Meet the teenagers in Brazil’s urban centres who are taking charge of their future
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 22 March 2017 – In Brazil, more than 84 per cent of the population lives in urban areas. In many of these areas, children and adolescents are yet to be guaranteed their rights to quality education, health and to a welcoming and protective environment.
'Xô Zika!' Children on the front line of Zika virus vector control in Campina Grande, Brazil
CAMPINA GRANDE, Paraíba State, Brazil, 18 August 2016 – “I told him that I thought I might have a solution,” says Iolanda Barbosa, Secretary of Education in Campina Grande, the capital city of Paraíba State in north-east Brazil.
Young health volunteer tackles HIV among adolescents in Brazil
FORTALEZA, Brazil, 17 July 2014 – Rodrigo Xavier is 18 years old. But he’s had a ‘career’ as a health advocate since he was 11.
Breast milk banks are a sound investment in the health of Brazil's premature babies
FORTALEZA, Brazil, 15 November 2013 – Except for the shuffling of new mothers and nurses in protective gowns and slippers, it’s very quiet in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cesar Cals Hospital. Thirty or more incubators and small plastic cribs each hold a tiny, premature, high-risk baby who is struggling to survive.
Super child health agents are helping Brazil reduce preventable child deaths
FORTALEZA, Brazil, 16 October 2013 – “Hey, Miguel!” says Nicole, as she sits down beside him at a plastic table. “Do you know why vaccinations are important?” Miguel’s transfixed by Nicole’s affectionate smile, but, to be honest, he’s only 4 years old and is not quite sure what the answer is. No problem! Nicole has the answer, and she knows how to explain it to Miguel. Just 9 years old, Nicole is already a trained Super Child Health Agent. “Vaccinations help to keep children like us healthy,” she says to Miguel, holding his hands. “Vaccinations make sure that we don’t get any bad diseases.”
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."
In Brazil, social mothers support mother - and baby
SOBRAL, Brazil, 13 September 2013 – Being armed with just a broom may not seem like the best way to reduce child mortality, but an innovative programme – Mãe Social – is proving how effective this simple approach can be.
A health worker on the front line of reducing child mortality in Brazil
EUSEBIO, Brazil, 11 September 2013 – At 56, and after 23 years of visits to families across her impoverished community, Graça Campos is on the front line of reducing child mortality in Brazil. And, in spite of Brazil’s impressive progress so far on that front, she shows no sign of slowing down.
UNICEF and Globo launch partnership to promote education in Brazil
SAO PAULO, Brazil, 27 June 2013 – In partnership with Globo, the largest communication group in South America, UNICEF has launched a new initiative to guarantee the right of all Brazilian children to learn.
UNICEF says sustainable development possible only with investments in children
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 25 June 2012 – Throughout Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake argued that a development model that leaves behind millions of the poorest children is both wrong in principle and unsustainable in practice.
In Brazil, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake discusses social media and children’s rights in the lead-up to Rio+20
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 20 June 2012 – This week, the eyes of the world are focused on Rio de Janeiro as Brazil hosts the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. The conference is capturing headlines worldwide and is prominent across social media.
In Brazil, adolescents use UNICEF's new digital mapping technology to reduce disaster risks in the favelas
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 19 March 2012 – Ten years ago, Michael Gomes Correia used to love flying kites with his friends in the Prazeres community, one of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Now, the 18-year-old student is using kites – and mobile technology – to map the favelas’ socio-environmental risks and to improve the lives of children and families in his community.
In Brazil, the Platform for Urban Centres empowers youth to advocate for children’s rights
SAO PAULO, Brazil, 9 March 2012 – Alisson Rodrigues Cordeiro, 18, is determined to improve living conditions and reduce inequalities in his community in the Itaim Paulista district of São Paulo.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake meets with Brazilian youth and addresses their concerns
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 9 November 2011- “Listening to the challenges you face as adolescents, it becomes clearer and clearer to me that you, the adolescents, are the ones most able to find new solutions," said UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake as he addressed a gathering of young people during a recent four-day visit to Brazil, which focused on the promotion of children’s rights through sport and ways in which Brazilian youth are currently empowering themselves in order to meet the growing needs of their communities.
UNICEF-supported initiative aims to reverse inequities facing Brazilian youth
NEW YORK, USA, 23 August 2011 – Brazil is a country populated by the outrageously wealthy and the devastatingly poor – there is little middle ground. With a total population of 193 million Brazilians, 60 million are under the age of 18, 38 per cent of whom live in poverty.
UNICEF concerned about children living in shelters after Brazil floods
NEW YORK, USA, 17 January 2010—More than 600 people are dead and some 15,000 homeless after flooding in Brazil that is being described as the country’s worst natural disaster in decades.
Young activist helps promote environmental sustainability in Brazil's Amazon region
NEW YORK, USA, 4 October 2010 – Millennium Development Goal 7 calls for ensuring environmental sustainability by 2015. Among the young people working towards this goal is Rosicléia da Silva, 15, from the Amazon region of Brazil. She spoke with UNICEF Radio recently.
Delegation from Nepal sees child-rights initiatives supported by UNICEF in Brazil
BRASILIA, Brazil, 28 July 2010 – Senior representatives of the Government of Nepal visited Brazil recently to learn about initiatives developed by UNICEF and its partners here. The visit was an example of cooperation between developing countries, in which they share knowledge, experiences and best practices on various aspects of development.
Floods devastate north-eastern Brazil, destroying schools and displacing thousands
NEW YORK, NY, USA, 25 June 2010 – Severe floods damaged large areas of Pernambuco and Alagoas states in north-eastern Brazil this week. Residents continue to face the effects of heavy rains as authorities scramble to implement recovery efforts.
UN Secretary-General and Brazilian adolescents discuss challenges in urban life
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 7 June 2010 – On a recent trip to Brazil to attend the third UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum, a partnership promoting global cross-cultural relations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with adolescents living in a low-income neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro.
At UNICEF panel, indigenous young people speak up for their rights
NEW YORK, USA, 23 April 2010 – Two Brazilian youth advocates have travelled from their small village in the Bahia region of north-eastern Brazil to United Nations headquarters in New York to make an impassioned appeal for the rights of indigenous peoples.
‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies
NEW YORK, USA, 3 November 2009 – Too often around the world, in countries affected by conflict, violence and poverty, education is denied at the most basic level.
Launch of ‘Platform of Urban Centres’ initiative in Brazil
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 20 August 2009 – Some 400 people were present for the launch of the UNICEF-supported ‘Platform of Urban Centres’ initiative last month – aimed at ensuring the rights of children and adolescents on the outskirts of Brazilian cities.
Casa Renascer helps sexually exploited girls in Brazil
NATAL, Brazil, 19 December 2008 – To an outsider, the beauty of this coastal city evokes a lifestyle that is carefree, with lazy days of surfing, swimming and walking barefoot on the sand. But when night falls, the back streets fill with young girls selling their bodies.
Four-Day World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents wraps in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 2 December 2008 – The 2008 World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children has concluded in Rio de Janeiro, with a blueprint for fighting the sexual abuse and exploitation of young people.
World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children opens in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 26 November 2008 – Some 3,000 participants from more than 125 countries gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for last night’s opening ceremony of the third World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents.
Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visits a UNICEF-supported school project in Brazil
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 27 October 2008 – As part of an official state visit to Brazil, UNICEF's Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, visited the UNICEF-supported Aprendiz City-School, a non-governmental organization located in the Vila Madalena district of São Paulo last week.
At UNICEF seminar, students from region seek changes in secondary education
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 15 September 2008 – Students at the Institute Filii Dei in the Retiro neighbourhood of Buenos Aires recently welcomed a delegation of their peers participating in an international seminar on secondary education organized by UNICEF.
UNICEF and MTV’s HIV-focused documentary ‘Xpress’ wins award from World Media Festival
NEW YORK, USA, 22 April 2008 – ‘Xpress’, the fourth video documentary co-produced by MTV Latin America and UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean, has been announced as the recipent of a Silver Award in the education category at the World Media Festival.
UNICEF and British Telecom launch ‘edu-communication’ project in São Paulo
SÃO PAULO Brazil, 11 April 2008 – The excitement was palpable at the recent launch of the new UNICEF and British Telecom youth participation programme focusing on education and communication in low-income communities in Brazil.
‘Family Talks’ broadcasts the message good health to Brazil
PALHANO, Brazil, 25 January 2008 – Principal Socorro Leni da Silva stands before the group of eager faces which have gathered in her classroom. On this afternoon, however, the room is not filled with her usual primary school pupils, but rather with their mothers. The women are waiting to be recorded for the UNICEF supported radio show, ‘Family Talks’.
Care centre gives Brazilian youths another opportunity for education
VIÇOSA DO CEARÁ, Brazil, 28 December 2007 – Mothers in the small town of Viçosa do Ceará have spent many years trying to provide their children with a safe environment that will give them the opportunities they need to escape from poverty.
UN meeting highlights innovative programmes that spread from south to north
NEW YORK, USA, 27 December 2007 – Uganda, Mexico and Brazil presented innovative grassroots programmes for improving child rights at the United Nations during a recent UNICEF-organized seminar, which for the first time looked at how northern nations can learn from those in the south.
UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children visits AIDS projects in São Paulo
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 10 December 2007 – “I have learned so much from all of the young people that I met and spoke with today. You have inspired me with your optimism, your courage, your determination and your warmth,” said Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Maria Teresa, during the first official field visit in her new capacity as a UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children.
On World AIDS Day, faith-based leaders show solidarity with HIV-affected youth in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 4 December 2007 – The theme of World AIDS Day, 1 December, in Brazil this year – ‘Qual a sua atitude?’ (‘What’s your attitude?’) – was chosen to help mobilize children, adolescents and all of Brazilian society for positive action on the issue of HIV/AIDS.
Beloved cartoon character Mônica is the newest National Ambassador for UNICEF Brazil
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 8 November 2007 – UNICEF Brazil named a unique new National Ambassador in São Paulo this week – Mônica, the beloved cartoon character who has been capturing the hearts and imagination of children since 1963.
Formula One driver Felipe Massa appointed UNICEF’s Brazil’s newest 'Champion for Brazilian Children'
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 25 October 2007 –Brazil has a new champion for children’s rights. The wildly popular Formula One driver Felipe Massa has been appointed as UNICEF Brazil’s latest Goodwill Ambassador.
Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover inspires, and is inspired by, youths in São Paulo
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 9 October 2007 – “Every day I see children and adolescents holding in their hands an immense potential for transformation,” said Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover during his recent visit to two UNICEF-supported projects in São Paulo, Brazil.
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.
Football helps girls in Brazil put exploitation behind them
OLINDA, Brazil, 31 August 2007 – For 15 years, UNICEF Brazil has supported the Environment and Citizenship Project here in the city of Olinda. Developed by the municipal government, the project offers sport- and music-related activities to girls and boys who have been involved in child labour or are in danger of being exploited.
UNICEF delivers first shipment of generic antiretrovirals to Brazil
BRASILIA, Brazil, 5 July 2007 – UNICEF has delivered 113,800 doses of Efavirenz, a generic antiretroviral (ARV) medication, to the Brazilian Ministry of Health. The ARVs will benefit 75,000 people living with HIV in the country, including children and adolescents.
National Pact reaffirms Brazil’s commitment to 13 million children in impoverished areas
BRASILIA, Brazil, 27 June 2007 – The lives of 13 million children living in Brazil’s impoverished semi-arid region were the focus yesterday during the signing of the second National Pact entitled, ‘A world fit for children and adolescents in the Brazilian semi-arid’.
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.
‘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.
Brazil and Jamaica unite against adolescent HIV/AIDS
JAMAICA/BRAZIL, 16 October 2006 – For over two decades Jamaica and Brazil have undertaken considerable efforts to get the HIV/AIDS epidemic under control.
Improving quality basic education for children in Brazil's Amazon Region
PARÁ STATE, Brazil, 4 October 2006 – The EducAmazônia project works to improve the quality of basic education for 680,000 children attending rural schools in Pará, the largest state in Brazil’s Amazônia Region.
At Brazil summit, media leaders unite to fight HIV/AIDS in Latin America
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 11 August 2006 – Twenty-two senior media executives from eight countries met in Rio de Janeiro this week for the first ever Global Media AIDS Initiative Summit of Latin American Media Leaders.
HIV/AIDS prevention is central theme at Brazil’s largest scouting meeting
BRASILIA, Brazil, 31 July 2006 – Over 400 Brazilian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides participated in a series of HIV/AIDS workshops during Jamboree III, the biggest scouting meeting in Brazil. The activities, which ran from 16-20 July, emphasized the importance of learning about and preventing HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.
ARV initiative brings hope to people living with AIDS in Sao Tome and Principe
NEW YORK, USA, 8 May 2006 – Sao Tome and Principe is now offering universal access to antiretrovirals medications (ARVs), thanks to a new initiative by an alliance between UNICEF, UNAIDS, the Brazilian Government and seven partner countries.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover addresses Brazilian education award ceremony
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 1 December 2005 – “The education of our children cannot be overlooked anywhere in the world, no matter how rich or poor the country,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover during his address at the Banco Itaú-UNICEF Brazil Awards in São Paulo.
Brazil launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
BRASILIA, Brazil, 22 November 2005 – At the launch of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS Campaign today in Brazil, the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other partners made several important commitments to helping children and adolescents in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Gustavo Kuerten joins forces with UNICEF to promote sports as a tool for development
JOINVILLE, Brazil, 15 July 2005 – Gustavo ‘Guga’ Kuerten signed a pledge on behalf of the rights of children and adolescents to play sports on Wednesday at the Joinville Tennis Club in Brazil. The pledge is part of an agreement between UNICEF and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
UNICEF-supported projects open girls’ eyes to gender equality
TAUÁ, Brazil, 15 July 2005 - As UNICEF’s efforts to promote girls’ education gather momentum around the world, many young girls are beginning to open their eyes to the issues surrounding gender for the first time.
Reaching out to Brazil’s most disadvantaged: the plight of indigenous children
NEW YORK, 8 April 2005 – Brazil has launched an unprecedented National Accord to improve the lives of some of the country’s most impoverished and excluded children. The initiative, entitled ‘A World for Children and Adolescents’ was launched by government officials, UNICEF and other humanitarian organizations, as well as business leaders. It will focus on providing support for poor children and families living in Brazil’s northeast or “semi-arid” region. The area - roughly the size of Colombia - is home to 11 million children, 75 per cent of whom live in poverty. Issues such as education, nutrition, culture, social and political participation, diversity and human rights top the agenda.
Brazil owes its children a huge debt, President tells child-friendly reporters
BRASILIA, 22 July 2004 – "We must declare war against the calamity that involves thousands of children in Brazil,” Brazilian president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva said in an exclusive press conference for twelve reporters from the Child Friendly Journalists project.