Media Centre

Press Releases

World Children's Day

District League Table 2017


Press Releases

Accra, 22 October, 2018 - In 2015, as a response to the Ebola emergency and Cholera outbreak in Ghana, UNICEF partnered with the Government of Ghana, MTN and Viamo to create "AGOO", a free mobile-based communication platform that provides life-saving information to the people of Ghana in 7 different languages. The original Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system as well agent-operated call centers transitioned into an IVR system and SMS service providing vital information on health, education. WASH and child protection to mobile phone users, who can access IVR messages at their convenience.

To date, AGOO has registered close to 2 million calls averaging close to 2000 calls every day. 85 per cent of callers are under 24 and 55 per cent are female. However, content on AGOO became static and restricted caller engagement leading to AGOO to move into the third phase which aims to focus on new topics around young people, women and girls as well introduce AGOO games onto its IVR platform.

As a result of the new youth friendly content that was developed, a 2-day workshop was held in Accra on Monday and Tuesday, the 22nd and 23rd of October, 2018. Representatives from the Ghana Health Service - Health Promotion & Nutrition Departments, Ghana Education Service - School Health Education Programme, Curious Minds, Light Foundation - Muslim Youths, Ghana Girl Guides Association, Boy Scouts, Literacy Bridge, Theatre for Social Change, UNICEF and Viamo actively participated in reviewing, validating and finalizing the proposed new IVR content with a focus on youth engagement. Topics include adolescent and maternal health and nutrition, sexually transmitted infections, menstrual hygiene management, sexual and gender-based violence, child abuse and education.

Additionally, Viamo introduced the group to AGOO games, a more dynamic platform that will engage young callers to choose their own outcomes and consequences, which will be reviewed, finalized and introduced to AGOO callers at a later stage.

Celebrating Child Rights at 30: Ghana reaffirms its commitments to prioritize children and youth.
Accra, 22 October, 2018 - In 2015, as a response to the Ebola emergency and Cholera outbreak in Ghana, UNICEF partnered with the Government of Ghana, MTN and Viamo to create "AGOO"

Agoo - Content and Validation Workshop in Accra
Accra, 22 October, 2018 - In 2015, as a response to the Ebola emergency and Cholera outbreak in Ghana, UNICEF partnered with the Government of Ghana, MTN and Viamo to create "AGOO"

Three babies in every five are not breastfed in the first hour of life.
Accra, 22 October, 2018 - In 2015, as a response to the Ebola emergency and Cholera outbreak in Ghana, UNICEF partnered with the Government of Ghana, MTN and Viamo to create "AGOO"

World Malaria Day 2018
UNICEF in Ghana joins the National Malaria Programme and other partner organizations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme “Ready to Beat Malaria.”

African Vaccination Week 2018
African Vaccination Week is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April and led by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa.

25 million child marriages prevented in last decade due to accelerated progress, according to new UNICEF estimates
Improving trend in child marriage driven largely by significant reductions in South Asia, but problem persists with over 150 million girls likely to marry by 2030

Local leadership shows the way to change early marriage in Ghana
In Ghana, despite child marriage being illegal, one out of every five girls is married before the age of 18. Poverty, teenage pregnancy, lack of educational and livelihood opportunities, as well as social and cultural norms reinforcing gender inequality

Gary Al-Smith, M.anifest, MzVee, and Wiyaala join UNICEF to call for fairer chances for adolescent girls in Ghana
Four of Ghana’s best known personalities joined UNICEF in the call for fairer chances for adolescent girls in Ghana, as they travelled to schools and communities in the Northern Region.

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, tapping into great opportunities, but facing grave risks
NEW YORK, 6 February 2018 – More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – that is one child every half second

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore following two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 January 2018 – “I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw firsthand how four years of conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death.

Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director
“I am honored to be joining such a remarkable organization, which I have known and admired for many years, and look forward to continuing UNICEF’s work to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them realize their potential,” Ms. Fore

Surprising new results of the 2017 Ghana District League Table
The Tema Metropolitan Assembly is the highest ranking district in this year’s Ghana District League Table’s (DLT), returning to the top spot for a second year after being deposed of its premier slot by La Nkwantanang-Madina in 2016. This means that Tema h

Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 21 September 2017 – Only 15 countries worldwide have three basic national policies that help guarantee the time and resources parents need to support their young children’s healthy brain development, UNICEF said today in a new report.

Musical talent Okyeame Kwame joins David Beckham and other super dads to support early childhood development
Ghana’s musical talent Okyeame Kwame joins David Beckham, Hugh Jackman, Novak Djokovic and Lewis Hamilton in UNICEF’s Super Dads campaign to highlight the critical role of fathers in children’s early development.

More children with disabilities get the chance to access mainstream school
Accra, 04 April 2017 – Thousands of children with mild to moderate disabilities in Ghana now have greater access to mainstream schools thanks to a recently established Inclusive Education Policy.

27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

Give Ghana’s poorest families and children a fair chance to succeed in life
Accra, 28 March 2017 – UNICEF Ghana welcomes the Government’s commitment to prioritise funds for social protection programmes, which are dedicated to assisting the country’s poorest families in its 2017 budget.

Why waste water?
ACCRA, Ghana, 22 March 2017 – Paying closer attention to the way Ghanaians treat and dispose wastewater in their homes, farms and industries, can move the country a step farther in reaching all the targets of the Sustainable Development Goal on Water

Launch of the 2016 Ghana District League Table
Accra, 15th December, 2016 - In collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, UNICEF Ghana and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD Ghana) are launching Ghana’s third District League Table

UNICEF celebrates goodwill partners to mark its 70th anniversary
Accra, 14 December 2016 – UNICEF commemorated 70 years of tireless work for children on Sunday, the 11th of December. To mark this anniversary, UNICEF Ghana brought together influential goodwill partners it has been working with to advocate for children

New HIV infections among adolescents projected to rise by nearly 60 per cent by 2030 if progress stalls – UNICEF
NEW YORK/Accra 1 December 2016 – New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 annually by 2030 if progress in reaching adolescents stalls, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.

Ghana’s automated birth registration wins ‘Changing Lives Award’ at 2016 AfricaCom Awards
Accra, 23rd November 2016 - The automation of Ghana’s birth registration process, a programme spear headed by the Births and Deaths Registry, UNICEF and the Mobile Network Operator, Tigo, won the ‘Changing Lives Award’

Universal Children’s Day: A wake-up call on child rights violations
ACCRA, 21 November 2016 – Despite enormous progress realized for children since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989, the rights of millions of children are being violated every day, UNICEF underlined today.

Stop Open Defecation Now! Own a household latrine - UNICEF
ACCRA, Ghana 19 November 2016 – Today, we observe World Toilet Day with the theme “Stop Open Defecation Now. Own a Household Latrine”. Ghana has made some progress in ending open defecation, however, more needs to be done in providing equitable access.

Prematurity kills More than 8000 babies in Ghana annually – UNICEF
ACCRA, 16 November 2016 – Prematurity and associated complications account for about a third of all newborn deaths in Ghana. UNICEF data estimates show that about 128,000 babies were born prematurely in Ghana and an estimated 8,300 under 5 deaths in 2015

Over 300,000 children under five died from diarrhoeal diseases linked to limited access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in 2015 - UNICEF
ACCRA, 17 October 2016 – With cholera spreading fast in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and with a new outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen, UNICEF urges children, families and communities to make washing hands with soap.

NEW YORK 03 October 2016 – Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children finds that in 2013 19.5 per cent of child

Accra, 28 September 2016 - The premiere of the art exhibition let’s talk sh*t took place today at the Alliance Française in Accra. The exhibition is the work of 21 artists using varied visual art forms to address issues pertaining to open defecation.

Collecting water is often a colossal waste of time for women and girls – UNICEF
31 August 2016 – UNICEF said the hours women and girls spend every day collecting water is a colossal waste of their valuable time. As World Water Week is underway in Stockholm and experts gather to try to improve the world’s access to water, the UN child

Delayed breastfeeding increases risk of newborn deaths by up to 80 per cent
Accra, 02 August 2016 – About 500,000 newborns – or 1 in 2 in Ghana are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin bonding with their mother that respectively nourish, protect them

Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
ACCRA, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69 million children will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030

UNICEF and partners donate 11 vehicles for water and sanitation activities
UNICEF Ghana with support from the Canadian and the Netherlands governments today donated nine Toyota Hilux and two Toyota Landcruiser vehicles to government and non-governmental partners.

Launch of Ghana’s new automated birth registration system; making registration of children smart, quick and reliable
ACCRA, 4 May, 2016- Today the Births and Deaths Registry of the Government of Ghana, Tigo and UNICEF Ghana officially launched a new, automated birth registration system.

UNICEF and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) partner to improve newborn care in Northern and Upper East region
Today UNICEF and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of the Government of South Korea donated a Newborn Care Unit and 75 new motorcycles to support Ghana Health Services.

UNICEF and Unilever unite to improve access to safe water in Sub-Saharan Africa
UNICEF and Unilever today announced a partnership to improve access to safe water in countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership will focus first on four countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

FC Barcelona, UNICEF mark 10 years of partnership
FC Barcelona and UNICEF renewed their commitment to the most vulnerable children today, signing a new 4-yearagreement.

Launch of the 2015 Ghana District League Table
In collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, UNICEF Ghana and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CCD-Ghana) launched Ghana’s second District League Table, on Wednesday, 25th November 2015.

UNICEF and MLGRD announce “Face of ODF” a media award scheme
UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is launching an award scheme for journalists. The award scheme dubbed “Face of ODF Media Feature and Photo Contest"

Without toilets, children’s lives and dignity at stake in Ghana
Lack of access to toilets is endangering the lives of thousands of the Ghana’s most vulnerable children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition.

World Prematurity Day 2015
World prematurity Day which is commemorated today is a key moment to generate global attention on the leading cause of deaths of children under 5. Globally complications from preterm birth accounted for more than 1 million child deaths in 2015.

Ghana launches the Tippy Tap to improve hand washing with soap and eradicate diseases.
UNICEF in collaboration with Ghana Education Service and Community Water and Sanitation Agency, launched the Tippy Tap competition in the 75 basic schools in Mion on 14 October this year.

UNICEF and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre to collaborate to promote private sector investment in children
The United Nations Children’s Fund in Ghana has entered into a partnership with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre to promote and advocate timely and strategic investment in Ghana’s children by the private sector.

More than 1.2 million children under five don’t have a national identity in Ghana
Nearly 1.2 million children under five years of age in Ghana are not registered in any official document said UNICEF in a new report, Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration.

UNICEF and Korea International Cooperation Agencysupport Ghana to improve education and health
THE RESIDENT Representative of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Ghana Office travelled to the Upper East Region to launch the $4.5 million “Project For Human Development Through Life Cycle Approach”in collaboration with UNICEF.

Urgent action needed to speed up the reduction of newborn deaths in Ghana
In Ghana babies less than one month old continue to be the greatest at risk when it comes to under five mortality. Even though child health is a Government priority, too many young babies continue to die making it unlikely for Ghana to meet the Millennium

UNICEF and USAID support Ghana to improve quality education and learning outcomes
The US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a cooperation agreement with UNICEF to improve learning outcomes and equitable and

Investment Case Press Release
In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20 per cent, according to a new report issued today by UNICEF. This dif

Adolescents twice as likely to be out of school as children of primary school age
New report shows why ‘business as usual’ won’t lead to universal primary or secondary education

UNICEF Ghana launches “iIMAGINEghana”: The Social Innovators Challenge for Children
UNICEF Ghana is proud to announce the upcoming launch of its new iIMAGINEghana challenge in January 2015. In collaboration with the non-profit foundation Reach for Change, the Challenge will identify and support Ghana's next social change makers

iIMAGINEghana: The Social Innovators Challenge-Question & Answer Guidelines
iIMAGINEghana is a competition that UNICEF Ghana has launched together with the non-profit foundation, Reach for Change (R4C)

Ghana’s Inclusive education policy
In the last few months a group of educators and policy makers, with the support of UNICEF, have been working away at creating a policy that will change the way that Ghana’s marginalised children

Ghana launches a national newborn health strategy and action plan to speed up the reduction of new born deaths
Accra, 22 October, 2018 - In 2015, as a response to the Ebola emergency and Cholera outbreak in Ghana, UNICEF partnered with the Government of Ghana, MTN and Viamo to create "AGOO"

Canada’s Assistance to UNICEF and Ghana’s Nutrition programme is saving lives
CMAM, an innovative approach which involves both the community and health workers in the detection and referral of malnutrition cases was introduced in Ghana in June 2007

Sports inspires children to learn
Promise Kakraba is thirteen and lives with his grandfather and two other siblings. Like most boys he enjoys playing football so physical education (PE) is one of his favourite activities in school. Until he got involved in the International Inspiration pr

UNICEF condemns killing of students in northeastern Nigeria
UNICEF expressed its outrage at the brutal killing yesterday of some 45 children, between 13 and 17 years old, by unidentified gunmen at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Nigeria.

Solving BIG problems using little technology in Ghana
Partnering with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology gives UNICEF the opportunity to encourage innovations by Ghanaians, for Ghanaians.

I teach the children because I want them to have a better future
25 children come to my class every day, 9 girls and 16 boys. They are of different ages, 9 years, 14 years, 11 years - really mixed.

Ghana makes progress on child wellbeing but data shows that disparities still need to be bridged
A new premier source of data and information on child well-being has been released today by UNICEF to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the child. The report underscores the value of data in revealing some of the striking inequi

Ghana shows leadership in preventing the spread of HIV
A new report released today by UNICEF shows that Ghana has made great progress in preventing the spread of HIV, with new infections in children declining by 76 per cent between 2009 and 2012.

Children's voices heard on World Toilet Day
Reading from a dais that was too high for her, six year old Rebecca Obeng Kyere read a three page long statement on behalf of the children of Ghana.

Ghana celebrates World Toilet Day
For the first time since its inception in 2001, World Toilet Day (WTD) would now be commemorated by the 139 member states of the United Nations with the theme: "The Rural Meet the Urban Sanitation".

Ghana steps up fight against cervical cancer
GHANA has taken a giant step towards preventing cervical cancer in the country. Young girls between the ages of 9 and 13 are going to benefit from a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) immunization exercise that would protect them against the possibility of acqui

Moving towards an integrated social protection system: Reducing Poverty and Promoting Growth
On November 6, 2013, a high level panel discussion on Social protection and its role in Ghana was facilitated by UNICEF with the Government of Ghana.

Washing hands with soap and water still saves lives
ACCRA, Ghana 15 October 2013 - In Ghana one child out of every twelve born alive dies before the age of five and diarrhoea accounts for a good number of these childhood deaths.

Government and UNICEF launch new mass campaign to improve iodine nutrition of Ghanaians
ACCRA, Ghana, 10 October 2013 - The Government of Ghana with the support of UNICEF is launching a mass social mobilisation campaign to increase the number of households consuming adequately iodised salt today.

UK Government and UNICEF cooperate to increase use of bednets to reduce burden of malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, 2 October 2013 - The UK government will work with UNICEF to increase the use of long lasting insecticide nets (LLINs) in Ghana. DFID will provide US$1.8 million to increase use of mosquito nets.

Ghana must pledge to speed up progress on child survival to meet MDG 4
The most recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service with support from partners in 2011 reports that every year, out of 1,000 children born alive, 82 will not live to celebrate their fifth birthday.

Newborn Intensive Care Units launched in Northern Ghana
TAMALE, Ghana, 28 August 2013 - Newborn intensive care units in six hospitals will help reduce the high number of babies who die before reaching 30 days of life in the Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana, said His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan N

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history, UNICEF
ACCRA, Ghana, 6 August 2013 - DURING World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life. But with less than half of all children under six months benefitting from exclusive brea

In Ghana, community mobilizes against malnutrition
A programme in Ghana that mobilizes healers, healthcare workers and the community is proving a powerful ally in the fight against malnutrition.

Korean International Cooperation Agency supports UNICEF
ACCRA, Ghana, 5 July 2013 - The Record of Discussion on the Project for Human Development through Life Cycle Approach has been signed on July 5th 2013 at KOICA Ghana Office between the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations

Mion District commits to stop open defecation
MION, Ghana, 27 June 2013 - UNICEF Ghana has congratulated Mion District Assembly members for signing a pledge to become an open defecation free district by August 31

Child labour robbing millions of health, education and growth, UNICEF says
ACCRA, Ghana, 12 June 2013 - On the World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF today called attention to the millions of children around the world who are engaged in some form of hazardous or exploitative work.

Urgent action needed to speed up the reduction of newborn deaths in Ghana
In Ghana babies less than one month old continue to be the greatest at risk when it comes to under five mortality. Even though child health is a Government priority, too many young babies continue to die making it unlikely for Ghana to meet the Millennium






4-8th Rangoon Close
P. O. Box AN 5051
+233 0302 772524
+233 0244 337513
+233 0244 337512

+233 0244 329564 


 Email this article

unite for children