of school – and over half of them are girls.
Reaching the vulnerable Ik community of Uganda’s Karamoja Region
KARAMOJA REGION, Uganda, 5 March 2012 – Magdalena, 12, is eager to go to school. She dreams of becoming a nurse or a doctor one day, to serve her people when she grows up.
UNICEF launches flagship report in Mexico City, warns that cities are failing children
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 29 February 2012 – UNICEF yesterday launched its flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’ in Mexico City, warning that rapid urbanization is leaving millions of disadvantaged children behind. At a press conference in the Presidential Palace, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and President of Mexico Felipe Calderón called for greater focus on children in slums and shantytowns who suffer from the greatest deprivations.
UNICEF and partners promote girls' education in Darfur, Sudan
NYALA, South Darfur, Sudan, 29 February 2012 – No one quite knows how Qud al Haboob elementary school got its name. From its location, on the dusty outskirts of Darfur’s largest town, Nyala, one may surmise it refers to the blinding haboob dust-storms that sweep periodically across much of Sudan.
Zimbabwe’s Health Transition Fund receives a ₤50 million boost to save women’s and children’s lives
CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe, 23 February 2012 – In a move to reverse the high maternal and child mortality rates in Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom has strengthened its partnership with UNICEF Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare by announcing a ₤50 million (US$78.4 million) injection into the Health Transition Fund, a fund geared towards strengthening health systems to ultimately save the lives of more than 30,000 children under age 5 and pregnant women.
UNICEF launches flagship report focusing on urban children
UNICEF’s flagship publication, 'The State of the World’s Children 2012' (SOWC), says that almost half the world’s children now live in urban areas, and it’s calling for greater emphasis on identifying and meeting their needs.
In Chad, clean and sustainable water and sanitation systems keep families safe from disease
N'DJAMENA, Chad, 17 February 2012 – While N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, bakes in the midday heat, Aisha Adoum uses the harsh sun to dry tomatoes, ochre and berries for the market. It is the dry season here, with dust coating everything. Children find relief playing in the low and polluted lakes and rivers, alongside carpet washers.
With cash transfers, UNICEF and partners aid drought-affected families in Niger
GAWOUNAWA, Niger, 27 January 2012 – At the end of the farming season, Halima Isaka sat with her 10-month-old daughter at the edge of their family’s field, watching as her husband loaded a pile of dried millet stalks onto an oxcart.
‘Humanitarian Action for Children 2012’ calls for continued focus on the Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, 26 January 2012 – The ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa will remain a significant part of UNICEF’s global humanitarian response in the coming year, according to the ‘Humanitarian Action for Children 2012’ report, which launches tomorrow.
In Uzbekistan, expanding health care to the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach
KARAKALPAKSTAN, Uzbekistan, 20 January 2012 – In the remote Khujayli District of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, the Saparova family can often be found in a traditional yurt at the back of the house, escaping the worst of the summer heat.
In Rwanda, successfully fighting a resurgence of malaria
NYAMATA, Rwanda, 19 January 2012 – Across Rwanda, children are benefiting from faster malaria diagnosis, the widespread distribution of nets, and the diligence of hospital and health centre staffs determined to keep malaria in check.
Improving schools for children with disabilities in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 17 January 2012 – Five years ago, students with disabilities at Murama, a child-friendly school in Rwanda’s southern Bugasera District, felt isolated from their classmates, unable to participate in even a simple game of hide-and-seek or football. Today, thanks to a better understanding of their special needs, this has changed.
Life-saving action against cholera in DR Congo
MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 16 January 2012 – “At the beginning I thought she had just diarrhea, but when she didn’t stop vomiting I took her to the hospital, where they told me it might be cholera,” said Getou Bofala, 35.
After Pakistan’s floods, mobile teams bring health messages to villagers
BADIN DISTRICT, Pakistan, 13 January 2012 – Andraj, 11, looks up at a familiar sound. His eyes brighten and, without pausing to put on his shoes, he dashes barefoot out of his house.
In Haiti, improving care for children on the streets and in residential care
CAP HAITIEN, Haiti, 6 January 2012 – Almost every day, Father Stra walks around the city of Cap Haitien looking for boys on the streets who are ready to move to the sanctuary of the Don Bosco Centre.
Increasing local capacity to end child malnutrition in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 January 2012 – More than 40 women, most of them cradling babies, sit shoulder-to-shoulder in the small waiting room of the Martissant Community Clinic. By day’s end, more than 150 women will arrive to see the clinic’s medical or nutrition staff.
UNICEF plans major expansion of global vaccine programme
NEW YORK, USA, 3 January 2012 – UNICEF is preparing ambitious plans to update, strengthen and vastly expand its global vaccination programme.
In Ethiopia, bringing child pneumonia deaths down to zero
OROMIA REGION, Ethiopia, 27 December 2011 – One-year-old Kedir Mudi and his mother, Alemnesh Gerefa, play in the waiting area of the health post in Derer Ebija, a rural village in Oromia Region. Only three months ago, this happy toddler came dangerously close to death after contracting pneumonia, one of the leading killers of children in Ethiopia.
Simultaneous measles and polio vaccination drives to protect children in DR Congo
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 23 December 2011 – “Since her birth, I have brought my daughter regularly for vaccination to the health center,” said Benjamin Bikangi, 35. “We have so many difficulties in this country. I want her to be safe, at least from diseases.”
In disaster-prone Bangladesh, a UNICEF-supported programme helps children stay in school
NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2011—Low-lying Bangladesh is one of the countries most affected by climate change, and the people who live in the Chars – small islands created by floods or erosion in the vast Ganges delta—are the most vulnerable of all.
UNICEF supports interventions to break the polio cycle in DR Congo
KINSHASHA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 20 December 2011 – “Who cultivates ignorance will harvest disease!” These were the closing words of a sketch performed in Popokabaka, part of a recent polio drive launched in response to the country’s rash of polio cases this year.
Expanding basic health services to children and women in Mali
NEW YORK, USA, 13 December 2011 – The roar of a motorbike heralds the arrival of health workers in a remote village in Kayes District, Mali. They are bringing life-saving medical supplies to communities that lack easy access to health care.
Innovative programme brings pre-school education to the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, USA, 12 December 2011—Mohammad Azizul Islam, 28, is a trader in Chinipara, in the remote Rangpur region of Bangladesh. As a landless man, he has very few opportunities to make a living.
Botswana commemorates the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
GABORONE, Botswana, 9 December 2011 – Sixteen years have passed since Botswana ratified the Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC). To commemorate this anniversary, UNICEF organized an art fair for 50 children with disabilities. ‘Thari ya Bana – Reflections on the Children of Botswana 2011’, the second edition of a report on the situation of children in the country, was also launched to mark the occasion.
Field diary: Marsupials are model mums in Ghana
TAMALE, Ghana, 7 December 2011 – Kangaroos were the last thing I expected to be discussing with my new colleagues when I arrived in West Africa last month. When I moved from Australia to Tamale to write about UNICEF’s work there, I had braced myself for the unfamiliar – villages of squat mud huts, gritty harmattan winds and the crackled sound of the muezzin’s call to prayer.
A young leader works to confront the effects of climate change in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, 5 December 2011 – “We cannot really change the world, but we can change ourselves for the world,” said Arnel Alipao, an 18-year-old youth advocate from Mainit, Surigao del Norte, in the Philippines.
First inclusive film festival on child rights unveiled in Croatia
RIJEKA, Croatia, 2 December 2011 - For the first time in Croatia, visually and hearing-impaired children enjoyed screenings of more than 30 movies mostly produced for and by kids during a recent UNICEF-supported Child Rights Film Festival “Cinequity”.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham highlights issues of street children on Philippines visit
MANILA, Philippines, 2 December 2011 – Visiting children who had formerly lived on the streets, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham spoke about the importance of caring and supportive families.
UNICEF celebrates the work of its global volunteers
NEW YORK, USA, 2 December 2011 - United Nations Volunteers come from all over the world with different skills and backgrounds, but they have one thing in common; an abiding passion to improve the lives of others.
South African youth question national response to climate change
DURBAN, South Africa, 30 November 2011—As world leaders gather in Durban this week seeking a consensus during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP17), young South Africans have been asking tough questions about national responses to climate change and designing their own plans to make a difference.
Religious leaders gather to help improve the health of Angola’s children
KUITO, Angola, 29 November 2011 – This week 80 church leaders, civil society activists and government representatives from nine provincial districts descended on the central province of Bié to learn how simple, high-impact and affordable changes in behaviour can help improve the health and well-being of Angola’s children.
Guyana’s political parties sign an agreement pledging their commitment to children’s rights
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, 29 November 2011— Earlier this month, Guyana’s presidential candidates and four major political parties signed an agreement which pledged their unequivocal support for children, ensuring that their rights are prioritized in policy making and their laws and policies are child-focussed and child-sensitive. They also agreed to promote children’s right to survival, development and protection from harm.
Study highlights the impact of climate change on children in South Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa, November 28 2011—Climate change will exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities of children in South Africa, unless mitigation and adaptation strategies are child-sensitive and implemented swiftly.
Calle 13 lend their voices to the fight against human trafficking
NEW YORK, USA, 22 November 2011 – They broke records at the Latin American Grammy’s last week by sweeping 9 awards in a night , and now Calle 13 are breaking new ground with a campaign against human trafficking and exploitation.
In Uganda, world leaders focus on creating a safer future for children
KAMPALA, Uganda, 22 November, 2011—Florence Hadija Nalwooga, 13, walked quietly to the podium on November 19 to address the first-ever National Day of Prayer and Action for Children in Uganda.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira promotes girls' education in India
UDAIPUR, Rajasthan – 21 November 2011 - Their worlds could hardly be more different – Shakira, the pop superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, 34, independent, sassy, a household name – used to the glitz and glamour of the world stage. And a group of poor, young Rajasthani girls – four of them already married off before they turned 11; all of them the first females in their families ever to be educated.
UNICEF aims to make nutrition a national priority in Niger
Kollo, Niger, 17 November 2011 – In the Integrated Health Center of Kollo, South Niger, a few women holding their emaciated babies line up in front of the out-patient therapeutic feeding center (CRENAS). Zelika Marou has four children. Today, she brought her 11-month-old daughter, Fati Hama, for her weekly consultation.
UNICEF provides support to struggling families in Lesotho through cash transfers
MASERU, Lesotho, 16 November 2011 -The tremors of the global economic slow-down have reached Matiisetso Ntlale’s granary in the mountains of Lesotho. A half-full 25kg bag of corn, a head of cabbage and a near empty bottle of cooking oil, make up the entire contents of her storeroom. These should miraculously last her and her three grandchildren for the next three weeks as breakfast, lunch and supper.
In Haiti, art is helping children cope with life-changing situations
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 16 November 2011 – “We stand up and life goes on come join us in our celebration of life.” a chorus of Haitian voices sings. “We are singing this song to invite children to join us and have fun,” explained Bertrand Labarre, Executive and Artistic Director at Haiti en Scene. This UNICEF partner NGO specializes in using art to help children express their feelings and thoughts, reinforcing their resilience and facilitating their healthy psychosocial development.
Musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker perform for Beijing's migrant children
BEIJING, China, 15 November 2011- For 12-year-old Chunchun, a child of migrant workers, meeting world class violinist Micha Afkham was extremely inspiring and motivating. Having played harmonica since grade one in the Zhongwu Primary School, Chunchun would like nothing more than to make music her profession one day.
UNICEF partners with the Malaysian Government to address child poverty
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 14 November 2011 – Since mid-2010, 14-year-old Esther Vishvani has lived with her parents and three siblings in a rented low-cost flat in Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the 1,896 units in the complex, a high-rise project that is part of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government’s initiative to provide low-cost housing for households with a monthly income of less than $478. The family moved there after they lost their previous low-cost flat to foreclosure.
Early Childhood Development providing a better start for South African children
CAPETOWN, South Africa, 14 November 2011 - The day begins early for Lindiwe Lindiwe, a 21-year-old mother of two. Before the sun has broken over the horizon, she has already started cooking the porridge for two-year-old Vuyelwa while she also feeds and dresses four-week-old Siya. Once the two girls are dressed and ready, she walks ten minutes up the hill to the Imizamo’yethu Day Care Centre.
New ‘resource pack’ developed by UNICEF provides fresh perspective on understanding children
NEW YORK, United States, 8 November 2011 – It’s being considered a breakthrough in communication strategies for children – a ‘resource pack’ developed by UNICEF, which provides development professionals with a fresh perspective on understanding children, by producing media and materials specifically for, and about them.
UNICEF-supported mosquito net distribution campaign helps fight malaria in Guinea Bissau
GUINEA BISSAU, Bissau, 8 November 2011 - Mosquito-borne malaria is one of the principal causes of death, underweight babies, and premature births in Guinea Bissau. To help fight this deadly scourge, the Ministry of Health, with UNICEF support, ran a mosquito net distribution campaign last week, which aimed to provide one net for every two people across Guinea Bissau – over 880,000.
Zimbabwe launches health transition fund to revitalize care for children and women
MARONDERA, Zimbabwe, 2 November 2011 — In a move to revitalise Zimbabwe’s ailing health system, the Government, in partnership with UNICEF and international donors, has launched the Health Transition Fund to reduce the country’s high maternal and child mortality rates.
Providing vital care for Rwanda’s vulnerable children
KIVUMU, Rwanda, 1 November 2011 – Perched high in the hills above Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, a project is transforming the lives of nearly 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children.
UNICEF Ambassador Fernando Alonso promotes polio eradication in India
NEW DELHI, India, 1 November 2011 - “Polio is a terrible, crippling disease of children, which we can and should eradicate from the planet,” said Fernando Alonso during a visit to the Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya Paediatric Hospital in late October.
UNICEF's week-long handwashing campaign reaches 1,500,000 people across Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia, 24 October 2011 – Last week, millions of people across the globe commemorated Global Handwashing Day by celebrating the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective, simple, and affordable way to prevent disease. In Somalia, UNICEF and partners marked the event with a week-long series of events, including the installation of handwashing facilities in numerous health centres and schools throughout the country.
In Benin, care centre offers a path away from poverty
PARAKOU, Benin, 19 October 2011 – Two years ago, Eric N’Koue was nearly sold by his father to child traffickers. Fortunately, he was intercepted by police and brought to the UNICEF-supported Saint Joseph Centre, a facility providing care and opportunities for vulnerable children in the eastern city of Parakou.
UNICEF and partners focus on the prevention of sexual abuse against girls in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 19 October 2011 – When Linda*, 16, entered into an agreement with her well respected 40-year-old teacher to exchange sex for good grades, she had no understanding of the inherently exploitive nature of the relationship.
Communities band together to reopen schools damaged in the Libyan conflict
AJDABIYA, Libya, 17 October 2011 – Burnt out tanks, armoured cars and spent ammunition shells line the road between Benghazi and Ajdabiya, an apocalyptic landscape left by the battles that took place here only weeks ago. After residents of Ajdabiya fled the conflict, the military occupied the town’s abandoned schools, which, in turn, made them prime targets for attack.
Plumpy’doz distribution fights malnutrition in Madagascar’s remote south
ITAMPOLO, Madagascar, 14 October 2011 – It is 7.30 a.m. in the village of Itampolo, on Madagascar’s remote south-west coast. Outside the village health centre, Tilda Rainivomalala, 35, is among a group of women and children waiting in the shade of a mango tree. She has 10 children, and today she has brought Mahatratse, one, and Momoni, four, to the health centre to be screened for malnutrition.
UNICEF-supported programme brings hope to severely malnourished children in Viet Nam
KON TUM, Viet Nam, 13 October 2011 – Two-year-old A-Thau lives with his family in a simple house in a remote village in Kon Tum – a central highland province of Viet Nam. The smallest of six children, he is mainly looked after by his elder siblings, as his parents are too busy working in the fields to care for him all the time. Low birth weight and a lack of nutritious food resulted in recurrent illness and when his parents eventually brought him to the district hospital with a high fever and breathing difficulties, he was diagnosed as having pneumonia and severe acute malnutrition.
Experts urge international community to improve the standard of care for vulnerable children
NEW YORK, United States, 11 October 2011 – Sterling Vincent was just five years old when she was separated from her family in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. A family found the little girl wandering in the rubble and took her in. When asked, Sterling was unable to provide information about her parents or the location of her home.
Second round in measles vaccination campaign allows children to ‘catch-up’ in India
DABHIPUR, India, 11 October 2011- In November of 2010, the Government of India, supported by UNICEF and WHO together with other Measles Initiative partners, launched the measles ‘catch-up’ campaign with the aim of reaching 134 million children in 14 high risk Indian states, to prevent an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 child deaths annually. Recently, the second dose of the measles vaccine was administered to children at outreach sites all across the country, and for those who missed out on their first scheduled dose at nine months, they were given a chance to ‘catch up’ with those children who have already received it.
Community-based support reaches South Africa’s most vulnerable and marginalised children
GAUTENG, South Africa, 11 October 2011 - The ‘model’ of community-based childcare known as Isibindi, was developed by the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW), in response to the impact of AIDS and poverty on South Africa’s children. Isibindi has proved to be a successful method of ensuring community-led support for orphaned and vulnerable children - and one of the reasons for this is its consideration of all a child needs.
UNICEF and partners aim to end harmful practices towards children and women in Guinea-Bissau
CANQUEBO, Guinea-Bissau, 4 October 2011 - Thanks to the intervention of the NGO Tostan, whose ongoing actions are helping to change long-held erroneous attitudes, customs, and traditions, the inhabitants of Canquebo village can now rest assured that the days of harmful practices towards women and children are numbered.
Eight million children vaccinated against measles and rubella during national campaign in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 29 September 2011 - Eight million children were vaccinated against measles and rubella (MR) recently, during a week-long campaign in Uzbekistan. With the aim to protect all children between the ages of one and 14 years, against the two highly contagious diseases, vaccination points were opened in all primary health facilities, schools, preschools, and orphanages across the country.
In Côte d’Ivoire, a young rape victim regains self-confidence with UNICEF support
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 28 September 2011 – The first day of school should be an exciting time, full of expectancy and hope. Sadly, for young Tamira* it only manages to bring back the horrifying memory of a brutal rape she endured last October, just steps away from her grandmother’s house.
Five more nations sign international accord to stop children from being forced into conflict
NEW YORK, USA, 27 September 2011 - Five more nations have officially committed to ending the phenomena of children in armed conflict by signing the Paris Commitments. The inclusion of Angola, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica and San Marino means that 100 nations have now pledged to do everything they can to protect children from being forced into conflict.
A future prison provides educational opportunity for Pakistan’s flood-displaced children
THATTA DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 26 September 2011 - Inside the high walls of a prison near Thatta city, children displaced by Pakistan’s recent monsoon floods are enjoying the opportunity to return to class. A prison may seem a surprising place for a relief camp, but this jail is only partially completed, and the large empty, flat space inside the walls make for an ideal location to set up row upon row of tents.
New programme aims to stop the transmission of polio in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 23 September 2011 – Chad’s fight to eradicate polio has become a national emergency as the number of registered polio cases has risen to over 90 to date this year.
Field diary: A safety net for the most vulnerable families in drought-prone Tigray, Ethiopia
MEKELE, Ethiopia, 22 September 2011 - The town of Mekele in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, which borders Eritrea, is only an hour’s flight from the capital, Addis Ababa, but in some ways, it’s a world away.
In Burkina Faso, leaders meet to discuss the importance of investing in nutrition
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 21 September 2011– Recently nominated Nutrition Advocate for West Africa, and President of Cape Verde from 1991 to 2001, Mr. António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro has ended a three-day visit to Burkina Faso ahead of his participation at the UN High Level Meeting on Nutrition in New York on 20 September 2011. In his new role, Mr. Monteiro is engaging with senior government officials on the importance of investing in nutrition not only to reduce the burden of undernutrition and child mortality, but also to increase economic development throughout the region.
UNICEF aims to reduce the rates of infant and maternal mortality in Afghanistan
DAIKUNDI PROVINCE, Afghanistan, 19 September 2011 – Few roads lead to Daikundi, Afghanistan. It is the heartland of a hard land - so barren and remote, even the conflict cannot reach it. Ironically for a country at war, it is not violence that puts the lives of mothers and small children at risk but the simplest act of giving life and struggling to survive.
Children help younger friends and neighbours prepare for primary school in Ethiopia
NEW YORK, USA, 1 September 2011 – Shefena Gebre Egziabeher, 12, is in the sixth grade and excels at school. “Of all the subjects I take, my favourites are math and English. I like them because they are simple if you apply yourself,” she says.
Improving lives by providing access to safe water in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 23 August 2011 – For seven-year-old Babylove Milande Clement, every new day means tiring walks in the sun across her displacement camp outside of Port-au-Prince to buy safe water for her and her mother. Carefully balancing the water-filled bucket on her head so as not to spill a drop, she makes her way from a water kiosk to the tent where the two live alone.
‘International Inspiration’ initiative helping Mozambique’s vulnerable children develop through sport
SOFALA, Mozambique, 23 August 2011 – The young crowd of students standing on the perimeter of the sandy football pitch erupts into shouts of joy as a goal is scored. In this poor coastal province of Sofala in central Mozambique, football is a game of great dreams and aspiration.
Exclusive breastfeeding ensures a healthy life for Lesotho’s children
TEYATEYANENG, Lesotho, 22 August 2011 – Malefu Kobisi, 28, is a proud mother of a bouncing seven-month-old baby girl, Qenehelo. For the first six months of Qenehelo life, her mother religiously fed her child with only breast milk - a practice known as exclusive breast feeding.
On World Humanitarian Day, the UN celebrates the extraordinary efforts of aid workers
NEW YORK, United States, 19 August 2011 - From the Horn of Africa to Haiti, Pakistan and Japan, millions of aid workers are working tirelessly to help those in need. They brave danger and take on the greatest risks in countries far away from their homes to help others rebuild their lives, survive war and battle disease.
Promoting education and investing in the future in Côte d'Ivoire
TCHELIBEGUEVOGO, Côte d'Ivoire, 17 August 2011 – UNICEF in collaboration with Ivorian Regional Direction of National Education recently lent its support to a new community school constructed in the rural village of Tchelibeguevogo in northern Côte d’Ivoire. 11 neighbouring villages joined in a collective effort to build the centrally located school that will provide educational opportunity to an area, which previously had to rely on one school in Korhogo over 100 km away.
New pipeline brings hope to drought-affected communities in Kenya
TURKANA DISTRICT, Kenya, 16 August 2011 - In the middle of the dry river bed, children and adults alike worked to collect water from the dirty puddle at the bottom of the pit. Taking small, quick scoops in order to avoid the grit, the group patiently gathered just enough water for drinking. Without sediment, the water looked clean, but no amount of diligence could get rid of its saltiness or the fluoride contamination which makes this water barely potable.
In DR Congo, fundraiser aims to raise US$4 million for provincial child protection plan
LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of the Congo,16 August 2011— On June 24, a fundraising gala organized following this year’s Day of the African Child gathered over 100 local authorities, development partners, businesspeople, parents and children around one shared goal – making child protection a tangible issue in Southern DR Congo.
UNICEF aims to ensure the right to education for young parents in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 12 August 2011 – Jonathan Pavon, 17, is finishing up the last year of secondary school in Quilmes, a medium-sized municipality in the suburbs of the nation capitol of Buenos Aires. As a young father to two eight-month-old twin girls, Maia and Umma, he constantly struggles with the idea of dropping out of school and entering the work force.
Podcast #44: Young people assess the needs of their peers
NEW YORK, USA, 11 August 2011 – This week marks the end of the International Year of Youth, a year dedicated to celebrating young people’s achievements as well as creating more opportunities for youth to engage fully in the development of their societies. Although people under 24 represent nearly half of the world’s population, in many countries they often lack freedom, equal opportunities and quality education that is their basic right.
UNICEF and partners work to break the cycle of malnutrition and disease in DR Congo
KALEMIE, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 5 August 2011 – For the people of Kalemie, living on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, water from the lake is a lifeline – but also poses dangers, especially to children.
Spreading the word about infant and young child nutrition in Uganda
KIBIITO, Uganda, 2 August 2011 – In the lush district of Kibiito, western Uganda, the morning mists have quickly burned off the banana-covered hillsides by the time mothers have lined up at a local health centre for check-ups. Some women carry children on their backs, wrapped tightly in a colourful tied cloth known as a kitenge. One mother simply balances her baby on her hip, casually shifting him from side to side as the line moves forward.
Field diary: The road to Dadaab
DADAAB, Kenya, 25 July 2011 – Driving the nearly 100 kilometre sand road from the Somali border to the refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, is like an otherworldly odyssey across an arid landscape seemingly devoid of life.
In Ethiopia, UNICEF-supported programme fights malnutrition amidst severe drought
BELINA ARBA, FEDIS, 25 July 2011 – Genete Mohammed carries her 18-month-old daughter Iman to the Belina Arba Health Post in drought-affected Fedis District in Eastern Ethiopia for the weekly UNICEF-supported outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP).
UNICEF delivers crucial supplies as the situation in the Horn of Africa deteriorates
NEW YORK, USA, 22 July 2011 – A tragedy of epic proportions is unfolding in the Horn of Africa, where hundreds of thousands of children are facing death due to starvation. The disastrous combination of a paralyzing drought, skyrocketing food prices and conflict has left over 11 million people battling hunger to survive.
UNICEF Executive Director meets villagers in drought-stricken Turkana, Kenya
TURKANA DISTRICT, Kenya, 18 JULY 2011 – A typically warm Turkana welcome greeted UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake when he visited the village of Kapua in north-western Kenya this weekend.
Health-post network brings basic services closer to rural populations in Niger
MARADI, Niger, 14 July 2011 – The health post of Sarkin Yamma-Sofoua, a rural village in the Maradi Region of south-east Niger, opened six years ago. Ever since then, every day has been a busy one for Chaïbou Balla, the community health agent in charge of the post.
Challenges ahead to strengthen children’s rights as South Sudan prepares for independence
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 July 2011 - The celebrations on the streets of Juba have already begun. School children waving flags and carrying banners have joined tribal warriors and soldiers in rehearsals for Saturday’s big celebrations. As South Sudan gets ready for becoming the world’s newest nation, the pride and excitement is visible on every face.
South Sudan and UNICEF inaugurate a new ward at the country’s only children’s hospital
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 July 2011 - As South Sudan prepares for its independence, the opening of a new ward at a children’s hospital marks a small but significant step towards tackling the daunting challenges facing public health officials in the region.
In Ethiopia, UNICEF helps meet water supply challenges in drought-hit Raya Azebo district
AZEBO, Ethiopia, 1 July 2011 – Tilalem Kiros, 13, a seventh grader in Raya Azebo district in the Tigray Region of northern Ethiopia, wants to be a doctor when she grows up. But she fears her daily struggle for water will ultimately prevent her.
UNICEF report highlights need for doubling child budget in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 30 June 2011 – The children filed one by one to the front of the room, each grabbing hold of the microphone and, before a large audience, pausing thoughtfully before asking questions to the awaiting panel. “I have no parents and I live in a shelter,” said 13-year-old Mohammad Shajun. “There are many children like me. We want to know what the Government is doing to help us.”
Cash transfer initiative breaks cycle of poverty for families in the Philippines
PASAY CITY, Philippines, 29 June 2011 – Despite much discussed economic growth in the Philippines before the global recession, more than 40 per cent of Filipino households live on less than $2 a day. To break the cycle of poverty, the Government has launched a five-year-long conditional cash transfer programme known as the ‘Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme’ or ‘4Ps’.
UNICEF joins other agencies in Tanzania in signing the first UN Development Assistance Plan
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 28 June 2011 – A breakthrough in United Nations cooperation took place last Friday in Tanzania as Ramadhani Khijjah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance in the United Republic of Tanzania, and Alberic Kacou, the UN Resident Coordinator, led the signing of the first United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP).
Oliver Mtukudzi unveiled as UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 23 June 2011 – Through his powerful lyrics, renowned Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has spoken out against stigma, discrimination and abuse of children.
Nepal celebrates becoming the second country in Asia to become free of minefields
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 22 June 2011 – As monsoon clouds gathered over Phulchowki hill, in the south-western rim of Kathmandu valley, two loud explosions filled the air. Guests cheered as smoke billowed from the top of the 2,700 metre hill. Nepal had become free of minefields.
UN Secretary-General launches global drive to meet sanitation targets by 2015
NEW YORK, USA, 21 June 2011 – Sanitation and access to proper toilets must be at the centre of discussions on development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering this morning at UN Headquarters that included members of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and other dignitaries.
In Armenia, parliamentarians commit to invest in early childhood development programmes
YEREVAN, Armenia, 21 June 2011 – More than 30 parliamentarians from Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEECIS) gathered for a three-day regional conference in Armenia.
Delegates gather in New York to promote and protect the rights of children with disabilities
NEW YORK, USA, 20 June 2011 – A distinguished set of experts and advocates on the rights of children with disabilities convened at UN Headquarters last Friday to discuss promoting and protecting the rights of children with disabilities.
Renowned photographer Jan Grarup documents UNICEF child survival efforts in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 17 June 2011 – Renowned Danish photographer Jan Grarup recently visited Central African Republic (CAR) to document the challenges facing young children in the country, and how UNICEF responds.
In DR Congo, poverty pushes thousands of children on to the streets of Kinshasa
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 16 June 2011 – “Children are sacred. People must understand that even if they are poor they can't throw them out like garbage," says Matondo Kasese, a former priest who works with street children.
Prime Minister launches UNICEF-supported free and compulsory education campaign in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho, 16 June 2011 – Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and UNICEF Representative in Lesotho Ahmed Magan have been backing a new nationwide campaign to boost school enrolment in the African nation.
Basketball stars visit UNICEF-supported malnutrition treatment centre in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 June 2011 – UNICEF Haiti hosted National Basketball Association (NBA) Star and Sacramento Kings’ centre Samuel Dalembert and Nykesha Sales, a six-time Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) All-Star, in a visit to a malnutrition centre in a hospital still recovering from the January 2010 earthquake.
Young Bolivians on working in one of the world's most dangerous mines
POTOSÍ, Bolivia, 11 June 2011 – Thirteen-year-old Agustin Leandro's life revolves around mining. He lives in a shack right outside the entrance to a mine shaft at the famous Cerro Rico mine in the city of Potosí, where he worked two hard years digging for ore from the age of nine.
German's story: Swapping sugar cane fields for school in Bolivia
SAN JUAN DEL CARMEN, Bolivia, 10 June 2011 – In the shadow of a sea of sugar cane fields, German Tumpanillo, 13, rattles off what he likes about his new community.
Communities mobilize to stop child labour in India
DUNGAPUR, India, 10 June 2011 – When Mukesh Somaji Damore, 12, left his village two years ago to work in the cotton fields, he missed home. Every morning, on an empty stomach, he would wake up at 4 a.m. to start pruning and pollinating cotton plants.
UNICEF supports final push to eradicate polio in India
MORADABAD, India, 8 June 2011 – For 14-year-old Paro, it’s a momentous day. She’s the proud leader of the ‘Bulawa Toli’, a group of children who run from house to house, lane to lane, blowing whistles and shouting slogans to herald the arrival of polio vaccinators in their community.
Juliana's story: Recovering from the violence in Côte d’Ivoire
DUÉKOUÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 6 June 2011 – In late March, heavy shooting broke out in the village of Niambly in western Côte d’Ivoire. Juliana Glomao, 13, and her family had to flee quickly.
UNICEF water and sanitation programme helps save children’s lives in conflict-affected Darfur
NORTH DARFUR, Sudan, 2 June 2011 – Amira says she is 15 years old, but she looks much older. In the last five months, her family has had to move three times because of on-going instability in North Darfur. Her mistrustful eyes hint at the hardships she has faced in her short life.
In Somalia, UNICEF constructs classrooms and trains teachers for children displaced by conflict
BOSSASO, Somalia, 26 May 2011 – In classroom number two at a primary school located in Shabelle camp for displaced people in Bossaso, Deputy Headmaster and maths teacher Abdijabar Odol Mohamed has neatly written down a set of quizzes on the blackboard.
UNICEF provides shelter and sanitation to families and children displaced by conflict in Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya, 25 May 2011 – Young boys are playing football in the yard and a group of girls are skipping to ring-a-roses in the far corner while their parents look on. A fourteen-year-old boy in a wheelchair is sitting in the shade talking to a group of friends.
Indigenous Indian children thrive in child-friendly residential schools
DALEIGUDA, India, 24 May 2011 – Krupasindhuv Pangi knows the challenges that indigenous communities face. At the age of five, his family lost their land when it was taken from them to build a factory.
Child injuries highlight devastating effects of conflict in Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya, 24 May 2011 – Ayman Ali, 14, is lying on a stretcher bed in the medical tent of a boat arriving into Benghazi’s port from Misrata. Both his wrists are heavily bandaged and his eyes stare out ahead of him.
Weeks before Southern Sudan's independence, UNICEF helps children in troubled border areas
MALAKAL, Southern Sudan, 19 May 2011 – The bullet hole is high on the whitewashed wall of what is, in other respects, a perfectly normal conference room, the kind you might find in a UNICEF office anywhere in the world. But to the staff of UNICEF’s Malakal office, the broken plaster – and its ricochet in the frame of a map on the opposite wall – is a stark reminder of the challenges they face.
UNICEF symposium highlights increasing number of young migrants
NEW YORK, USA, 17 May 2011 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has highlighted the increasingly important issue of young people’s migration at an international symposium held at UNICEF House.
In Malaysia, UNICEF equity programme enables undocumented children to enrol in school
KAMPUNG NUMBAK, Malaysia, 16 May 2011 – For residents of the village of Kampung Numbak, on the coast of Malaysian Borneo, home is a community built on stilts above the seaside – a cluster of creaking walkways and steel rooftops.
UNICEF injury prevention initiative protects children's lives in Viet Nam
CAN THO, Viet Nam, 10 May 2011 – Economic and social progress in Viet Nam has brought change to people’s lives in Truong Lac commune in the province of Can Tho. Roads are now busy with trucks, cars and motorbikes. As a result, children are facing increasing risks.
Polio immunization campaign aims to reach millions in Democratic Republic of the Congo
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 May 2011 – Severine Nabintu, 35, brought her six-month old child to the launch two weeks ago of a national immunization campaign against polio in South Kivu province in DR Congo. “I’ve brought my child to vaccinate him and protect him from polio,” she said.
Thousands of displaced Ivorians return home to face new challenges
MAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 4 May 2011 – Reine Kpea Zehe, her husband and sister-in-law pack two heavy bags filled with cooking pans and clothes on to a small barge on the Liberian side of River Nuon, a 50-metre wide border with Côte d’Ivoire.
UNICEF supports a widespread immunization campaign in Occupied Palestinian Territory
EIN AL BEIDAH, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 3 May 2011 – The Ein Al Beidah clinic in northern West Bank was overcrowded as mothers rushed to get their children vaccinated during Regional Immunization Week.
European Union parliamentarians see improving maternal and child health in Uzbekistan
SYRDARYA PROVINCE, Uzbekistan, 3 May 2011 – Sixteen members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) visited Uzbekistan last week, where they heard feedback from beneficiaries of the Mother and Child Health (MCH) project.
UNICEF-trained volunteers promote exclusive breastfeeding in Republic of the Union of Myanmar
PHYU, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, 26 April 2011 – Daw Than Than Sein, 62, has seen and done it all when it comes to child rearing. She is a mother of 10 and has eight grandchildren.
Delivering health care to infants in earthquake-stricken Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 25 April 2011 – “Learning my baby girl is in good health, I feel so relieved,” says Mariko Matsuno, holding her 5-month-old daughter in her arms. It’s the first time her infant has had a check-up since March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Health workers and community members work together to prevent child malnutrition in Ethiopia
DEDER DISTRICT, Ethiopia, 20 April 2011 – Sartu Abdela, a community health worker in the village of Oda Kebena, holds a meeting for mothers with children under the age of two in a local administration office. The mothers, wrapped in colourful outfits, have come for a monthly nutrition check-up for their children, who will be weighed and have their mid-upper arm circumference measured.
Fighting malnutrition and building capacity for child health in Haiti's camps
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 13 April 2011 – Thanks to UNICEF and its partners, many mothers in Port-au-Prince are now more aware of the dangers even mild malnutrition in early childhood poses to the mental and physical well-being and development of their children.
In Rwanda, education and health programmes provide children with a better start in life
KIGALI, Rwanda, 7 April 2011 – Rwanda faces a number of issues, from poor sanitation and high HIV rates to a large percentage of orphaned children. UNICEF and partners are tackling these challenges through a series of national and local initiatives.
Local launch of 'The State of the World's Children 2011' in Nepal
ACHHAM, Nepal, 24 March 2011 – Shuffling their feet backward and forward, a dozen boys and girls moved gracefully in circles singing a ‘deuda’, a traditional form of song and dance popular in the far western hills of Nepal.
UNICEF works with communities to improve key family practices in Niger
GARIN BAWA, Niger, 24 January 2011 – In the courtyard of her family’s compound, Zuliah Baba, 32, goes through her nightly chores under a full moon. The familiar sounds of similar household routines echo through this rural village – chores that are being influenced by an innovative new UNICEF programme, Key Family Practices, which is having a dramatic impact on child health in Niger.
UNICEF accelerates child survival efforts as Southern Sudan looks to rebuild
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 12 January 2011 – It is nearly daybreak outside Juba's El Shabbah Children’s Hospital, where a group have women wait patiently to be let in. Soon after sunrise, their patience is rewarded as the hospital springs to life like a well-oiled machine.
UNICEF in 2010: The year in review
NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 – For UNICEF and the world’s children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities. As 2010 draws to a close, it’s worth highlighting some of the moments that made this a year like no other.
In India, UNICEF Executive Director urges focus on most vulnerable children to save lives
RAMPUR RATNAKER, India, 7 December 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited the Indian state of Bihar today and administered oral polio vaccine to babies brought by their families to be immunized during Village Health and Nutrition Day, which offers integrated health services to villagers once a month.
Rights advocate Graça Machel pledges support for Zimbabwean children at risk
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 6 December 2010 – A chance to laugh and dance, to talk, share, learn from the experiences of others – this was the opportunity a group of Zimbabwean children had recently when child rights advocate Graça Machel spent the morning with them in Harare.
UNICEF partners with religious leaders to improve maternal and child health
NEW YORK, USA, 3 December 2010 – Tens of thousands of Congolese Muslims gathering for prayers in Kinshasa’s Martyrs Stadium heard an unusual message this past Eid Al Adha when their imam, Sheikh Abdala Mangala Mwana Luaba, urged mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies during the six first months of life.
Inter-faith leaders advocate for breastfeeding in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 30 November 2010 – Marking the recent World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, representatives of various religious faiths joined hands with UNICEF Nepal in advocating better lives for children around the globe.
Second phase of polio immunization campaign carried out in DR Congo
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 23 November 2010 – DR Congo took a major step toward eradicating polio this month with the second round of a mass immunization campaign targeting children under the age of five in nine provinces.
In Yemen, community midwives save lives
HODEIDAH, Yemen, 23 November 2010 – Foreegah Ayeesh still remembers the afternoon a few months ago when she was called to check on Amat al-Rahman, who was 17 and pregnant.
UNICEF supports revitalized health service in post-conflict Angola
KARIONGO VILLAGE, Angola, 15 November 2010 – Nurse Judith Abrantes has a warm and kindly face, and a tough temperament. The women who jostle in the queue of her paediatric clinic can expect care and understanding, but the ones who push to the front get a stern telling-off.
UNICEF and partners battle newborn deaths in India's Rajasthan State
UDAIPUR, India, 12 November 2010 – Kiran Sharma stands watch over her six-day-old nephew huddled in an incubator under a pink blanket with teddy bears covering his frail body. The baby boy and his twin sister each weighed just over a kilo at birth; their mother was seven and a half months pregnant when they were born.
Nationwide training in Uzbekistan prepares children in the event of a disaster
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 11 NOVEMBER 2010 - In the boys and girls dormitory huts of the Kimyogar Summer Camp, the young campers appeared to be taking an afternoon nap. However, the intermittent giggles and elbow nudges hinted that all was not as it seemed.
UNICEF supports Mother and Child Health Week amidst crisis in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 8 November 2010 – Volatiana Rafaramalala sat in the community hall of Ankazotoho Anosimahavelona, a neighbourhood of nearly 11 000 people, on the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo.
At regional workshop in Namibia, African parliamentarians vow to do more for children
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 5 November 2010 – There is a growing recognition in Eastern and Southern Africa that child-sensitive protection policies are a critical way to provide a social safety net for the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Recently, Members of Parliament from across the region committed to pass better aimed at creating social policies that protect children.
Angola battles polio outbreak with massive immunization drive
LUANDA, Angola, 5 November 2010 – Little Georgina Luisa de Deus Nzongo smiles, pats her father’s cheek and chuckles like any other baby her age. But Georgina will not be able to run, ride a bike or engage in many other physical activities that her twin sister will enjoy as they grow up. Her legs are paralyzed for life.
European Union parliamentarians applaud Mother-Child Health project in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 2 November 2010 – Members of Parliament from the European Union visited Tashkent in October to see the positive results that Uzbekistan’s Mother and Child Health (MCH) project has produced – including improvements in safe motherhood and survival of newborns and children under the age of five.
UNICEF Executive Director spotlights Malawi's social cash-transfer programme
MCHINJI, Malawi, 28 October 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake recently concluded a two-day visit to Malawi, where he highlighted a cash-transfer programme as an innovative way to help the poorest households – while simultaneously increasing school attendance – in order to end the cycle of poverty for future generations.
Programme of improvements assures quality in mother and child health across Uzbekistan
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan, 26 October 2010 – In the delivery room at the regional hospital here in Namangan one day this past summer, Tukhtabaeva Margubu’s labour with her first child was already well along. Her expression alternated between understandable anxiety and pain from the contractions.
Immunization campaign in Cameroon fights deadly neo-natal tetanus
BAFUT DISTRICT, Cameroon, 22 October 2010 – In the forests of northwest Cameroon, steep rutted dirt roads cling precariously to mountainsides, occasionally slipping into the ravines below. Distance here can’t be measured in mere kilometres, but in the effort it takes to get from one place to the next.
Amidst severe poverty, community centres aid families in Paraguay
BAÑADO SUR, Paraguay, 21 October 2010 – The Cateura Dump, in the Bañado Sur area along the Paraguay River, is the final dumping site for more than 1,500 tons of solid waste each day. Poor waste management has caused the country’s most essential water supply to become dangerously polluted and the environment contaminated.
Reviving health services could close gaps in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 19 October 2010 – Alongside her unemployed husband, Mutsa Mbore, 27, endured the excruciating pains of labour all night at their home in Mount Hampden, about 15 km west of Harare. The baby arrived in the early hours of the morning, but for Ms. Mbore, the bleeding and pains continued long after giving birth.
A package of simple changes boosts child survival across Uzbekistan
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan, 18 October 2010 – At the Namangan Children’s Multi-Profile Medical Centre in eastern Uzbekistan, early morning is the busiest time in the admissions department.
Safe water saves lives in Angola
KAMIKOTO, Angola, 15 October 2010 – Deep in the heart of Angola, a boy runs, jumps and splashes with friends in a river. Women wash their clothes under the cool shade of a large tree. A canoe passes by, its owner looking for fish.
A community-led approach to sanitation and hygiene saves lives in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali, 11 October 2010 – Defecating in the open is still a common practice throughout rural regions of Mali, and in many villages, latrines are constructed only for the elderly or disabled.
Gaining ground on the Millennium Development Goals, with equity, in Nepal
KAVRE DISTRICT, Nepal, 24 September 2010 – From a distance, perched on a pretty Himalayan hilltop, Shiradi village looks like many other villages in the far west of Nepal, but it’s not.
Community-led water and sanitation projects take root in Nigeria
CALABAR, Nigeria, 23 September 2010 – Esther Etowa’s lively face is quick to break into an engaging smile. Her deep voice can change from a comforting murmur into a boom that can be heard across the width and breadth of a village – a useful quality in Ms. Etowa’s work.
MDG summit events close at UNICEF with a call to action on helping the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2010 – At UNICEF’s closing event for the UN Millennium Development Goals summit last night, experts and world leaders gathered to highlight the importance of reaching the world’s most disadvantaged and hardest-to-reach children in order to achieve the MDGs with equity by 2015.
MDG summit events seek progress for all, including the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2010 – The UN Millennium Development Goals summit wrapped up with a strong emphasis on targeting the poorest and most vulnerable communities in order to meet the MDGs by their 2015 target date. In the final stretch of the busy three-day meeting, UNICEF participated in side events on three critical MDG target areas: maternal health, water and sanitation, and education.
On day two, events at MDG summit spotlight HIV/AIDS, nutrition, partnerships – and equity
NEW YORK, USA, 21 September 2010 – UNICEF took part in a packed agenda of side events during the second day of the UN Millennium Development Goals summit, spotlighting progress made and challenges ahead on HIV/AIDS, child health and nutrition.
UN Millennium Development Goals summit kicks off with events on education and child survival
NEW YORK, USA, 20 September 2010 – The United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals – the MDGs – kicked off today in New York with side events highlighting the goals on education and child survival. Discussions echoed the key conclusion of UNICEF’s recent ‘Progress for Children’ report: that an equity-based approach, targeting the poorest of the poor, offers the best hope of achieving the MDGs by their 2015 target date.
Micronutrient supplementation brings new hope for children in Nepal
PALPA DISTRICT, Nepal, 15 September 2010 – Leela Rana has been volunteering as a Female Community Health Volunteer for the past five years. In this role she provides counselling and basic health and nutrition services to members of her community.
Equity in child survival: An opportunity to do things better
NEW YORK, USA, 9 September 2010 - The theme of this year’s flagship ‘Progress for Children’ report, ‘Achieving the MDGs with Equity,’ makes reference to the gap in opportunity between the haves and the have-nots around the world. It is a gap that, in some cases, has widened over the past two decades.
Executive Board extends UNICEF partnership with Rotary International to eradicate polio
NEW YORK, USA, 9 September 2010 – Meeting at UN headquarters yesterday, the UNICEF Executive Board approved the extension of a global partnership with Rotary International that has helped the world move dramatically closer to eradicating the scourge of polio.
Cash transfer programme helps the poorest families in Malawi survive
MCHINJE DISTRICT, Malawi, 7 September 2010 - For two years, Rozina Chimbalani has struggled to feed, clothe and school the four grandchildren left in her care after her daughter died. Across Malawi, this has been a painfully common story, as for more than two decades HIV has shattered families and left more than a million children orphaned.
Executive Board session opens with a focus on progress and equity
NEW YORK, USA, 7 September 2010 – The UNICEF Executive Board opened its second regular session of 2010 today with a focus on narrowing disparities in child survival and development within and among developing nations.
In Panama, Casa Esperanza helps children become students and leaders
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 7 September 2010 – Look beyond Panama's famous canal, and you'll find a world where an estimated 55,000 children under 18 are working in the streets, on farms, in fisheries and in coffee plantations.
'Progress for Children' report sheds new light on achieving Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, USA, 7 September 2010 – Addressing the needs of the poorest of the poor is the key to meeting ambitious development goals and reducing global injustice, according to a UNICEF’s latest ‘Progress for Children’ report. The report was released today, during the first day of a UNICEF Executive Board session at United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNICEF and IKEA partner for healthier babies in Jharkand state, India
KHUNTI, India, 2 September 2010 – Bilkani Sangha shakes her head in amazement when she recalls how she first fed her newborn baby. She remembers dipping a cloth into warm goat’s milk mixed with honey and jungle herbs, then slowly dripping the concoction into her tiny child’s mouth.
Field diary: More efforts needed to help Somali families survive and thrive
BOSSASO and GAROWE, Somalia, 1 September 2010 – As soon as I arrived in Bossaso, the main port town located in northeast Somalia, the scorching heat, strong wind and barren plains brought back the memory of my past experience in Somalia.
New programme empowers Bangladeshi families to make more informed health choices
BANDARBAN, Bangladesh, 25 August 2010 – Chaity Tripura, 22, is the very picture of serenity as she stands outside her two-room home, cradling her one-month-old daughter in the warm afternoon air.
Alongside Syrian health workers, UNICEF battles varied causes of malnutrition
AL-HASAKEH, Syrian Arab Republic, 18 August 2010 – Syria’s Al-Hasakah governorate is just minutes away from Mosul, one of Iraq’s most violent cities. Yet one of the biggest challenges facing children here is an alarming rise in malnutrition perpetuated by a constant drought.
Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona visit quake-affected China
BEIJING, China, 11 August 2010 – While in Beijing, players from Football Club Barcelona took time out of their training schedule to meet a group of children from earthquake-affected Mianzhu county in China’s Sichuan province.
World Breastfeeding Week highlights the role of health professionals
NEW YORK, 30 July 2010 – Every year, nearly 9 million children die before their fifth birthday. Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to reduce that toll.
Calling for accelerated action, UN and Zimbabwe Government launch nutrition survey results
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 30 July 2010 – The Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe, the United Nations and the Zimbabwe Food and Nutrition Council (FNC) have launched new data on the nutritional status of Zimbabwe’s children, revealing that more than one third of Zimbabwe’s children under the age of five are chronically malnourished and consequently stunted.
Indigenous leaders in Panama promise a better future for their children
YAVIZA, Panama, 29 July 2010 – In the small remote community of Yaviza, in Panama’s Darién province, the ‘caciques’ – leaders of the communities in the Emberá Wounáan Indigenous Territories – gathered together and promised that they would become a ‘child-friendly’ area. It is the first time that leaders of an indigenous territory have prioritized children in this way.
In Somalia, a Public-Private partnership provides safe water to thousands
BOROMA, Somalia, 29 July 2010 – Residents of Boroma town in north-west Somalia don’t take access to safe water for granted.
Vaccination campaign conducted in response to resurgence of measles in Zambia
LUSAKA, Zambia, 26 July 2010 – In the Matero neighbourhood here in the Zambian capital last week, three-year-old Kaseko led her Aunt Sarah by the hand to the health clinic. Once there, they joined the long queue of mothers and crying babies.
Children in southern Madagascar still threatened by severe acute malnutrition
MADAGASCAR, 19 July 2010 – Seven districts in three regions of Madagascar are recovering from a nutrition crisis that affected the south of the country in 2009, mainly due to inadequate rainfall, a prolonged ‘lean season’ and a very limited harvest. The crisis was compounded by limited access to safe water and health services in scattered villages.
Universal blood tests hunt down the malaria parasite in Sabang district, Indonesia
SABANG, Indonesia, 13 July 2010 – Mohamed Safrina, 22, has never suffered from malaria, but he knows it’s a dangerous illness. However, the labourer from Sabang, an island district off the north-west coast of Indonesia, is terrified of needles and a little apprehensive of the gloved nurse kneeling beside him.
Six months on, UNICEF reviews Haiti quake-relief milestones, and looks forward
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 July 2010 – Six months after the earthquake that ravaged Haiti on 12 January, UNICEF has released a detailed report chronicling relief efforts to date. Titled ‘Children of Haiti: Milestones and looking forward at six months,’ the report begins by implicitly asking the question: What did not happen following the earthquake?
UN Secretary-General visits a child protection centre in Gabon
LIBREVILLE, Gabon, 7 July 2010 – On a recent trip to Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with children living in a child-protection centre supported by UNICEF in Angondgé, a neighbourhood of Libreville, the capital.
In Rwanda, free mosquito nets save lives
MAYANGE, Rwanda, 29 June 2010 – Seraphine Kabasinga, mother of four, has always been scared of malaria. She lives in an endemic zone, just an hour east of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
In tea country, Indian mothers learn the importance of breastfeeding
DIBRUGARH, India, 24 June 2010 – Durowpadi Bedia, an ‘Angawadi’ community health worker at the Nahortoli Tea Estate in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, takes her job very seriously.
With few resources, creative thinking saves lives in Ugandan hospital
GULU DISTRICT, Uganda, 23 June 2010 – For the past 25 years, a member of the Comboni Catholic missionary service by the name of Brother Helio Croce has been devising unique, low-cost ways to help save lives in Uganda.
Brick by brick and doctor by doctor, Angola rebuilds its health care system
LUBANGO, Angola, 22 June 2010 – In the newly opened red brick Lubango health clinic, a mass of Angolans line up to see one of the two Cuban doctors working here. The doctors were assigned to provide health care to some 30,000 people in the southern province of Huila.
Two drops for each child: Afghan polio campaign breaks with tradition to reach all
MAZAR, Afghanistan, 11 June 2010 – During a recent polio immunization campaign in north-eastern Afghanistan – organized in response to an outbreak of the disease in neighbouring Tajikistan – thousands of vaccination teams fanned out across the region in an effort to reach all children at risk.
In India, pregnancy comes with a high price
KHARIAR, India, 11 June 2010 – Her face contorted in pain, Triveni Patel, 27, hobbled into the health centre in an advanced stage of labour with her mother-in-law at her side. Ms. Patel was suffering from acute complications and dangerously high blood pressure. She was frighteningly close to death.
UNICEF and partners work to change attitudes about dangers of cholera in Uganda
HAMUKUNGU, Uganda, 8 June 2010 – As this fishing village comes to life in the early morning, a young girl wades into Lake George and fills a bright yellow plastic container with water.
Successful measles immunization campaign wraps up in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 8 June 2010 – Early one recent morning at Rutsanana Clinic in Glen Norah, Harare, hundreds of women were eagerly waiting outside the clinic to have their babies immunized.
On day three, Executive Board discusses child rights and the key role of National Committees
NEW YORK, USA, 4 June 2010 – On day three of the UNICEF Executive Board’s 2010 Annual Session, discussions focused on moving towards universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and on the vital role played by UNICEF’s National Committees.
On day two, UNICEF Executive Board focuses on humanitarian aid in the field
NEW YORK, USA, 3 June 2010 – Amidst global recession, climate change, natural disasters, conflict and food insecurity, UNICEF is more committed than ever to protecting the rights of all children at risk. Against this backdrop, on the second day of its 2010 Annual Session, the UNICEF Executive Board focused on relief efforts in humanitarian crises worldwide.
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. When her mother, Habsatou, tries to feed her with some therapeutic food on her finger, the child turns away from the brown milky mixture. She is emaciated and has lost her appetite.
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. As a nomadic family, it is their first visit to the centre and their first time in town.
In drought-stricken Madagascar, community health agents save lives
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 26 May 2010 – Thousands of children were treated for severe acute malnutrition last year in southern Madagascar, where lack of rain and crop failures continue to threaten food security. Across the affected zone, more than 230,000 children under five years old remain at risk of malnutrition.
In rural Nepal, new birthing centres make pregnancy and childbirth safer
HUMLA, Nepal, 25 May 2010 – Humla district, in Nepal’s mountainous north-west, is one of the most remote places on the planet. This is a land whose severity makes it beautiful, but also difficult for the people who live here. They face limited access to food, education and health facilities, and frequently suffer hardships as a result.
On visit to Guinea, Mia Farrow sees needs and innovations in child and maternal health
CONAKRY, Guinea, 25 May 2010 – On a five-day trip to Guinea this month, world-renowned actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow noted the desperate need for increased investment in essential maternal and child health care.
In Mozambique, an innovative programme overhauls sanitation practices
CHIBWE, Mozambique, 24 May 2010 – A circle of women dance to the beat of drums in the morning sun, a crowd of adults and children watching from under tall, leafy trees. After a lengthy roll of beats, the dancing stops and the circle opens to welcome visitors – a group of water and sanitation experts.
In Senegal, UNICEF Executive Director sees impact of community empowerment
THIES, Senegal, 20 May 2010 – “I came to vaccinate my baby,” said Anta Ndiou. “This way, she will grow up healthy.”
Community midwives provide inexpensive, local obstetric care in rural Pakistan
KASUR, Pakistan, 19 May 2010 – When Mussarat Pervaiz gave birth to her first child eight years ago, she travelled to a private health facility where she paid more than $60 for the delivery. For the wife of a steel factory worker in a north-western Pakistan village, this sum – which was repeated for four more births – was considerable.
Scaling up therapeutic feeding as nutrition crisis deepens in Chad
MOUSSORO, Chad, 13 May 2010 – There was no question that 18-month-old Hissène needed treatment when he arrived at the nutrition centre in Moussoro, a dusty town in western Chad.
Mia Farrow highlights plight of vulnerable children
CONAKRY, Guinea, 11 May 21010—Internationally acclaimed actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has completed a five-day mission to Guinea ahead of next month’s presidential elections.
National Immunization Week in Syria aims for 100 per cent coverage
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 30 April 2010 – Wide-eyed children waited with their mothers as UNICEF-trained health workers prepared to administer their vaccines.
Liberating Liberia from polio and measles
MONROVIA, Liberia, 28 April 2010 – “Don’t cry, baby. This will keep you healthy and strong,” Princess Togba told her eight-month-old daughter, Agatha, as the baby received two drops of oral polio vaccine.
Two best friends survive the Haiti earthquake and talk about life in camps for the displaced
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 28 April 2010 – Miratson Guerrier and Ricardo Rocourt have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But when the 12 January earthquake destroyed each of their homes, they also became neighbours.
Sierra Leone announces free health care for mothers and children
BONTHE DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 27 April 2010 – Sabatu Koroma, 28, groaned as she lay helplessly on the stretcher of the motorcycle ambulance. She had just arrived at the United Brethren in Christ Hospital in Mattru Jong – a fishing village in Sierra Leone’s Bonthe district – where she was rushed following complications with her pregnancy.
Malaria prevention and treatment save children's lives in Mozambique
TETE PROVINCE, Mozambique, 23 April 2010 – After Bonita Gomes, 3, was rushed 30 km by motorbike to a rural health clinic, her blood test confirmed the worst: severe malaria with complications. Bonita was taken to Tete Provincial Hospital for further care, but fell into a coma despite blood transfusions and quinine treatment.
UNICEF Executive Director launches 'Facts for Life' in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho, 9 April 2010 – During a visit to Lesotho, a country entirely landlocked by South Africa, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman this week launched ‘Facts for Life’, a publication that delivers life-saving information to families and communities on how to prevent child and maternal deaths, diseases, injuries and violence.
UNICEF and religious groups join forces to boost child survival in DR Congo
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 30 March 2010 – UNICEF and five major faith-based organizations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have signed a historic partnership agreement to decrease child mortality.
Liberian children take to the airwaves to advocate for their rights
MONROVIA, Liberia, 19 March 2010 – Children across Liberia celebrated International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) on March 7. All FM Radio Stations and 20 Community Radio Stations provided opportunities for the children to air their views and advocate on the issues that affect them.
Helping young people help themselves through peer education in Yemen
ADEN, Yemen, 18 March 2010 − It’s not easy to be young in Yemen. At least not according to Yunis, who is 20 years old and has six brothers and sisters. Yunis’s father died several years ago and his two older brothers had to support the family.
Measles and polio immunization campaign targets 20 million children in Bangladesh
PANCHAGARH, Bangladesh, 10 March 2010 – On a foggy February morning in Nayabari village, north-western Bangladesh, Johura Begum and her two grandchildren awoke at dawn. They dressed and went to a neighbour's house, joining some 30 other women and children for 'khesra teeka', or measles vaccinations.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow highlights polio immunization drive 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.
Global economic crisis is the focus of 'child-friendly budgets' forum in New York
NEW YORK, USA, 24 February 2010 – UNICEF and Fordham University, with the support of the European Commission, hosted a two-day policy forum and workshop – Child Friendly Budgets for 2010 and Beyond.
Saving underweight babies with human contact in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal, 06 January 2010 - Olivier was born last September at a health post in rural Senegal. He weighed just one kilogram at birth, and his mother, Lourdes Gomez, cried because she thought he would not live.
Tetanus vaccination campaign reaches remote areas of Lao PDR
VIENGXAY DISTRICT, Lao PDR, 16 December 2009 – Four days after its official launch, a Government campaign to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) in Lao PDR is being taken to women in some of the most remote parts of the country.
Mother and Child Health Week brings health services to children and mothers in Pakistan
UMERKOT, Pakistan, 16 December 2009 – Pneumonia is one of the main causes of death in children under five-years-old in Pakistan. Sidori Churon is one mother that wanted to prevent such a death from happening to her child. She and her four-month-old baby, Isar, attended a health session designed to teach mothers how to spot the signs of pneumonia in their small children.
UNICEF Ireland’s ‘Dustin the Turkey’ promotes early childhood care in South Africa
KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCE, South Africa, 24 November 2009 – The popular Irish children’s character ‘Dustin the Turkey’ made a surprise visit recently (in puppet form) to children in Ematimatolo, located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
UNICEF and WHO release comprehensive plan to tackle leading killer of young children
NEW YORK, USA, 2 November 2009 – More children die every day of pneumonia than of any other disease. Today, UNICEF and the World Health Organization released a comprehensive plan to save millions of lives from this often fatal illness.
Ethiopian children celebrate Global Handwashing Day with running star Shaleka Haile Gebrselassie
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 30 October 2009 – Ethiopian schoolchildren recently celebrated Global Handwashing Day, with roughly 24,000 participating schools in Ethiopia.
UNICEF responds to lack of health care for mothers and newborns in Sierra Leone
KOINADUGU, Sierra Leone, 27 October 2009 – Lack of access to affordable health care is one of the major contributing factors to pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths in Sierra Leone.
UNICEF helps to rebuild vaccination trust in Ukraine
ODESSA, Ukraine 15 October 2009 – It's a busy morning in Public Polyclinic Number Five in Ukraine's southern city where many parents have brought their children for vaccination.
‘MICS’ statistics show that under-five mortality dropped by 15 points in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 13 October 2009 – The results of a national survey on the situation of women and children, known as Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), were made public earlier this month by Mozambique’s National Statistics Institute.
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.
Worldwide deaths of children under five decline, continuing positive trend
NEW YORK, 10 September 2009 – There are fewer children than ever dying before they reach their fifth birthday, according to new figures released today by UNICEF.
UN report finds crisis in Somalia at its worst in two decades
NEW YORK, USA, 26 August 2009 – A new report confirms a stark picture of the situation facing children and families in Somalia, where UNICEF has been stymied in its efforts to slow a surge in malnutrition in parts of the country most affected by escalating violence.
Simple responses to child mortality make a dramatic difference in DR Congo
ORIENTALE PROVINCE, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 26 August 2009 – Local health centres here have opened their doors for the weighing and measuring of young children. It’s a simple check on child health status, but it is having a dramatic impact.
Fiji becomes first country in the Asia-Pacific region to have all public hospitals declared baby-friendly
SUVA, Fiji, 10 August 2009 - Fiji has become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve ‘baby-friendly status’ for all of its 21 public hospitals, by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).
Executive Director visits northern Nigeria and announces $1.85 million to address malnutrition
ABUJA, Nigeria, 3 August 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, concluding a visit to the northern states of Kebbi and Sokoto in Nigeria, announced $1.85 million in additional support for UNICEF nutrition programmes.
Surveying the needs of children and women in Bangladesh through ‘MICS’
BAGERHAT, Bangladesh, 4 August 2009 – It is hot and humid when Madhuri Samaddar, 28, reaches Boalkhali Bazar in Swarankhola, south-west Bangladesh. In the crowded neighbourhood, she walks to Sheresta Bari, a tiny slum with a few makeshift houses on a small strip of land.
UNICEF teaches importance of exclusive breastfeeding in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 3 August 2009 – “I do not have enough milk to feed my baby,” Arzo, 20, replies when asked if she will continue to exclusively breastfeed her newborn child.
Breastfeeding key to child survival, says UNICEF Executive Director in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 31 July 2009 – As Nigeria joins the rest of the international community to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is in Nigeria, highlighting the critical need for improvements in child health and nutrition.
One more young life saved from polio in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 28 July 2009—“It doesn’t hurt at all,” says Mahamad, 5, smiling broadly. The boy lives in Kabul and is used to vaccinators visiting his house. This particular visit is happening on the first day of a three-day, nationwide polio vaccination campaign – the fourth of six such immunization rounds planned for this year.
Defending the rights of juvenile offenders in Georgia
RUSTAVI, Georgia, 26 June 2009 – Tornike Shubutidze darts around the city square in Rustavi with a small video camera looking for the best angles to film passersby.
Sierra Leone’s Mother and Child Health Week aims to improve child survival
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 25 June 2009 – Baindu Sesay, 40, hails from Pepel village, Port Loko, north of Freetown, but she and her family were visiting relatives in the south-eastern city of Kenema during the ‘Mami en Pikin Well Bodi’ campaign (also known as Mother and Child Health Week) that took place across the country earlier this month.
Motorcycle ambulances helping to save lives in Guinea
KISSIDOUGOU, Guinea, 22 June 2009 – With the help of a motorcycle ambulance, Marie Tounkara was rushed to the emergency room to give birth to her baby boy. It was a close call, as she required a caesarean section to save the baby’s life.
Health services for mothers and pregnant women displaced by conflict in Pakistan
MARDAN, Pakistan, 5 June 2009 – “I have nothing for my unborn child. I had made so many clothes for my baby but I couldn’t bring them with me,” says Azra who is nine-months pregnant with her third child and has come for a pre-natal check-up at the UNICEF-supported Comprehensive Healthcare Unit in Sheikh Yasin Camp in Mardan.
Ready-to-use therapeutic food helps save children’s lives in southern Ethiopia
BORICHA, Ethiopia, 28 May 2009 – Every week, mothers from the drought-affected villages of Ethiopia’s Boricha district bring their children to be weighed and measured at the Yirba Health Centre.
Mozambique’s Child Health Week reaches 3 million with life-saving interventions
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 26 May 2009 – Over five days, from 18 to 22 May, a nationwide Child Health Week provided a package of health interventions in Mozambique, bringing vitamin A supplements, vaccinations and nutrition screening to more than 3 million children under the age of five.
Helping mothers improve their children’s chances of growing up free of HIV
NEW YORK, USA, 8 May 2009 – Almost every minute of every day, a baby is infected with HIV, passed on by his or her mother during pregnancy, labour or delivery. For many of these babies, early diagnosis is their only chance of survival.
A shot to live: Meningitis immunization in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 8 May 2009 – Ahmad’s father smiles sadly while he tries to make his little boy stand still so that the nurse can give him a dose of trivalent meningitis vaccine.
‘Roadmap for care’ aims to improve maternal and newborn survival in Cameroon
AKONOLINGA, Cameroon, 5 May 2009 – At Saint Luke Hospital in Mbalmayo, Nadege, 21, has gone into labour just 26 weeks into her pregnancy. Midwife Gisèle Abanda uses a simple stethoscope to listen for signs of life in utero, but finds none. A few hours later, Nadège delivers her fifth premature, stillborn baby.
Improving care for mothers and newborns in Uzbekistan
FERGHANA, Uzbekistan, 4 May 2009 – Maftuna Yakubova beams with pride over her newborn baby boy in the maternity ward of the Perinatal Centre in Ferghana, eastern Uzbekistan.
Japanese aid helps reduce child mortality and morbidity in DR Congo
KWILU-NGONGO, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 23 April 2009 – Like many other provinces in DR Congo, Bas-Congo province does not have enough kindergartens for children. Even where preschools exist, they charge fees that most parents cannot afford. Thus, many young children stay at home, often with older siblings or parents who otherwise could seek for employment.
World Malaria Day celebrates progress made towards wiping out the disease
NEW YORK, 24 April 2009 – On the eve of World Malaria Day, 25 April, a new report co-sponsored by UNICEF shows that the world is one the verge of banishing malaria to the sidelines of serious global health issues.
Kyrgyzstan enacts law on flour fortification to fight ‘hidden hunger’
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 13 April 2009 – The Kyrgyz Republic recently became the 57th country in the world to approve legislation requiring flour fortification. Under the legislation, all flour producers in the country will have to fortify top-grade and first-grade flour with vitamins and minerals approved by authorized health agencies.
‘Leadership Forum for Children’ mobilizes community support in Uganda
KARAMOJA, Uganda, 2 April 2009 – Home to approximately 1 million people, or 3.5 per cent of Uganda’s population, the north-eastern subregion of Karamoja remains the poorest area of the country. Development efforts here continue to be hampered by persistent conflict and food insecurity.
Somali Child Health Days go nationwide for the first time
WAJID, Southern Somalia, 1 April 2009 – For the first time ever in Somalia, a Child Health Days campaign has been implemented nation-wide by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, local authorities, communities and non-governmental partners.
UNICEF and GAVI provide immunization to Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 31 March 2009 – On the dusty streets of a Freetown suburb, a crowd slowly shuffles along to find work. There is silence. Everyone here struggles to keep going. Poverty is the norm.
Teaching sanitation to the urban poor in Bangladesh
GAIBANDHA, Bangladesh, 25 March 2009—Mahmuda Akhter is an educated young woman in her 20s. This morning, she is rounding up housewives for an informal meeting. Her mission is to share lessons on personal hygiene, neighbourhood cleanliness, sanitation and using safe drinking water. She is working in a district called Driver Para – or drivers’ area – where low-income drivers’ families live.
Thousands of children receive life-changing shoes in Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 20 March 2009 – More than 30,000 school-age boys and girls in the indigenous areas of the Ngobe Buglé, Emberá-Wounáan and Kuna Yala, as well as in the Darien province and other emergency-declared areas, received a pair of Crocs footwear as a health promotion intervention, aimed at reducing skin infections, fungus growth and other infectious diseases linked to bare feet.
Rwanda’s First Lady awards girls for their academic excellence
KIGALI, Rwanda, 24 March 2009—Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, recently presented the annual Imbuto Foundation Awards in Kigali, which honour academic excellence among primary and secondary school girls.
New Yorkers walk a mile in other children’s shoes
NEW YORK, USA, 23 March 2009 – On World Water Day, hundreds of New Yorkers walked one mile in support of something that they can afford to take for granted – clean drinking water.
Help for displaced and malnourished children in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 10 March 2009 – Ataullah cries as the nutritionist measures his upper arm. He weighs only 7.7 kilos, well under the recommended weight for a two-year-old boy. The nutritionist concludes that he is severely malnourished. His brother Matiullah, less than a year older, is moderately malnourished.
Improving child and maternal health amidst conflict in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, 5 February 2009 – A child's first right is the right to life. But in today's Afghanistan, children face some of the most difficult challenges to their survival in the world.
Networks of care for mothers and children in Pakistan
KHANPUR, Pakistan, 28 January 2009 – A row of women sit in a brightly decorated waiting room at the Khanpur Basic Health Unit. The women have either come for their monthly antenatal checkups or postnatal visits, healthy babies in tow.
First guide to pregnancy and childbirth for Chile’s indigenous Mapuche population
LA ARAUCANÍA, Chile, 23 January 2009 – A new guide for mothers-to-be called ‘Growing Together’ is being used to help assist the indigenous Mapuche women of Chile during pregnancy and childbirth.
Schoolchildren adopt improved sanitation and hygiene practices in Burkina Faso
WEOTENGA, Burkina Faso, 22 January 2009 – For the students at the Weotenga Primary School in central Burkina Faso, handwashing with soap is anything but a chore. In fact, it’s the latest craze, thanks to efforts by UNICEF to elevate the importance of personal hygiene in the region.
Investing in polio vaccination for all of Myanmar’s children
NORTHERN SHAM STATE, Myanmar, 22 January 2009 – Despite demanding tasks at home and on the family plantation, Ei Tume, 20, had a sound reason to be excused from her daily duties. As a health team arrived in Ho Waing village, part of Wein Kao Township, Ei Tume brought her two-year-old son, Ey Tun, to the village immunization post.
UNICEF launches flagship report on maternal and newborn health
NEW YORK, USA, 15 January 2009 – UNICEF’s flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2009’ – launched today in South Africa – addresses maternal mortality, one of the most intractable problems for development work.
Community-based care helps reduce child deaths in Senegal
KOLDA, Senegal, 13 January 2009 – Daddo Sabaly's first four children all died before their first birthday, from either disease or malnutrition. Sabaly lives in the Kolda region of Senegal, which historically has had one of the country's highest rates of infant mortality. Her fifth child, a boy named Abdoulaye, is now five. Her sixth is a healthy nine-month-old girl.
Protecting orphans and vulnerable children in the DR Congo
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 12 January 2009 – Life is hard for the vast majority of children in DR Congo. For the country’s orphans, who make up almost 10 per cent of the population, life can be even harder.
Child Health Days brings vital treatments to rural Somalia
HARGEISA, Somalia, 2 January 2009 – Ahmed Mahamoud says that he had been too busy to take his son to be vaccinated. His son Shafie, age six, is living with the consequences—he contracted measles during a recent outbreak in Northwest Somalia.
UNICEF working to eradicate Guinea worm disease in Niger
YOGARE VILLAGE, Niger, 29 December 2008 – Not a day passes without Kadri Ne Zeilou Beidari remembering the time when both her twin sons contracted Guinea worm disease.
Japanese grant provides clean water and sanitation for DR Congo schools
MONGA FULA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 17 December 2008 – Kiboko Primary school was built in the 1950s, before the Democratic Republic of Congo gained independence. It has 363 pupils, including 169 girls and, until recently, it had no sanitation facilities or sources of safe drinking water.
Children of Iraq make an ‘Appeal’ to government leaders
BAGDHAD, Iraq, 12 December 2008 – The Iraq Children’s Appeal, crafted by and for young people, was launched in Baghdad recently, as part of a special project between UNICEF and the non-governmental organization Al-Amal to help promote a culture of children’s rights in Iraq
Launch of the first World Report on Child Injury Prevention in Hanoi
HANOI, Viet Nam, 10 December 2008 – A ceremony was held today in Hanoi to mark the launch of the first World Report on Child Injury Prevention. The report was jointly prepared by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Viet Nam, with input from more than 180 experts from 56 different countries.
World Bank and UNICEF strengthen funding collaboration
NEW YORK, USA, 3 December 2008 – The World Bank and UNICEF have strengthened their collaborative partnership in an effort to ensure the effective and smooth flow of funds in emergency, conflict and post conflict situations.
Nigerian First Lady Hajia Turai Yar'Adua supports maternal and newborn health with 'Mama Kits'
ABUJA, Nigeria, 4 December 2008 – Nigerian First Lady Hajia Turai Yar'Adua has pledged her commitment to maternal mortality reduction in Nigeria.
Effects of war in focus on the Universal Day of the Child
NEW YORK, USA, 21 November 2008 – Ishmael Beah, Grace Akallo and Kon Kelie have all survived the experience of being child soldiers. By speaking out about their own suffering and unlikely survival, they have become powerful advocates for the plight of children in armed conflict.
Uganda mounts a major fight against malaria in northern districts
OYAM DISTRICT, Uganda, 19 November 2008 – The Government of Uganda has launched a large-scale malaria campaign here in the country’s northern Lango sub-region. It is the latest effort to combat malaria, a preventable disease that is the top killer of children under the age of five in Uganda.
Goodwill Ambassador Joel Madden visits water projects in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 10 November 2008 – UNICEF USA Goodwill Ambassador Joel Madden has seen firsthand the deadly threat unsafe drinking water poses for thousands of children living in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Namibia launches pilot project for birth registration
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 31 October 2008 – Declaring that every child has a right to a name and a nationality, the Government of Namibia – in collaboration with UNICEF – has launched a pilot programme to ensure that all children born in hospital are registered at birth.
Drought threatens child health and survival in northern Kenya
TURKANA, Kenya, 31 October 2008 – Turkana district in northern Kenya is on the brink of disaster. There's been no rain for months, the forecast is grim and thousands of children are at risk.
Delivering on the front lines: Maternal health in conflict, post-conflict and emergency situations
NEW YORK, USA, 29 October 2008 – Providing for the needs of pregnant women and mothers in conflict, post-conflict and emergency situations can be a major challenge. During armed conflict, the well-being of women is threatened by physical, sexual and psychological abuse, and vital maternal care services are typically disrupted by the devastation of health infrastructure.
Panama first in region to provide free HPV vaccine to young adolescent girls
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 28 October 2008 – Panama is the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine to young adolescent girls, free of charge.
Villagers build latrines for better hygiene and child survival in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 28 October 2008 – Mahmud Konneh recently finished building a latrine in his village, Tilorma, in the Kenema District of eastern Sierra Leone. It is one of the 30 new latrines that have been constructed by Tilorma villagers under the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach.
‘Paint for the Planet’ engages young artists in the fight against climate change
NEW YORK, USA, 27 October 2008 – Andrew Bartolo, 15, of San-Gwann, Malta, has a talent for painting. His latest work, which depicts penguins fleeing to unfamiliar territory due to the effects of climate change, earned him a trip to United Nations headquarters.
Providing free anti-malarial treatment to pregnant women in Togo
GOUMOU-KOPE, Togo, 21 October 2008 – Akouvi, a mother of two, has just walked three kilometres to a health centre in this village near Aného, in the Maritime region of Togo. Four months pregnant, she has come to the clinic for her first pre-natal check-up. She is no stranger to tragedy.
Global Handwashing Day celebrated in 700 schools across Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 17 October 2008 – On the first-ever Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, students and teachers from more than 700 participating schools across Angola engaged in symbolic acts of handwashing and listened to government leaders speak out about the importance of using water and soap.
In Georgia, help for disabled children affected by conflict
GENEVA, Switzerland, 17 October 2008 – For a moment during the recent war in and around South Ossetia, Georgia, the front line nearly passed through the Senaki Institute, a residential school for 105 mentally and physically disabled children abandoned by their parents. In the opening days of the conflict, a bomb flattened an adjacent building.
A million Ethiopian children lather up with soap on Global Handwashing Day
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 16 October 2008 – Addis Ababa’s Maskal Square came alive in the spirit of handwashing yesterday as 1 million Ethiopian children united to wash their hands with soap and water in celebration of the first-ever Global Handwashing Day.
At Almaty conference, young people share their ideas on global health care
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 16 October 2008 – Young people from Brazil, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malta, Philippines, Tanzania and the United States of America gathered in Almaty to take part in the International Conference to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care.
Star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar promotes handwashing in India
CHAANDIGARH, India, 16 October 2008 – Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and his teammates joined an estimated 100 million school children around the country yesterday in lathering up for better health and hygiene as part of the first Global Handwashing Day.
Health progress and challenges, 30 years after the Alma-Ata Declaration
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 15 October 2008 – At the global health conference marking the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration on primary health care, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said that health systems had to be scaled up through dynamic collaboration among governments, international partners, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.
In Kazakhstan, agency leaders launch global study on health care inequities
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 14 October 2008 – At the launch today of ‘World Health Report 2008’ on primary health care, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said an overarching theme of the report is the need to improve the effectiveness of health systems around the world.
In DR Congo, community-based clinics lead the fight against child malnutrition
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 14 October 2008 – The locality of Binza Meteo is one of the poorest in Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo. The roads are in a bad shape, water and electricity are scarce and most people do not have a steady job.
Puppets and peers teach Indonesian children the importance of handwashing
KLATEN, Indonesia, 10 October 2008 – Students at a small rural elementary school here are learning a lesson that could save their lives. It’s a simple habit that many people around the world take for granted: being able to wash their hands with soap.
The Wiggles donate a song to UNICEF for first Global Handwashing Day
NEW YORK, USA, 9 October 2008 – The popular Australian children’s musical entertainers, The Wiggles, have produced and donated song to UNICEF to mark the first-ever Global Handwashing Day, to be observed on 15 October.
UNICEF, Pampers and Salma Hayek take aim at maternal and newborn tetanus elimination
GENEVA, Switzerland, 6 October 2008 – A global review confirms that the elimination of maternal and newborn tetanus – a preventable disease responsible for the death of one baby approximately every three minutes and up to 30,000 mothers each year – could be achieved by 2012.
Executive Director promotes the rights of Roma children in Albania
TIRANA, Albania, 3 October 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, on a two-day visit to Albania, highlighted the plight of Roma children and efforts to strengthen the juvenile justice system.
Health Week keeps up momentum on improving child survival in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 29 September 2008 – Rwanda recently celebrated its first-ever week to promote the health and well-being of its women and children.
Malawi launches ‘Letter to the Community’ initiative to promote child survival
LILONGWE, Malawi, 25 September 2008 – For the first time in Malawi’s history, 25,000 communities will soon receive personalized letters from the Minister of Health and other national leaders. The letters contain messages promoting child survival and development.
At General Assembly event, a call for equity and action on development goals
NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2008 – On the opening day of the United Nations General Assembly session yesterday, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said there is a long way to go to reach the Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 target date. And the challenges are greatest in countries dealing with conflict and post-conflict situations, as well as those most affected by HIV/AIDS.
For Peace Day, Afghan children get a chance to be immunized
NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, 22 September 2008 – Afghan and international forces, including the Taliban, have been asked to lay down their weapons in support of the biggest Peace Day that Afghanistan has ever experienced.
UNICEF report calls deaths of mothers ‘an unspeakable tragedy’ for women and children
NEW YORK, USA, 19 September 2008 – A report released by UNICEF today reveals a shocking discrepancy between the toll that pregnancy and childbirth takes on women in the developing world compared with those in industrialized nations.
As child deaths continue to decline, UNICEF calls for increased efforts
NEW YORK, USA, 12 September 2008 – Fewer children under the age of five are dying today than in past years, according to the latest data from UNICEF. Globally, the number of young children who died in 2007 dropped to 9.2 million, compared to 12.7 million deaths in 1990.
Regional Director launches new survey to support development in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 8 September 2008 – Recognizing the need to address economic disparities and gaps in social services throughout the country, the Government of Lebanon is working with UNICEF to develop a series of development indicators on the well-being of children.
Massive national campaign for accelerated child survival in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 4 September 2008 – In a country such as Tanzania, where most families survive on less than $1 a day, special medical care is an unaffordable luxury. Thanks to the government’s efforts, however, most services are now free of charge in its health facilities countrywide.
Breastfeeding vital for Myanmar’s cyclone-affected children
SOUTHERN BOGALAY, Myanmar, 7 August 2008 – Ma Khin Mar San lives in Kyonegyi Konethechaung, one of the rural islands in Southern Bogalay in the Irrawaddy Delta.
Insecticide-treated bednets save lives in Ethiopia
SHEBEDINO, Ethiopia, 5 August 2008 – The rainy season is well underway in much of Ethiopia, but while the rains bring hope to rural communities, they also create ideal breeding conditions for malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
In Togo, food insecurity makes exclusive breastfeeding more of a challenge
ZOWLA, Togo, 1 August 2008 – In this village in the Maritime region of Togo, Véronique the tailor is well known. It is not for her dressmaking skills that she is respected, but for her work as head of the local breastfeeding support group.
UNICEF urges more support for mothers as World Breastfeeding Week begins
NEW YORK, USA, 1 August 2008 – Celebrated in 120 countries around the globe, World Breastfeeding Week kicks off today with an exhortation to governments, health workers and women everywhere to give increased support to new mothers who need the space, time and encouragement to breastfeed their babies.
UNICEF Executive Director concludes visit to Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 30 July 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concluded her visit to Madagascar by launching a tetanus campaign in the rural town of Andilamena with the Minister of Health, Dr. Ralainirina Paul Richard, and local officials.
UNICEF joins UNFPA and Columbia University to promote maternal and newborn care
NEW YORK, USA, 18 July 2008 – Acting on a shared commitment to women and their families, UNICEF has joined the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in an alliance to help reduce maternal and newborn mortality worldwide.
‘The Survival Project’: CNN programme shines spotlight on UNICEF work
NEW YORK, USA, 3 July 2008 – UNICEF will be the focus of a special global broadcast on CNN and CNN International this Sunday.
New UNICEF report reveals progress made in reducing iodine deficiency
NEW YORK, USA, 26 June 2008 – A new UNICEF report reveals that, over a period of almost two decades, enormous progress has been made in protecting children and mothers from the debilitating effects of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD).
UNICEF-supported outreach brings free health services to Kenyan families
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 June 2008 – Agnes Mangolo smiled proudly as she lifted her five-month-old daughter, Elizabeth, off the scale at the clinic at Mbita Primary School in the Kinango district of Kenya’s Coast Province. The nutritionist had just confirmed that the child’s weight was within the recommended levels for her age.
Japan donation supports maternal health and child survival in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 10 June 2008 – Under a new agreement signed with UNICEF, the Government of Japan will provide $4.3 million to health programmes in Afghanistan. Approximately 7.5 million children will benefit from improvements in infectious disease prevention and control as a result of the funding.
UNICEF and Armenian postal service join forces to stamp out child mortality
YEREVAN, Armenia, 3 June 2008 – A new postage stamp, the first of its kind ever issued in Armenia, was launched here yesterday. This stamp will not only get a letter sent to its intended recipient, but will also publicize the issue of neonatal mortality in an effort to reduce infant deaths worldwide.
POINT OF VIEW / Ann M. Veneman: Child survival in Africa – seven signs of hope
TOKYO, Japan, 28 May 2008 – The following op-ed by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman was published today by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper in Japan. Ms. Veneman is attending an African development summit in Yokohama.
‘The State of Africa’s Children’ calls for united action to boost child survival
YOKOHAMA, Japan, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF globally launched ‘The State of Africa’s Children 2008: Child Survival’ in Yokohama City, Japan, at the occasion of the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV).
Mia Farrow travels to CAR to support the fight against polio
BANGUI, Central African Republic , 17 May 2008 – Actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has travelled to the Central African Republic (CAR) for a week-long visit to highlight the plight of thousands of women and children who desperately need the world’s attention.
On World Malaria Day, new goals for prevention and treatment announced
NEW YORK, USA, 25 April 2008 – A bold initiative announced today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brings together the many forces fighting malaria to focus on one goal: providing universal coverage of malaria-control measures in Africa, where 90 per cent of malaria cases occur, by the end of 2010.
‘Rethinking Poverty’ conference cites risks to children posed by rising global insecurity
NEW YORK, USA, 22 April 2008 – Participants in an international conference here have been told that global uncertainty and an increase in terrorism and violence will lead to an increase in the number of people – including children – living in poverty.
Countdown to 2015: MPs join call to boost maternal and child survival
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 18 April 2008 – ‘Countdown to 2015’, a report on maternal, newborn and child survival, was released at the 118th annual Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) assembly in Cape Town this week, followed by a three-day conference where over 500 participating global health experts and Members of Parliament were urged to accelerate efforts to reach Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on child and maternal survival.
Parliamentarians lead change for mothers and children
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 18 April 2008 – Parliamentarians from all over the world showed their support this week as more than 200 Members of Parliament gathered in Cape Town for the 118th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and a joint UNICEF-IPU panel on maternal, newborn and child health.
Countdown to 2015: Empowering Nepalese health workers to save the youngest lives
ACHHAM, Nepal, 15 April 2008 – Mathura Shahi, 30, presses the timer button and counts the breath intake of Sajjana, a month-old baby snuggling in her grandfather's arms.
Countdown to 2015: Health centre in Senegal works to reduce child mortality
MOUNTING HAMADY, Senegal, 10 April 2008 – Bintou Sabaly, 21, has given birth to three healthy children in the remote Senegalese village of Mounting Hamady, where no one has access to running water or electricity.
UNICEF promotes safe sanitation for World Water Day 2008
NEW YORK, USA, 19 March 2008 – On World Water Day tomorrow, as on every other day, some 2.5 billion people will be ‘doing their business’ somewhere other than in a toilet or latrine. That is not a statistic many people want to examine too closely, but it is crucial data for efforts to reduce child mortality.
UNICEF flagship report says community health programmes are key to reducing child mortality
NEW YORK, 22 January 2008 – Fatma, 2, is one of the thousands of Kenyan children whose lives have been saved by a cheap and simple preventive health measure.
Child-survival campaign reaches families displaced by conflict in Mogadishu
AFGOYE, Somalia, 18 December 2007 – Hawa Ali, a mother of two, fled fighting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu last month and found refuge in the makeshift Eelasha Biyasha settlement here. This camp and others like it, along a 30-km stretch between Mogadishu and Afgoye, are now home to some 200,000 children, women and men displaced by conflict.
UNICEF Kenya brings children’s issues to election campaign platform
NAIROBI, Kenya, 17 December 2007 – Four hundred children, their teachers and UNICEF staff members brought a section of Kenya’s capital to a standstill as they marched through the streets with music and banners proclaiming their arrival.
‘Miracle women’ help combat under-five mortality in Nepal
KAVRE, Nepal, 6 December 2007 – Nanda Kumari trudges through hillsides blanketed with the colours of ripening maize, trying to steer clear of buffalo as she passes along a narrow trail.
Zimbabwe’s Child Health Days help to reduce measles and boost child survival
MUPANDAWANA, Zimbabwe, 29 November 2007 – One can still see the legacy of polio in the limping walks of a handful of villagers in Mupandawana, a small community with a population of just 300.
UNICEF Executive Director ends first visit to Sudan with sense of optimism
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 5 November 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman wrapped up her first visit to Sudan yesterday, expressing optimism at progress she had witnessed for women and children, while noting more efforts were needed, especially in tackling high rates of child and maternal mortality.
Neige’s story: Recovering from malnutrition in the Central African Republic
BOSSANGOA, Central African Republic, 25 October 2007 – Neige giggles shyly and hides behind her grandmother’s shawl. Just three years old, she lives with 11 other family members in a tiny home on the banks of the Ouham River in northern Central African Republic (CAR).
Mobile health workers deliver essential services to Brazilian families
FORTIM, Brazil, 1 October 2007 – Health agent Maria Dos Santos travels on foot, visiting as many as 20 homes a day and treating everything from diabetes to heart disease, as well as offering a host of services to pregnant women and new mothers.
Leaders at Clinton Global Initiative renew commitments to health and education
NEW YORK, USA, 26 September 2007 – A $30 million pledge to help educate children affected by conflict, especially in Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and a pledge of $1 billion to help improve maternal and child health worldwide were announced at the Clinton Global Initiative today.
Community volunteers help avert potential health crises before they happen
MADAROUNFA, Niger, 25 September 2007 – When Mourja Abou’s 10-month-old son Nouhou fell ill two months ago, the mother of six knew exactly what to do. She used sugar, salt and clean water to prepare an oral rehydration solution for her son. She then continued to breastfeed him and added solid foods as he began to feel better.
In a child survival milestone, under-five deaths fall below 10 million per year
NEW YORK, USA, 13 September 2007 – The world has reached an important milestone on child survival. For the first time in modern history, the number of children dying before the age of five has fallen below 10 million.
In Zimbabwe, Child Health Days focus on polio immunization
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 28 June 2007 – On cue, the mothers clutch their babies and fall in with military precision. Vaccine cold boxes are lined up in the shade alongside them. Within a few minutes, a classroom has been transformed into an outreach immunization point for Zimbabwe’s biannual Child Health Days campaign.
Kenya training session is a milestone for community-based newborn care in Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 June 2007 – Twenty-year-old Evelyn Katunge doesn’t know what killed her babies. In April 2005, with the help of birth attendants in her Majengo home, a sprawling slum near downtown Nairobi, she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Her joy, however, was cruelly shattered when her first baby died within hours, soon followed by her other baby.
Senegal’s Child Survival Days focus on malaria prevention
DOUNGA WORO ALPHA, Senegal, 22 June 2007 – In this remote village at the Mauritanian border near Matam, northeastern Senegal, the 2007 Child Survival Days campaign is being remembered as a resounding success.
Jordan’s Queen Rania issues UNICEF’s worldwide call to action to aid Iraqi children
NEW YORK, USA, 23 May 2007 – Women and children are often the ones who bear the greatest burden of the turbulence and violence that comes with conflict.
ECHO and UNICEF promote Plumpy’nut production to improve child nutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 18 May 2007 – Two years after Niger’s severe nutrition crisis, the sight of undernourished children is less common than it was, but chronic malnutrition still affects more than 50 percent of the country's young children. And 10 per cent of Niger’s children suffer from acute malnutrition, even when the harvests are good.
Lawmakers inspired by field visit to UNICEF Indonesia projects
LOMBOK, Indonesia, 15 May 2007 – More than a dozen lawmakers from around the world took time out from the recent Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly held in Bali to take a firsthand look at UNICEF projects on neighbouring Lombok Island.
Providing basic services to Gabon’s ‘people of the forest’
ESSENG, Gabon, 9 May 2007 – On a beautiful recent morning in this remote village in northern Gabon, men sat in the ‘corps de garde’ in the town square and women stood nearby with apprehensive but happy children running around them.
Overcoming obstacles to child survival and gender equality in Kosovo
PRISTINA, Kosovo, 1 May 2007 – Despite the progress made during the post-conflict period since 1999, the UN Administered Province of Kosovo remains one of the poorest territories with one of the most vulnerable economies in Europe.
UNICEF Seal of Approval project launches second edition in Brazil’s semi-arid region
QUEBRANGULO, Brazil, 26 April 2007 – Today marks the launch of the second edition of the UNICEF Municipal Seal of Approval in the Semi-Arid, taking place in the 11 states of Brazil’s most impoverished region.
Global partners gather in Tanzania to discuss maternal, newborn and child health
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 19 April 2007 – Political leaders, health professionals, researchers and activists are meeting here this week for the first-ever assembly of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Trio for Life: Birth registration, immunization and breastfeeding give children head start in Venezuela
MARACAIBO, Venezuela, 4 April 2007 – It was during the nationwide campaign called Trio for Life that eight-month-old Georgina first received her birth registration.
UNICEF and partners come together to help reduce maternal mortality in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 2 April 2007 – One in nine Afghan women dies during or shortly after pregnancy, accounting for one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Kabul’s Malalai Maternity Hospital, one of the busiest in Afghanistan delivering 80 to 100 babies a day, is working to ensure that more women live to see their children grow up.
Improving antenatal care for mothers and newborns in Iraq
AMMAN, Jordan, 30 January 2007 – For Nadtha, 21, her last few months of pregnancy were an anxious time. With one toddler demanding attention and another baby on the way, Nadtha was worried about how she would cope with the demands of her growing family. She wanted to be reassured that the delivery would go smoothly and that her baby would be healthy.
‘One-stop’ clinic helps new mothers keep their children healthy in Gambia
FAJIKUNDA, Gambia, 11 January 2007 – In September, Sarata Hydara gave birth to a healthy baby boy at the health clinic here in Fajikunda. In the first two weeks he grew nearly half a kilogram, which she learned when nurses weighed him.
Integrated centres provide healthy development for children in Iran
CHABAHAR, Iran, 10 January 2007 – Hessam, a nine-month-old baby, gurgles in appreciation of the soup that his mother is feeding him. So does Nazanin, 3, and other young children in the room.
Report finds nearly half of all children in Mozambique living in extreme poverty
NEW YORK, USA, 14 December 2006 – Almost half of Mozambique’s 10 million children are living in extreme poverty, according to ‘Childhood Poverty in Mozambique’, a United Nations report released today.
‘UNICEF Seal’ initiative saves and transforms children’s lives in Brazil’s semi-arid region
BRASILIA, Brazil, 6 December 2006 – UNICEF Brazil is awarding 146 municipalities in the country’s semi-arid region with the ‘Seal of Approved Municipality’, recognizing their achievements in improving the lives of children and adolescents over the past two years.
European governments and NGOs gauge progress toward ‘A World Fit for Children’
FLORENCE, Italy, 15 November 2006 – European governments who signed up to the ‘World Fit for Children’ agenda more than four years ago are being reminded to involve and consult with children if their pledge is to remain credible.
Tennis ace Serena Williams supports Ghana’s biggest health campaign
NUNGUA-ZONGO, Ghana, 6 November 2006 – For families across Ghana, yesterday was the day to get their young children immunized against deadly childhood diseases, boost their immunity against illness and receive free mosquito nets to help prevent malaria. It was the conclusion of the country’s week-long national integrated child health campaign, the largest such effort in Ghana to date.
Outpatient therapeutic feeding improves child nutrition in Ethiopia
SIDAMA ZONE, Ethiopia, 25 October 2006 – Fifteen-month-old Shurube Hatiso plays on her mother’s lap as they await the child’s weekly nutritional and medical check-up. It is provided by the non-governmental organization Action Contre la Faim (ACF) with the support of UNICEF and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department.
Measles immunization campaign targets 29 million Nigerian children
EKEREMOR, Nigeria, 18 October 2006 – Nigeria has launched a massive immunization campaign to protect 29 million children against measles, a highly contagious virus that kills more Nigerian children than any other preventable disease.
‘Social Monitor’ finds 18 million children in poverty in southeastern Europe and CIS
NEW YORK, USA, 18 October 2006 – Some 18 million children are still living in extreme poverty in the countries of southeastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States – most of them former Soviet bloc nations.
Millions ‘Stand Up against Poverty’ and support the Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, USA, 16 October 2006 – Millions of people around the world have joined together to ‘Stand Up against Poverty’ – an effort to remind governments that they must keep their promises to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and eradicate extreme poverty.
Breaking the cycle of child abandonment in Tbilisi, Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 13 October 2006 – Niko, 4, is proud of his twin brothers, David and Georgi – siblings he almost never had the chance to know. His mother, Maia, was thinking of abandoning her boys because she could not care for them. Fortunately, Maia found the support she needed at the Mother and Infants’ Shelter in Tbilisi.
World leaders accelerate action to reduce child deaths and meet 2015 target
NEW YORK, USA, 18 September 2006 – World leaders gathered in New York today to accelerate global efforts to save the lives of some 10.5 million children under the age of five who die needlessly every year.
Fight for survival: Saving undernourished children in Niger
MAYAHI, Niger, 18 September 2006 – Seven-month-old Ramanatou has travelled nine km with her mother to the Mayahi District Hospital in Maradi. She is suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting and a high fever. Unable even to digest her mother’s breast milk, Ramanatou is severely malnourished.
Women health volunteers save children’s lives in Nepal
NEW YORK, USA, 15 September 2006 – Ganga Thapa has been a volunteer health worker for 16 years. She’s part of a growing network of women, supported by UNICEF, who bring essential care and medicines to children and mothers in remote Nepalese communities.
Health insurance for children and mothers slows child mortality in Bolivia
NEW YORK, USA, 14 September 2006 – An estimated 2.5 million children in Bolivia live in poverty. It lies at the root of the sickness and malnutrition that cause the vast majority of deaths among children under five. Many live miles from the nearest health services and can’t afford the cost of care.
Preventing malaria and improving child survival in Madagascar
ANKAZOMENAVONY, Madagascar, 11 September 2006 – Angeline, 9, lives in this small village, home to just a few dozen families in northwestern Madagascar.
Sierra Leone targets child and maternal mortality
BOMBALI DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 11 July 2006 – Sinnah Kamara is a young mother in Binkolo, located in northern Sierra Leone’s Bombali district. Although she has two healthy children, she knows how fragile the survival chances of children are in her country.
Both treatment and education fight child malnutrition in Comoros
ANJOUAN ISLAND, Comoros, 11 July 2006 – “Lack of knowledge is one of the most important reasons for malnutrition in Comoros,” says the head of the Domoni Therapeutic Nutrition Centre, Maissara Chaharmane.
Peru community project promotes healthy development of Andean children
NEW YORK, USA, 29 June 2006 – The people from the Huama community in the Peruvian Andes know exactly what they want.
International conference calls on the world community to save 30 million young lives over next decade
NEW YORK, USA, 13 December 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is attending an international conference in London challenging the world to seize an unprecedented opportunity to save 30 million young lives. ‘Tracking Progress in Child Survival: Countdown to 2015’ is an international initiative calling for donors and governments to live up to their commitment to reduce child mortality by two thirds in the decade ahead.
New global Partnership seeks major reductions in maternal and child deaths
NEW YORK, 12 September 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today welcomed leading advocates for women and children to UNICEF’s global headquarters for the launch of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Despite strong economy, poverty and poor healthcare are still challenges
NEW YORK, 27 July 2005 – Half a billion people in South Asia are living in poverty and suffering from the effects of poor health, according to a new report released by Pakistan’s Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre.
Madagascar: Progress in the fight against malaria
MAJAKANDRINA, Madagascar, 30 June 2005 – Her fever dangerously high, a small child rides to hospital in a UNICEF vehicle, the only available transportation. The hospital is several hours away, but she must go because her life is seriously threatened – as a result of a mosquito bite.
Integrated health services for children show ‘remarkable’ results, Veneman tells World Health Assembly
NEW YORK, 16 May 2005 – Child deaths in remote parts of West Africa have declined dramatically since UNICEF and its partners began an integrated health programme aimed at protecting children and their mothers.
Harvard meeting discusses overcoming barriers to child survival
BOSTON, 26 April 2005 - Every year some 10.8 million children under the age of five die from causes that could mostly be prevented. Reducing the child mortality among children under five by two thirds is one of the Millennenium Development Goals.
An integrated health campaign for Togo’s children
LOME, Togo, 8 March 2005 - Over 97 per cent of Togo’s children aged from 9 and 59 months received protection against four major childhood diseases during an unprecedented nationwide health campaign, according to a recent survey conducted by UNICEF.
UNICEF backs plans to save 3 million newborn babies each year
NEW YORK, 4 March 2005 - Three of the four million newborn babies who die worldwide each year could be saved by low-tech and low-cost interventions, according to a landmark series of articles launched by medical journal The Lancet.
Innocenti: child poverty on the rise in wealthy nations
NEW YORK, 1 March 2005 - The proportion of children living in poverty, or on less than $1 per day, has risen in most of the world’s developed countries since the early 1990’s, according to UNICEF’s latest report from the Innocenti Research Centre in Florence.
UNICEF gathers world experts to discuss poverty and children
NEW YORK, 17 February 2005 - Poverty is one of the biggest threats to children across the globe. UNICEF brought together today some of the world’s most renowned economists to discuss how policies can be developed to address the effects of poverty on children.
Pan-African Forum: Immunization as a way of building peace
DAKAR, Senegal, 19 October 2004 – Over the past two days, delegates at the Pan–African Forum on Building Trust for Immunization and Child Survival in Dakar have been busy creating a better Africa for children.
Pan-African Forum: Leaders confront threats to children’s survival
DAKAR, Senegal, 18 October 2004 – More than two hundred community and religious leaders from across Africa discussed the perils threatening the survival of Africa’s children, at the Pan-African Forum which opened here today.
UNICEF’s Bellamy addresses world’s paediatricians on new ways of increasing child survival
CANCUN/NEW YORK, 16 August 2004 – Several thousand paediatricians from around the world heard from UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today about an innovative approach to child health care taking place in West Africa.