01 April 2024

Crisis in Haiti

Political turmoil, civil unrest, violence, crippling poverty and natural disasters: This deadly combination is jeopardizing the well-being and future of Haiti’s children. More than 3 million children – the highest number on record in Haiti – require humanitarian support.   Despite the insecure and volatile environment, UNICEF is working with…, What’s happening in Haiti?, Even before the current crisis, Haiti was the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, having experienced decades of inadequate basic services and a lack of human capital development, combined with extremely high inequality, marginalization and social exclusion.   These challenges have been compounded by the proliferation of armed groups who are…, How is the crisis affecting children in Haiti?, Una mujer carga a su bebé en la clínica de vacunación del Hospital Inmaculada Concepción en Haití Children and families are enduring relentless waves of brutal violence perpetrated by armed groups. Each day brings new horrors, the loss of loved ones, homes destroyed, and an ever-present shadow of fear. Children are being killed or injured on their…, How is UNICEF helping children in Haiti?, Un niño sonríe mientras revisa el contenido de una mochila negra con el logo de UNICEF Despite the highly volatile environment, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to protect families and provide life-saving support, including for those who are trapped and cut off from essential services. Together with the Government and partners, UNICEF is helping to…, Donate to support UNICEF’s work for Haiti’s children
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…
31 July 2023

Community health workers in Brazil work tirelessly to reach children who missed out o

Nurse preparing a vaccine UNICEF/U.S. CDC/UNI408803/Hiller Whenever Dynnhyfer de Souza helps to protect the health of a child, it has a profound impact on her. “I get emotional when people line up to be vaccinated by me,” says the nursing technician who lives in the Brazilian city of Baturité, Ceará. “They say I have a light hand, which is very…, On average, across different routine vaccines, Brazil is bouncing back and recovering, The situation in Brazil reflects some of the trends that we’re seeing globally when it comes to making sure that children are protected from potentially deadly diseases with the routine immunizations they need to live healthy lives.   New data from UNICEF and WHO reveals that after the largest sustained decline in routine immunization in a…, Reaching children in the city that’s the gateway to the Amazon rainforest, The latest global data reveals that during 2022 there were some positive trends, including a 2.5 million reduction in the number of zero-dose children worldwide. A zero-dose child is one that has not received a single dose of a diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine. But the reality is that about one in five children are still zero-dose or under-…, Hard-to-reach riverside communities in Abaetetuba are getting access to essential health care services, The Active Vaccination Search initiative has also been operating in the municipality of Abaetetuba, in northern Brazil, which is formed by 72 islands.  La iniciativa Búsqueda Activa Vacunal también se ha desarrollado en el municipio de Abaetetuba, en el norte de Brasil. UN0846719 - ES, The team is carrying out a 16-day mission serving the medical and vaccination needs of people living in riverine communities., UNICEF/U.S. CDC/ UN0846719/Hiller Abaetetuba está formada por 72 islas y es uno de los cuatro municipios donde UNICEF Brasil está desarrollando el programa piloto. UN0846706, The region is made up of 72 islands and is among the four municipalities UNICEF Brazil is carrying out the pilot programme., UNICEF/U.S. CDC/UN0846706/Hiller Para ofrecer atención sanitaria a la población ribereña de Abaetetuba, el municipio cuenta con una Unidad Básica de Salud Fluvial que visita cada comunidad. Rosimary Bailão da Costa, técnica en enfermería, revisa un paquete de jeringuillas a bordo de la Unidad Básica de Salud Fluvial. UN0846672 - ES, To provide healthcare to the riverside populations in Abaetetuba, the municipality has a Basic River Health Unit, which visits each community. Nursing Technician Rosimary Bailão da Costa inspects a sleeve of syringes onboard the Basic River Health Unit., UNICEF/U.S. CDC/UN0846672/Hiller Los miembros de la comunidad pueden vacunarse y tienen acceso a médicos, dentistas y personal de enfermería cada dos meses, cuando reciben la visita de los trabajadores sanitarios de la Unidad Básica de Salud Fluvial. UN0846708, Community members receive vaccines and have access to doctors, dentists, and nurses every two months, when the Basic River Health Unit health workers visit., UNICEF/U.S. CDC/ UN0846708/Hiller Una parte importante del proyecto consiste en localizar a los niños y niñas menores de cinco años que no están al día con el calendario de vacunación o que nunca se han vacunado. En la foto, la agente de salud comunitaria Dene Maria Rodrigues André (segunda fila, derecha) acompaña a la familia Pinheiro desde su…, Through this project, a significant amount of focus is placed on locating children under 5 years of age who are either behind on their vaccination schedule or are zero-dose. Here, Community Health Agent Dene Maria Rodrigues André (second row, right) accompanies the Pinheiro family from their home to the Basic River Health Unit barge for…, UNICEF/U.S. CDC/ UN0846680/Hiller Deisiane Pinheiro, de ocho años, se vacuna en la embarcación de la Unidad Básica de Salud Fluvial que atiende a la comunidad del río Caripetuba, en Abaetetuba. UN0846695, Deisiane Pinheiro, 8, receives a vaccine on the Basic River Health Unit barge in the community of Caripetuba River in Abaetetuba., UNICEF/U.S. CDC/UN0846695/Hiller La iniciativa Búsqueda Activa Vacunal también se ha desarrollado en el municipio de Abaetetuba, en el norte de Brasil. Abaetetuba está formada por 72 islas y es uno de los cuatro municipios donde UNICEF Brasil está desarrollando el programa piloto. Para ofrecer atención sanitaria a la población ribereña de…, Childhood immunization is starting to recover and this is what needs to happen next, A young girl looks down at her arm while receiving a vaccination. Rosinaldo, 6, is held by her mother, Ivana Rodrigues Cordeiro, while being vaccinated by Nursing Technician Rosimary Bailão da Costa during a vaccination clinic in the community of Caripetuba River in Abaetetuba, Pará state, Brazil. Immunization initiatives like the Active…