In Angola, a refugee centre offers new hope for a boy who lost his family
DUNDO, Angola, 20 June 2017 – "My dad was a police officer. He was working that day and returned to the city to pick up mom and me on a motorcycle. It was there that the militia arrived, and I do not know what kind of magic they did, but the motorcycle could no longer work... and that's where my parents were beheaded. I just ran away."
Using data to improve education in Angola
CACULA/QUIPUNGO, Angola, 31 May 2017 – At Primary School n.231 in the municipality of Cacula, Huíla province, a young technician named Ernesto interviews the school principal by asking a series of basic questions. He inputs the answers into a tablet at an astonishing rate.
Travelling to Angola's remotest communities to register new births
CHIPINDO, Angola, 17 January 2017 – Chipindo is a remote municipality in Angola’s Huila province, located 450 km north from Lubango, the province’s capital city. Reaching Chipindo is not easy. Poor road conditions, particularly during the rainy season, mean that getting there from Lubango requires a 4x4 vehicle and usually takes around 6–7 hours.
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 Angola, mosquito nets keep malaria out
DANDE, Angola, 21 June 2016 – Sonia rests on a piece of wood with her 2-year-old daughter on her lap. She and two of her neighbours have walked several kilometres to reach this point. Next to her is exactly what she came for: a stack of four neatly-packed mosquito bed nets.
In Angola, changing feeding practices key to preventing malnutrition
KUNHINGA, Angola, 17 June 2013 - Vitorino is a small-scale farmer in Bie, a province of central Angola where severe drought in 2012 reduced agricultural production by an estimated 400,000 tons. Vitorino is 30 years old and has four children.
Massive scale-up targets malnutrition in Angola
CAALA, Angola, 10 April 2013 – When Eunice brought 1-year-old Marilia to the therapeutic feeding centre in Caala, Huambo Province, the baby was in critical condition. She had swollen legs and hands and was refusing all food, including breast milk.
In Angola, sharing the recipe for happiness to end preventable child deaths
LUANDA, Angola, 1 April 2013 – Early in the morning, Maria Isabel walks along the streets of the Cantinto neighbourhood of Kilamba Kiaxi municipality, Luanda province, knocking on doors to talk to the locals about A Receita de Felicidade (Recipe for Happiness).
In Angola, responding to the nutrition crisis from the international to the community level
SUMBE, Angola, 23 October 2012 - Madalena walks more than 30 km a day to collect water for her family. She lives in a small town close to Sumbe, Kwanza Sul Province, central Angola, which has been affected by severe drought.
Angola turns the tide against polio
UIGE, Angola, 8 August 2012 – In the north-eastern town of Uige, 26-year-old Ricardo Monteiro makes his way to work in his three-wheeled chair. Ricardo has polio, which his says he contracted when the family lived on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo during the civil war in Angola.
Angola strengthens services to prevent paediatric HIV infections
LUANDA, Angola, 17 July 2012 – The smile is visible on the face of Rosa Pedro, a 42-year-old HIV activist working to improve access to health services for people living with HIV.
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.
In Angola, a second chance for children in conflict with the law
LUBANGO, Angola, 8 May 2012 – Anton*, 15, helps take care of Fernando Sozinho, an elderly disabled man at a retirement home in Lubango, in the province of Huíla, in southern Angola.
Cross-border immunization programme protects Namibians and Angolans
OSHIKANGO, Namibia, 26 April 2012 – The Namibian-Angolan border post at Oshikango is hectic on a normal afternoon. Since the conflict in Angola ended, trade between Namibia and Angola has flourished.
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.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends Angola’s first polio eradication campaign of the year
LUANDA, Angola, 2 March 2012 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the first polio eradication campaign of 2012 in Angola this week . Community health workers and volunteers are mobilizing to vaccinate more than six million children under the age of five throughout the country.
Piped water project offers health, opportunities to Angolan families
LUANDA, Angola, 25 January 2012 – When Beatriz da Encarnação got her own tap, the ready access to clean water quickly improved the health of her sons, 8-year-old Filipi Capitango and 8-month-old Beomiro Pedro.
UNICEF and EU-supported training for teachers boosts education quality in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 17 January 2012 – Just off the main road, next to the ruins of a whitewashed chapel, a jacaranda tree is in bloom. Beneath the petals, children sit on brightly coloured plastic chairs, watching their teacher attentively. Lucrecia Agostinho draws apples and oranges to illustrate an arithmetic problem on a blackboard.
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.
In Angola, community health workers help in the fight against malaria
LUANDA PROVINCE, Angola, 14 November 2011 – When two of her daughters came down with a fever, Conceição Antonió, 28, didn’t think of malaria at first, despite the fact that it’s the number-one killer of children in Angola. In fact, children under five years of age comprise 52 per cent of all deaths from malaria nationwide.
Angola social services struggle to keep pace with swelling population
LUANDA, Angola, 31 October 2011 – Today, as the world welcomes its 7 billionth person, Angola is straining to address the needs of its rapidly expanding population.
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.
Angola steps up immunization drive in its efforts to eradicate polio
SAURIMO, Angola, 28 March 2011 – It’s not every day that your child gets vaccinated by your country’s vice president. That was the fate of Isabel Zita Motinha last Friday morning.
A new door-to-door strategy to eliminate polio in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 16 March 2011 – Under the sweltering day’s heat in the capital city of Luanda, a novel approach to raising polio vaccination awareness is taking place.
Japan partners with UNICEF to help eradicate polio in Angola
TOKYO, Japan, 28 February 2011 – The Government of Japan has contributed approximately $4.7 million towards UNICEF’s efforts to eradicate polio in Angola.
UNICEF Executive Director joins delegation to Angola, stressing commitment to end polio
LUANDA, Angola, 28 January 2011 – Luanda is a study in contrasts, with a busy port reflecting Angola’s status as one of Africa’s largest oil producers on the one hand and overcrowded shantytowns on the other. Many of those who live in the capital’s poorest areas lack access to safe water and sanitation, and live with the constant threat of disease.
UNICEF supports efforts to keep young Angolans off the streets
LUANDA, Angola, 23 December 2010 – A line of ships wait to enter the port of Luanda, bringing goods that are paid for by Angola’s oil boom. It’s a holiday and the beach is busy with children playing. A restaurant’s tables and chairs are covered with frilly cloths, ready for a wedding party, as two young women tuck into a lunch of Bacalhau – salted codfish.
Child-friendly schools improve the learning environment for Angolan youth
SIKATO, Angola, 1 December 2010 – Albano Natal expertly twists and cuts a length of metal reinforcement rod for the school latrine he is helping to build. To watch him work, you would hardly guess that he learned the skill less than a year ago. He beams proudly with the dual satisfaction of a job well done and a new toilet block for his children's school.
UNICEF supports wider distribution of mosquito nets in Angola's Cunene Province
CUNENE, Angola, 24 November 2010 – It is early morning as Dr. Zepelin Leva and his colleagues load cars with bed nets and head inland in the southern Angolan province of Cunene.
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.
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.
In Angola, UNICEF-supported programmes spread HIV awareness through sports
VIANA, Angola, 21 October 2010 – If it's Saturday, there’s football in Angola. Today the match is a derby between the ‘Black Eagles’ and ‘Otrack’ – both local girls’ teams.
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.
Angolan organization targets most vulnerable in agriculture, HIV and other key areas
XANGOGO, Angola, 5 October 2010 – Large bulldozers removed river sand as workmen rolled fresh tar over the new bridge in Xangongo. The small town is home to little more than a bakery, a gas station and a small hotel for the truckers who haul South African goods into southern Angola. Development has arrived in Xangongo.
With free birth registration, Angola promotes a child's right to legal identity
CUNENE PROVINCE, Angola, 10 August 2010 – In a province of southern Angola where poverty is prevalent and literacy is low, mothers are learning the unexpected importance of a simple document – the birth certificate.
UNICEF-supported programmes help families living with HIV in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 2 August 2010 – The bright red train carriage looks slightly out of place beside the square concrete architecture of Luanda’s Bernardino Paediatric Hospital, but the children love it. Inside the carriage, a group of toddlers are happily playing with building blocks under the supervision of social worker Frangueira Bernado António.
UNICEF and Japanese Government support new child-friendly schools in Angola
DAMBA MARIA, Angola, 25 June 2010 – Japan’s Ambassador to Angola, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, has officially handed over the first of 20 child-friendly schools, financed by the Government of Japan, to Angola’s Ministry of Education.
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.
In Angola, child-friendly schools bring new life to primary education
LUANDA, Angola, 17 May 2010 – Angola’s Minister of Education, Pinda Simão, kicked off the country’s second national workshop on child-friendly schools on 12 May. The concept – which centres around the needs and rights of each individual child – is fast becoming a national standard for primary schools in Angola.
Protecting children during the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 08 January 2010 — Angola is preparing to host the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN2010) football tournament later this month and UNICEF is working with its partners to ensure that children are not exploited or endangered in the run up to the event.
De-worming and handwashing promotion drive targets 4 million Angolan schoolchildren
LUANDA, Angola, 6 October 2009 – Angola has launched an integrated school health campaign that is expected to reach 4 million children.
The Project to Support Primary Education launches in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 13 August 2009 – At an official ceremony in Luanda last week, Angola’s Vice Minister of Education Dr. Pinda Simao launched the Project to Support Primary Education (PAEP) along with representatives from the European Commission and UNICEF.
Angolan children to benefit from joint programme for safe water
LUANDA, Angola 29 July 2009 – On 24 July, the Government of Angola launched a multi-year Joint UN Programme on Water and Sanitation in Luanda, along with UNICEF, the UN Development Programme, the International Organization of Migration and the International Labour Organization.
Partnering to bolster education and help vulnerable children in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 8 April 2009 - At an official ceremony held last week at the Ministry of Education in Luanda, an agreement was signed that will bolster efforts to provide quality education by training 8,750 primary school teachers over a period of approximately three years.
ICDB in Angola: Leaders pledge more support for children in the media
LUANDA, Angola, 11 March 2009 – On the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) earlier this month, Angolan Government leaders and media executives alike made a public commitment to invest in programmes by and for children.
Cholera outbreaks raise concern in nine Southern African countries
NEW YORK, USA, 10 March 2009 – With the peak of the rainy season already months past, cholera remains a problem for the governments of nine Southern African countries.
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.
Angola launches third national de-worming campaign in schools
LUANDA, Angola, 24 September 2008 – Over the next month, primary school children in all of Angola’s 18 provinces will receive deworming tablets as part of a national deworming campaign, now in its third year. The campaign aims to ensure that the country’s children have better health for better learning.
Outreach teams aim to increase maternal and child survival in Angola
ANDULO, Angola, 1 August 2008 – In order to reach the nearest hospital and access prenatal care, Fernanda Ngueve would have had to walk 7 km to Andulo, while carrying both her babies. So, like many women in her village, the 38-year-old expectant mother decided to forego her routine health consultations rather than make the arduous hike.
New national household survey collects better data to improve lives in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 21 July 2008 – The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, or MICS, is a UNICEF-supported census designed to evaluate the well-being of women and children. Angola’s third MICS is now being conducted in all of its 18 provinces.
National and local officials unite around Angola's '11 Commitments for Children'
LUANDA, Angola, 11 July 2008 – More than 140 of the Angolan Government’s senior staff members and Provincial Directors met last month for a training seminar on the country’s ‘11 Commitments for Children’.
Government of Japan donates $4.3 million for child survival in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 10 June 2008 – At an official signing ceremony in Luanda last week, the Government of Japan made a major contribution to help UNICEF continue its work with the Government of Angola on preventing infectious diseases among children.
DHL partners with UNICEF to promote ‘11 Commitments for Children’ in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 22 May 2008 – Today marked the launch of a national partnership between UNICEF and DHL in Angola to promote child survival, development, education and protection.
Football star and UNICEF Ambassador Ole Gunnar Solskjær visits schools in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 29 April 2008 – Superstar footballer and UNICEF Norway Goodwill Ambassador Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently visited Angola to witness the educational reconstruction still required in a country devastated by a civil war that ended nearly six years ago.
NBA star and Goodwill Ambassador Pau Gasol visits HIV-affected children in Angola
MADRID/LUANDA, Angola, 18 July 2007 — US National Basketball Association superstar and UNICEF Spain Goodwill Ambassador Pau Gasol recently visited Angola to see firsthand the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS and UNICEF’s programmes to support children and families affected by the disease.
Aid reaches children in Angola affected by flooding and cholera outbreak
NEW YORK, USA, 5 February 2007 – Until a year ago cholera was not a widespread problem in Angola, but in early 2006 an outbreak began and continued to grow over the subsequent months. No one was quite prepared for the scope of the crisis.
Angolan landmine survivors build a school and look to the future
ANDULO, Bié Province, Angola, 20 November 2006 – The community-built school in Andulo’s Bairro Agostinho Neto is a simple adobe structure but it has made its builders proud. Many of the villagers are landmine survivors for whom construction work is no easy task.
Jay-Z presents ‘Water for Life’ – a video call to action on the global water crisis
NEW YORK, USA, 17 November 2006 – Nearly 2 million children die each year due to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation. Last night at the United Nations, American rap star Jay-Z premiered his new video diary, ‘Water For Life’, which captures his journey into areas affected by the ongoing global water crisis.
Rap star Jay-Z’s video diary to spotlight water crisis in Angola and worldwide
LUANDA, Angola, 11 October 2006 – Hip-hop idol Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, presently on an international concert tour, made a stop in Angola to produce the first segment of ‘Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life’, a video special being produced by MTV.
Health campaign protects 3.5 million Angolan children from killer diseases
LUANDA, Angola, 24 July 2006 – One in four children in Angola dies before his or her fifth birthday, mostly from preventable diseases like malaria and measles.
Football helps Nene, 12, cope with street violence in Angola
NEW YORK, USA – Roque Santerio is the main market in Luanda, the capital of Angola, and one of the poorest and most dangerous places in the world. Locals claim it is the biggest market in all of Africa, and while that is open to debate, few doubt its reputation as an epicentre of crime.
Angolan World Cup players back child immunization drive
LUANDA, Angola, 21 June 2006 – With excitement about the 2006 FIFA World Cup at a peak, Angolan star players are among the most recognizable role models here, inspiring a sense of achievement much appreciated in this war-ravaged country.
As Angola rebuilds, tackling the causes of gender inequalities in schools
LUANDA, Angola, 6 June 2006 – In the face of an education system left in shambles by decades of war, Angola’s goal of reaching a primary school completion rate of 75 per cent by 2008 seems ambitious. But Angola is getting ready to confront the obstacles.
In Angola, fresh water saves many threatened by cholera outbreak
LUANDA, Angola, 1 June 2006 – Surrounded by buckets, cans and plastic basins, Susana Neto and Catarina Figueiredo can hardly keep up with the demand at a roadside water distribution point in Boa Vista, one of Luanda’s shantytowns.
UNICEF helps fight cholera outbreak
LUANDA, Angola, 2 March 2006 – Fifteen-month-old Jorge Rufino smiled when his photo was taken, even though he was still recovering from a bout with cholera. Jorge was lucky: His mother Maria Luísa had brought him in to UNICEF’s cholera centre as soon as he became ill.
Angola launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
LUANDA, Angola, 5 DECEMBER 2005 – The Angolan Government, UNICEF and other partners celebrated the launch of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign with a festival of youth theatre and music. The festival was attended by an estimated 9,000 students, as well as by senior representatives from government, NGOs, the UN and the donor community.
Angola: After 30 years of civil war, school reconstruction helps build a bright future
HUAMBO, Angola, 28 July 2005 – The foundations of peace are now firmly in place in this country, which had been ravaged by civil conflict. Now, another sort of foundations are being laid: Construction of new schools is taking off, as part of the rejuvenation effort for Angola’s shattered education infrastructure.
Angola: Debate and drama teach life skills to adolescents
Benguela, Angola, 8 June, 2005 – On a recent Saturday morning, instead of sleeping late like many teenagers do, a group of adolescent boys and girls gathered on the outskirts of town. Tension hung in the air as a heated debate, sparked by a comment made by eighteen-year-old Domingas Rodriguez, raged inside the Benguela Youth Centre - where no topic is taboo.
Angola’s new war: The struggle against malnutrition
CAALA, Angola, 25 May 2005 – Five-year-old Sipiriano Sangaripo is a poignant example of what many children face in Angola, which is still recovering from the effects of a long and brutal civil war.
Traditional healers seen as key to beating Marburg virus
LUANDA, 29 April 2005 - In a concerted effort to stop the spread of the deadly Marburg virus, Angola’s Ministry of Health, UNICEF and the World Health Organization are working with traditional healers and traditional birth attendants.
UNICEF behind major campaign to fight Marburg outbreak
UIGE, Angola, 12 April 2005 – Following the deadly Marburg outbreak in Angola and recent attacks on World Health Organization (WHO) surveillance teams in the Northern Province of Uige, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health and WHO in a major multi-media campaign designed to provide targeted and accurate information about the disease.
Urgent appeal for funds to fight Marburg epidemic
LUANDA, Angola, 8 April 2005 – The United Nations appealed urgently today for funds to step up the fight against the Marburg outbreak in Angola, which is the largest such outbreak ever recorded.
Marburg virus outbreak: Life goes on in subdued, worried Uige
LUANDA, Angola, 6 April 2005 – Residents of Angola’s northern Uige province, the epicentre of a hemorrhagic fever outbreak which has killed more than 150 people, are trying to get on with their lives as best as they can despite living under the shadow of the deadly epidemic.
Mobilizing to fight outbreak of Marburg virus in northern Angola
NEW YORK, 5 March 2005 – The most recent available figures for deaths from the outbreak of Marburg virus infection in Angola indicate that over 150 people have now died, and a further 175 have contracted the disease.
Children hit hardest by Marburg virus
LUANDA, Angola, 28 March 2005 - As of today there have been 116 confirmed cases of Marburg virus infection in Angola, with 99 of them involving children under 15, according to the latest figures from UNICEF.
Youth groups helping Angola overcome poisonous legacy of landmines
LUANDA, Angola, 24 November 2004 – With tears streaming from his eyes, 10-year-old Cahoje throws himself onto the dirt. His father has just thumped his plough into a landmine and the blast appears to have taken off his leg. Cahoje trembles with the shock of seeing his fallen father and then screams. The child’s frantic cry quickly silences the crowd gathered to watch this piece of mine risk education theatre.
‘We Stay on the Right Path’: Campaign to raise landmine awareness
LUANDA, Angola, 22 October 2004 – Perched on her mother’s lap in the crowded minibus, four-year-old Celna bounced along a dirt road in central Angola. Travelling to meet her grandparents, Celna was excited. The coming of peace in Angola had opened many roads that had previously been closed. This would be the first time for Celna to meet her grandmother. Her father, Arnaldo Camolocongue, waited anxiously at home for news of the visit.
A place for Angola's hungry children
Desperately weak from successive bouts of diarrhoea, followed by malaria, seven-month-old Nuria Marcus lies listlessly in one of Angola’s 24 therapeutic feeding centres. Therapeutic feeding centres (which are for the most severe cases of malnutrition) and supplementary feeding centres are Angola’s front line in stemming one of the world’s worst rates of child mortality.
Clean water brings health and happiness to mothers and children
MABUIA, Angola, 26 August 2004 – For as long as she can remember – from when she was a little girl to when she became a young woman and then a mother – a dominant theme in Fatima’s life was her struggle to cope with the harmful effects of unclean water.
Five million Angolan children to be protected against polio
LUANDA, Angola, 23 July, 2004 -- Five million children under five years old are the target of the first round of Angola’s 2004 National Immunization Days (NIDs) against polio which begins today.