02 December 2023

Haiti: 2 in 3 children need humanitarian assistance

In Haiti, people are facing some of the worst human rights violations and threats to their lives in the country’s recent history. Years of political turmoil, poverty, institutional and socioeconomic crises, disease outbreaks, disasters and escalating armed violence have left over 3 million children in need of assistance. Many more children will…, The situation in Haiti at a glance, children Haiti UNICEF/Joseph Taina plays with a teddy bear during her interview, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "Do not be discouraged, remain resilient by praying to God, understand that life does not stop there.  The future is reaching out to us." Message of Taina to other survivors of gender-based violence, Children and women are particularly vulnerable, Persistent violence in Haiti is a significant concern for the safety and welfare of its most vulnerable, especially women and children. Extreme levels of armed violence ravage pockets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and increasingly in the country’s traditional breadbasket, Artibonite Department. The looming threats of violence – including sexual…, How is UNICEF responding?, children Haiti Despite the extremely insecure and volatile environment, UNICEF and partners are stepping up efforts to protect children and families and provide the lifesaving support they desperately need, including: supporting nutrition and health services, responding to the cholera outbreak, promoting safe learning environments, providing…
30 August 2023

Childhood overweight on the rise

Children living with overweight or obesity are more likely to continue to have these conditions in adulthood, and to have non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and some types of cancer), as well as a shorter life expectancy.   UNICEF calls on all sectors and key actors to make it possible for…, Chapter 1. Overweight in children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1.1 Nutritional status in children under 5 years of age 1.2 Overweight in children and adolescents from 5 to 19 years of age 1.3 Urbanization and overweight in the region 1.4 Challenges for the approach of actions to prevent childhood overweight in Latin America and the Caribbean Download the report, Chapter 2. UNICEF’s response and contribution to the prevention of childhood overweight in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2.1 UNICEF response framework for the prevention of childhood overweight 2.2 UNICEF’s contribution to the prevention of childhood overweight Download the report, Conclusions and recommendations, Download the report, Understanding the problem, One of the main determinants of childhood overweight is obesogenic food environments, which promote the consumption of unhealthy and ultra-processed products (high in sugar, fat and salt), and limit physical activity.  These environments abound in the region, especially in urban areas, where more than 81% of the population lives (making it the…, UNICEF's response and contribution, The prevention of childhood overweight is a collective task that requires joint actions with governments, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector, as well as other United Nations agencies.  Graphic on UNICEF’s systems approach to nutritious, safe, affordable and sustainable food for children and adolescents. UNICEF’s systems…, 2023 Report Childhood overweighton the riseIs it too late to turn the tide in Latin America and the Caribbean? Naranja Superio r 2023 Report Childhood overweight on the riseIs it too late to turn the tide in Latin America and the Caribbean? Overall guidance and supervision: Maaike Arts, Regional Advisor, Survive & Thrive. Technical…