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At a glance: Djibouti


In Djibouti, families fleeing conflict and drought continue to struggle in camp
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, 24 August 2011 – In what looks like a rubbish dump off of the main road southwest of the capital city Djibouti, a few hundred families have set-up makeshift tukuls and call them home. They have no water, no toilets, no electricity, and barely any hope.

Feeding centres aim to alleviate chronic malnutrition in drought-affected Djibouti
BALBALA, Djibouti, 17 August 2011 – At the therapeutic feeding centre of Balbala, on the outskirts of the capital city Djibouti, Abdelfattah, 20-months-old, stares suspiciously at the visitors who have just walked in.

UNICEF helps to raise HIV awareness along the Ethiopia-Djibouti transport corridor
DJIBOUTI VILLE, Djibouti, 6 July 2010 – In the scorching heat of a June morning, boys and young men from the PK 12 neighbourhood, on the outskirts of Djibouti Ville, are gathered in front of a large container competing in a game of babyfoot, a.k.a. table football.

‘Dubai Cares’ and UNICEF aim to improve classroom conditions in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, 31 July 2008 – Hadj Dideh Primary School is one of the many schools in Djibouti that are in urgent need of repair. It will also be one the first schools in the country to be rehabilitated with support from a partnership between UNICEF and Dubai Cares – a Gulf based initiative that has raised $1 billion to help educate 1 million children in poor countries.

UNICEF supports prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, 23 June 2008 - Shortly before giving birth to her second child, Saida, 22, became ill and was tested for HIV through a UNICEF-supported clinic for maternal health. Saida now knows she is living with HIV, but her passion for life and her determination to care for her young family have not been diminished by the diagnosis.

UNICEF and Dubai Cares support quality education to break the cycle of poverty
NEW YORK, USA, 19 February 2008 – “If we want to champion prosperity and progress, we cannot ignore poverty,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, has said. “We should therefore emphasize the role of education as the most powerful weapon in breaking the vicious circle of poverty.”

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman: Urgent action needed in drought-stricken Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 7 February 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is calling for immediate action in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa to keep children from dying.

UNICEF appeals for $16 million to fund emergency drought relief in the Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 3 February 2006 – UNICEF has launched an appeal for $16 million dollars to fund emergency aid in the Horn of Africa. More than 8 million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti are affected by a worsening drought. With rain not due until April, UNICEF fears the situation will deteriorate even further.

UNICEF-FIFA project uses football to educate young people about HIV/AIDS
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, 13 January 2006 – UNICEF and FIFA are teaming up to use football to help protect young people in Djibouti against HIV/AIDS. The UNICEF-FIFA project organizes leagues to give young participants a chance to compete and to learn.

Djibouti: Information is key to stopping the spread of AIDS
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, 23 December, 2005 – The highway connecting Djibouti and Ethiopia is one of the busiest in the Horn of Africa. It is also one of the most dangerous places for contracting HIV. Each day as they wait for their shipments at the Djibouti port, hundreds of truck drivers stop their rigs near the poor communities that surround the port. During this down time many drivers pay women from the nearby neighbourhoods to have sex.

Djibouti: Centre for HIV-positive women offers new hope
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, 15 December 2005 – Sandwiched between buildings in a poor neighborhood of Djibouti city is a new association for women who are HIV-positive. It's called ‘New Hope’ and was started by a woman we'll call Aisha Halim, who is HIV-positive. The programme now helps about 100 HIV-positive women. The government has supplied her with a building – and now she's turned to UNICEF to ask for technical and material support.

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, 5 December 2005 – At the launch of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign in Djibouti, President H.E Ismael Omar Guelleh stressed the fact that his country is the hardest-hit in the Arab World, with an HIV prevalence rate of 3 per cent among the general population and 6 per cent among those aged 24 to 34.

Dubai gives $100,000 cash injection for Djibouti immunization campaign
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 1 July 2004 – UNICEF’s immunization campaign in Djibouti will benefit from a generous cash injection from Sultan Bin Sulayem, chairman of the Board of Dubai Aid City (a logistical facility supporting international humanitarian aid efforts).




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