UNICEF's 70th Anniversary


UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children


The world’s largest children’s organization was established on 11 December 1946 to bring help and hope to children suffering in the aftermath of WWII.

Nearly a quarter of the world’s children live in conflict or disaster-stricken countries: UNICEF

The new figure is a stark reminder of why UNICEF was established, as the organization marks 70 years of work for the most vulnerable children

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NEW YORK, 9 December 2016 – An estimated 535 million children – nearly one in four – live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection, UNICEF said today.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly three-quarters – 393 million – of the global number of children living in countries affected by emergencies, followed by the Middle East and North Africa where 12 per cent of these children reside.

The new figures are released as UNICEF, on Sunday 11 December 2016, marks 70 years of relentless work in the world’s toughest places to bring life-saving aid, long-term support, and hope to children whose lives and futures are threatened by conflict, crises, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

VAS and deworming

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Improving child health through deworming and vitamin A supplementation  

Twenty year-old Sarjo Touray, watched in horror and disbelief as her 3 year-old daughter, Yassin Drammeh, threw up a 3-inch worm less than 24 hours after ingesting mebendazole tablet for intestinal deworming. Before the incident, she never considered her daughter having worms even though, prior to that, Yassin suffered from recurrent diarrhoea and stomach pains.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” admitted Sarjo Touray, a mother of two children from Kerr Ardo village, Lower Badibou District, in the North Bank Region of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia (IRTG).
Yassin was given the tablet during the vitamin A supplementation (VAS) and deworming campaign, which was integrated into the measles/rubella vaccination campaign, conducted from April 25 to May 1, 2016.

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