Press releases and news notes
Projected number of severely malnourished Somali children up 50 percent
GENEVA/NAIROBI, 2 May 2017 – The projected number of children who are or will be acutely malnourished has shot up by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million, including over 275,000 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017.
As famine looms, malnutrition and disease rise sharply among children in Somalia
MOGADISHU/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 March 2017 – As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) — a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011.
27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF and partners assist more than 145,000 people in famine-hit areas of South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 28 March 2017 – More than one month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF - together with the World Food Programme and other partners - has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 thousand people, including 33,000 children under the age of five.
Nearly 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in conflict and other crises
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 31 January 2017 – 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the situation of children in Nigeria
NEW YORK, 13 December 2016 – “The violent conflict in northeast Nigeria has left children severely malnourished and at risk of death.
Malnutrition amongst children in Yemen at an all-time high, warns UNICEF
SANA'A, 12 December 2016 – Nearly 2.2 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished and require urgent care. At least 462,000 children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a drastic increase of almost 200 per cent since 2014. An additional 1.7 million children suffer from Moderate Acute Malnutrition.
Aamir Khan travels to Bhutan with UNICEF to help advocate against malnutrition
THIMPHU, Bhutan 18 October 2016 – UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador and film actor and director Aamir Khan is in Bhutan to meet children affected by malnutrition, and to witness how UNICEF is working to address stunting across the country.
Five in six children under two not getting enough nutrition for growth and brain development - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 14 October 2016 – Five in six children under two years old are not fed enough nutritious food for their age, depriving them of the energy and nutrients they need at the most critical time in their physical and cognitive development, according to a new UNICEF report.
UNICEF more than doubles its funding appeal to provide life-saving assistance for children in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 29 September 2016 – UNICEF has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast of the country.
77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 29 July 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death, UNICEF said.
An estimated quarter of a million children severely malnourished in Borno state, Nigeria - UNICEF
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 July 2016 – An estimated quarter of a million children in Borno state, North-East Nigeria, face severe malnourishment and risk death, UNICEF said today, as the scale of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram emergency continues to unfold.
Unprecedented level of food insecurity in South Sudan, UN agencies warn
JUBA, 29 June 2016 – Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan – well over one-third of the population – will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned today.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry meets children facing immense challenges in Viet Nam
HANOI/NEW YORK, 1 June 2016 – Following a visit to Viet Nam, internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry is calling for increased focus on children being left behind in one of Asia’s fastest growing economies.
Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 May 2016 – A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.
UNICEF and WFP respond to needs of drought-affected people in Somaliland and Puntland
NAIROBI, Kenya, 11 April 2016 – In northern Somalia, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland.
Race for survival as South Sudan’s children struggle in forgotten crisis
JUBA, South Sudan, 11 March 2016 - Humanitarian funding for the world’s youngest country has collapsed, UNICEF said today, putting the lives of tens of thousands of children at risk.
UNICEF: Malnutrition mounts as El Niño takes hold
JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI, Kenya, 17 February 2016 – Almost one million children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF said today. Two years of erratic rain and drought have combined with one of the most powerful El Niño events in 50 years to wreak havoc on the lives of the most vulnerable children.
UN agencies warn of escalating food crisis in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 February 2016 – South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people – nearly 25 percent of the country’s population – remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe, three UN agencies warned today.
Series from "The Lancet" provides more evidence that breastfeeding is lifesaving – UNICEF
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, 29 January 2016 – A new series of papers just published by The Lancet provides evidence that improving breastfeeding practices could save the lives of over 820,000 children a year, 9 out of 10 of them infants under 6 months.
UNICEF fears hunger in Malawi, embarks on mass screening for malnutrition across country
LILONGWE, Malawi 15 December 2015 – As Malawi struggles to cope with drought and the first maize deficit in a decade, UNICEF is carrying out a mass screening for malnutrition in children under five across 25 districts – 90 per cent of the country. The response comes as reports from communities and villages indicate an increasing food shortage and hunger problem in the country.
P!nk announced as newest UNICEF Ambassador
NEW YORK, 30 November 2015 – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the appointment of the newest UNICEF Ambassador, GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist P!nk, who will build on her current role as the UNICEF Kid Power National Spokesperson to raise awareness about UNICEF’s lifesaving health and nutrition programs around the world.
UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition
NEW YORK, 19 November 2015 – Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham sees how his Fund is helping children in Papua New Guinea
MOUNT HAGEN, Papua New Guinea/LONDON, 5 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham today met children receiving treatment for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported hospital in Papua New Guinea.
UNICEF and WFP launch mass nutrition screening as hunger threatens lives of children in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 29 October 2015 — UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched a mass mobilization campaign today that will screen more than a quarter of a million children for acute malnutrition in Warrap state.
UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent catastrophe in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 22 October 2015 – Three UN agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.
Six months of violence in Yemen leave more than 500 children dead, some 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition: UNICEF
GENEVA/SANA’A, Yemen, 2 October 2015 – Six months of unremitting violence in Yemen have left at least 505 children dead, 702 injured and more than 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition, UNICEF said today.
Fighting childhood malnutrition: Resource-rich African countries rise to the challenge
NEW YORK, 28 September 2015 – The Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali and Niger today announced a new fund for the fight against malnutrition. The announcement was made at the launch of UNITLIFE, a new innovative financing mechanism that uses micro levies from extractive industries to increase resources for the fight again malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.
Shakira and UNICEF call for leaders to join the early childhood revolution
NEW YORK, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira today urged global leaders to invest heavily in early childhood development in the wake of new science that is creating a revolutionary shift in our understanding of the lasting effects of deprivation and stress on the developing brains of young children.
UNICEF and WFP intensify efforts to defeat malnutrition in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 9 September 2015 - The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are intensifying their efforts to reverse the dire malnutrition situation in South Sudan, where a brutal conflict has displaced millions of people, destroyed basic services, increased disease and exacerbated hunger.
Yemen Conflict: Over a thousand child casualties so far – UNICEF
SANAA, Yemen, 19 August 2015 – An average of eight children are being killed or maimed every day in Yemen as a direct result of the conflict gripping the country, according to a report released by UNICEF.
Amid surging conflict in Yemen, UNICEF mobile teams respond to children’s urgent health needs
ADEN, Yemen, 10 July 2015 - With health services across Yemen disintegrating under the impact of a brutal conflict, UNICEF and its partners are stepping up nutrition screening, vaccinations and other life-saving interventions for millions of children caught up in the ongoing crisis.
Millions of children in war-torn Yemen at risk of disease and malnutrition – UNICEF
SANA’A, Yemen, 30 June 2015 – The ongoing conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the country’s health system, and exposing millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases, says UNICEF.
Children face worsening nutrition crisis as South Sudan fighting intensifies
JUBA, South Sudan, 27 May 2015 – The lives of nearly a quarter of a million children are at significant risk as food and nutrition security rapidly deteriorate in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF said today. The crisis comes as a result of ongoing conflict, diminished household food stocks and a shrinking economy.
New fund aims to unlock $1 billion for children’s nutrition
WASHINGTON D.C., 16 April 2015 - The Power of Nutrition, a new independent fund launched today, will help millions of children reach their full potential. Backed by leading organisations from private philanthropy and international development, the partnership aims to unlock one billion dollars to tackle child undernutrition in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Survey shows sharp drop in childhood stunting in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 10 April 2015 – The results of a National Nutrition Survey released in Tanzania show that between 2010 and 2014, chronic malnutrition – stunting, or low height for age – among children under five in the country fell from 42 per cent to 35 per cent.
UNICEF: South Sudan on the edge of nutrition catastrophe if hostilities don’t end now
JUBA, South Sudan, 4 February 2015 – UNICEF urged warring groups in South Sudan to follow up fast on the ceasefire deal reached Monday or face potentially catastrophic food shortages in the conflict areas of the country.
One year after conflict, children still under daily threat in South Sudan
JUBA/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – The future for a generation of children in South Sudan is being stolen by the year-long conflict in the country, which has driven hundreds of thousands of children from their homes, schools and communities; subjecting them to violence, malnutrition and disease, the UNICEF said today.
Give South Sudan’s Children a Healthy Start
JUBA, South Sudan, 14 October 2014 – The South Sudan National and State Ministry of Health, Sanitation and Environment, UNICEF and WFP kicked off a new outreach and a mass-screening campaign today to address the nutrition crisis, which UNICEF says is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
New UNICEF Ambassador Aamir Khan vows to fight stunting in South Asia
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 9 October 2014 – Film actor, director and producer Aamir Khan became Ambassador for UNICEF in South Asia today. In his new role Mr. Khan will focus on supporting child nutrition to end stunting across the region.
Child malnutrition emergency in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 23 September 2014 – Tens of thousands of children under the age of five remain at risk of malnutrition-related death in South Sudan, despite temporary improvements in the food security situation that were released today by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) group of experts.
A letter from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week 2014
NEW YORK, 1 August 2014 -- "Giving all children the best start in life begins with breastfeeding – one of the simplest, smartest, and most cost-effective ways we have of supporting healthier children, stronger families, and sustainable growth.
Children in South Sudan cannot wait for famine before world acts
JUBA, South Sudan, 25 July 2014 - The Executive Directors of UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action, as they met severely malnourished children and their mothers affected by the conflict in the world's newest country.
Over 10 million Yemenis struggle for food, UNICEF and WFP food security survey shows
SANA’A, Yemen, 15 July 2014 – Preliminary findings of a new survey by UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) show that while food security has improved in some areas, over 10 million Yemenis – more than 40 percent of the population – don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Cholera cases rapidly multiplying in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 19 May 2014 – The caseload of cholera is rapidly increasing in South Sudan and the deadly, highly contagious disease appears to be spreading, UNICEF said today.
Child malnutrition in South Sudan could double, warns UNICEF
JUBA, South Sudan, 11 April 2014 - The youngest citizens of the world’s newest nation are on the verge of a nutrition crisis and nearly a quarter of a million children will suffer severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year if more is not done now, says UNICEF.
UNICEF report: Silent threat emerging among Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 25 February 2014 – A UNICEF-led joint nutrition assessment on the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon was launched today, revealing malnutrition as a silent, emerging threat.
New data on child malnutrition in Sudan a gold mine, UNICEF says
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 29 January 2014 – Data collected in Sudan is revealing for the first time the difference in performance of health and nutrition services in each of Sudan’s 18 states. This has been thanks to the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) used to collect data on child malnutrition.
European Commission’s Humanitarian Office supports fight against child malnutrition in Sudan with grant of €2 million for UNICEF
KHARTOUM, Sudan/ BRUSSELS, 22 January 2014 - UNICEF Sudan will receive €2 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office to help in the fight against child malnutrition in Sudan.
UNICEF airlifts urgent supplies to humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 21 January 2014 – The first of two UNICEF charter planes, each carrying 35 tons of urgently needed supplies for children and women in South Sudan, landed this morning at Juba International Airport.
UNICEF: Urgent action needed to prevent child deaths from malnutrition in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 24 December 2013 – Officials in UNICEF Bangui today expressed ‘extreme concern’ that recent waves of violence in the Central African Republic will cause a sharp increase in children suffering severe malnutrition, putting their lives and future health at risk.
UN agencies meet in Nairobi to enhance cooperation in global fight against malnutrition
NAIROBI, 26 August 2013 – The UN System Network for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) is holding its first meeting in Africa from 26-28 August in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together experts from various UN agencies working on the continent to drive forward the fight against undernutrition.
Nutrition security in Gao: An Alarming Situation
BAMAKO, 23 July 2013 – The humanitarian community is raising the alarm on the rates of acute malnutrition in Gao, Northern Mali. Mali’s Ministry of Health and its partners, including UNICEF, have just published the results of a nutrition and mortality survey (SMART methodology), conducted for the first time since the crisis began in this conflict stricken region. The study reveals a dire nutrition crisis, making it extremely difficult for the most vulnerable and children under age five, in particular.
UN Agencies in DPRK Urgently Require US$29.4 Million to Respond to Critical and Life-saving Needs
PYONGYANG/BANGKOK, 29 April 2013 - The World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO), Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) appeal for urgent funding to be able to meet the most critical and life-saving needs of the people of DPRK in the areas of Health and Nutrition up to the end of the year.
Progress shows that stunting in children can be defeated – UNICEF
DUBLIN, 15 April 2013 – A new UNICEF report issued today offers evidence that real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth – the hidden face of poverty for 165 million children under the age of five. The report shows that accelerated progress is both possible and necessary.
Global Conference Stresses Urgent Need to Prioritize the Health of Newborns
JOHANNESBURG, 15 April 2013 – Representatives from over fifty countries gathered today for the opening session of the first-ever Global Newborn Health Conference (#Newborn2013) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
850,000 children treated in Sahel for severe acute malnutrition in 2012: UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 December 2012 – A UNICEF progress report says that more than 850,000 children are expected to have received life-saving treatment...
Prevention of water-borne diseases and support for malnourished children a priority for UNICEF in Rakhine State, Myanmar
BANGKOK, 13 November 2012 - Since unrest broke out in Rakhine State in Myanmar in June, UNICEF has provided urgently needed help to save severely...
The Government of Niger and partners pursue efforts to address malnutrition
NIAMEY, 17 September 2012 - The severity of the food and nutrition crisis in Niger has been confirmed by a national survey revealing high rates of malnutrition...
Pau Gasol: I’m in Chad to remind people that one million children are at risk in the Sahel because of the nutritional crisis
N'DJAMENA, 24 August 2012 - Pau Gasol, Silver Medalist at the 2012 Olympics, the two-time NBA champion and UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003, is in...
UNICEF combats malnutrition in Pakistan with EU support
BRUSSELS, 22 June 2012 – UNICEF has received 3 million euro (USD$3.7 million) from the European Commission to combat malnutrition among women and...
WFP, UNICEF WHO and FAO Hail REACH Initiative on child undernutrition as foundation for sustainable development goals
RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 June 2012 – Rio + 20 presents an opportunity for agreement on the future we want. It is a future that will be determined by global...
Triple disaster threatens children in Northern Mali
BAMAKO, MALI, 8 May 2012 – UNICEF says that children in the north of Mali are among the most vulnerable in the Sahel region, confronted not just by the food and nutrition crisis from the prolonged drought, but also by displacement and the effects of armed conflict in that part of the country.
European Commission donates 16.5 million Euros to UNICEF’s Sahel appeal as dry season begins
BRUSSELS/DAKAR, 2 May 2012 – UNICEF said today it had received two donations from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) to provide treatment for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the Sahel nutrition crisis in West and Central Africa.
Complementary feeding campaign launched in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, 27 April 2012 - The Royal Government of Cambodia with UNICEF, USAID and the World Health Organization and other partners launched a nationwide campaign today to ensure children aged from six to 24 months receive adequate nutrition from a combination of complementary food and breast milk.
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UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria
Statement - 7 February 2012
On first official visit to Yemen, new UNICEF Regional Director voices concern over child malnutrition
SANAA/AMMAN, 24 January 2012 – UNICEF Regional Director Maria Calivis concludes today a two-day visit to Yemen where she saw first-hand...
UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake visits Bangladesh
UNICEF warns of looming children’s crisis in the Sahel
DAKAR/GENEVA, 9 December 2011 – An estimated 1,025,000 children in the Sahel region of Africa face severe and life threatening malnutrition during the...
UNICEF opens humanitarian warehouse in Dubai for nutrition supplies for Southern Somalia
COPENHAGEN, 4 November 2011 – UNICEF announced the opening of its first humanitarian transit hub for nutrition supplies destined for Somalia...
UNICEF and industry tackle unprecedented global demand for nutrition supplies
COPENHAGEN, 4 October 2011 – UNICEF brought together almost 100 partners today to discuss unprecedented demand for nutrition products and...
UNICEF starts food voucher and cash transfer programme southern Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya, 13 September 2011 – UNICEF and its partners are striving to reach children and their families affected by famine and drought in southern Somalia...
Scaling up nutrition investments leads to fewer child deaths and improves economy
BISHKEK/Kyrgyzstan, 30 June 2011 – Despite improvements in the past decade, 22 per cent of all deaths among children under-five in the Kyrgyz Republic are...
Poor nutrition 'silent emergency' but preventable
ISTANBUL 10 May 2011 - Poor nutrition in the world’s least developed countries constitutes a silent emergency requiring a coordinated global response...
UNICEF: Reaching children in the Least Developed Countries
ISTANBUL 9 May 2011 -- On the occasion of the 4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), UNICEF says reaching the most vulnerable children in the poorest countries is critical...
UNICEF: Pakistan floods uncover dire nutrition situation
ISLAMABAD/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 28 January 2011 – Six months after the 2010 Pakistan monsoon floods hit, UNICEF and its partners face another huge challenge...
WFP and UNICEF to scale up nutrition to fight child stunting in Southern and Eastern Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 18 January 2010 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF agreed today to work together to reduce levels...
The government of Niger and its partners determined to continue their efforts against child malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, NIGER, 28 December 2010 - Despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, the nutritional situation of children remains alarming in Niger where more...
On the shores of Lake Chad, UNICEF intensifies its fight against malnutrition
N’DJAMENA, CHAD 28 September 2010 – Usually considered a breadbasket for Chad, the region on the northern shore of Lake Chad is now affected...
UNICEF sounds alert over alarming rates of child malnutrition in Chad
N’DJAMENA, CHAD 24 September 2010 – An expanded programme to save the lives of children is being put in place after a survey of under-5s revealed...
UNICEF and WFP appeal for urgent mobilization of the international community to fight child malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, NIGER, 24 June 2010 – The nutritional situation of children in Niger has deteriorated considerably in the last 12 months, according to the results...
European Union €5m cash injection boosts UNICEF fight against Niger nutrition crisis
NIAMEY, NIGER, June 1st 2010 – The European Commission (EC) has contributed €5m to stop the escalating nutrition crisis in Niger. UNICEF Niger and...
In Niger, UNICEF, WFP and the Government are working together to prevent malnutrition among children below the age of two
KOLÉRAM, NIGER, 28 April 2010 – Some 800 children aged 6-23 months received their first of four supplementary food monthly rations in Koleram, a village in the region of Zinder...
Call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in Haiti
NEW YORK, 21 January 2010 - During emergency situations, disease and death rates among under-five children are higher than for any other age group...
Key outcomes of Rwanda First National Nutrition Summit
KIGALI, November 30, 2009 - At the end of a historic three day Summit to discuss nutrition as a foundation of sustainable development...
Future generations in jeopardy unless urgent efforts are made to tackle undernutrition, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 November 2009 – Approximately 200 million children under the age of five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth as a...
UNICEF Regional Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil appeals for urgent aid to displaced children in northern Yemen
AMMAN/SANAA, 20 October 2009 – UNICEF Regional goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, Mahmoud Kabil has just concluded...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2009)
Statement - 16 October 2009
UNICEF: Mia Farrow highlights Cameroon’s forgotten victims of child malnutrition
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON 13 September 2009 - The internationally acclaimed actress and humanitarian activist Mia Farrow, arrived in Cameroon today with a...
UNICEF: Malnutrition among children in southern CAR alarming
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, 11 August 2009 – UNICEF today expressed alarm at the rising rates of acute malnutrition among children...
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits northern Nigeria and announces $1.8 million to address malnutrition
ABUJA, NIGERIA, 3 AUGUST 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, concluding a visit to the northern states of Kebbi and Sokoto in Nigeria...
UNICEF urges fortification of staple foods to improve child and maternal health and economic gains
SKOPJE, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, 23 June 2009 - Opening a regional workshop on flour fortification, UNICEF Representative...
Global aid agencies call for greater investment in life-saving vitamins and minerals
BEIJING, CHINA, 12 May 2009 – Seven of the world’s leading development agencies are calling on governments and other partners around...
International Development Agencies ‘Unite for Nutrition’ call for continued commitment and leadership
NEW DELHI, 19 November 2008 - On the eve of Universal Children’s Day, International agencies and donors made a joint commitment to support the...
UNICEF and partners continue delivering nutritional services for Somali children
NAIROBI, 24 July 2008 - While security conditions continue to deteriorate particularly in the Southern parts of Somalia, UNICEF and partners ...
Ethiopia: Child survival gains threatened by malnutrition
GENEVA /ADDIS ABABA, 20 May 2008 - An estimated 126,000 children are in need of urgent therapeutic care for severe...
UNICEF feeds 44,000 children in Somalia
NAIROBI, 14 May 2008 - Amid worsening drought conditions, soaring food prices and mass displacement of people due to conflict, UNICEF has started...
Malnutrition at emergency levels in Pinga Health Zone, North Kivu, DRC; UNICEF and partners set up emergency nutritional response
GOMA, 7 May 2008 - Malnutrition rates are at emergency levels in the Pinga health zone in northwestern Masisi Territory, North Kivu, DRC due...
UNICEF warns of critical levels of malnutrition amongst Somali children
NAIROBI, 12 September 2007 - Following a recent nutrition survey, UNICEF and its partners estimate that 83,000 children in central and southern Somalia suffer...
Far too many children still at risk of malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, 31 July 2007 – On the onset of the lean season, when communities are most vulnerable, still too many children are at risk of malnutrition.
Despite progress, malnutrition still a major challenge to child survival in Niger
NIAMEY/NIGER, 23 March 2007 – Malnutrition rates among children in Niger have improved significantly over the last year, according to a new survey, but the gains could be lost...
Regional Directors of three United Nations agencies sign the “Lima Act”
LIMA, 23 November 2006 - In the presence of the regional directors of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and UNICEF and President Alan García Pérez, the “Lima Act” was signed in Peru’s Government Palace.
Campaigning for child nutrition in the Sahel region
NIAMEY, 8 August 2006 – One year after the mobilization of the international community in support of Niger’s food and nutritional crisis, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma, is calling for vigilance towards the nutritional vulnerability of children in the Sahel region. Guluma is addressing the international community to campaign for child nutrition in the Sahel.
Nutritional screening to save lives in Timor-Leste
DILI, 30 June 2006 – The Ministry of Health of Timor-Leste, supported by UNICEF and other partners, plan to begin the nutritional screening of displaced children in the capital, Dili, today to assess the scale of malnutrition as the country enters its third month of emergency.
Salt producers and health workers join forces to combat iodine deficiency disorder
CAIRO, 21 June 2006 – Preparations for a fresh campaign against iodine deficiency disorder (IDD), the single most important preventable cause of brain damage among children, have been boosted following the completion of a training workshop for staff from the Ministry of Health and Population, National Nutrition Institute and other concerned bodies including, for the first time, experts from the Egyptian salt industry.
WFP and UNICEF: Bleakest malnutrition situation in Somalia in years
NAIROBI, 16 June 2006 – Recent outbreaks of fighting and the worst drought in a decade have pushed many people in Somalia to their limit, creating the bleakest malnutrition situation in years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF warned today.
Food Insecurity in Iraq Persists: Children Suffer
AMMAN/BAGHDAD, 11 May 2006 – Despite the laudable efforts of the Public Distribution System (PDS) of food baskets, many of Iraq’s poorer households are still food insecure, according to a Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis launched today, based on the most recent data from 2005.
Despite Rains, 40,000 Children Still Face Death
GENEVA, 15 May 2006 – UNICEF said today that despite torrential rains in April, tens of thousands of pastoralist children still face death in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions.
UNICEF Warns Malnutrition on Rise for Niger’s Children
NIAMEY, May 12 2006 - Several reports reveal that the number of malnourished children arriving at UNICEF-supported nutritional rehabilitation centres is increasing. Between 1 January and 4 May 2006, 64,593 malnourished children have been admitted in the nutritional rehabilitation programmes, of which 53,931 were suffering from moderate acute malnutrition and 10,662 from severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF Warns that Malnourished Children Still Face Death across the Horn of Africa
WHO: Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director; Keith McKenzie, UNICEF Special Advisor for the Horn of Africa Crisis
WHAT: Press conference to issue Child Alert: Horn of Africa, documenting the current situation of children affected by the drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti. The Child Alert report is the third in a briefing series that presents core challenges for children in a given crisis location at a given time.
UNICEF and WFP Executive Directors Make First Joint Visit to Latin America/Caribbean region
PANAMA CITY, 8 May 2006 – On their first joint visit to the region, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James T. Morris and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman will meet in Panama City tomorrow with the heads of their Latin America and Caribbean country offices to intensify common efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the international community.
A Quarter of the World’s Children Seriously Underweight
NEW YORK, 2 May 2006 - More than one quarter of all children under the age of five in developing countries are underweight, many to a life-threatening degree, says a UNICEF report published today. Poor nutrition remains a global epidemic contributing to more than half of all child deaths, about 5.6 million per year.
UNICEF Unveils Alarming Trends in Global Child Nutrition
Good nutrition is the platform for all human progress and one of the most fundamental tests of global development. This UNICEF report reveals the results of efforts since 1990 to reduce the proportion of underweight children in the world.
UNICEF Turkmenistan Welcomes Decree Boosting Wheat Flour Fortification
ASHGABAT, 26 April 2006 – President Saparmurat Niyazov issued a decree mandating the fortification of wheat flour with iron and folic acid in Turkmenistan. The decree was signed on 24 April at the Presidential Palace.
Niger: More than 300,000 children saved from malnutrition in 2005, but work is far from over
NIAMEY, NIGER, 21 December 2005 - A recent survey conducted by the government of Niger, the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta and UNICEF confirms that the children of Niger still face high levels of malnutrition.
Children in Darfur in better health but more needs to be done
KHARTOUM, 20 October 2005 – The global acute malnutrition rate among children aged 6-59 months in Darfur has improved from 21.8 per cent in September 2004 to 11.9 per cent in October 2005 as a result of a sustained and integrated humanitarian assistance programme.
Good nutrition critical to child health and development
NEW YORK, 15 October 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman marked World Food Day by calling for increased focus on mother and child nutrition as the backbone of a healthy start in life. She said ensuring that women and children are well-nourished is essential to helping reach the Millennium Development Goals, because sound nutrition is central to health, learning, and well-being.
High stakes for Malawi's children as malnutrition rises
Nairobi, 14 October - Severe malnutrition is alarmingly on the increase among under-five children in Malawi but many could yet be pulled back from the brink if needed funds arrived to support the efforts of government and UN relief agencies.
UNICEF, MSF and WFP join forces to save children’s lives in Niger
Niamey-Niger/Geneva/New York – 29 September 2005 - Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP) launch a joint Targeted Supplementary Feeding Initiative in Zinder, southern Niger.
UNICEF-supported school launches feeding programme in Nigeria
ABUJA, 27 September 2005 -- As the new school year starts in Nigeria, the Ministry of Education chose a UNICEF-supported school to launch a major national programme, aimed at providing one meal per day to all pupils during schools days. The President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, kicked off the Home-grown School Feeding and Health Programme, at Science Primary School Kuje, near Abuja, on Monday 26 September, 2005.
Canadian government donates $10 million (Cdn) to UNICEF Niger
NIGER, 5 August 2005 - Today in Maradi, Niger, the Honorable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced that Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, will increase its contribution by $10 million (Cdn) to fight under-nutrition and hunger in the Sahel region of Africa, including Niger. In the presence of UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Rima Salah, the Minister said that $6 million (Cdn) of that money would go to support UNICEF’s immediate aim of treating an estimated 32,000 suffering from severe malnutrition and 160,000 children suffering from moderate malnutrition in Niger.
UNICEF trains 85 health workers to treat under-nutrition in Niger
MARADI, NIGER/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 August 2005 - UNICEF Niger and the Ministry of Public Health of Niger are now conducting a second round of capacity-building training of national health workers in Niger in the management of severe and moderate under-nutrition of children.
French government donates life-saving supplies to UNICEF Niger
NIGER, 30 July 2005 - The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Douste-Blazy, arrived in Niamey, Niger this morning, accompanying an air-transport of 1.7 tons of essential drugs, including antibiotics, anti-malarials and de-worming tablets, as well as special oral re-hydration salts for the treatment of diarrhea in severely malnourished children. An estimated 160,000 children in Niger are suffering from moderate under-nutrition & another 32,000 children are suffering from severe under-nutrition.
Niger food crisis increases child deaths
NIAMEY/GENEVA - 12 July 2005 - Acute malnutrition rates have risen to 13.4 per cent in southern Niger Maradi and Zinder Regions, with 2.5 per cent of this group identified as severely malnourished children under age five, says UNICEF quoting recent nutrition surveys by the UN and several NGOs.
UNICEF calls for end to compassion fatigue over Ethiopia’s dying children
ADDIS ABABA, 6 July 2005 – Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the Live 8 concerts in the run up to the G8 summit meeting, donors are showing increasingly worrying signs of compassion fatigue over the plight of Ethiopia’s severely malnourished and dying children, UNICEF warned today.
UNICEF responds to food crisis in Niger
NIAMEY, 13 June 2005 - UNICEF announced today that it is providing US$222,000 (116 million francs CFA) worth of therapeutic food and growth monitoring equipment to the Nigerien Government to strengthen efforts by the Government and other partners involved in managing the food and nutrition crisis affecting the most vulnerable groups in Niger -- particularly children.
Helen Keller International and UNICEF team up for children
NEW YORK, 27 APRIL 2005 - Helen Keller International (HKI) and UNICEF are joining forces to combat malnutrition and blindness in children, two of poverty’s most tragic health consequences.
Niger food shortages threatening Children, UNICEF calls for urgent funding
GENEVA/NIAMEY, 22 April 2005 – UNICEF today called for urgent funding to feed 800,000 children between under five years of age caught in the throes of a food crisis due to an ongoing plague of locusts and insufficient rainfall.
New rapid nutritional assessment survey of Aceh released
ACEH, 15 April 2005 - A survey of more than 3700 households in the aftermath of the tsunami in Aceh confirms the immediate nutritional needs of high-risk groups in tsunami-affected areas have been met.
UNICEF launches $144.5 million appeal
NEW YORK, 6 January 2005 - UNICEF is seeking $144.5 million to support urgent humanitarian aid for the estimated 1.5 million affected children in South Asia, many of which have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support. UNICEF has estimated that children account for more than one-third of tsunami deaths.
March 19, 2003: The Situation of Iraq's Children
19 March 2003 - UNICEF today issued a stark warning that the most vulnerable of Iraq's children may not have the strength to survive the impact of war. A day after UN international staff left Iraq for their own safety, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy catalogued what her agency had done -and what it had run out of time to do - to improve the survival chances of Iraq children. (Press release)
Malnutrition down by half among Iraqi children
BAGHDAD / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 21 November, 2002 - Child malnutrition rates in the south and center of Iraq have fallen to the lowest level since they peaked in 1996, according to a new survey released today by UNICEF.
Africa fighting back against “hidden hunger” in children
JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2004 – A report released today says that Africa is fighting back against vitamin and mineral deficiencies, saving millions of women and children from death and debilitation through simple, cost effective strategies such as fortifying staple foods. But millions of children can still be helped if current strategies and partnerships are extended to reach every country and every child.
World Health Day, plight of Afghanistan's children cause for concern
KABUL, 6 April 2003 - On the occasion of World Health Day, which is celebrated on 7 April, the United Nations Children's Fund is drawing attention to the continuing health and nutritional problems faced by millions of children and women in Afghanistan. (News Note)
Lack of vitamins and minerals impairs a third of world population
NEW YORK, 24 March 2004 -- As many as a third of the world's people do not meet their physical and intellectual potential because of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, according to a report released in New York today by UNICEF and The Micronutrient Initiative. The report is accompanied by individual Damage Assessment Reports that present the most comprehensive picture to date of the toll being taken by vitamin and mineral deficiency in 80 developing countries.
Drought increases risk of malnutrition in Northern Somalia
NAIROBI, 6 January 2004 - In response to severe drought in parts of the Sool and Sanaag regions of northern Somalia, UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies begin a second phase of emergency interventions this week.
Not by food alone: UNICEF urges action against malnutrition
ROME, 11 June 2002 - UNICEF said today that global success in lowering child malnutrition could only be achieved through comprehensive action on numerous fronts - including many not directly related to food.
Child nutrition in DPRK, improved, but UN agencies concerned
Thursday, 20 February 2003 - Malnutrition rates among children in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have improved considerably over the past four years, according to a new survey, but the UN agencies that announced the findings today said the gains could be lost if international support for humanitarian assistance to the country continues to slacken. (Press release)
UNICEF racing to bolster 400,000 malnourished children in Iraq
Tuesday, 11 March 2003 - With the threat of war looming over Iraq, UNICEF is providing special therapeutic food for over 400,000 malnourished children across the country in an urgent effort to bolster their chances of survival in the event of a conflict. Working closely with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF has trucked more than 1,000 metric tonnes of high-protein biscuits into Iraq in recent days. The biscuits, which the government is now delivering to health centres across the country, are part of an ongoing UNICEF campaign to reach Iraqi children with life-protecting nutrients and vaccines ahead of a possible conflict. (Press release)
ECHO donates 1.6 million euros to UNICEF for Zimbabwe's children
HARARE, ZIMBABWE, 20 September 2004 - The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) in Zimbabwe has contributed EURO 1,600 000 to UNICEF for providing targeted assistance to the country’s most vulnerable women and children.
UNICEF warns of worsening situation for children in Iraq
Wednesday, 9 April 2003 - UNICEF issued a warning today that despite significant progress in humanitarian cross-border trucking operations, early attempts by UNICEF to reach Iraqi children and women were being significantly hampered by what it called "a residue of fear and chaos." (Press release)
Vitamins & minerals for children fortifies economic development in China
BEIJING/GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 3 September 2004 – China’s massive drive to reduce the damage done by vitamin and mineral deficiency, particularly to children, is paying rich dividends for its economy, UNICEF and the Chinese Ministry of Health announced today.
WFP and UNICEF strengthen cooperation to reduce child malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, 6 AUGUST 2003 – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the UNICEF signed a new agreement today to strengthen their cooperation in reducing child malnutrition in Latin American and the Caribbean. The agreement was signed by Per Engebak, UNICEF's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Zoraida Mesa, WFP's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
UNICEF: Iraq survey finds child health sliding
BAGHDAD / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 14 May 2003 – Two months after the start of the Iraq war, UNICEF has called for urgent action to halt what it believes is the plummeting nutritional status of Iraqi children. (Press Release)
Reducing vitamin deficiency can improve world economy
DAVOS, 21 January 2004 – A new report from UNICEF and the Micronutrient Initiative finds that lack of basic vitamins and minerals in the diet is damaging the health of one-third of the world’s people and holding back the economic development of virtually every country in the southern hemisphere.
A pinch of salt can go further In West Africa
DAKAR, 19 October 2004 – Some 30 per cent of West African children are still missing out on the enormous benefits of iodized household salt, UNICEF announced today at a meeting of West African leaders and health and industry officials.
UNICEF: Breastfeeding can save over 1 million lives yearly
NEW YORK, 30 July 2004 – On the eve of World Breastfeeding Week UNICEF said that by expanding the number of women who exclusively breastfeed during their child’s first six months, at least 1.3 million infant lives could be saved this year.
Bellamy sees improvements for children in DPRK
SEOUL, 17 March 2004 – Despite international isolation and a political impasse with the West, efforts to save and improve the lives of North Korean children are working, the head of UNICEF said today, citing vastly improved immunization rates and better systems for finding and treating cases of severe malnutrition.
Africa fighting back against “hidden hunger” in children
JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2004 – A report released today says that Africa is fighting back against vitamin and mineral deficiencies, saving millions of women and children from death and debilitation through simple, cost effective strategies such as fortifying staple foods. But millions of children can still be helped if current strategies and partnerships are extended to reach every country and every child.
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